If you've been following along with me, you know I am not yet a full-time ceramicist. One of my goals for 2022 is to devote more time to pottery while still taking on just enough other work to cover expenses. Each year, I make tweaks and adjustments and it takes time to adapt to the new routine.
After my last market of 2021, I took a short break from working in the studio. I stepped away to clear my head and think about how I can refocus once the new year started. I'll be honest, I didn't come to any groundbreaking conclusions and don't really feel "refocused." Not all planning goes smoothly, and that's ok, the intention was there so I know I'll figure it out.
This past week was my first full-week working in the studio. Each morning, I would make my coffee, feed the chickens, click on the space heater, and think about what I wanted to get done that day.
Usually my mind is going in 10 different directions and I noticed more than anything, my mind was telling me I "should" be doing something else besides working on my ceramics. It would tell me to do real work with a paycheck at the end of the week.
We are our own worst enemy, but as the week went by, the voice got a little quieter. It will always be there, but I'm not going to let it get in my way. If you want something bad enough, it's worth fighting for, even if the fight is with yourself!