Sunday, June 7, 2015

Dream Big or Go Home

When I was in kindergarten, and was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, it only took a second for me to say an artist.  I quickly learned that neither drawing nor painting was a talent that I possessed. 

I dabbled around in crochet, decoupage, and scrap booking, but never really found my true talent until I started to run my sewing machine.

Five and a half years ago I was laid off from my job. With two children and a husband who worked for minimum wage in a restaurant, the 50% unemployment benefits just weren't going to get the bill paid and food on the table. So I explored the Etsy website that a friend had recommended to me. It was small and simple and not many people had heard of it.  So I made a few things and thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot.

Within a week I was getting sales. The first six months of my shop opening flew by with much excitement.  Now, 5 years later, I've had over 1,000 sales on Etsy and hundreds of sales in local markets. Yet I have not reached the true potential of becoming the artist I've dreamed of becoming for the last 26 years of my life.  I still get up every morning and go to work at my day job, it isn't my dream, but it is what I have to do for now.

I read the book Quitter, by Jon Acuff. This book was very inspiring to me. It served as an amazing reminder that you can't just cash in all the chips on your dream, especially when I'm not holding very  many chips to start with.  For all of you dreamers out there, I recommend this book as your jumping off point.

I'm currently ready Start:Punch Fear in the Face, also by Jon. I'll let you know how I feel at the end of that.

For now, I want to chronicle my journey of the second half of my ten year goal. Because I think it is important to stop every few milestones and look back on what I've done to get to that point so far, and how much easier it makes the future look.

Here's to moving onward and upward.

GOAL:  By January of 2020 I will get up in the morning, get the kids ready for school, and then go to work... in my studio, at home. Within the next five years my dream will support my family all on its own.

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