One thing that keeps an artist alive is producing art. I'm not sure who said this but it's well said " not creating art is an emotional suicide for an artist. So, get off the couch and create". Having a full time job, taking care of a baby and teaching, took so much of my energy and didn't let me paint as much as I needed. One of my co-workers and I decided to start getting in to a daily painting habit. Regardless of the result, paint every night. Since September 2015 I started painting daily portraits as it's the easiest subject for me. There were some nights that I was exhausted or would get frustrated because I painted a crappy piece. But the only thing that would keep me doing it was my next day's piece.