SUMMER IS OVER! I feel full of joy and disbelief. I personally had a great summer, did you? I had both kids home (yowzas) and though it was hairy at times, we got lots done and had a super great time. We got out into the country a lot but also really took advantage of Montreal’s awesomeness.
Perhaps you came across this post from my newsletter, and are wondering about the changes I made recently. Why I decided to move my studio back home and what the heck is my son doing out of daycare?
I initially rented the shared studio space to see if I liked working in a separate environment. I went everyday from 9-3.
I started sending Len more and more to daycare while Flo was at school, since now I had to factor in a small commute there and back, and making my lunch. I also started working with a commercial licensing agent and pulling longer days – much longer. I missed my kid and the simplicity of working at home. If I was going to pull long days working, this wasn’t the way I wanted it to happen, you know? I don’t do mass market art. It doesn’t inspire me and it’s hard to create only thinking about “what will people want to buy?”
I took an entire day to unplug and really think about where my time was being spent. I made some lists, I looked at some pros and cons. I looked at the strong resistance every morning I battled as I dropped Lennon off at his daycare. I drank 5 cups of coffee. Then I made some changes.
I left the agent. I gave notice at my studio. I gave notice at the daycare. And I prepared.
Sylv painted and prepped the downstairs and I organized so that I would be set up for some MAJOR EFFICIENCY while working at home with a toddler. I stocked up on packaging boards, sleeves, tubes and paper. I filled drawers and drawers with printing inks. I organized my drawing corner right near the window and replaced bulbs with natural light bulbs.
We set up a play corner away from my work where the kids can get messy, or watch movies, or read books.
And now I have my dream studio and set up.
And I have found a perfect 2 morning a week set up at an awesome drop-in daycare up the street, with the option of taking more blocks if I need. It fits more what I was looking for and what I feel like Lenny needs. (You know the kind of daycare that brings kids out for a walk even in the rain? Yep, that kind.)
Let’s be honest, this isn’t all sunshine and rainbows – far from it. Have you tried working at home with a toddler?
There’s a lot of squeezing in work in bursts of 15 minutes, there are late nights, I sometimes wear the same thing for 3 days. I am quickly becoming more scatterbrained, forgetful. I’m letting go of some goals I had for this year. But I’m doing it! I’ve got my boy home most days and I’m working in a space that inspires and delights me.
But most importantly, I’ve got an open mind to adjustment if changes need to be made.