Choose to Celebrate: Avoiding burnout during the holidays [Encore Post]

Holidays and special events can bring out the best - or the worst - in creatives

It’s a party for many, but for artists, it’s often just the opposite.

Those that work in creative disciplines are often the busiest during times of celebration. While others are enjoying each other’s company and reveling in recreation, musicians, designers and artists are often hard at work making sure the party goes smoothly.

This means, if we aren’t careful, a time of celebration can turn into a sense of obligation.

You’ve heard the cliché that when we are doing what we love, we’re not really working. But there’s a catch. When we get caught up in our projects and events, even doing what we love can feel like a duty instead of a privilege.

A dedicated party-planner once experienced this feeling when she was hosting a big dinner for a celebrity guest and his entourage. She was a great hostess by any measure; and she did her job well. Yet, in the midst of doing what she was good at, she felt unappreciated and unfulfilled. Her method of blessing others became a burden. Meanwhile, the planner’s sister was soaking in the moment and hanging on their guest’s every word. Flustered, the overworked planner ended up taking her sister to task in front of their honored guest for not being helpful enough.

Her guest’s response? He lovingly told this party-planner that she was missing out on the party by her own choice. No one told her she had to sacrifice the celebration to serve. Her sister was making the decision to make memories while memories could be made.

This story reveals that without balance, work can become a burden even when you are working within your gifting.

Make sure, as you serve others with your talent, that you never forget the importance of connecting with those that matter most. If you are freelancing while raising a family, focus on making special moments with them as well. Don’t let holidays become simply more workdays. There are some memories that can’t be replaced by a big paycheck or a high-profile booking.

You’re not just a working artist. You’re a person that needs time with those who love you.

And you’re invited to the party.


Question: Is it possible for artists and creatives to balance working with making memories during the holidays? If so, how? You can leave a comment by clicking here.


Author’s Note: This post originally appeared in April 2017, and was edited to provide a different perspective.

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2 thoughts on “Choose to Celebrate: Avoiding burnout during the holidays [Encore Post]

  1. It’s possible AND important!!! I’ve learned to say no to certain situations. I just told my church I couldn’t do a speaking part in our Christmas play because so already have music to learn for the play. Can’t do both!! Yes, my decision was met with some grumbles but I need to make sure my family has time to spend with me.

    • Bravo, Tyrone. I’m sure your family will not be grumbling when you are having fun enjoying time together. It’s so important not to let the busyness of the season distract us from what matters most. Thanks for reading and sharing your experience!