Happy Friday everyone! Initially this post was called “questions and answers” because I wanted to answer a few new frequently asked questions that I often get in emails, besides the ones in my about page. One of the questions that took me a long time to answer is “Can you tell me your experience about working from home?”, so I decided to address just this answer for now, in order to avoid a long post and bore you.
I feel that there is so much to say regarding this subject and it’s so hard to gather all my thoughts in one place. But I will try to keep it simple and hope that everything will make sense as well as being coherent. :)
First, I think that being able to work from home is a huge blessing, second, it can be quite challenging and third, everyone’s context/situation is different, so I am not able to point to “the right way”.
In the past few years since I slowly started my work as a freelancer I had to constantly adapt and juggle between being a mother, wife, friend and artist. It’s been challenging to self direct myself, keeping myself motivated and focused, specially when I’m always trying to get better and I wish I had ten more hands to do everything that I would like to. But like I said in another answer from my about page, I’ve learned to do what I can, when I can, considering the priorities. I would love to say that I can always manage to keep the right balance between work and family, but that wouldn’t be true and I don’t even know if it’s possible.
What I love about working from home is the flexibility that I have in organizing my time, being my own boss, being in charge of the evolution of my own work and guiding it to the direction I want. I can’t imagine doing anything else and I feel blessed to be able to do what I love and have a wonderful, supporting husband that understands that. Actually, Jeremy is the one who first placed in my mind the idea of becoming a freelancer. This was a few years ago when I was working full-time (and beyond) but I was too scared to make the move.
One practical thing that has helped me regarding projects: I’ve been trying to keep myself organized by having a printed work sheet for each month, setting what I can work each day and scheduling deadlines. This also helped my mind stay in one place.
Another thing that helped me work with a little one around is including him in what I am doing. I won’t have him do my projects, but he can participate by doing a similar activity. We have another extendable table close to my work desk, so when I am painting, he likes to paint his own pictures too. In this time we listen to music, we have little conversations about what colors we’re using, he’s showing me what he’s painting, etc. This doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does it really makes my own work more fun while interacting with each other. It’s just like when I’m letting him help with washing the dishes, cook, cleaning a floor, putting the toys away, etc.
Now, I know that things will change once baby girl will be here in a few months and we will have to adapt to a new chapter. My work will most probably take a little break, but I will still sketch now and then. :)
Meanwhile, I look forward to becoming a mother of two while also enjoying the last few months as a family of three.
PS: Please do share if you have nay tips,advice or/and personal experiences. I am continuously learning. :)