I originally set out to do this blog project as a year long, daily post.
I regret to tell you that I haven't been able to finish all 365 days, but at the same time I was hit with a reality check that tells me not to feel so much regret.
By the end of my university degree I was facing the stress of my own graduate project alongside the organisation of our end of year graduate exhibition. This involved a LOT more work than I set out for. I should have taken my own advice and set aside time for myself every day, but since I was practically running two projects my health did become an issue and I barely had time for sleep or food. I decided that looking after myself was more important.
By the time I could finally have a break I was months behind and it's true that once you stop it's very hard to get back in. However I still learnt a lot from the experience and I definitely think it helped me to be more real with my work. After that dreadfully exhausting experience at uni I made a decision to never let work get the better of me. My Motivation helped me see that my life and my creativity is a gift! Why should I ever let 'paying the bills' come before having a fulfilling life. After the exhibition I had no choice but to leave early and head straight to bed absolutely exhausted, while the rest of my classmates went out to celebrate. It's just simply no way to live.
Pictured is my best friend and I having completed the set up of our exhibition together. It was the moment I decided to carry on feeling as happy as I did then throughout my career - without all the exhaustion and mental upset I was put through during it. Thanks to My Motivation I'm putting the good things first and living that fulfilling life I'd hope this would bring me.