I have a feeling that successful self-employed crafters must therefore be a pretty motivated and inspired bunch!
I'm still feeling the glow of the newly self-employed - it has been but two months since I was last working at my office job in London, and I think the initial feeling of this "new life" is still fresh and novel, and in that way I find it easy to sit at my workspace and saw and sand tiny pieces of wood for eight hours, even though my hands and back hurt (you know what? I have started wearing socks on my hands so I dont get blisters... I can't find any of my cotton winter gloves!).
But I wonder about that feeling wearing off... what happens when you don't want to get out of bed in the morning because it's cold out and sleeping for 12 hours in a nice soft bed is lovely...? The phone won't ring with confused coworkers wondering why you weren't in your chair at 9 (that probably wouldn't have happened in my office to be honest - it was very laid back, I probably would have got a caring email hoping I wasn't ill and to feel better soon). It's all well and good to do that once in a while - but can it take over and away from your work?
I could easily spend days cuddled with my laptop and a cup of tea, or walking in the coutryside with the husband - I can easily be distracted from my crafting, even though I don't have any children or other responsabilities! But at the moment, because I love what I do, I *want* to sit there and make tiny teapots out of polymer clay all day. But I'm worried that feeling wont always be there when I need it, and I don't want what I love to become a chore!
But when I think about it, it's not worth worrying about - I'm doing what I'm doing because I love it and the situation is allowing me to live by my crafting (thanks to everyone who likes my bookshelf necklaces!!). If I stop liking the lifestyle, or people stop liking my items, I can change my plans. But I hope it stays like this...
So crafters (and non-crafters alike) - what do YOU do to stay motivated?