After days of cold and rain, I finally felt the warmth of the sun on my face with another successful art event this past weekend. The weather started out crisp, then teetered over into the celebration of shorts and no coat. I celebrated the fact that I started to break a small sweat in the late afternoon.
The crowds weren’t as big this year as I celebrated the Thai New Year with those who did attend. Other artists who were there last year and those who came to the event seemed to appreciate all the late hours I spent creating my pieces. The bags under my eyes felt a little better as some past customers returned to my booth because they remembered me and my husband.
Again, the feeling of selling something I made with my own 2 hands is so much more rewarding than doing the work for someone else. My plan to transition over to more steady online sales and doing live events is testing my patience but going over my numbers I’m doing better than last year.
I need to let you know that my expectation of having to up the amount of hours that go into my work, with the increase in the number of pieces pales in comparison to the reality. I’ll be honest with you, I’m tested every day and I’m tired most of the time. But being able to create something of my own in order to make my main source of income is a much more rewarding journey.
Not being one to leap without several safety nets, I need to let you know that I do have another job, another main source of income because I like having healthcare, a retirement plan, and other options. It’s not the most convenient given what I’m trying to grow another business but it’s who I am. Trying to leap without nets in place have lead me down very dark alleys filled with dumpsters.
Having been in bad financial places, I’m not going to just jump without a plan. Granted my plan does test my patience but after what I’ve gone through, I know that having a plan is better than just winging it. The journey to financial independence doing what you love isn’t for the faint of heart. The main point is that you try.
Since writing is one of my passions, it’s the reason I’m writing this midnight post. I still need to prove to myself that I’m still in the writing game. I need to know that I can make a post, and get that paragraph done.
So, if you feel like you’ve been struggling get out that pen or tablet and get to it. Just write for 5-10 minutes even if it’s in the middle of the night. Keep that brain in motion because time doesn’t stop for any of us.
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