Inspiration Strikes

…at inappropriate times.

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WIP of Lady with Birds. 

Woke up in a daze this morning around 6 o’clock and had such a vivid image in my head that I had to draw before going back to sleep. Needless to say, the going back to sleep never occurred, but at least I have another illustration to show for it.

Here is the finished product;

ART _01Have you ever had inspiration strike you at inappropriate times? Let me know what you think.

Thanks again!

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Twas the night after Christmas…

Merry christmas and a Happy Holidays to everyone out there! I hope you all had a wonderful time.

I know technically its the day after the night after Christmas, but I think most people can relate when I say the hangover was still too vivid for me yesterday to write this post. I’m praying it doesn’t rear its ugly head today for round two.

So, although it is belated, the sentiment it still the same. Had such a wonderful time with all my family and respective adoptive family. Even though many of you aren’t blood, I never felt as truly blessed to have such a large amount of people who loved me and each other.

We have a bit of an untraditional Christmas where we spend Christmas day with our SO’s, Boxing Day at my Grannies, and the 29th with my Mum and husband. That just means I sneakily have another Christmas day to go.

In the meantime, let me share some spoils from my haul so far.

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Okay, technically the record player is a gift from Santa to my partner, but its pretty awesome to have around the house…

The rest all focus around photography and foxes, and were mostly from one of the four Secret Santas’ I signed up to participate in this year.

Secret Santa is great. You end up with fantastic, well thought-out gifts, you would never even think of getting yourself. And you get to share the magic by using your detective prowess and buying an perfect present for someone else.

The gifts that aren’t shown here but are probably two of my favs, are my CBT and my 2DS.

My CBT is my bike test which means I’m one step away from menacing people on the streets with my two-wheeled hog. Something I’ll probably write about here, either about having broken legs or having the best adventures of my life.

My 2DS was a surprise gift from my big brother. We don’t see each other often, but growing up always played the Pokemon games together. This was the first time in a few years I haven’t been following the series, but he decided to remedy this and get me Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. I can tell you a lot of hours will be lost to this guilty pleasure.

Probably the cheesiest and best present I received was the chance to spend so much free time with everyone just relaxing and having fun. When people wish for Christmas everyday, I don’t believe its necessarily the gifts or amazing food they’re enjoying (though don’t get me wrong, it does help!). I think its more the chance that everyone sets aside their busy lives and work schedules, and actually takes time to appreciate the people around them. I think this is something I’d like to work on all year round.

Once again, I really hope everyone had an amazing day, and I wish all of you a Happy New Year!

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Juggling; Not just for clowns.

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Overcome challenges balancing work and fun by doing what you love. Reaching the summit of Ben Ime, Scotland, 2014.

 

 

Doing what you love as a career gives a massive sense of achievement. Everything you’ve worked towards has paid off. You’ve made it. But now is not the time to take a breather. You must keep on top of your fantastic new position by working, if possible, even harder than before.

But what does that mean for your private life?

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I currently work as a freelance 3D Architectural Visualizer. As well as a Game Artist. And in retail. And personalized portrait artist… See the recurring theme here? I’ll go in depth in a future post about what these careers entail, but essentially they have taught me to become somewhat accustomed to a finely tuned balancing act. I’ll try and share some tips that I’ve learned along the way.

1. Take a Break.

To begin with, working non-stop 24, with no breaks to eat, sleep or poop, is not the most efficient way to manage your time. Theoretically, using all the time available to you within a day might seem the logical way to go about it. Without rest your cognitive processes slow down making your work even harder. You become more irritable All work and no play makes Jodi a dull boy.

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Fooling around and visiting Der Klimm in Amsterdam

2. Have Hobbies.

Don’t ever give up something that you enjoy for a job. Other than helping take breaks and keeping mental levels on the up and up as mentioned above, this is also who makes you, you. If you are lucky enough to get a job in your field, chances are they hired you more than your clear cut c.v. Your personality and what makes you you are a major component of why you may have been employed. Losing hobbies and yourself, might make you unhappier as a person and either feel like you can’t keep up with your employment or maybe make an employer think they’ve made a mistake.
Going for a run, baking cakes, climbing mountains, even binge watching shows on Netflix (albeit in a lesser amount) will all help maintain the happiness balance in your life.

3. Look After Yourself.

All the things mentioned have been to help with your mental health, but another major factor is your physical body. Exercise, healthy eating, getting enough sleep. All these factors are essential in keeping a healthy body to supplement a healthy mind.

4. Be Passionate.

If you are wanting to become a master of the juggling act in taking on multiple projects, there is one way they’ll never coexist together. And that is if you don’t want to do it. If you are putting in your time, effort and your soul into some projects and not others, you’ll start to resent your time given to one, when it could go towards the other. So aim to only work on stuff that will give you a sense of achievement with clear cut advantages. Financial situations allowing.

5. Get Help.

And by getting help I don’t mean hiring other people to do work for you. But if you find yourself wasting your valuable time figuring something out when there could be someone with the knowledge within talking distance. Don’t be too proud and just admit you could use their help.It doesn’t make you any less of a person and if anything, it’ll give that person a nice boost that they could help you out.
6. Be Organised.

Im going to end on what might seem to be the most simple piece of advice; my calendar is my best friend. And I don’t mean the one on my kitchen wall. I use an electronic calendar that syncs automatically up with all my devices. This allows me to organise and see quickly everything I need to do in that day. Its great to get into the habit of waking up, checking what you need to do and setting out tasks that need to be completed on each day. Not only does it simplify everything in your own head, it also makes sure you don’t double book yourself for much needed appointments or even down time.

So there you have it. Although there are possibly MILLIONS of ways to help balance yourself in your busy life, these are the 6 major points that help me. If theres anything you think I should include or try, or any tips you can think of, please let me know and I’ll try and cover it in a future post! Also if anyone is helped by this post please don’t hesitate to let me know 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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