Thursday, August 30, 2007
A Daunting Venture
Well, that's it. Summer is officially over for me. I spent my first day back in the classroom and have a bit of summer nostalgia already. I have been teaching high school for over 10 years now and still find it difficult the first day back after the summer. Teaching is exhausting! So, I am a bit worried about how I can still keep up my web presence once I'm back into the routine of a full time job. Blogging, running my Etsy shop, social networking, pottery production, photography, and teaching full time? It seems daunting. I really enjoy teaching and find that it inspires me to create more than anything else. My difficulty is that once I have all of these ideas in my head, I can't find the time to get them out. I am up at 6.30 am and usually don't get home until 6pm. Then I have an hour or two of marking or class preparation, dinner to make, the odd bit of exercise, and hopefully a bit of time in the studio. Did you notice how the studio time was last on the agenda? I am often too physically and mentally burned out to find my way into the studio, though. So how am I to survive my full time job and still have time to create? Good question! I haven't quite figured that one out yet. I just had my one year Etsyversary and hit 500 hearts which is encouraging. My first year on Etsy started out quite slowly while I figured things out. I started listing and promoting more while starting up my blog this summer once I had more time. My photography improved and I found a lot of great forums to help me become part of a creative online community. I really can't see my life without the creative outlet that pottery gives me. So, even though my blog entries may not be quite as frequent, I plan on making studio time a priority. Thank goodness my husband can cook!
Posted by Pam McFadyen at 3:59 PM