I am a Mum.
I am an artist.
But I am a Mum first.
But I am an artist trying to carve out some sort of a career in between all the things that being a Mum involves.
This means that some of the things that I should be doing – like washing, hanging, folding the laundry – mopping, vacuuming floors – wiping benches doing dishes – gets sort of left till I can squeeze it in between other Mum things. Picnics, play dates, reading books, playing hide and seek or tickle monsters are all more important while my little ones are still little and want my attention.
But I am an artist.
I sneak away while my children are playing a game of treasure hunts outside so that I can write this blog post.
I slip into the studio while they are eating breakfast to quickly scratch out that idea for a new piece.
When it gets too hot outside and we spend some time watching a movie together I get time to work my latest pointillism piece from the comfort of the couch.
Organising a crafty session means I can bring out my acrylic paints and we can be artists together.
I know I am stealing time – but hopefully they won’t notice.
And if they do then I hope they realise that I am doing something I love, and that if you find something that brings you joy you don’t have to wait for the perfect time to do it.
Just squeeze the most out of the time you do have.
I am a Mum.