Wednesday, February 17, 2010

life-sucking vortex


i get a lot of nice comments and e-mails from people saying how motivated i am -- blogging, mixed media, photography, poetry, etc. they only think that because of the selective vision that i share with the world. i don't show my half-finished projects or the piles of things ready to photograph. take the photo above for instance. i created about 25 different pendant designs like these, starting back in early december. they sold like hotcakes to my and hubbie's co-workers at christmas. are they in my etsy shop? no. are they photographed and ready to load to my etsy shop? no. do i have plans to do so any time soon? rock solid plans, no. an inkling of an idea that i really should do so, maybe.

i must confess that i'm a procrastinator. it's my dirty little secret.  ok, just one of many. the truth is i enjoy wasting time. i can hang out in my art room for an entire day and have nothing to show for it. i rationalize my idyllic creative time with the statement that i work hard all week so i should be allowed to play on the weekends. i can rationalize anything as long as it allows me to do what i want when i want for however long i want. this is where hubby would pipe in and say "ask me. i can tell you all about it."

when i first starting blogging my bff said she planned to stay completely away from blogging as it was a downward-spiraling vortex that would suck the life out of you. i laughed and plunged on anyway. looking back over the last almost 2 years of blogging i feel like the experience has given me way more life back than it has taken away. i'm happier, more fulfilled, and much more creative and excited about waking up each day.

so i'm raising my cup of tea today to procrastinating, wasting time and being sucked into the vortex. this is the life, my friends, this is the life!!

16 comments:

Kim Hambric said...

Well, here I am reading blogs at 7:15 in the morning. I have been sucked into the vortex, too.

I agree, a great deal of time is often spent in the blogging world, but the rewards are great.

Art is no longer a matter of finding a couple of rich patrons (right?). Now the art world seems to demand communication. I find blogging such a great way to communicate.

Very well said!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I'll join you in that toast with my morning coffee...Here's to the Vortex!!!

Diane said...

You make me smile, Julie--and I can COMPLETELY relate to this post!!! :)

Jacqui said...

I spend far too uch time in the vortex - but I have gained so much from it I am happy to keep spinning. xx

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Amen Sister, as I slurp down my second cup of tea.

lori vliegen said...

bring on the vortex, baby!! SO glad we're in this together!! hugs, :)))

AeFondKis said...

Viva la vortex!

steviewren said...

I often wonder what if I were a young mother again with 4 children at home. I think I would feel less detached from the adult world. I think I would have had more of a creative outlet. I think it would have made a difference.

I know it has made me feel less lonely in my empty nest.

WrightStuff said...

Ah I'm the same. I should be sorting out my banking... But without blogging and creativity I would be shell of the person I am today (albeit one with a much more tidy and organised house!)

Kelly said...

are you sure I didn't write this post? ;-) to say I can relate is an understatement.

cindy said...

here's to the vortex we enter, willingly!

Tess said...

I too agree that the sucking vortex has given me way more than I ever expected. I have made so many friends (like you) and found so many wonderful artists (like you). I like, no love, friendly artists. NOw if you please pencil in on your calendar to photograph a few of those wonderful pendants and place them on your etsy. Wow, I love them....

Shannon said...

and I'm so glad you are sharing it with us all! So... I'd love to see those pendants in your shop! I saw one or two I'd like for myself! :)

julie king said...

so nice to know i'm in good company, ladies!

tess, will do!!

RNSANE said...

I think blogging has given me so much. When I lost my job of 21 years, I was the most profoundly depressed I had ever been. Writing and connecting with so many wonderful people online really helped me so much.

You are incredibly talented and creative. But, even you have to have a wee break every now and then!!1

Karine said...

Hi Julie,

I feel the same way about my blog. I love it. It does take time, but it has given so much back to me.

Just wanted to stop by and say "hi". I was thinking about you.