I've noticed a big change in myself and my level of motivation since my son was born. But not until recently when I was writing a friend and saw the words on the screen, did I really start thinking more about it and questioning why. I remember moments nursing my son and daydreaming about being in the studio wanting to finish a design I had in my head or to work on backgrounds for a new painting. I also remember feeling very guilty about those thoughts and instead tried to be more present in the moment. Then a year later when I mentioned this to a fellow artist and mother, she gave me some sage advice. That parents should always continue to do what they love and are passionate about. Your children will see this and respect you for it. And most likely follow the same example in their own lives. Nowadays, I let my son come in the studio with me or play on his own for a while so I can finish my work. Although very hard, I think my family is like most...always seeking balance.