I am starting a new job next week and I am so excited about it. It will mean working pretty much full time, mostly away from home and a lot less time for creating my art. So why am I excited by the prospect? There are a lot of reasons. (And yes, money is one of them!)

Meeting New People

She Wondered How They Knew She Was New In Town. Original painting by Jan Allsopp

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I moved to a new town about 5 months ago, and while I have met some lovely people, it will be lovely to meet more. I have been pleased to find that this town is very friendly, but as with anywhere, people already have their lives in place and aren’t necessarily looking to expand their friend circle. It often seems to be the way that we meet our friends at work so I’m looking forward to the opportunity for that. At the very least I will have a whole new range of acquaintances and that can’t be a bad thing.

 

Exercising my brain muscles

She Began To Wonder What She Was Capable Of - Original Painting by Jan Allsopp

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My new job will be a wonderful challenge and I am so looking forward to that! I was lucky enough in my last job to find myself being able to respond to challenges and expand my role in the area of my interests. This has directly lead to me getting this new job! I can’t wait to find out what I’m capable of this time!

 

A little bit of structure

Structure wasn't her strong point - Original painting by Jan Allsopp

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I know, it will be a whole lot of structure in truth! I am sad to admit that I’m not the best at creating structure of my own for work here at home. It always seems I get the most done when I have the most to do. These past few months of “leisure” have been a treat but I didn’t manage to create the structure I had planned on for myself. I know I won’t solve that issue by going back to work, but it will be nice to have the other benefits as well.

 

Yes, money!

Laura loved pay day - original painting by Jan Allsopp

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I had planned to immerse myself in my studio and make money through my art. A tiny obstacle to that is my lack of “studio”! Yes, I claimed a spare bedroom and have it set up wonderfully, but it is just too small and needs to stay too clean for me to feel the studio freedom I crave. I have a year contract for my new job and I should be able to build a studio space with the extra money. Now that is truly exciting!

 

A need to “settle”

Jess was most comfortable with the familiar - original painting by Jan Allsopp

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One strong reason I wanted to work here in my new town, is so I feel a part of the community, not just a newcomer. Going to work is a commonplace. I want to feel settled here. I want it to feel like home. I want it to feel ordinary. I want being here to be comfortable in the way familiar things are.

 

Prove myself – to myself

The persona she admired most was herself - original painting by Jan Allsopp

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My new job will be a challenge as I’ve said. I want to find out how I go with it, what I do, how I will do it. I will need to expand some of the skills I already have and basically move up to the next level. I think I will be pretty pleased with myself when I do that.

 

Quandaries ensue

Sometimes Shirley got distracted - original painting by Jan Allsopp

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Of course quandaries ensue! How will I keep my creativity ticking over? My job is creative but it won’t be painting pictures! Will my painting go by the wayside?

I don’t think so. It never has in the past. I may take small breaks away from it, but that happens even when I’m home full time, so that is not the issue. The issue is how to build painting and my other creating into a day with full time work. I am pleased to say I have some good ideas on this! I’ll share these ideas in my next post.

Polly was begining to dream big - original painting by Jan Allsopp

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