Updating my website is no longer an open job. I've been working on it most of the year when I'm not at home and it's been quite time-consuming. It probably doesn't look much different but it is considerably slimmed down, made more phone-friendly and the galleries and some of the other images have been updated. Six years is quite long enough for artwork to become out of date.
I'm not good with 'open jobs'. There's a point at which there are too many of them and I feel stressed and unable to tackle any of them well, so it feels really good that this one is off the list.
In the mean time I've had plantar fasciitis for several months, which in my case anyway is exacerbated by stress, and means that I am limited in what I can do. It took me a while to work out, therefore, that once the website was updated, what I really needed to do was be Jane Vernon, Artist. I've been busy filling time till I was better or till I was at home for longer and all the while a little bit of me has been becoming weaker without my realising; the Tinkerbell effect if you like. I was being useful, completing several other open jobs; I was going with the flow, riding the uncertainty and all sorts of other very good things, but suddenly I realised I wasn't being me.
It's difficult and subtle. Balancing being me, the essential me, with helping others close to me, being patient with my foot and keeping on top of domestic chores. What brought me to my senses was arguing my case with a health practitioner who is working on the plantar fasciitis with me. She wanted me to do less rather than more and I knew that was all wrong. Even if the foot gets worse, I have to do the things I do. I was reining myself in and hadn't realised the damage this was doing.
So now I am embarked on a new course - being me, but going with the flow as well. If I'm too tired to do anything I'll go to bed and listen to the radio. If I want to sit and write something I'll write it. If I want to cook something I'll cook it but if I want a takeaway I'll have one. Mostly, though, I'm going to do the work I want to do.