Oy, it’s been nearly two weeks since my last post.
To sum up that time: I finished up my craft shows for the year, although I still have a few custom orders to wrap up. From September through December, I spend a lot of time wishing for my shows to be over so I can have more “free time”. Inevitably, I end up where I am now: the post-show crash.
I experience both a huge sense of relief and sadness at the completion of yet another year. The free time is both exciting and frightening – the highly structured existence of the past few months has ended and now I’m faced with nothing but possibility. So I should be dancing a jig…or at least using a jig to make some cool book. Instead, I’m even more stressed than usual.
You see, I recently quit my full-time job.
I have worked at the Craft Emergency Relief Fund for the past 4 1/2 years (read more about it in this post). I recently realized that it was time to end my time there. Sometimes it’s just time for a change.
As of January 1st, I will become a full-time artist. However, I’m not leaving my job in order to become a full-time artist…I’m leaving because it’s just time to leave my job. I wish that I could say that my intention was to leave work for my art – but it’s just not the case. Nevertheless, I got to the same place, so yay.
I try not to be one of those bloggers who gets overly-personal, so I’ll avoid going any deeper…but I’m looking forward to seeing what the next year will bring for my artwork.