Back working in Alaska again for a stretch, and picking up the threads of all my projects. I seem to have a never-ending list! Not that I think I’m alone in that. Who doesn’t have a list?
Lately my list has been a little fuller. I’m brushing off some long-unused skills and trying to recall what I’ve ever known of design programs. Admittedly most of my knowledge was via on-the-job learning. Back in the day, when I was in college, Adobe products weren’t even a glint in a designer’s eye. Now I’m learning with books, and the ever-helpful tutorials that abound online. I’m doing this as part of a multi-prong approach to creating digital income, and it occurred to me that it would be helpful to have a few more skills in the digital world.
So there’s that, and my second Kindle book which has been languishing for the past several weeks, waiting for me to pull it out again. Then my blog is wondering if I moved away and forgot to pack it along.
And there’s work, as in, what I am actually paid real money to do.
I’m so grateful to live in a time when so much is at my fingertips. It’s a rich experience, learning and growing, all at the touch of a few buttons and some time and effort.
But, I remind myself, life exists off-line as well. It’s easy to get sucked in by the vast world that lives behind my screen.
And if I’m always looking that direction, I miss so much.
I don’t get bubbles from my laptop. I don’t know…maybe I don’t visit the right sites?
Nothing replaces reality. I can do a lot from my sofa, and learn a lot without going into a classroom. But on days when I feel like I haven’t looked up, I stretch and yawn and remember:
What I’m really invested in is out there, the people in my life.
I’ve always been able to draw that line between my work and personal life. I find it a little more challenging when work can follow me home, follow me to the sofa, be in front of me as soon as I click on my screen.
It takes discipline to create income out of hobbies, out of interests that have potential. And I want to be one of the people that finds that key to unlock the door.
But I don’t want to get sucked dry by the process, consumed by the ease of access.
I realize, now while I still am in the formative stage of creating online work, I need to set boundaries and schedules. Yes, I want to be able to work from anywhere, and anytime I choose.
But I don’t want to find myself working everywhere, all the time.
That’s not the plan.
Aaahhh…there’s a difference in convenience and flexibility, and being consumed by the tool I’m using.
I don’t want the dream of creating my work world to become the monster that devours me.
For now, that isn’t likely to happen. For one thing, I can’t generate income without a regular job, which keeps me grounded and tied to a somewhat regular schedule. These thoughts are really about the future.
But this is the time to plan. What do I want more of? Endless time online?
Which do you think I picked?
Happy Sunday! ~ Sheila