Change. Meh.

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.

Stay tuned.

3 Responses to “Change. Meh.”

By elisabeth - 24 December 2008 Reply

I’m a full-time artist since mid-year and my story is a bit similar – two years ago, I quit a well-paid job because I really needed a break. I didn’t find my way back, instead I found myself bursting with creativity which led me to try to sell my book-art which led me to become a full-time artist … not exactly what you would call a goal-oriented approach based on well thought-out decisions! But maybe proceeding like that would be an illusion anyway, so I just take it as it comes and see how far it gets me! Happy Holidays!

By elissa - 7 January 2009 Reply

Thanks so much for sharing your story Elisabeth. I seem to be going through a bit of full-time job withdrawal at the moment…not because I’m having second thoughts, but more because I miss the routine.

I’ve had a couple of people tell me that if you open yourself up for opportunity, then opportunity will find you. I’m trying to keep that in mind as I get through this hard stuff.

I look forward to experiencing some bursting creativity!

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