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Freelancing with a new baby

by Gary Martin Illustration

Freelancing with a new baby

It’s been a long couple of years with a lot of changes which has changed my outlook and plans. First a quick run-down on life since my last blog: My work as a freelance designer and illustrator had been successfully building up over a 3 year period and I was pleased, then my mum got terminally ill. We moved her in with us so I could care for her full time, with some amazing help from the NHS Home Visit Nurses and McMillian Nurses. This was the toughest time of my life, both mentally and physically. I took unpaid leave from my part-time job so I could be at home 24/7 and struggled to carry on with freelance work. I won’t go in to detail but the last few weeks turned me into an emotional wreck with anxiety and panic attacks and PTSD that I am still working through. Just before my mum passed away, we discovered my wife was pregnant so, without time to recover, it was straight into new reasons fro stress and sleep deprivation as we learnt how to be parents to a lovely, but very energetic baby girl. I contacted my clients and explained that I am taking a break from freelance work unless as I could not find the time or energy to produce the work. They were all very understanding. All this has led me to rethink my life and the amount of time I put into keeping on top of trends in design, HTML, CSS, Javascript Programming, fighting crashing computers etc. I have had to minimalise my life to make room for all our babies things and have decided to concentrate on what I love when I get the time…art and illustration. Website design has too many restrictions that cause friction with clients who do not understand so that was the first to go. Then I realised I do not enjoy staring at a computer screen all day so the more mundane work involving lots of text formatting is to go. I need creativity so therefore I have turned my design studio into an art studio with paints and an easel and gone back to what I loved as a child- painting, drawing and illustration. This all means starting again in many ways but its a fun challenge that I love - life to short to push for things you don’t truly want and I’ve wasted too much time on it. If you have goals, just make sure the sacrifices yo may make is worth achieving the goal. I decided web and graphic design wasn’t worth my time anymore. I still enjoy logo design and illustration work though so am holding on to those. The rest of the time is for getting messy with acrylic paints and enjoying being creative for my own soul. Check out my artwork at http://gmartinartist.com Thank you to all the clients who have been great over the last few years.

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