Last week we talked (kind of a lot) about financial success as an artist, and I thought it might be useful to share some of the things I do (and don’t do) that allow me to do what I love without the hustling. I don’t make a ton of money, not by any means. I write and blog and podcast and do talks, all about creativity and mixed-media artists. My husband is a retired teacher who substitutes in the schools where he used to teach. Three times a year we travel to an Art Is You retreat and work there: I do speaking and moderate discussions, and he takes photos. We love this a lot.
In simplifying my life, I was thinking not just about spending less money but about having more time and space. I wanted to clear out the stuff I didn’t use and/or love, and I wanted to minimize the amount of time I spend doing things I don’t like to do. Here are some of the things that work for me:
—I had multiple Twitter accounts, blogs, Facebook pages, and a website. While the only one that cost money was the website, and it wasn’t that expensive, all of it took up time, rather a lot of time. I thought seriously about all this and got rid of everything I didn’t enjoy: the extra blog, the website, the extra Twitter accounts, the FB pages. I kept my blog, which I love, and my personal FB account. I kept the Twitter account but don’t use it for posting. It’s there for finding out stuff in emergencies, when I follow the local news stations.
—I resisted Instagram, Google+, and everything else new and shiny. I’m sure some of them are lots of fun and are hubs of fabulous social activity, but for me, my time is more important than my being in the middle of the hustle and bustle. I’d rather spend that time writing a blog post that might connect with someone who reads it.
—I don’t shop. You know, when you go to the mall or a store and wander around, checking out what’s new: new art supplies, new shoes, new bags. I don’t do that. It started out as a conscious thing, you know: to quit shopping. But as my tastes have changed, I’ve found that the stuff for sale in stores is of little interest to me. I go buy supplies when I need them, but more and more I order online (floss, fabric, scissors) because it’s faster.
Oops—I just realized I had more to say than will fit in one post. See you on Wednesday, then~~
For more about using or reusing what you’ve got, try The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir.
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