Slow moving… Progress

Last post I laid out the basics of my goal for 2018. Writing that post made me take a realistic look at my current practices and how they were (or not) contributing to that goal.

Currently, a lot of my time is spent doing things OTHER than creating and sharing art. If I want to make an income from art (or sharing about art) I have to have/make time to actually DO it. The time will not magically appear.

This turns into a domino thing. I have a toddler at home which really cuts into daily practices. Part time childcare would solve that issue, but paying off debt is where all the spare cash is going right now. My spouse has odd hours so a regular job for me doesn’t work – the hours would conflict all the time leaving us with no one to watch kiddo.

So I have two options right now. One is getting some art online to purchase – I’m working on this one.

The other option is to work when I can grab hours. So I signed up with ride-sharing companies. As I write this post I am sitting in a very clean car, in an empty parking lot, with a grand total of $22 under my belt for three hours of work.

Its lower than minimum wage. It’s not ideal in terms of how I want income to work for us. But you know what? I’m $22 closer to my goal. Twenty-two dollars I didn’t have this time yesterday.

I went from standing still to movement. That’s progress.

📷 by SOCMIA Fotografía via Unsplash

Hello World! (But seriously.)

I want to be a freelancer in illustration and lettering. There’s been plenty of dabbling over the years but never a full commitment. So I’m going to commit. And work on it. And document as much as possible.

This began (I guess) a while ago, when I bought the domain name and used it for a portfolio-of-all-trades. Recently, my spouse and I moved cross-country and I now have the time and resources to focus on working on not being scared and on doing the job I want to do.

I signed up for a Passion to Paid class with Lauren Hom and have since been honing my portfolio and working on building a passion project that focuses on (magically) illustration and lettering.

Local markets scare the crap out of me so I’m just gonna get the passion project out first. THEN worry about a regular income.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Right? Right.

I’m gonna’ keep trying to document this journey. And I’m going to try to keep moving on this journey and not chicken out.