Ann Rea's Work and Pleasure

[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"]San Francisco based Artist & CEO[/caption] I work really hard.  I’ve taken on a very challenging business.  Art doesn’t sell itself. At times the pressures of being a solopreneur can weigh heavily.  It’s all on me. I am the factory, sales and marketing, head of finance, and the maintenance department, etc of Ann Rea, Inc. You get the picture. Fortunately the work itself provides a stress relief valve. It is sort of a common perception that artists struggle with their creative selves.  I don’t. There’s no suffering or angst in what I do. I’m basically getting paid very well to color.  This is freeing, relaxing, and when I’m doing it right, it’s actually pretty darn easy. This is a far cry from buckling myself into my Honda and sitting in San Francisco Bay Area traffic for hours only to arrive at an office I couldn’t wait to leave.  I remember getting so anxious and then depressed each Sunday night just dreading the start of the workweek yet again. Today I look forward to work each day and I’m reminded of this quote. "Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed because there's something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you're good at - something that's bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again." -- Whit Hobbs When I travel for business I’m off to Napa Valley or to places like the Montage Resort in Deer Valley to commune with nature and relax.  It’s a great gig. My job is actually to relax and paint, to savor the colors of the moment.  Yes.  That’s my tag line. So when I feel the pressures of business bearing down on me I remind myself that I'm learning and that this part is getting easier. And I have created an extraordinary privilege. I don’t have to completely divide my time between work and pleasure.  My work is my pleasure.  And I have the privilege of creating pleasure for others.  For this I am very grateful.
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