Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Take a vacation, damn it!

As entrepreneurs and creative artists who rely on their talents to earn a living, it becomes very easy to get our proverbial noses stuck in the sand. There's this inner voice that compels us to work, to strive, to push and succeed. These are all very admirable traits and most definitely imperative to the nurturing of a career, especially one in the arts.

But there's the tendency to get myopic, to lose the forest for the trees, to lose sight of our own personal vision and the big picture of it all.

I always get nervous before taking a vacation. It often happens that there's a plump job that pokes its head around the corner just as I book my plane tickets. The thing is, I know myself and I understand now how important holidays away from work is.

I've spent the last 2 weeks hiking, spending time with my family, watching snow melt in the July heat and drinking fresh water from mountain streams. When I'm not 'in it' as in shooting, marketing, budgeting or producing and I'm out doing other stuff I love, I find myself dreaming, visualizing, planning and napping.

Believe it or not, those are VERY important things...especially the napping. After a relatively short time, I find my inner compass re-aligning and my mind is dreaming up new ideas, new ventures and most importantly thinking of new ways to approach my business.

above all, a good holiday creates the space to let the inspiration back in.

Here's the tricky thing about holidays. As artists/entrepreneurs we have the power to say when but these important times away very easily get pushed.

We know what a vacation will cost us but perhaps don't always realize how much it will pay us down the line.

So stop stalling...take your vacation, you'll be all the better for it.


Jan said...

So true, I'm in academia and it is just the same.

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