By Leslie:


One aspect of my life that has been floundering is me. Recently my skin was breaking out, I’d been eating terribly, not getting enough sleep and getting sick because of it. This can’t go on for too long before I go completely bonkers. 

I have to remember that sometimes it’s OK to take an hour to focus on me. It’s not selfish, it’s smart. It’s necessary for me to clean my room, fold my laundry, get rid of all the physical clutter to rid myself of the mental clutter. It’s important to remember that it’s OK to take a few extra minutes to wash my face and moisturize. I can spend time on my hair and makeup to boost my daily self-confidence because it feels good to flaunt what you’ve got, not only in skill, but physically too. 

Things I’m adding to my weekly checklist: 

  1. Take a bath
  2. Read a book
  3. Watch an hour of mindless TV
  4. Indulge moderately in something
  5. Breathe
  6. Dress up
  7. Go for a walk
  8. Call my parents

These aren’t things to do every day, but by taking time to focus a little on myself will also help my mental health as well. You can’t work on your passion if you’re not right in the head. That’s not to say you can’t use some of that pain, that anger, those sleepless night to help improve our art. But it’s easier, and healthier, to note how you felt during those times and approach those feelings in your work with a clear head. 

I think the most important thing to remember during self-care is to take care of your brain. For me that includes making art. No matter how big or small I always walk away with a satisfied feeling. Sometimes that’s difficult for me to remember. Luckily I have friends like Dane who don’t mind cracking the whip sometimes.