Tuesday, June 4, 2013


This time of year in community is busy season. During the month of June everything awakens from it's tropical wet season slumber.

We are preparing for exhibitions, cultural performances and big traditional dance festivals. The artists are painting, the dancers are dancing, the weavers are weaving and the Elders are creating traditional costumes. The village horses have picked up their pace and gallop the streets instead of taking shelter under the mango trees from the rain.

I, as an art centre manager am managing what feels like endless projects, funding submissions, end of year reports, audits, exhibition schedules and staff mentoring - and home duties too. The birth of our wee one has never felt so far away considering how much work I need to complete before I can safely say I'm on maternity leave. In reality we will be holding our babe in a matter of months. I feel as though I'm running out of days in the week, hours in the day, seconds in the hour. 

To survive this season I will chant my daily chants, try to find time to stretch through yoga and go to sleep with a guided mediation playing through my headphones. Visits from my parents and my mother-in-law who will travel hundreds of kilometres with fresh vegetables and simple luxuries we can't find up here (such as new hair brushes and organic butter) will also ensure I maintain my sanity. They will lighten our load for a few days and take care of Ba'il. I'm also looking forward to a week of Cape York adventures after the Laura Festival. A small break from routine while I have the chance. 

I'm wondering, is everyone else feeling the mid year burn? And if you are, what are your ways of surviving it? 

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