Monday, December 24, 2007

Struggle Makes Us Strong! (Grrrrrrrrr)

Oh, I am struggling!

I am struggling with Adobe Photoshop, trying to make some new designs for next year. I am struggling with being a very small company, with big ideas and marketing to big clients. I am struggling with all the responsibilities that come with being a mother of three, but also wanting more time for my self and being tired of always coming last.

What are you struggling with?

All of these issues are so big, and they are completely intertwined with each other. And so, I must remind myself, that it’s good to struggle. I will be a better person for it in the end, right? RIGHT?

I need to make more new designs, but what I really want to do needs to be done with Photoshop. The problem is, I know next to nothing about Photoshop. I bought a book on Photoshop, which so far has been fantastic. But, it’s 2 ½ inches thick! (I just measured it) Therefore, I need TIME to learn, but where does that time come from when my baby only sleeps about 2 hours a day, some of which I’m running around taking care of everyone else but me. Hubby is home from work, so I spent many hours yesterday struggling with the behemoth that is Photoshop, ending the day very frustrated.

So, here’s what I did come up with. It’s ridiculous that it took me most of a day to come up with two designs, but, at least I now know how to make my own brushes (thanks to a great link that you can see here, which was first posted on my good friend Julie’s blog, which you can read here. It’s worth the click!

Living our best everyday doesn’t mean we don’t struggle, it doesn’t mean we don’t feel like kicking the computer ‘cuz it’s just not doing exactly what we want it to do. In order to live our best, we must recognize that struggle, not kick the computer, even if we really, REALLY want to (they’re kinda expensive…) and find the way to overcome. I am slowly making my way through the Photoshop book. I am slowly breaking down doors at the “big guys”, and I am slowly finding ways to make time for myself and think about putting myself first – at least some of the time.

What are you going to do THIS WEEK to overcome some struggle in your life?


BloggingQueen said...

What, me, struggle?

Just posted about that myself. Sneaky, that's how I do it. I sneak up on myself to get it done. Mentally, I have to yell a lot of "lalalalalalalala" to distract the demons. Worked this time, too.

Maija said...

Take time to determine what comes first, second and third. It's beter to have some success at each level, than trying to be the best at every level and failing. I made that mistake years and years ago until I crashed and burned!
You can make the right choices for yourself for right now.
Be sure to take care of yourself!

carylsrealm said...

Tally, I bought a HUGE book on photoshop and still haven't picked it up. Wish we could learn together, but these look great!