Finding life balance as a digital artist
“One Step…and then the next gets you where you’re going.” – Sister Creep
When I was younger, people would ask me what I wanted to do for a living and I always had the same response; “I don’t want to lift heavy boxes for a living.” Fortunately, I accomplished that goal and have found myself working as a digital artist throughout my career.
I think about how I’ve been able to turn my hobby and passion into a career on a regular basis and never take it for granted. Working in a temperature-controlled environment, wearing casual clothes (sometimes socks AND shoes), enabling me to create worlds, tell stories, and share my imagination in the form of comics, games, movies, toys and more. Priceless….almost.
Like most digital artists I know, I spend countless hours behind monitors. For years, I would spend on average 18+ hours a day at my desk. This commitment to my art quickly became a health issue. I simply wasn’t physically active. I gained weight, started having lower back issues and found myself with no real work/life balance.
Several years ago, I decided to work on balancing things in my life more and became more aware of what I was eating and started running. A short run turned into a mile, which turned into a 5k, which turned into a half-marathon which led to my first 50-mile Ultramarathon.
Note: An ultramarathon, also called ultra-distance or ultra-running, is any footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometers (26.219 mi).
I’m currently training for my next ultramarathon and as you can imagine, with an average week of 60+ miles, I’ve had a little bit of time during my runs to think about what stops most people from stepping away from the computer and becoming more active. For me, it was always a lack of time.
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