"I'm doing all the creative things! Yeah, this is work, but I also love it! Because I love it, I don't need to take a break!"
How many times have I told myself this? How many times have you told yourself this? It's such an easy trap to fall into. There's a thing you love doing, so you do it to excess. You research, practice, email, seek mentors and likeminded individuals. You let the thing in question swallow you whole, and suddenly, the creative thing that you love so much has put you smack bang in the middle of burn out city.
If you've been following my blog and or my instagram, you'll already know this is me, right now in this very moment (and because this is where I am mentally, it's all I can think and talk about). I've been spending a lot of my introspective thinking time deliberating on what I can do to keep from getting caught in the overworked/burnout cycle I've been stuck in (literally) since I was about 16. That thing is I need to take regular proper guilt free breaks.
This is something I have always struggled with. Anyone who knows me in real life will tell you my schedule is ALWAYS full, and I'm always somewhere doing something. If I'm not somewhere doing something, I'm at home doing something. Believe it or not, working all the time is not sustainable! This realisation always comes as a shock when I'm burn out, but this time I'm actually going to try and manage my life and expectations so I don't end up here again.
For the first time in a really long time, I have a relatively free month. There are hardly any gigs, hardly any commitments and lots of "free" space. In order to manage my digital life, I'm going to take the time to build up a backlog of content, and then slowly start integrating "Real life creative things" back into my routine in September. Theoretically by the time September ends I should actually be on top of things (and not just the "fake on top of things and pretending that everything is fine but it's actually not" version of being on top of things)
Saying that, I may need more of a break then that. I'm just going to take things by ear ;P
I'm also not going to loose any more "little" camera gear. I've lost too many SD cards this year AND my spare battery (which is why the lovely Justin took some of my blog photos. We were out shooting together, I ran out of battery, couldn't find my spare and he was my knight in shining lens flare.) You should totally go and check out his Instagram!
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