"Dreams" Sweet HeART block 6x6
Life is truly good.....today was my first real day of my self employment and I had a blast today, I really did. Like clock work and as if it was almost a sign from above that I was on the right track..I received an email from Jenn Mason of Cloth Papers Scissors asking me to write an article for their Jan/Feb issue....I could not believe my eyes.....it definitely was a sign that I was on the right track!! I actually 'started' working on Friday night after I left my day job for the last time and haven't stopped since. I probably produced more work than I have in the whole month of September over the course of this weekend....just because I was more motivated and inspired then I have ever been. This has been a long time coming....starting with a dream and then working the plan to make the plan work. Today I sprang out of bed at 5:00 in the morning excited as all get out....and have been working ever since!
Frankly, I wasn't ever sure I could pull this off. I'm still not. But it's almost like having a child...or buying your first home--you know what you want to do but is it the right time? How will you make it work? I think once you set your mind to something and truly commit....instinct takes over and you find a way to make it work. For instance, I'm a worry wart over money. I worry about it even when I have money to spend so that is one area that I feared might throw me over the edge working for myself because of all the uncertainty. I have never had a lot and what I've had, it seems like I've had to start over 3 or 4 times in my life because of relationships falling apart, and then most recently with the house fire about 4 years ago. But again, I got this idea so I tried my hardest to pay down on debt and then stashing a bit away whenever I could. I did pretty well with paying down on my debt until what's his face stole my care and totaled...that almost through a monkey wrench in my whole plan as I did not factor in a car payment in my budget with my self employment. So....I went back to the drawing board and figured out away to bring in another couple of hundred dollars a month--and somehow I know it will work out. I wasn't going to let HIM ruin my life again. It was just an obstacle placed in the fork in the road that I had to move around to get to the other side.
I sat down and decided what I wanted to focus on, what my mission was, where and what I wanted to sell and how much I wanted to make out of every category as well as put a pencil to some long term plans like writing a book and opening up an art co-op or part time studio, licensing, etc. I know what I did working part time--now the question is what can I make happen working full time. Undoubtedly there is going to be cycles up and down. My job now is to be as consistent and focused as ever to rise to this occasion. A friend of mine who wrote the book, "Affluent Artist", Rick Dibiasio dropped me a note today on Facebook which simply said "A Marathon is Not a Sprint"..... my instinct is to pile drive right into doing this and not eat or sleep....but I know that if I continue to do that I will burn out as Rick gently hinted at.
No, this is not a sprint.....I'm in this for the long haul.....and if I have to adjust the plan so be it. Nothing stays the same forever, it's listening to the winds of change and flying in it rather than against it, but taking a deep breathe and firmly planting your feet on the ground so as to not blow over the first time a large gust comes by.
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