On Embracing It




It’s an active time for me: I’m moving, juggling six separate (and exciting) illustration jobs, planning a wedding (hee hee, notice how I didn’t use the term “busy”). Sometimes I find myself sighing dramatically in despair because I begin to feel overwhelmed. And then I remind myself: I chose this. I chose all of it, even the parts that suck (the packing, the deadlines).

Then (and this is the hard part) I am trying to remember to embrace it — all of it (even the packing & the deadlines). And I realize that attitude changes everything.

There was a great article in the New York Times Sunday about the importance of relaxing — and how taking time to relax actually increases productivity. I’ve been thinking a lot about how to balance my internal drive to work with periods of intentional relaxation (I’ve written about this in other contexts before). I plan to use my move to a completely new environment as an opportunity to start a new practice: taking regular breaks to rejuvenate (at least one a day) — to walk, lie down with my eyes closed, read for 20 minutes. I need to get beyond just thinking about taking relaxing breaks during my work day — to actually relaxing. I’m not philosophically opposed to relaxing, per se, it’s just that I get so caught up in my work on most days that I don’t lift my head from the desk or look away from the computer for hours at a time. So this will require being more mindful and intentional.

I’ll let you know how it goes. Here’s to embracing all of it.