justlikeliz - Illustrator and Designer


Finding a balance...

I knew getting that balance between work life and creative life would be heard but I didn’t know it would be THIS hard. Earlier this month I said I was going to write this blog post but I didn’t even get round to doing it until now.

Now Uni is all over I find myself launched into the real world. I now have a 9 – 5 job that I’m using as a stepping stone before finding myself a creative career. I didn’t realise how hard I would find it to keep being creative on the side. While I am now an admin assistant I find myself being exhausted at the end of the day and not having the motivation to make illustrations. I feel so bad, after finding out I got a First Class Honours in my degree it makes me upset that I’m not doing anything creative.

It probably doesn’t help that I now participate in 2 sports a week, I just find all my time is taken up and any spare time I want to do nothing because I’m mentally exhausted from staring at a computer all day and physically exhausted from playing sport.

So where does the balance come in? I am actually yet to settle down and find a balance when all I want to do at the moment is sleep. I know that I need to set myself a new project, new goals so that I keep producing illustrations I am proud of and still want to see in my shop spaces, share on social media etc etc. I wanted to speak about this because I kinda want to show it’s okay to sometimes be a bit all over the place. I know this is just a blip and that it will all balance itself out eventually. My passion for illustration is still strong I just have to ignite it again.

I feel the answer is as simple as I just need to make time. I need to make time for the things I love and dedicate a section of my work towards that. Balance is important and making time for your passion and talent is so important. Going forward I will set myself new goals and begin a new project where I will start making new work that I am proud of.

-       Lizzie x

Lizzie Downhill