Being ‘authentic’ is a hot topic these days in the blogging world. I am not sure exactly what that means, but I am happy to share with you my challenges last week and the impact on my sketchbook. Just for the record, my goal is to publish a new post 5-6 times a week regardless of what else I am working on as blogging is the core of everything I do, so you can’t necessarily gauge how ‘real life’ for me is by the content that I share.
So last week could ve summed up by one phrase: Out of Action!
This is in reference to two things:
- I put my back out hanging out with three gorgeous children on Easter Monday.
- The phone-line (ie. broadband internet connection) at home was down for 4 days.
While both were a bit of a pain (especially the first!) I gained some positive insights as a result.
- Despite not being able to sit at my computer for more than 1 hour before needing at least 30 minutes horizontal resting or exercises, I still managed to get a lot done. With my Edges course launching later this week I am in a busy period with lots of tasks to get done, so I was unbelievably thankful that I’d had some efficient work time over Easter and I started the week in control. However the inability to be able to work at my normal pace was a challenge, but I was reminded of Michael Nobbs’ 20 minutes of creativity a day and how much can be achieved in small increments.
- Using my iphone’s hotspot worked great but I had to limit my internet usage as much as possible. I found this batching of offline vs online work really helped me be super efficient last week. With all the different projects I have going at the moment I am relying on batch scheduling as much as possible so I focus on each project one at a time, but last week made me realise how much online tangents distract me. Maybe I should pull out my blue cable for a few hours a day on a regular basis!
As for my sketchbook, well, I just let all expectations go… but still managed to fill a few pages. I wasn’t in the mood to record my life (as I discussed last week) and today as I reviewed the pages for this post, decided to leave them as they were.
So anyway, here they are….
I couldn’t walk up to my local cafe but as it has become such an important part of my work day, I drove instead! But I soon realised that it was a bit much to go out at all … a bit of a pity, as I felt that there was something interesting happening on Tuesday and Wednesday’s latte sketches. Oh well, something to continue this week, hey?
Wednesday: Quick sketch of Mosman Art Gallery from the car before going to my physio… and feeling so much better that evening I did a Palladio sketch.
Thursday: nothing reflecting a bad day with my back.
Friday: I decided to attempt a teacup sketch to get creative juices pumping.
Saturday: A quick coloured pencil test.
Today: Catching up on last week’s activities in a written form. Because launching a new online course is such a big project for me, I want to record a few things to help with the process next time. Recording my struggles with my back AND what I achieved is a way for me to be thankful for many mercies in the past week. Everything happens for a purpose (Romans 8.28) and it is up to me to respond in the best way!
And oh! this morning I’m back to latte sketches…
So once again, I have got more in my sketchbook than I thought I had, but even if it was blank I wouldn’t be so concerned…. I would just get back on track this week, right?
Do you get discouraged or spurred on by a lean week? (I am certainly in the later category if you haven’t realised!)
And just for the record, my back has improved now… but a good reminder to be more diligent with exercises and more careful of how I lift children!