balancing act
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How do you maintain the balance in your life? Creative vs. business, life vs. work , juggling schedules?

This is a tough one because I don’t think I’m all that successful at balancing everything. There are so many aspects to my life where I need to be present, and not enough hours in the day. I am actually trying to set up some kind of schedule (“no excuse schedule”) so I can manage my time more successfully.

I am still trying to find a balance between the creative and the business side. I think most artists are (like me) lousy business people (though I do know quite a few exceptions). We’d rather be in the studio than doing the business side of our careers. Maybe that’s where the “starving artist” term came about. I have pushed myself to feel more comfortable on that business side, and it’s not easy, but I’m trying. Last year I got together with 5 other artists and formed art6. One of the things we tackle is the business of being  artists, so this past year that business/creative scale has been more leveled.

Life vs. work? ha! this is even tougher. With 2 kids, it gets tricky, between cooking, carpools, afterschool classes, homework, I’m not left with much time.  I try to paint in the mornings while they are at school, sometimes I’ll be able to find bits of time during a quiet afternoon…those days though, dinner may not be too exciting.

I think if you are passionate about something, you need to somehow find a way to juggle to fit it into your daily life. You will be happy and in turn you will find a way to make it all work, or at least go through life smiling while tripping over laundry.


About the author: Maite Benito Agahnia

Maite currently lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two children. She is active in the Art Community in Southern California, and volunteers her time to help children and give back to the community.

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