I think of myself as a "working creative," a term I came up with to help myself bridge the tension I feel between my working self, a person beholden to contracts and clients, and my creative self, whose tinkering is not her main source of income.

There is tremendous overlap between the activities of these two people. In fact, widening the field of overlap is the ongoing goal. This is achieved through pursuing work and projects, both self-created and that given by clients, that is a more authentic expression of a unified self, and not a bifurcated identity.

Rather our work tearing us into pieces, it should make us feel whole.