In the last week my life has pretty much narrowed itself down to this crazy tunnel vision – I’ve been making stuff for my Etsy shop, learning about running a business, doing stuff for the business, fighting with Excel for the business… forgetting to eat because I’m working for the business…
I finally understand why all my self-employed friends talk about 15-16 hour workdays. Why my artist friends who do art for a living often talk about not being able to get off the computer and into the studio to actually, ya know, make art. Why they all say “pick one day to read blogs,” because there aren’t enough days in the week for everything you want to see, read and do.
It’s kind of great. I mean, not the stuck on the computer part and not the sleep deprivation, and definitely not falling behind on what my friends are doing, but the fact that I’m doing all of that hard work for myself (and not for some random person cutting me a paycheck) is great.
Not that there’s a paycheck, at least not yet. But, I have faith that part will manifest too. There are cats, you know, and they depend on me for kibble.
When you start something like this, a business or maybe you have a baby, or you go back to school or whatever, people caution you. “It’s hard,” they say. “It’s so hard.” And you wave your hand and go “yeah, yeah, I know it’s hard,” and you think you do… but you really don’t. No book, no website, nothing can really bring that reality home like just doing it can.
I know that it’s just started. There is so much more ahead. So many challenges and hurdles to leap. So many pretty things to make and so much to learn!
I can’t wait.
I’m so glad I took the leap. So grateful for the support and faith that’s made the leap possible. You know what’s exciting? I am meeting so many women who are taking a similar leap, who are out there living their creative dreams. Every day I am given the opportunity to share information, pass along websites or helpful tools, and every day that shiny little purpose that I hold so dear to my heart – to enable people to say YES to living creatively and do what they want to do – is fulfilled a little bit more. I’m so grateful for that too.
I wanted to say a little thank you, here on the blog, for all the support and goodness that y’all have offered through this process.
To that end, I am giving away a piece of original mandala art of a sort of inspirational bent. Neocolors, pitt marker, and gel pen on schmancy watercolor paper (I could tell you what kind but honestly y’all, I am down with the most miserable head cold and the studio is a good 20 feet away and I just… I have floppy dinosaur arms, okay? It’s schmancy and French and papery, take my word for it) ready to be matted and framed.
I am also giving away this gorgeous pair of garnet and pearl earrings, on handmade sterling earwires.
You know you want them…
Two lucky winners, two heartfelt thank yous.
YOU: leave me a comment on this post, and tell me about a brave and mighty, big damn courageous leap you have taken. Could be lately, in the past, whenever. Inspire us with tales of your awesomeness, shine your light out a little bit for everyone to marvel at. Because you are, you know. Truly marvelous!