The weekend never feels long enough, am I right? It was a good one though. Date night at our favorite tap room followed by dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant. A night all to myself to paint. Getting my nails done with my sisters. Family pizza night. Laundry.
I am making progress on a few paintings. I’m working on four different ones right now. When one painting is drying, I work on another. I usually only paint on the weekends for a few hours each night so I try to make the most of the time I have. It’s hard not to think about how much I would get done if I had all week to create. I am so looking forward to taking some time off between Christmas and New Years. Not only to rest from working long hours during the holiday season, but also so I can get some real progress made on the shop. I might not have very much time to create up until Christmas so my only goal is to do what I can when I have time. I will have two weeks off to finish up some paintings, organize everything, and officially open! It is my light at the end of the tunnel of these next four weeks.
I can honestly say that this is the most content I’ve been in a long time. I don’t dread going to work everyday anymore and I feel more present in all areas of my life. I know this is because I started painting again. I look forward to the time I get to paint on the weekends. I don’t dread work because I know that my job not only pays for necessities, but also the costs that come with opening a business (art supplies aren’t cheap!). I also know that every time I spend working (although it doesn’t feel like work) on my shop, I am getting closer to my dream and one day closer to being able to quit my job. So I guess what I am saying is I am really thankful for the passion I feel (and have always felt) for art and creativity. Even though it feels easier and less scary to watch Netflix all night (which I admittedly spent the early part of the year doing), taking tiny steps towards my dream of being an artist, has changed me. Now, ask me in a week when I’ve worked overtime and am exhausted and we’ll see how I feel. But right now in my cozy bed, Christmas candle burning, twinkly lights on, I feel thankful.