Last weekend I had the honor of teaching a 3-day workshop for the first time at the Donna Downey Studios in North Carolina. It was a glorious occasion and I painted with some of the sweetest ladies I could have hoped for. Stepping away from the online side of things for the weekend and engaging with artists in person was a much-needed change of pace.
After reflecting on such an intense year, and recognizing that in a few short days I would be starting my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, I decided to reign it in and cancel all work-related Instagram and Facebook activity for a week. Well, 4 days to be exact but that's basically a business week over here.
Here's what I learned:
- Managing two Instagram accounts, a Facebook group of 1,900+ artists, and keeping up with my account here is a full time job.
- I need to hire more help and fast. Having support staff to help manage the different facets of my art business and consulting is crucial for me to stay in shape.
- I was able to be way more productive in my business when I unplugged for a few days.
- I was able to focus on self-care more easily. I caught up with a few healthcare visits, visited my grandma, and spent my 29th birthday at the mall like a normal person. (PS I treated myself to some Madewell jeans for the first time and I did not know a pair of jeans could make you so happy. They cost a pretty penny, but you will never want to put your toosh in another piece of denim again.)
- I got out of the addictive loop of likes and comments and also couldn't run to them when I needed a distraction.
- My time felt like my own for the first time in a long time.
- It is slightly scary to think the online world has imploded and may build up your anxiety to check it even for a second
- I have more self-control than I thought I did. And coming back to the "work" that is social media is hard.
- Social media is still a vital part of my business and how I support myself, but it is not the only part.
Have you ever tAKEN a social media hiatus?
I intend to schedule more of these throughout the rest of this year. I never realized how much time and energy I was expending. It's nice just to be able to tell people, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need anything and walk away.
Today marks the first day of my self-inflicted 30 paintings in 30 days challenge 😝 and so you can expect me to make up for the absence this week with a months worth of original paintings from my studio to flood your screens.
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After this I'll probably want a pina colada off the coast of Jamaica. Like for real 🌴🌴🌴