While I played with my paints and papers, I gave a lot of thought to my word for the year:
I am really loving the balance in my life right now; although I must admit it's nothing like I thought it would be at the beginning of the year (when I chose the word).
At the beginning of the year I felt like life was too hectic, I needed to balance things out. To figure out a way to make time for everything in equal amounts. I thought that was the answer. I thought giving my life more structure would ease the stress of a busy life. Over the first half of 2013, there's been an evolution in my mind. I have realized that balance doesn't have to mean that all things are equal; it just means that all things feel right, and I am happy with the amount of time spent in the different areas of my life.
Way back many years ago (it seems like a whole different lifetime) I remember being up late (11pm was late in those days), watching a special on Neil Young. I think it was on Austin City Limits. The house was quiet and I was mesmerized. I had been a Neil fan forever, but that night I found myself really thinking about him as an artist; how he had that one passion - his music - that he dedicated himself to, long enough to get really good at it; and how cool it would be to have a passion like that.
Fast forward to now. I am not comparing myself to Neil Young in any way shape or form - (he is like a god to me, when it comes to music); but I have a passion. I love to create. And I love to do it every day. I love to spend pretty much all of my free time creating. And contrary to my belief at the beginning of the year - for me that IS balance. :0) I may have laundry piling up, but maybe the answer isn't to do more laundry. Maybe the answer is to have fewer clothes! I spend quality time with my husband and family, I do my day job, and I create. I prefer a small group of close friends to lots of social activities. When I feel called to do other things, I do, but I don't want to feel guilty about spending time on my art anymore. I'm working on that, and I'm making progress. Yeayyy!!!
I will close with a video from the man himself, Neil Young - doing one of my favorites of his. Needle and the Damage Done. Check it out:
How about you? Who has inspired you? What do you feel passionate about? What does the right life balance mean for you? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Have a wonderful week my friends, and thanks so much for visiting me!