Friday, February 15, 2013

Storyteller's Journey

Childhood art by our sons.
Creative Chaos

You would think that since our three sons are now either on their own or in college that  my husband and I would have loads of luxurious time to relax - nothing could be further from the truth.

Although I am in a post-professional phase of my life (due to injury), I am attempting to jump start a second career in writing, as most of you know. My husband, Michael, on the other hand, still has a full-time job as a business manager; but he too, is attempting to transition from the business world to the world of the arts. Consequently, I am the manager for his art career (ordering, matching paintings to frames, etc.). And, like most women, keeping a somewhat clean house, with clean clothes, and home-cooked meals on the table is important to me too. In addition to that, volunteering at our community library is an important part of my life, as is staying connected to local writer friends.

Last weekend, Michael had the opportunity to visit another art gallery on the Oregon coast for possible additional representation. It was important to him that I view the gallery's show Saturday night so that I could give him my opinion of the quality of the art they represent. One problem: I had plans to meet with a good writer friend for lunch to discuss our middle grade manuscripts on Saturday- I was not willing to give that up. Consequently, we took two vehicles to Astoria, Oregon which allowed Michael a few hours of painting while I kept my appointment with my writer friend.

There are times in life as a writer, artist, or musician, that to follow your dreams means that your life must take on a quality of creative chaos - especially prior to the point when you have received a measure of success or validation from your respective art community. I speak not only from my own experience, but from walking with my husband on his own art journey...it hasn't always been easy. There have been friends, and even family members, whom we have unintentionally offended by remaining focused on our passions. There are only a set number of hours in the day, as the saying goes.

Then there are those times when you know that your own plans must be set aside, at least temporarily, to support your family or friends. On Wednesday of this week my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, consequently Michael and I will be heading to Arizona tomorrow to see my folks and celebrate with them their marriage milestone. Finding a balance between our own lives, and the lives of our loved ones, is not always easy...this trip to honor my parents, however, was an easy choice to make. I'll be taking a blogging break and be back on Writ of Whimsy on Friday, March 1st.

Do you ever experience creative chaos in your life as a writer?

20 comments:

  1. I totally understand where you are coming from.

    It's extremely important to find the balance. Sometimes we just become so absorbed in what we are doing that we don't look up...and if we don't look up, now and then, we miss important moments.

    Enjoy your break!

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    1. Thanks, Loree. You stated it so succinctly; it took me several paragraphs to say the same thing! ^_^ Have a great weekend!

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  2. Yes creative chaos exists! I think that's one of the most important lessons I've learned on this writing journey. Sometimes you just have to be flexible and adjust. Sometimes that means adjusting life, sometimes writing.

    Happy anniversary to your parents!

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    1. Thanks, Sara. I have not always been the most flexible person (my husband would say, "that's putting it mildly!" ^_^), but it's the only way to go for your goals while having a happy family life. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Happy anniversary to your parents. Have a wonderful time. Meanwhile, it's so true that balancing home, careers, especially "bulgy" careers like art or writing, and making time in general for other aspect of life can be a challenge. I used to be a full-time teacher then retired early to write, and my husband works from the home. We both say it's amazing how busy our lives have become.
    The good news, though, about creative endeavors is that they are never boring. :-) Look forward to your return to Writ of Whimsy.

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    1. It's funny you would mention creative endeavors never being boring; my husband and I say that to one another at least once a week! Thanks, Elizabeth.

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  4. Have a lovely time celebrating.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. Hope all is well with you and your writing! Take care ~

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  5. Have a safe trip. And yes, these choices are faced daily. I gave up TV so I could make time to write. lol. Such is life.

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    1. I know what you mean, Tanya. For me and my husband a date night is almost always writing or oil painting related.
      Take care ~

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  6. I can name that tune in one note :)
    Rick ~ Your latest follower.

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    1. That's funny, Rick. Thanks for the follow!
      Take care ~

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  7. Have a safe--and enjoyable--trip! Nice to read your thoughts about finding that personal and professional balance. Sometimes it's tricky indeed. :)

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    1. Thanks, Carol. We just returned last night...had a great time. Take care~

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  8. Have a lovely time, Victoria. I'm sure you'll both come back to your respective artistic worlds with renewed enthusiasm. Finding a balance is difficult. People don't always understand that we don't see our 'hobby' as a hobby, but an absolute creative passion we can't live without. Finding some real time to pursue that passion takes some serious plate-spinning.

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    1. That's funny you mentioned the H word! My husband and I always say that it's not a hobby if you spend every waking moment doing something toward your passion. Thanks for your thoughts, Valentina.

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  9. It seems like I am always head-butting with creative chaos. ; ) Because I love writing as much as I do, there are never enough hours in a day for it given all the other things going on in life. However, this does breed a hearty appreciation for those times when I can write. It's all about balance, I think.

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    1. You're so right, Cynthia...balance. Just when I think I have all my ducks in a row, another duck wants to join in! ^_^ Have a great day!

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  10. Sounds like you're as busy as ever. I love with creative chaos. Part of the craft, right?

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    1. You're right about that. Usually my writing doesn't interfere too much with my husband's painting since I write primarily M-F in the afternoons. But, his artwork has really taken off (yeah!), and I've got some self-imposed deadlines looming, so we're actually really feeling the crunch right now. Thanks, Theresa.

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