Archive | June 22, 2005

Respect Yourself: Making Time to Work

Scrapbooking can be time consuming as a hobby. As a vocation, it can be even more time consuming, especially as calls for magazine deadlines and other events seem to come in batches, and we spend more time agonizing over every little detail of our work. So, since most of us who are attempting to build scrapbook careers already have overflowing lives – families, homes, even another job – how do we make room in our lives and schedules and find time and energy for yet another endeavor?

For me the answer to this has been to have respect for myself and for my work. These goals are important to me, and so should be important in my daily life. I treat them as priorities when planning my day, along with other priorities like the needs of my daughter and my husband and running our household. They are my needs and so they are a priority too. This means that I have to give up other things in favor of this priority. I don’t just put my feet up and relax when my two-year-old lays down for a nap. That is the time for my priorities – and that means working towards my scrapbook goals. And the same thing applies in evenings and on weekends or when my daughter is asleep at night. Not all of that time is spent working. But work is first on the agenda and not last.

Of course, there may be others that are affected by your priorities. I am lucky in that I have a supportive husband who believes in my goals and wants to see me succeed at them. He is willing to accept a few more household responsibilities to assist me in my endeavors and he encourages me to keep going in chasing my dreams. I know everyone isn’t so lucky. But make sure you share your dreams with others who are close to you and get the assistance and support you can from them. If it’s important to you, it should be important to those who care about you. Let them know what they can do from a practical standpoint to help you pursue your goals.

I know it’s sometimes hard to respect and treat scrapbooking as your job and make it a priority in your life when you are still in the starving artist phase of submission work. I have found myself doing this all the time when talking to others about my work and being reluctant to describe it as my “job” since I’m not collecting paychecks from it often. But I have finally come to the conclusion that I have to respect myself and my work before anyone else does. And I have found that doing that opens doors within myself that makes it easier to proceed with confidence down the road towards my dreams.