Feeling Stress-tive (?)

Following a gap in freelance projects (and a few other hurdles life has thrown my way), I've found I've been feeling quite down about my illustration work. As a lover of all things cutting, sticking, drawing and making - to sit down and feel so completely blank has been a real knock to my confidence. Being exposed to a constant stream of beautiful artwork on Social Media can be both a blessing and a curse, the latter for me a the moment. The worry grows when I remember my creative pursuit is also my source of income.

So today I decided to be nice to myself, to sit down and try to create something, and to enjoy the process. It also meant waving bye-bye 👋 to those niggling doubts and insecurities.

I ended up making this Christmassy pattern. It was so nice to just 'go with the flow'. I've even designed this year's Christmas card around it, so I'm counting it as a win.

I find it all to easy to become too emotionally involved and beat myself up over artwork that's not going to plan. It's so easy to forget everything I have achieved, being a Freelancer is tough and I'm glad to have work published full stop.

For all the other Creatives and Freelancers out there, I'm sure this is nothing new, but if you happen to be feeling down about your work, just remember to be kind to yourself, remind yourself why you love what you do and to keep on keeping on.