brentclouse I spent my last few hours in Iceland on Friday sending out emails in this place before catching a (very) delayed flight back home. This trip was going to be a complete break from work and responding to work inquiries — I even had an out of office reply set up — but I didn’t follow through entirely with this plan. I still spent an hour or so each day writing work emails, quoting out potential projects, and putting out a few fires. Detachment from work has always been hard for me.

This summer marks three years of me being freelance. Working as an independent designer and animator has been an incredible experience so far — and it’s something I count as a blessing to be able to do, however it hasn’t been without struggles, most of which are personal rather than design related. I know I have a problem clocking out, not answering the phone after six, and just turning things off in general to enjoy downtime and get out of the house. If I had to guess, I’d say I’ve been fighting a burnout since before the new year rolled around. Iceland was a much-needed refresher, and working late into the night at this coffeeshop catching up on life and work back home made me realize how essential it is to have a balance between the two.
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  •   alboardman Nicely put mate. I don't think that you're alone in this. I also struggle with switching off from work when on vacation and often end up at least replying to emails and pretending I'm not away! I guess it's just a part of freelance life, that's a tough one to get right. 2d
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  •   algutho Thanks for sharing. I recently quit salaried work in order to try and find a balance - I'm lucky to have a supportive family. 1d
  •   aquietreality @brentclouse I think it's particularly challenging when you care about doing a great job, as you so obviously do. I hope you continue to find more equilibrium. 24h

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brentclouse Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík. Going to be sporadically posting shots from Iceland now that I'm back, and hopefully writing up some thoughts about the trip. 4d

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brentclouse So long, Iśland. 6d

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brentclouse Stay young, Earth. 6d

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brentclouse Hverfjall crater 7d

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brentclouse A little colder than I thought it would be... 1w

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brentclouse End of the road around Snæfell. 1w

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brentclouse Mýrdalsjökull, or one of the glaciers by it. Hard to know what's what on this map. 1w

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brentclouse Sólheimasandur Beach 1w

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brentclouse You know how I love lighthouses. 1w

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brentclouse Rare Pluto sighting. 2w

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brentclouse It's like a 111 Archer Ave and Full House hybrid. 2w

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brentclouse "The" 405 3w

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