The purpose of this post is twofold: give an update on my life/career/personal cosmic flow journey, and make all the other aimless, slightly frantic Just Starting Outers feel a little less alone in the world...
On that second point, seriously, if you've lived with this ever-present urge to do something "big" or fulfilling, but have also been granted the traits of impatience and over-thinking, join the club; it has been really harshing my mellow.
Something I'm learning to overcome is this misguided belief that EVERY entrepreneur has opportunities exuberantly thrown at them the minute they decide to work for themselves. For example, when I was merely entertaining the idea of starting an art business, I bought an online class from a couple of business-owners/bloggers that I've always admired. This class was supposed to guide you from the ground up and be very relatable, so one of the owners began the very first session with the story of how she got started in her business. I was REALLY looking forward to hearing something about how broke she was or working a corporate job she didn't love - ya know, something that I could relate with and get excited about my own future. Instead, she gave a brief narrative about how she was teaching a seminar in Italy and decided to start this business in a similar field.
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Hey! That is HER story, and it sounds awesome! I still love her and aspire to be as accomplished as she is, but that little bit was a tad discouraging. She already had a big following, and was obviously enough of an influencer to teach seminars in Italy, so how did she get to THAT point?? Could we trace her career journey back to her stationery card line in preschool?
Anyway, I do not personally have that influence yet. I have about 278 Instagram followers (not that I'm counting...), a handful of email subscribers, and a bitty little studio in the spare bedroom of our tiny house. I need to remember that Future Lynn (Hi!) will be reading this someday and will think about how far she's come and be so glad she kept going.
Now here's an event update! As some of you may know, I worked at a manufacturing company as the graphic designer for almost four years. I absolutely loved my boss and coworkers, but the work itself was either uninspiring (for me, personally) or nonexistent, which got to me in subtle, gradual ways and began leaking into my personal business practices (like getting easily distracted and unmotivated). Despite the fact that it paid well and, for all intents and purposes, was a good job, I knew I couldn't sustain this and that, if I did stay on, I would become complacent, and any artist out there will probably agree that complacency is the enemy of creativity.
One day I saw a local coffee shop that I frequent - and actually hung a few of my paintings in - was hiring, so I filled out the online application and got hired! I quit my graphic design job and I officially start next week as a part-time barista.
I've never EVER worked a job like this before. I've either been a student or a graphic designer in my short life, and I am honestly intimidated by how different this is going to be, but equally excited to work in a high-energy environment that I hope will get me all jazzed for life again!
As for this art business that I have (which you know about if you are here on this website reading this blog), I've been a little AWOL with marketing and social media lately. This is mostly because I also do local freelance graphic design and am finding it challenging to balance those projects with painting and maintaining this site. I know that's an excuse and I vow to get better at it! Just...ugh.
On that note, however, stay tuned for some exciting new paintings and whatever else comes out during this transition phase! As always, thank you SO much for your encouraging words and little hoo-rahs. You guys rock my world.
PS- have you seen the new backpack that's available in the shop?? It is SO cute (if you'd so kindly indulge me to toot my own horn for a sec). Check it out!