Balancing Act

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Biggest challenge? Finding a balance between studio and social life.

It wasn't until recently that I realized I have a tough time branching out when I get in a creative rhythm. Ever since I was a kid, I always felt more comfortable keeping quiet instead of spending time with others when I was excited about something. Seclusion has been my creative haven, and that's attributed to my ability to practice my skills and endeavors on a daily basis.

One thing I need more practice in? Being a friend.

It's easy to hide behind a phone or computer and get a daily dose of interaction from social media without the need to even talk to someone face to face. Don't get me wrong, Instagram and other platforms have been a game changer in my career, but I started to notice that I was skipping out on plans with friends just because I wanted to get back to painting. Normally that wouldn't be an issue, but completely replacing social time with work and social media have began to poke holes in my foundation.

In hopes of turning over a new leaf, I've been reaching out to people left and right. I've never been good at initiating friendships, but when I stopped to think about all the interesting and talented people out there, why not get to know them! Devoting at least a hour or two a week to meeting new people or catching up with friends has been a challenge, but no amount of social media interaction can replace those moments.

If you're reading this and want to meet up, reach out! I'm always looking for new people to hear their stories and be inspired by. Finding a balance between studio and social can be a challenge, but doesn't have to be impossible. 

Emily Quandahl