The Family Ties
So like most studio owners I have a family (a fiancé and 2 children) that I support with my business. Of course, it wasn't always that way, in my early 20's I had no children so I only had a responsibility to myself at the time. Fast forward 2016 and my son was born and changed a lot of things, most importantly my definition of family time. You see that first year of having him, his mother and I went through that period of time only other musician family men go through and that is the "making time for your family" period.
That's when you leave your old single mentality of "I'm making money for me and all things in my life through music" so I don't have time (shows, sessions, etc.) and you start making time. The old saying of "we make time for the things we deem important" is super true. So true in fact other people in your life hold you to that same standard and realize even when you don't how much of that standard you apply to them. So what does that mean? It means that I put my studio career into overdrive for a specific time period throughout the course of the day and the rest of the time I spent with my family.
Of course after years of doing this the opposite way it wasn't easy changing, but for my family I made it work. Truth be told is one of the best things I could have done in my whole career. Ever. I became focused on the task at hand and didn't waste time messing around or second-guessing myself and my decisions. I became a better businessman, a better judge of character and a better provider for my family. All because I chose the family time to be apart of my time.
But that's my story, tell me about your transition from "me time" all the time to "family time"! Share in the comments below