My, oh my . . . how I’ve missed this space! And YOU! It’s been a minute (well actually, a month) since I last visited with you through this blog. And where in the world have I been? Well, I’ll get to that in a little bit. But, let me just start out with how I’m feeling right about now as I’m typing today’s blog post.
Truthfully, I’m feeling quite excited to be creating a blog post again. A feeling of renewal and exhilaration with a sense of purposefulness is sweeping over me. And, I literally find myself smiling as I’m preparing this reflection for you today.
Here’s another feeling (or thought) I’m basking in right now: I’ll NEVER forget where home is. After all, Home is where the heart is. Always!
For me, putting my blogging fingers to my laptop’s keys is like riding a bike. Once you know how to do it, you don’t forget – no matter how long it’s been since you got on that seat, put your foot on that metal petal, and got that bike going up the street.
It’s a natural undertaking. You can pick it right back up at any time and do what you do — no matter how long you were away from it. Know what I mean?
Yes, you know what I mean. Just think of those activities that click with you. That make complete sense. That complete a purpose-driven mission that you’ve sought to fulfill.
So, you’d be very hard-pressed to forget how to function in that “special” space that you jive in, even if you have to step away from it for awhile.
And this is exactly where I found myself over the past month. In a mode – ready to jump back into the blogging seat just as soon as an appropriate time opened up once again.
And that time really depended on when my CREATIVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE got more into a balanced state instead of being in an extreme on either end of the spectrum.
Over the last month, I’ve been waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy over at the end of the spectrum of functioning in some highly-important priorities that took precedence on the personal (life) side of my teeter-totter, so to speak.
Therefore, I stayed down on that side of the teeter-totter, where personal life resides. And, I didn’t have a enough strength on the other side of the teeter-totter, where the professional (work) side resides, to help lift me up a little bit so I was able to keep the balance more balanced.
And that happens sometimes.
I have absolutely no shame in admitting that, for the first time in 4 years of blogging, I took a whole month off from blogging to tend to personal business. (Won’t go into details, but let’s just say that the time devoted was a must-do and very needful.)
Oh, and believe me when I say that more concentrated focus continues to be needed on that personal life side. So, I don’t intend to ramp way back up on the professional stuff and leave the other choking in the dust.
Because again, BALANCE should be the order of the creative day.
Simply stated, I can’t successfully create if I don’t have the appropriate balance in my life. I can’t be too extreme either way – not for long anyway. Or yes, I CAN be extreme either way if I so choose, but one side will ALWAYS suffer for it, when opting to let the balance stay super-skewed for super-long.
So, we’re going to get back into the balance discussions again. That is, creative work-life balance. And we’re going to intermingle those discussions with how it all plays into the creative mindset.
Believe it or not, mindset drives a lot of not only who we are but of what we are driven to do.