Monday, August 15, 2011

When a Plan Comes Together

Cheerful flowers and colorful paint make me smile!
Carbondale, Colorado
Guess what today is? Monday, yes. The middle of August, that too. It's also the day I link in to Creative Every Day and the Creative Exchange. But it's even bigger than that: Today is the first day of my part time work schedule. Woohoo!!

Last week everything was finalized and agreed, and as of today I will be working at my "day job" Monday through Friday ~11am to 5pm-ish. I am so excited. I have been working toward this change for a very long time.

For those of you who may be new around here, I fell in love with having my mornings as my personal time while in Italy. My work schedule was afternoons and evenings, due to the need to work with both the Italian and US folks on a daily basis, which left my personal time as the mornings. Some time ago, as part of a series called Lessons from Abroad, I wrote about how changing my schedule this way led to some great realizations for my creativity. Mornings are my creative time.

When I finalized my schedule and transition date with my new manager last week, I realized how long in coming this transition really was. It was almost a year ago, last October, when I first started talking to my former manager about going part time on my return to the US. It was before that, while writing the Lessons from Abroad series for Jenny Shih's newsletter and blog, that I identified the schedule change and aligning to my creative energy cycle as a key factor in my personal transformation. And it was part of writing the specific article, Change up Your Schedule, that I really started to think about how I could maintain my "mornings free" schedule upon my return.

So, over the last year I've been having periodic conversations with my husband, my management at work, and myself about how this could work. I've played with different schedule ideas, "trying them on" in my imagination to see what would fit for me personally and at work. The Monday-Friday/11-5 schedule is the one I settled on recently, and when I proposed it last week it was a win-win for everyone. My new manager likes that I will be there every day instead of taking a day off; I like that I have 5 more mornings a week for myself. Can't beat that.

This is a great example of how long it can sometimes take an idea to come to fruition. The idea of part time/ mornings free was a seed planted a year ago. Nurtured, the seed grew into a plan that I took small steps on over time. It is a good reminder that if you stick with an idea, turn it into a plan and take baby steps toward it along the way, you can make it work. Things may not happen immediately, but with action, things do happen. Without action, it's just daydreaming. Yes, I was nervous when I first started talking about part time at work. Yes, I was nervous to have the conversation on my schedule last week. But all of my groundwork and planning and patience paid off, and here I am this Monday morning, free.

What will I create today?


  1. Congrats of the mornings off. I like it too, a fresh mind uncluttered by the day's events.

    Your photo is a wonderful example of less is more. Lots of rectangle shapes contrasted by the free form flowers. That photo would be fun to play with in Photoshop.

    Have a good one.

  2. Oh, congratulations Kat! I am so happy for you, and how lucky you are that things worked out this way for you!! Truly great news!

    Thank you so much for sharing this today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a great day!


  3. Oh congrats! I'm glad your patience and perseverance paid off!

  4. Great advice. Sometimes it does take time for everything to work out the way it should. Plans and baby steps are often the way to make change happen. Enjoy every free creative morning.

  5. How wonderful Kat! Enjoy your creative mornings! And I can't wait to see the results of those creative mornings!

  6. Lovely whimsical flowers! Glad you came up with a schedule that works for you!

  7. I see your photo is from Carbondale - I'm from Breckenridge. Enjoy your creative mornings!

  8. Congrats - how cool to see you making a dream come true.

  9. That is cool. I hope your new schedule works well for you. Enjoy those morning to yourself.

  10. That sounds fabulous Kat. Congrats! I wanted to thank you again for organizing the postcard swap. It was so much fun. Loved your blue post card. FABULOUS!

  11. Kat, first of all congratulations!! I was able to work part-time for the last 5 years of my teaching career and I absolutely LOVED it!! (I would still be doing it today if they had not eliminated my position). I mostly worked 3 days, so I had 4 day weekends. And I'm with you - the mornings rock! I rarely schedule anything in the morning because that is my "sacred" time. Sounds like a wonderful deal for you!!

  12. This sounds fabulous, Kat, and congratulations on your free mornings. I can very well understand your feeling, having my most creative time in the morning as well. Enjoy it with all your heart.
    I recived your postcard today. Liberate your Art has been wonderful - thank you for "cooking" that up.

  13. Well done Kat - I'm so pleased you've worked something out that fits with everyone. And enjoy those wonderful mornings! Love the flowers :-)

  14. To wish you all happiness in the days to come, your baby steps lead to where you want to be. I did appreciate the good advice regarding ideas coming to fruition.

    Sue x

  15. This sounds wonderful. I received your beautiful postcard today and I wanted to thank you so much, for the card and the swap. The swap made mail fun again!


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