Lessons I've learned from the handy men working on our house.
Totaal herkenbaar Marloes. Lummeltijd is simpelweg nodig om bruggetjes te kunnen bouwen tussen de ene en andere activiteit. En ook om je denkhoofd pauze te geven, de boel van binnen op te schudden en weer een beetje leeg te laten waaien... Enne... no offence... fuck it zouden we misschien allemaal wat vaker moeten denken...Maar eerlijkheid eerlijk, het is gemakkelijker gezegd dan gedaan... Het vergt een boel vallen, opstaan en weer doorgaan X
Thank you for this nice post Marloes! I am starting full time illustration business to find out if there is a future for me in it. And I feel I can learn a lot from your insights. I had a burn-out too from my teachers job, and there I feel it was the same, you need to plan some breathing moments where you can do all unforeseen stuff. I definitely love aanklooien, but you always feel it’s not allowed... and I think the f-word makes you painting strong, because that is how you felt when making it, definitely no offense taken 😊
Such a useful post - I saw you comment about the fact that the Dutch have lots of words like 'lanterfanten', maybe because we don't do it as much as we'd like to :) I really like the idea of one day as a buffer, I've been trying to take 1 hour out of a day to do whatever I felt like, but that definitely didn't work. And yesterday I went to visit a colleague at her studio, she said I could try out working at her studio while she was away so I'm thinking maybe I'll try "a day a week away" :) Away from the regular things, in another environment and only personal / fun stuff. Gosh that would be nice.
No offence taken at the f-word :)
And I feel you. I am currently working my way out of burnout/exhaustion/whatever and it is taking a long time. But there is no way to rush this. I reduced my work hours to 80% and while my work wasn't the only cause of this (something I feel often gets ignored when it comes to talking about burnout!), it definitely helped. I have more energy which means I can move more, do more crafting and other things things that do me good, which in turns helps me recover and have more energy and brain space. I hope you can carve out an additional for yourself :)
You seem to be a gentle person so by using the f-word I can really feel the seriousness of your situation, so no offence taken
Sometimes I have the same urge, to (temporary) work in a store or as a cashier. Because my mind is too full of all the things and I need some brainspace. I’m learning that it is an indication to rest and relax and do nothing. Just get bored and stare out of a window. So good to hear I’m not the only one who have these urges. And you are so right, it is nog about the job, but how they have less to think about
I love this Marloes! Yes I call this wide margins. I can’t remember where I heard it being called that... it’s not my phrase but I live by it. I am a wide margins person, I try to always have some wriggle room. Nice wide margins between projects. I don’t always succeed, but I try.
Pottering is definitely essential for sanity and creativity - I love the Dutch word for it, aanklooien! (and no offence taken about the painting). If I could invent an extra day of the week, I would...
no offence taken :)