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Yes, it’s probably going to change… again, but I’m trying anyways… again

by | Sep 3, 2016 | Love to Chat

August was an interesting month. I decided to do Make it in Design’s Summer School even though I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I’ve been wanting to learn more about Illustration and Surface Pattern Design and have been looking at the Make it in Design courses for years now. I thought it might be a good idea to try doing Summer School to see if I do actually enjoy it.

I absolutely loved it!

I have so much to learn, but receiving a brief and interpreting it, drawing, scanning the drawings, tracing and then creating a pattern from them was so much fun. I submitted both patterns and it might sound silly, but that is HUGE for me.

I tend to fiddle and fiddle and fiddle with things that I make because I never feel it’s good enough and I end up giving up. Summer School made me realize that if I don’t put my work out there I’m never going to improve and I’m never going to learn.

This is why I decided to try blogging… again… for the umpteenth time…

 

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

C.S. Lewis

As I started to build my website I realized I’m going down the same path as the previous websites/blogs… trying to get it perfect before going live… It made me think of an email Melissa Love sent out a few weeks ago about trying to get something perfect before putting it out there – I was chasing perfect…

BIG MISTAKE!

I immediately decided that I need to stop, so here I am, I have the beginnings of a website/blog where I hope to share my journey (being a wife and mom and learning all I can about Illustration and Surface Pattern Design) and encourage you to start following your dreams and to not chase perfect anymore.

After I finished Summer School, the 1st of September, which happens to be Spring Day in my part of the world, my wonderful hubby made a plan and gave me the best present I could ask for, I got to register for Module One of Make it in Design which starts at the end of September, and I got to register for Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells Part A course, this one is self-paced, for the next five weeks I’m going to be busy.

 

I have so much I want to learn and do and share, and I am so excited that I get to start this journey.

If you’re anything like me you have a knack for coming up with reasons why you can’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t. “I’m too old, I should’ve studied this after school when I had time”, “I’m too busy riding kids around and being a good wife and mom”, “I don’t think I have enough talent”, “I’m not good enough”, and the list goes on and on and on.

I’m going to hit publish on this post today and I am going to try.

No more can’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t… From now on I can, I should, I could.

Learn… practice… draw… write… publish… share…

I’m absolutely positive that it’s going to be hard, and I know when I hit publish today no one will read this post, I mean, it’s going to take a while. But when you do get to read this post, I hope it encourages you to go for it. To do that thing that you’ve been dreaming of, to make a plan, to try…

If you need help or encouragement or someone to talk to, let me know, I’d love to be there for you.

Here’s to my journey and yours…

Much-love,-Riette

Hello! I'm Riëtte

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Wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, student and teacher. I’m on an exciting journey called life, balancing being who I am and also who I want to be – a licensed illustrator and surface pattern designer. I hope you’ll stay a while…

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