How I Spend My Free Time – Guilt-Free Lazy Days?

In the past year, I have noticed a pretty drastic change in how I Spend my free time and how I feel comfortable spending it.

I think it all started when I began my little business on Poshmark. From that point on, I’ve become a teeny bit of a workaholic.

But it’s more than that.

It’s gotten to the point now that if I feel like I’m doing anything passive, I’m wasting my time. Granted, this doesn’t apply if I’m with my husband or hanging out with friends. It for the most part only applies when I’m alone.

To me, time awake and by myself must be spent doing one of the following:

  • Working out (improving my body)
  • Working my side businesses -either Poshmark or Etsy (because it provides money)
  • Listening to or watching something educational that teaches me about the world
  • Cleaning (while listening to a podcast)
  • Creating something new

I think that the last bullet is an item that can easily help me wind down, but not always… Sometimes I just want to sit on the couch watching Pretty Little Liars and eating a bucket of ice cream.

I’m personally not sure if my “need” to do something I deem as productive at all times is a good or bad thing… I feel pretty tired today, and although I feel like I should work out or at least do something else that’s productive my mind and body are both very tired today and I just want to lay around and binge on tv. I feel like I could use a rest, but I feel like if I did I will be missing out on something and I know that I’d feel guilty afterwards.

I am going to need to stay conscious about this, because I could very easily see this aspect of myself burning me out… I think everybody needs breaks every now and then, and this feeling of “guilt”when I take a break every once in a while seems like a bit if a yellow flag for me.

Do any of you do this? How do you keep a balance?

 

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My Gallery Wall Tour

As a painter, maker, and a general lover of pretty things, I collect artwork. I use my craft room as a place where I can show off all of my favorite artists works, and all of my pretty things. Since the space is mine, I have the freedom to use the space however I want, so my craft room is a 100% representation of who I am.

I have a pretty full collection on my gallery wall, which will probably end up extending around my whole room eventually (let’s be honest). πŸ˜‰

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I love each and every item because it’s either by one of my favorite artists, has some special meaning, or both.

  1. This first piece is a print by an artist named Trisha Thompson Adams. She does a lot of really pretty nature inspired prints mostly using gouache which is one of my favorite art mediums. I found this print in a little shop in Galveston with my sister. Behind it is sheet of hand made paper that I didn’t have the heart to cut up… I originally intended to get a shadow box frame and place it in front of a black background to hang it as is, but I couldn’t find the appropriate type and size of frame. For now, I kind of like it here.

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2. This next one is actually a page from a calendar that I had a few years back. It’s by an artist called Katie Daisy. She also wrote the book that I have on display next to my doll. There’ll be a picture down below of it. The book is called “How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide”. She’s definitively in my top 3 favorite artists.

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3. This shadow box is one that I made. I made all of the dresses from paper. The dress in the middle is modeled after my wedding dress. I wore this gorgeous Maggie Sottero dress for my wedding. The dress I ended up wearing was not the one I pictured at all when I began planning my wedding, but when I saw it, I knew it was the one.😊

I did not save my wedding dress since it takes up so much space and I didn’t want to watch it turn yellow, but I still wanted a representation of it. That’s why I made this​ shadow box. (Also, sorry for the reflection in all of these pics. It’s pretty hard to take pics of things behind glass).

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4. This next item is my inspiration board. It is ever changing, and I keep things in it that inspire me at the moment.

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5. This picture and frame actually cost me only $2 total. Trader Joe’s was selling this gorgeous greeting card for $1 and since it’s a standard frame size, I knew I had to have it. I found the frame at Goodwill for $1 as well… I actually really like that it looks a bit banged up. Also the design and color really fit the print.

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6. The star garland that you see framing my gallery wall was on clearance at Anthropologie. I’d been wanting some pretty lights to hang, and these fit the bill. I like that the light is very subtle and not blinding and I love the color and texture of the stars they’re more earthy tones than most of the art I have which provides a nice balance.

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Although these next items aren’t technically on my wall, I’m still going to include them since I feel like they serve as pieces of my gallery wall.

7. This Crystal Sphere was purchased at Home Goods. I love the texture and the size of it. I also like that the base is the same material. It provides a nice bit of contrast against all the organic, floral, and kind of busy “prints”that I tend to gravitate towards. It just looks clean, simple, and pretty… Also it makes me feel like a fortune teller. πŸ˜‰

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8. The doll to it’s left was purchased at Anthropologie on clearance. I loved how peaceful she looks and I’ve been really into cloth dolls lately. (Yes, it’s a she) πŸ˜‰ She is by a doll maker named Alice Mary Lynch.

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Also, let’s just talk about that bow tie! πŸ™‚

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9. On this shelf, I have a foam head that I painted a few years ago. Right now, she’s displaying a headband that I bought (again) from Anthropologie (and again) on clearance. It’s actually a child’s headband, but it fits me. 😊 It’s also made by Alice Mary Lynch.

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10. On this shelf I have a seashell I found on a beach near Louisiana where I drove by self from mid south Texas on a whim/”mental breakdown”, a geode that my brother got me from his trip to the Grand canyon, and last is an antler that I found while hiking in the woods nearby in college.

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11. And last but not least, is this shelf where I keep the Totoro music box that my sister got me for Christmas a few years ago. I am super obsessed with Miyazaki’s movies. I love that he doesn’t rush the stories, and the art and the stories are beautiful. It was the perfect gift! The alpaca was purchased at comicpalooza. The Lion and Rose Quartz figures are 2 of my favorite characters from Steve & Universe.

Next is my Sailor Mercury pop figure. I loved Sailor Moon as a kid, and Sailor Mercury is my favorite sailor scout.

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Below that is a piece of amber on a chain that my sister’s boyfriend gave to me. It had a tiny extinct bee in it! You can shop his items here. He has some amazing specimens and has a great selection of Amber.

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Below that is a garland that I made using wood pieces that I cut and drilled, crystal beads, and embroidery thread.

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Anyway, that’s my gallery wall so far!

I went to Comicpalooza yesterday and picked up a new piece of artwork by Yoshi Yoshitani. I even got to meet her! She is super nice, and she makes some amazing pop art inspired by comic books, video games, and folk lore. She even has a tarot card collection coming out soon! i bought a small print from it, which you can see below. I intend to buy a nice frame for the mermaid print and hang it on my wall. I just love the colors and design of it. I think that this piece of her work would give my wall a breath (or kick) of fresh air! If you haven’t seen her work, go check it out!

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post. I haven’t written in a while and really miss it… Things have been very busy here. I hope you had a good weekend!