I have some big news. Perhaps as big as news from me can get, especially in reference to this blog. I gave notice at my office job this week, and I will start my life as a full-time artist this coming October!
For those of you who have been following this blog, you might know that this Fall was already going to be a pretty life-changing time for me—I’m getting married at the end of September. But I’ve been thinking, and dreaming, and hoping to start doing art full time for quite a while, and I have finally taken the plunge.
This is very special news for me, and I really have been excited to share this with all of you blog readers specifically, because starting this blog was one of my first big steps towards this goal, although I didn’t completely know it at the time. I started this blog, and then you all just showed up, and things started happening inside of me and outside of me that just kept making this transition seem more and more important, and real, and possible.
I have started and quit a lot of jobs, but this situation is completely different—this is the first time that I’ve known there is something I love and am passionate about waiting on the other side. While this transition is scary, and somewhat like jumping off a cliff, the idea of being a full-time artist is so mind-blowingly expansive and inspiring that it trumps all talk of fear and risk.
This is a major time of new beginning for me, so I’m putting things into high gear to try and open up more possibilities and figure out the answer to that big question that everyone is asking—how will I make my income? No, I am not independently wealthy, and to be honest, I have been living on a “starving artist” level income for some time now, so I may be doing things somewhat backwards, but hey, didn’t someone say life is an adventure?
This whole thing is a combination of blind faith and elbow grease. What I do know is that over the past several months I have started to see income potential in my work, so I am starting from somewhere, and I think that a creative mind (which I’m assuming I have) is the best place to start on this very creative life project!
I have been doing a lot of scheming, and you will be seeing one such scheme later this week on the blog—a celebration of sorts. The picture above is a little hint.
As always, thanks so much for reading and being a part of my creative little world, hopefully about to get much bigger!
I hope you will come on this adventure with me!