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You’re going to hate me for saying this, but my plate is clean.
My house is clean, my car is clean, my studio is clean. It’s always clean. Literally speaking. What is cluttered is my head. Over the past few days I have been taking the time to renew myself.
After so many years in the work force, when I gave birth to my daughter, I decided that I was finished running around. I knew in my heart that I did not want to be committed to a bunch of groups, organizations, etc. So I stayed home, I mean REALLY stayed home.. and I have to tell you something….I am bored out of my mind.
I love staying home with my daughter and I know that when I talk to nannies and grandparents who are raising their children’s children, I am not the only one who feels this way. I miss the collaboration. The team work. (The paycheck?) So I have decided to do something about it.
The old Julie would sit and worry about failure. Rejection. The new Julie? She’s out there. Confident. The same confidence I had in the work place. She’s happy! (Most days.) The work-force Julie worked in the same industry for 20 years. Quite the expert if I do say so myself. The stay-at-home Julie has only been making art for a short time. And while I realize that I need to practice and pay my dues, I don’t want to sit here any longer. Nothing bad can happen to me if I try new things…. I think my career was meerly a detour.. I need art.
The response to the new Julie’s attitude has been pretty favorable I think. I have some projects on the horizon and a nice Etsy shop. (Old Julie was really nervous to list things and call them “paintings”.) I am making contacts and building. One step at a time…but I am building. I’ve even been telling people that I am an (cough) artist. (The old Julie would have never ever dreamt about leaving a comment on Michelle Ward’s blog!)
Confident. Renewed. I want the work-force Julie to stick around and move in with the art-world Julie. Two Julie’s can work together. Si se puede.