I am beginning a career as an artist but I am a single mother. I have worked in many corporate offices as a temp. I have attempted attending schools for things I thought would make me money. I really want to be a successful artist but I also have to take care of my son and work on art and work on my freelance contracts. I do not make the money I want or live where I want to live yet. I help my mother with her bills, I buy groceries and cook for everyone, I work at my uncles center for children and out of an art gallery at the homeless shelter as well as attend courses regarding the art business. I am doing it all without acquiring debt but I would like to know if it sounds like I am doing enough. I live a very lonely life, no real friends, no boyfriend. The only “kicks” I get are smoking a little weed and drinking a little wine here and there. I take my son to school and pick him up daily. I made sure I got him into one of the top schools in my city I also try to teach him and read to him as much as possible and keep him out of trouble. It gets hard. How do I stay motivated? I think the thing that bothers me most is uncertainty and the lack of money I have right now. How do I get to the next level financially without acquiring debt or having to fight traffic and deal with crazy attitudes every day?
Answer by Dherbs
I apologize for the very delayed response, we have been experiencing technical difficulties. I first would like to commend you on your ability to prioritize in such an effective manner. Your life sounds like one lived in great service to and love of others. However, it is also VERY important that you receive energy from others so that you do not become too imbalanced. Balance in life is crucial in all things (spiritual, physical, cognitive, relational etc).
Your loneliness is your heart’s/spirit’s way of asking for relational balance. It will continue asking louder and cause difficulties in other areas of your life/being until you create this balance. Your substance use (and thank you for your honesty) only temporarily masks the loneliness, but drugs can only make it worse. You see, drugs block us from becoming skilled at creating healthy relationships because they numbs us by turning down the volume on our brain’s natural pleasure-centers.
Additionally; keep in mind: Your first fruits are always to be consumed by YOU! You must always place yourself first, even before your son. In example: Airlines direct you that in the event of trouble you are to place your own oxygen mask on first. You can be of no use to your son if you are unconscious due to lack of oxygen. Similarly, if you give all of your fruits to others, you will have no “seed” or energy to produce more fruit.
You must give to you first! Then you have the energy to give to others. It teaches others how to give to you, how to love you, how to respect you and your needs while giving them the opportunity to reciprocate by giving to you. This is how we balance giving. Don’t worry if it feels selfish at first, it definitely will seem that way, to you and possibly others. Its just the change of tides making everyone feel a bit uncomfortable – but this will balance out in time as you become more skilled at receiving and feel more worthy of others’ care .
I realize you have asked several other questions, however I have addressed the one I feel will help unblock your energy and allow you to see that the answers to the other questions have always been right before you. We are born with everything we need to accomplish our goals, we only need to focus on the proper utilization of these gifts and resources. If you couple this skill with fearlessness and belief in oneself, you will win.
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