Sunday at the Museum.
After a long, and rather tumultous week, I took a needed break on Sunday and visited the National Portrait Gallery for the recent Bill Traylor exhibition.
Juggling a full-time job and full-time passion isn’t always easy, and comes with unique trials and triggers; but it’s nice to step away from my own notebook, and take a look at the art around me. The National Portrait Gallery is one of my favorite museums in D.C. It’s open until 7 p.m., close to food and shopping, and full of exciting new and old exhibitions.
When I visited, I spent most of my time at the “Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor” exhibition. Bill is regarded as one of the most important American artists of the 20th century, born into slavery in 1853 in Alabama, Bill captures the transition of America and the South from the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Great Migration.
Museums (on less busy days) are nice places to go and think. You don’t always have to form an opinion or thesis about the art. Sometimes, you can just take it in, and count the blessings and beauty of creation.
As I navigate the creative and corporate spaces, I’ve found a few things helpful. Here are a few tips:
Breathe. - Often. Though it sounds like a no-brainer, it is easy to forget. Before you start any new task, project, or piece of art, take a minute to catch your breath. Assess where you are, what you’ve done and everything you will need to perform the next task, well.
Plan. - Write things down. Cut out specific time in your schedule to brainstorm, take notes, and prepare. When you set the time aside in the beginning, you can track your time and metrics better. This will help alleviate unnecessary stress and prioritize productivity.
Know when to rest. - Take an audit of your energy and effectiveness. If you know you aren’t executing at close to 100%, take the needed time to regroup. Pause, and try again.
Learning the ins and out and time, space, and soul management is an on-going process. One thing I can say confidently, is that it takes patience, positivity, passion, and a lot of letting go of perfectionism.