I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately...too many projects all of a sudden, and my manageable life quickly spins out of control. I'm not one of these creative types who can dabble in five projects at a time and juggle life on little or no sleep. If I get involved in too much, then I start forgetting things, missing things, losing things.
Is it a myth that some people can get by on five hours of sleep? I try and get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Eight makes me happy, seven I can still function, and six...well, I don't remember your name, I put the milk carton in the Tupperware cabinet, and cry over a traffic jam. I begin not handling my stress well, and then I can't sleep when I do have the time.
During a trip to the hardware store for one of said projects, I happened on this little gem...Now, anything from Somerset Studio is just dreamy, perfect for a bubble bath or a five minute time out. This is the second issue of their new magazine, Where Women Create, and it features the shops and work spaces of creative women. I find it inspiring and fun to see their styles come through. And, it helps me remember why I got involved in all these projects in the first place.
So the magazine is highly recommended by me. It does cost a little more, but it only comes out quarterly, and it is choc full of great photography (unlike some other decorating magazines I flip through and think "where are all the ROOMS?").
I did have a moment of pause, however, on the creators page in the front of the magazine. I can identify with her feelings of 'so much too do, not enough time in the day', but on the side bar there was a little daily schedule that started with "Answer e-mail" at 4:30 in the morning, and ended with "Creative Time" from 10 pm to Midnight.
Hello? Does this woman really do it on four and a half hours of sleep? Is that why she's a big time creative editor and I'm happy if I break out the paints once a month? My dog woke up at four thirty last night (yes, this is night) and I almost cried.
Have I been lying to myself thinking I can do creative awesome things a little at a time, and still enjoy luxuries, like sleep?
I can't tell if I'm discouraged, overwhelmed or both. Feel free to leave comments, compliments, or psychological evaluations.