change of perspective
i have a ways to go, so much to learn and do and become… and yet i have accomplished soooo much. i was a little bit disappointed yesterday when i didn’t make the artisan search finals. i felt a little bit humbled and like i have so much left to learn. you know the feeling you get when you compare yourself to other artists. not a great place to be. i found myself thinking that there is so much more to learn as an artist. and yes, while this may be true, i also needed to take a deep breath. my friend brandi reminded of some things yesterday. sometimes, yes it is good to have high and lofty goals, but it is also good to look at all you have accomplished. so instead of feeling defeated, i choose to look at it a different way. yes, i didn’t make artisan search but i have accomplished so much in such a short amount of time.
i started my business in february of this year without knowing very much about mixed media or etsy or blogging or really what it meant to have a creative business. wow! when i look back, what i have accomplished is huge. i am almost about to hit 25 sales in my etsy shop, with nearly 100 items for sale. i am learning new mixed media techniques every day. i am finding my artistic style. i have already taught a six week class on altered books, and i am about to start my second one. i have sold several original paintings. i have taken two e-classes to help build my business. i am working towards becoming published and have taken a risk by putting my art out there and i learned a lot from it! i am very close to getting my art into some shops. i have made some great and amazing new friends and started to build my creative community.
yes sometimes we get so goal oriented that we need a change of perspective. we need to stop and look at all of the things that we have accomplished. thanks brandi for reminding me of that. what change in perspective do you need today?