If you’ve read this blog before, you have probably read a few posts about a problem that Britt and I often encounter as actors/functional adults; a problem that may be the biggest challenge of choosing to make the arts your career path:
Britt and I are both doggedly pursuing art as a career, which means we end up living double-lives in the meantime. There are the “adult-y” things we have to do to make ends meet and there are the creative projects that we fill our lives with in order to stay artistically alive. This equals a ton of man-hours of work, which is why I kind of giggle when I hear this attribute stereotypically assigned to artists:
And THAT is bullshit!! Some of the most independent, hard-working, entrepreneurial folks I know are artists (including my Dani and Yours Truly). I often think of artists as ninjas… and you KNOW those ninjas trained their asses off to learn how to be badass and invisible. While also paying their ninja bills somehow.
Damn straight, Britt! THIS is the truth people:
So true. And doing all of the crap we do, while trying to stay sane and be functional and decent human beings at the same time, is quite trying at times.
So my lesson of this week has been that IT IS OKAY TO TAKE SOME “ME TIME.” Okay, yeah, it is somewhat trite, but seriously, I have to remind myself of this or my busy-ness will start to chip away at my sanity.
IT IS SO IMPORTANT!
Honestly, some days I just feel like:
When really, I want to be more like:
See? Cat Ninja. This cat ninja is kicking ass and working shit out. Probably because she allows for plenty of cat-Me-Time when not out kicking major dog and gopher ass.
Damn straight! According to my half-assed research on the internet (AKA googling it), cats spend 13-16 hours of their day sleeping. Straight up SLEEPING. That doesn’t count the time they spend eating cat food and stretching and licking their balls. I’m not about to publicly divulge how much time I spent this week eating cat food and licking my balls (too far? maybe), but let me give you an example of how I carved out some time for myself on Monday..
Dani’s super-special-me-time Monday:
- Get up in time to go to class (skip workout and get a full night of sleep)
- Go to movement class,
- Use the three hour break to LEAVE CAMPUS (gasp!), go to BIKRAM YOGA, and spend too much money on this absurdly delicious sandwich at Atwater Village Farm
4. Come back to campus for 3:00 p.m. scene study class, feeling rejuvenated
5. Stick around campus for rehearsal until the sun is long gone from the sky
Way to go, D. I’m proud of you. You are self-care MACHINE. And that falafel burger looks AMAZING.
Dude. It seriously was. No joke. Although, damn girl, I feel like part of the whole “me time” thing is not over-committing myself, and saying no when I need to. When you take care of yourself, you are better able to do the work that you DO commit to. I just read a great article by David Cain on Thought Catalog about being conscious of the things that you commit yourself to doing, and how they take up space in your head and heart.
I also found this little gem especially useful, courtesy of Justine Musk:
You should really do yourself a favor and check out the entire post by Justine Musk. Some of my favorite Badass Reasons to Say No (which I am sure I will use in the near future) include: “I’d rather stick needles in my eyes” (#3) “or your eyes” (#4), “My schedule… is up in the air right now. See it wafting down the corridor” (#5), and “I would love to say yes to everything, but that would be fucking stupid” (#15).
I would also like to give a special shout-out to reason #23, as it explicitly states hotswetymonkysex as a Badass Reason to Say No to things. And you know how Dani and I LOUURVE talking about hotswetymonkysex.
Hell yeah! We are trying to get as many horny teenagers to read our blog as possible. Too far again? Maybe. Yes. Definitely, yes.
…It’s never too far.
Anyway, remember to take care of your hot selves this week by doing some hot and sweaty bikram yoga, eating tasty food, and saying NO to people when you need to.
Yeah, back the fuck OFF, world!! Britt and Dani told me to take some Me Time!! (You’re welcome)
dani and britt xoxo