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Being flexible: better to bend than break

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, that’s a given. It’s how you cope with the changes and make the best of them that indicates whether you stay successful or not.

Just lately, I’ve had to be more flexible and it’s not something that has always come easy to me. I used to get quite stressed when I had to deviate from my schedule, but since the pandemic, when we’ve all had to embrace a whole new level of flexibility, I think I’m more accepting that change will happen and it’s not always a bad thing. After all, the only certainty is uncertainty!


The Powertex workshops I delivered in March and early April were almost all unscheduled, bespoke, special requests from people who either had an idea of what they’d like to create, or wanted one of my workshops at a time to suit them. I really enjoyed working with them all to help them achieve their ideas. It’s rewarding to know that people are happy to use my skills and knowledge in a different way and I’m happy to oblige!

Being flexible is a measure of how well we deal with the unexpected – being able to quickly adapt to new circumstances as they crop up. It doesn’t mean saying yes to everything and being a doormat, it’s possible to prepare for changes that might crop up and ‘expect the unexpected’.

When I receive a request for an unscheduled workshop, I am open-minded with my diary commitments and happy to move things around to suit the client but they might have to be a little flexible to fit with my timings too. Flexibility makes both parties feel valued and means that we both look forward to a workshop that is perfect for all.

Of course, I’m very lucky to be able to be flexible with the business I choose to run, I can drop things and change things if absolutely necessary, but I’ve only once had to cancel a workshop in all the years I’ve been running Artistic ReTreats.

I think being flexible in my work not only provides a better experience for my clients but makes me a better artist and tutor as I get to try different techniques and enjoy fulfilling the client’s wishes.

Structure is useful but it’s not always a good idea to keep following the same path if it works better to take a different route and try a different approach. The last two years has taught us this more than anything. So I will continue to make plans and schedule as always but will also keep some capacity available for shifting those plans and rescheduling as needed!

If you have an idea for a project that falls outside my usual workshops or there is a workshop on the schedule that doesn’t suit your diary, get in touch and let’s chat about how we can flexibly work together and have some fun with Powertex! For inspiration and ideas, visit www.artisticretreats.co.uk

 Photo by Gilly Stewart on Unsplash