For the last three or four years I’ve been battling to tell people what I do for a living, or rather, what I’m trying to do for a living. There could be many reasons for this… I didn’t exactly know what it was that I was doing. I was still learning, though I think you always learn, so that’s a really lame one. I was on a journey of discovering what I wanted to do. I was just plain scared, scared of failing, scared of succeeding.
Like I said, many reasons.
Whatever the reason(s) was/is for me, I know that many others battle with this same problem as well. Someone asks you what you do and you stand there like a fool trying to figure out exactly what to say…
I know now what I want to do, well, I have a much better idea of the industry I want to be in, but getting work in the industry and making a name for myself, that’s a whole different story.
I’m not quite sure exactly how to do any of it yet, but I’m going to start somewhere and see where it takes me, and when I make a mistake or find I’m doing something that doesn’t work, I’m going to try really hard to not be disappointed in myself and give up, rather, I’m going to move on and learn.
My first plan, to start sharing. Sharing my journey up until now and moving forward, sharing my work, sharing what I know, sharing what I’m still learning, sharing my mistakes, sharing my successes, sharing my heart, sharing my joy – sharing, sharing, sharing.
Why is this the first step for me?
Because it’s the thing I battle with the most, telling people, showing people sharing with people.
They say in order to stay accountable you should tell someone (or more than one someone) about your goals, that way you’ll keep coming back because there’s someone that knows what you’re doing and that will keep helping and pushing you. Maybe I’ve been doing it wrong, but I don’t entirely agree with this. You see, I’ve told people close to me (like my husband) what I want to do and I’ve told people not close to me what I want to do, however, I’m really good at coming up with excuses as to why I can’t continue doing something, then I just give it up and carry on with the next thing.
I think it’s probably because I didn’t really want to do that thing, it wasn’t really what I love, it wasn’t really a part of me or my future. I’ve stuck with one thing over the last few years though, come to think of it, I’ve stuck with this for most my life, that is art and design and learning as much as I can about it. It’s been quite a journey and I’ve come a long way from wanting to design my own website for my cake decorating business to knowing that I want to create illustrations and surface pattern designs, etc for a living.
How am I planning on staying accountable this time?
Well, I’m hoping that because it’s something that I love and because I now realise I don’t need to know everything about it, where I am is exactly where I should be, that I can share that love and knowledge with others and in that way keep myself accountable.
I’m not even sure if it makes sense, but it doesn’t really matter, it’s one of my quirks, I don’t always make sense.
What are my goals?
My long-term goals are 1. To be the best wife and mom I can be, 2. To be a licensed designer and be illustrating children’s books, and 3. To keep learning as much as I can about what I do and to teach others what I know.
Breaking those goals down:
- To be the best wife and mom I can be – Be present, listen, learn, enjoy everyday and find the good in even the worst days.
- To be a licensed designer and be illustrating children’s books – Build my portfolio and share my work, keep learning and share my journey.
- To keep learning as much as I can about what I do and to teach others what I know – Do all the courses I can and write about my experiences, teach others my workflow and read, read, read
What happens now?
Show up every day – write, draw, learn, practice, share and do it again.
I have some things planned to help me with blogging, I love writing, but it’s not something I’m really good at, but, you can’t expect to be good at something if you don’t practice. So I’ve worked out what I want to write about and other things I’d like to practice and share. Here are some categories I’ve come up with.
#lovetolearn is all about tutorials and learning. I’ll share where I’ve been learning and what I’ve been learning and I’ll also be sharing my own tutorials in time. I love to learn and I believe you learn best when you learn from different people, if you take different things from different instructors you’ll develop a style that is truly unique to you.
#happyclients – you guessed it, I share work I’ve been working on for clients. I don’t do a lot of client work, but I love when I finish a project and a client is happy with the outcome. This could include logo design, web design, party printables, commissions, etc. I probably won’t have something to share every week, but that’s okay.
#watchmegrow is where I’ll be sharing my own work, this could be patterns and illustrations I made when I started, things that I’m working on right now, course assignments, projects, etc. It’s a part of building my portfolio and seeing my style evolve.
#sharingmywork When I open an online shop and start selling products or prints or downloadable products, this is where I’ll be sharing all about it, the process, the product, what I’m learning, etc. I’m still working on ideas, as it’s really difficult with our unreliable postal system to sell physical products, so I’m leaning towards selling downloadable prints (in other words “print-yourself”), design resources, etc. I’ll let you know when I’ve figured it out.
#loveyourself is all about fun and things I’m loving, things that are helping me in my day-to-day, hobbies, etc. Anything goes really.
#sharingmyheart is because I also really want to encourage and support people, my hope is to write a little daily devotional to encourage someone everyday. It’ll probably be more for myself and what I’m going through, but I’m hoping I can help someone else in the process.
Once a week I’ll send out an email to all my subscribers, it’ll have some encouragement for the week, a special freebie for just my subscribers and a recap of everything that happened the week before. #sharingmyjoy
That’s my plan in a nutshell (well, a BIG nutshell 😉 )
I hope you’ll join me on my crazy journey, and please, tell me what crazy journey you’re on, I’d love to hear all about it.