As you can see from the lack of posts on my blog I’ve been working pretty hard over the past few years. I switched jobs to work at a fast-paced digital marketing agency and the past three years have flown by in a blur of deadlines, learnings, and community events.
I have really enjoyed the past three years but every time I pass by my home office-slash-studio I feel my heart breaking a little when I think of all of the unfinished creative projects I haven’t been able to devote any time to.
This year, I made the decision that time was more important than money so I have been taking my Fridays as unpaid leave so I can work on languishing projects. Yes, I am feeling the pinch a bit with the reduced paycheque but I’ve told myself that extra day every week is more important.
In the interest of accountability, here is my list of, shamefully, unfinished projects:
- Sock monkeys – I, literally, have a box full of unfinished sock monkeys. They stare at me with their eyeless faces every time I walk by and I can hear them whispering, “shame shaaame shaaaaame” at me despite their lack of mouths.
- Painting – This really should be plural but, to be fair, I only have one painting in progress at the moment. The others are just sketches so they hardly count. It’s ridiculous it takes me so long to complete a painting but, honestly, the light is only right during the day and I’m usually at work during the day.
- Non-fiction book – This project was started over a year ago and I still only have an outline and a half-finished introduction. I have almost all of the information I need to write this darn thing! I just need to sit down and write.
- Comics – I have a whole notebook in Evernote devoted to comic ideas. I have a sketchbook full of rough comic sketches. I have a domain and twitter handle reserved. I have zero finished comics.
- Code – Here’s the thing: I’m interested in learning about the code I don’t get to do at work every day. Things like advanced CSS animations, different JS frameworks, non-standard implementations of WordPress, I even have a notebook in Evernote dedicated to different video game ideas I’d like to try creating! My laptop is full of abandoned code that I never got the chance to finish for whatever reason.
It was a hard decision to let go of four days pay a month in exchange for time to tackle my creative projects but, so far, I haven’t regretted this decision.