And so the question looms large: now that I'm aware of overworking myself, how do I avoid a cronic cycle of burn-out such that I eventually end up hating the thing I was once so passionate about? As the holidays rapidly approach, and the deadlines mount, I'm not entirely sure how to avoid working myself cross-eyed. I do think it's important to acknowledge the regular cycles and rhythms of the retail world - this time of year is typically mayhem for anyone selling ANYTHING. And after my extended time away, I'm refreshed, recharged and ready to have at that pile of fresh clay in my studio. But I don't want to wake up next spring exhausted, drained and creatively sapped. So, I'll put the question to the few of you who still have me in your blog feeds: How do you manage your time (especially around this time of year)? What do you do to avoid burn out? When you ARE burned out, how do you recover?
As I type, my first load of work is cooling back at the studio. And while I'm not overly giddy with anticipation of cracking the door tomorrow afternoon, there IS a flutter of excitement. It's there, I can feel it. It's good to be back.
|Tractor cup patiently waiting for corn sgraffito...|