"Be steady and well ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work." Flaubert
I take this phrase to mean a tidy, organized work space; a regular working time; as few distractions as possible.
But what about my 5 and 3-year-old distractions? Whilst it can be a lot of fun being a Mom, young kids do not sit easily with creating over the long, summer months. Getting up early to create left me exhausted and totally out of phase with my night-owl husband so I have (voluntarily) lost my regular working time in favor of additional patience.
I'm left musing on how I can use this advice in my real world. I thought finding time to create would be easy once I was at home with kids. Now I realize it's never easy - you really do need to be "steady and well-ordered in your life".
So first I listed where I am, right now. This includes:
Then I thought of solutions that accept the world as it is:
I'll be going back to that quotation of Flaubert's in a future post. Blogs and books I've been reading recently have led me to a series of realizations that are going to change how I approach, well, my whole life.