A lot of people ask me if I’m busy. With work, I mean. I guess it’s intriguing–the idea that I get to be at home all day, making my own decisions and my own schedule. I think people want to hear that I’ve been out shopping, or that my house is perfectly clean because I have all this free time. But honestly, I’m swamped with work. I have a ton of new projects, from old and new clients, alike. So life is good, but my house is still a mess.
But like anyone, at any job, I don’t sit down and work for 8 solid hours. I take breaks. I set goals for myself, like: “Christina, if you finish this paragraph on the effects of gift giving campaigns on customer loyalty, you can take ten minutes to do whatever you want.” Sometimes it’s not a break I seek, but genuine writer’s block. In fact, I wrote a blog post about this today, over at Inbox Orange.
In the blog post, I talk about how sometimes, in order to be creative, I have to do something completely unrelated to writing. But what I didn’t say in the blog is that my current go-to activity is….celebrity stalking.
Yes, my new “break time” activity is to look up celebrities on the internet. You can probably guess how this all started (see: my hunger games obsession). But I’ve evolved and I’m no longer limited to that subject. Well, just barely. Sometimes I just look at those sites that tell you what’s “new” with the stars. Sometimes I look up images of celebrities or watch movie trailers or video clips of them interviewing on Letterman or Conan.
<Pause now to be equally ashamed for me and also baffled as to why I would admit this on the internet.>
Okay. Hey, it’s my blog. It’s where I talk about what’s going on with me. No one is forcing you to witness the awkwardness that is my life. And I have no shame.
So anyway, I was feeling a little strange about my new obsession (and also very new activity, because I have never in my life been interested in celebrities until about a month ago. Might be a mid-life crisis. Or a a brain issue. Not sure. Okay, that’s not even funny, given my MRI). Where was I? Oh yes, I was feeling strange….until I had “brunch” with my friend Jennifer. We had to call it brunch because it was 10:00 in the morning when we met, and then we felt compelled to order a mimosa, because the word brunch and mimosa seem co-dependent. This was all decided without either of us needing to say a word, because we practically share the same brain. Seriously, we are so much alike.
Anyway, Jennifer owns her own business (Sumo Design) and also works from home. She admitted that she also takes multiple breaks during the day to peruse the internet and watch video clips. I’m sure she’s watching more educational material than I am (sure, sure), but still, she’s wasting just as much time that could be spent cleaning house as I am, so I feel immensely better. If I’m strange, at least I’m in good company. 🙂
Our conversation helped me decide two things:
1) I am obsessive compulsive. Yes, you might think I would have figured this out long ago, but I think I have a unique type of the disorder that blends ADD with OCD, so that my obsessions are deep, but also constantly changing. Check back next week when I think celebrities are stupid but I’m all about motorcycles or watercolor painting. In the meantime, I’ll just be googling images of David Beckham. Oh, I dare you to resist.
2) A mimosa, or really any drink, at 10:00 in the morning is yet another avenue to increasing creativity. I came home from our “brunch” and totally kicked ass on writing projects for the next 3 hours. Then I went back to googling “celebrity wrist tattoos.”
And in case you were wondering…that’s quickly becoming my next obsession. Wrist tattoos, I mean.
There’s nothing wrong with being passionate.
I’ll leave you with some photos. Try not to enjoy them.