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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…


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…


Hello! I'm Riëtte


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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