A New Major Goal & Some Thoughts about 2018
It has been quite some time since I last posted a blog!
I’m not sure why I stopped suddenly, but I have felt my craving to write come up again and again throughout the busy holiday period. Especially being busy, I felt like I had a lot to share but not enough time to do it all.
2018 was a whirlwind of a year for me. I decided to pursue my illustration business on a full-time basis and managed to survive both financially and mentally (working alone can really get to you sometimes!). In all, I am SO grateful for the way the year panned out and I feel that I’ve learned so much in preparation for 2019.
There are many little tweaks and bumps along the road to learn when pursuing any type of work, and I definitely found many this year.
One of the reasons why I decided to jump in head first so early on in my career is because I knew in my heart that this was the right time for me. Mostly, because I am not married, I don’t have a mortgage, children or many responsibilities at all aside from my rent and pet bunny. I knew that this was the time in my life where I could make a selfish decision like that because if it all went south, I could always get another job to provide the income while I continue to try.
In all honesty, I think something happens when you take the leap into something that terrifies you, it pushes you to yield results, to find a way to make it work, and that’s exactly what I did. I was absolutely terrified, lived with horrible anxiety for months on end and made myself become comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Not knowing when my next paycheque was coming, not knowing if I would still be above water two months from then, it was all thrilling in a sense. But it pushed me to make those phone calls, take those meetings, send those emails, those marketing postcards, to take small leaps every day that make me a little uncomfortable but yield great results.
I was just watching an episode on Youtube with Marie Forelo and Seth Godin, whom which inspired me to come back to my love for blogging. Seth talks about how he has been blogging for 27 years every single day, and I decided to take on this challenge as well.
He says: “… one reason we often find ourselves with nothing much to say is that we've already decided that it's safer and easier to say nothing.
If you've fallen into that trap, then committing to having a point of view and scheduling a time and place to say something is almost certainly going to improve your thinking, your attitude and your trajectory.
A daily blog is one way to achieve this. Not spouting an opinion or retweeting the click of the day. Instead, outlining what you believe and explaining why.”
Seth mentioned in the Youtube video that when we feel inspired, we become observers of the world, that we analyze things in a different way and that sharing these observations and thoughts on a daily basis allows us to leave behind a huge trail of information that is useful for others and becomes an archive of our thought processes over the years.
Although there are often days when I don’t feel inspired and don’t feel like drawing, most often that is not the case. I love what I do and I love to share all the little things about it that make me spark because upon talking about it, others feel inspired to pursue what they love as well, or to discover it if they haven’t yet. Aside from becoming a successful illustrator, one of my major goals in life is to help others do something they really love and sustain a full-time income from it.
So here we are, December 27, 2018, I am committing to blogging every single day of the next year. I’m completely uncomfortable with this decision and realize how vulnerable I’ll need to be, and I’m totally okay with that.
I hope you’ll see me there!