It sounds like you know what to do, but are second guessing yourself. You are right, that it is time to get back to basics and take some "me" time, time to learn who and what you are. Like most of us, you have spent your entire life doing for others, listening to what others have to say, helping them with their life, but forgetting that you have (or should have) a life, too.
How do you do that? First, tell yourself that you are more important than anyone else....YES, you are MORE important than anyone else in this world. I know that is hard to accept-who of us hasn't been told that to put ourselves before others is wrong, that we are on some kind of ego trip, but just keep telling yourself that it is time, it is YOUR TIME to be number 1!.
Second, since you have spent so much of your life helping others, you probably have no idea who or what you are. To start, try answering these questions: "What am I?" What do I like to do, what do I excel at? What do I find joyful in life? and most importantly, What truly makes me happy? By asking, meditating and then journaling your answers you will begin to find a focus, a place to start. It is the getting started that seems overwhelming.
You see, what you like to do, what you excel at, what brings you joy are your gifts from your Higher power. Everyone has gifts, all different, yet similar. (What are gifts? Anything that you like/love to do. Looks like you have discovered painting. GREAT! What else do you like to do? ) When you explore your gifts (my suggestion is to play with each one, challenge yourself to become better at them, have fun with them) you are sending out vibes to your Higher power that you want MORE of this, more time with it, more fun with it, and finally more inspiration from it. It is from this new point that your life is clearer, and you will find yourself focused. Things will start to make sense and it will feel like your life has finally "clicked."
I would also check out the links above, especially the Empath Survival Program. Learn how to be an Empath in a sometimes "gimme" world, where everyone wants a part of your energy.
ALWAYS, Always remember to have fun, play and be happy. Your Higher power wants nothing more from you than for you to be happy-to be love.
I am sending you lots of love and positive energy on your new adventure....
updated by @janett-niemi: 01/21/17 08:44:13AM