I have given up the traditional 9 am to 5 pm, or to be more accurate 7 am to 4:30 pm, corporate job to dedicate time to Rosie’s and Lily’s and being a mommy. The concept of staying at home doesn’t necessarily make it any easier. It is simply just a shift in my daily tasks, but with more meaning and purpose. Before, I would get up early to get ready for work, drop my little one off at daycare, and squeeze through time to make it to work. Now, my day still starts pretty early, but it feels like I have more control and direction.
I started to focus more on what made me feel better so that I can show up with energy and in a better mood. In order to do this, I signed up for a gym membership, which I attend only three times a week. Very convenient and important! It has helped me to be more mindful and conscious of what I was putting in my body. So, before the week starts, I always do meal planning. This helps me dedicate more time into focusing on my paper flower projects instead of stressing on what’s for dinner and eating out. After dropping off the kids at school/camp/daycare and working out, I come home, clean up and start my work day, feeling accomplished already.
The beginning of my week starts with a lot of brainstorming, figuring out what I want to work on or projects I want to try out. I may have some orders to fulfill or I would research a new flower to try to recreate in my own way. This is my play/work time. It’s very different from the corporate world because you have to plan out your own schedule and deadlines. No one is behind your shoulders telling you exactly what’s expected. It’s all on me. When you have work that gets you excited, it’s not as difficult to be your own boss and make your own schedule. The most difficult part for me has been figuring out what my followers want to see and what art pieces should be created. If you have any requests, feel free to comment or send me a message. I’m always happy to hear from you. Otherwise, I shall create and hand-make away.
Now, there do come times when I don’t feel very inspired or I feel a little overwhelmed with too many things to do. If you’re a working mommy, I’m sure you’ve felt out of fuel many times and as an artist, you also need time to step away and clear your mind. At times like this, I just step back and take a day off. When I show up again, I’m ready and refreshed. Let’s go!
The work I’ve created involves preparing my body, health, and mind. At the same time, it involves making sure my little family is taken care off. This allows me to create in a healthy way. I use the inspiration of real flowers, which makes me dig into research to plan out my days. I am my own boss; therefore, I have to make my own plans, projects, and schedules. My hope is to keep doing what I love, to bring others smiles, and to be a successful Paper Florist and Artist. I am definitely working on it.
R & L