Work-Life Balance

Jersey City and Manhattan skylines as seen from NY Harbor. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Work-Life Balance for the Creative Mind

Recently it seems increasingly difficult to find the right work/life balance, and perhaps that’s even more true in the creative world. That’s because, for many creatives, our work is our passion, our life; hence, we give ourselves and our time to creating that work, day in and day out, without hesitation. It might seem…easy to do that, because we “do it for the love of it” but we also do it for the money of it, which doesn’t always come easy or on time. Hence, we do end up working around the clock, and not only on creative work. That, in turn, can trigger an ongoing process that’s consuming in more ways than one.

“Time waits for nobody” croons Freddy Mercury. There also comes a time when we’re reminded of that neglected work/life balance, sometimes at a cost we hadn’t taken into consideration.

Recently, I’ve been reminded of that and, basically, forced to consider using the weekend to reconsider certain aspects of my life. And I’m glad I did. It allowed me to…take time to put things into perspective. And so, this past weekend, being the last weekend of summer, or the first weekend of fall, depending on how you look at it, I decided to enjoy the warm temps and spend time capturing ideas for potential new projects, armed only with my cell phone.

City Skylines: Jersey City and Manhattan skylines as seen from the ferry, from NYC Harbor. Photo by Alina Oswald.
City Skylines: Jersey City and New York City seen from NY Harbor. Photo by Alina Oswald.

And so, as I love the beach, I decided to revisit a couple of New York islands….

Passing under Verrazano Bridge, crossing into NY Harbor. Photo by Alina Oswald.
On the Other Side of Verrazano Bridge. Photo by Alina Oswald.

There’s nothing quite like reconnecting with Nature. It always allows us to rediscover and remind ourselves of our purpose, and goals, in this life. At least that’s what I believe.

On the beach, surrounded by Nature. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Reaching the Beach. Photo by Alina Oswald.
A constant struggle. Waves, reaching the beach. Video clip by Alina Oswald.

And so, I did enjoy feeling the sand between my toes, while rethinking strategies, creative ones in particular, and coming up with ideas for new creative projects.

Hope your weekend was a nice one, too. And, as always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald

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