This past Saturday I had a all day art day. I started by re-connecting with my Urban Sketcher’s group. I was glad to see old friends while making new ones. We met at the Domain and it was a great place to sketch and people
watch. As we spread out to find our spots, I was able to find a bench near the fireplace where all the children play. I was able to sketch and enjoy the sunshine which appeared through the clouds every now and then. It was so much fun. I’m not a big outdoor person, so spending time outside really felt good.
My art is improving. I still have a lot to learn and discover. I want my art to reflect me and not compare myself to others. Members of my group was very supportive and gave me positive feedback but I got to be happy with what I produce because that is why I joined. Thanks to everyone.
I went to my Art Attacks meetup at Jerry’s Artarama. It was all about collage. It was a large group and boy was it fun. I thought it was going to be collage on paper (I read the specifics wrong, plus I only knew of paper collage) but it was done on a panel. I started mine but will have to show you another time because I haven’t finished it. But I will share some photos anyway.
I really enjoyed my day of art. If you are interested in any of these two groups visit the following sites to join.
When I started my business six years ago, I worked three days a week at a coffee shop. It was the perfect setting for me to have coffee and muffins and interact with people. I loved it. I didn’t’ even mind driving across town because it was such a great place. When the owner had to shut the shop down, I was really sad. I then got the opportunity to lease some office space. I stayed in the office space for two years. I gave it up because I was going back to coffee shops to meet with people and I stopped going daily to the office. That was a waste of money.
I have since been working in my home office. It’s nice. My desk sits in front of a big window that I can look out onto the street. But after sitting in there day in and day out I go a bit stir crazy. I love my dogs but they don’t talk to me. 🙂 The isolation interferes with my focus and my ability to get my work done. I have started looking for ways to be around people and get back to working at a coffee shop.
I have known about Co-working for a while. At the time, I looked into it, the ones available in my area had a cost, which I was not willing to pay. But I have recently come across a co-working meet-up in my area I have joined. I haven’t attended yet, but I plan to in the coming weeks. I will tell you about my experience but it is at a coffee shop and I get to meet new business owners.
Just in case you are asking what are the benefits of being a part of a Co-working program or meet up? I found a great article that will give you some insight. I hope it helps and let me know your experience with co-working and if you found it to be helpful. I know it will help me not feel so isolated and alone.
Now that the holidays have are here, the one thing I work on is keeping my stress level down. I know I have to keep my business running while taking care of family and the holiday fun.
While doing research on this topic, I found these seven tips on how to kick the small business stress habit during the holidays. The story was written by Matthew Toren with iSmall Business (ismallbusiness.com). I find the tips to be practical and things we can do throughout the year, but they are especially good practice during the holidays.