a life creative
This is a very fitting question for me today. It’s one I regularly ask myself in and out of the studio, but I’m not sure I’ve ever quite articulated it. I guess that means it’s an ongoing process of reassessing.
So, what is self care to me? Creatively speaking is personally speaking – I cannot bifurcate those two.
Self-care means to me is a big loud no to those who push against my boundaries.
Clients who are unable to see the value in handmade items made with precious metals (and precious time) and demand vast discounts and free shipping. Their derision, judgement, or other such negative stuff.
Sometimes “No” is not heard, but no is sacred. Liz Gilbert puts it something like this: I draw a circle around this. Everything in this circle is holy.
My boundaries are that circle.
Self-care means giving myself time off.
And that does not mean only that I need time to think (not overthink) and personal space in order to both create and function as a human being. Incidentally, both of these have been difficult for me to achieve in Italy in a healthy way – and lordy I know I’ve tried for the past 7 years.
Any lull in all of that feels like a holiday! Here, I’ve either swung between intense socialising or scorching isolation, and my creative space is my haven between, where I, the introvert, can recharge the soul. But I need to sometimes unplug even from outer creativity in order to recharge the inner creativity (some might call that navel-gazing).
Self-care means my peace and protecting my inner peace.
This could probably go together with “self care against pushing boundaries”, but I believe that having peace inside is vital to all).