A quick little update on what I’ve been up to. I recently worked on my goals for 2018, well, I worked on one big goal so far. I dated out the tasks, so I would know when I should get each task accomplished. I also turned the big goal / task list into a long term timeline. (In this case, long term means over the course of almost a year. I realize that would normally be short term in the grand scheme of things, but just as a point of reference for this blog post, that’s how I’m defining it.)
I don’t want to announce this big goal just yet, but I do want to announce it eventually. I want to at least start the process first, before I go around online talking about it. (Hint: there are some sneaky ways to find this out, though, if you follow me around on social media.)
I’m currently taking an online course series, and it’s helping me figure all this art business stuff out. It’s definitely not an overnight thing, though. There’s a huge learning curve. There are things I was just about to do that is on my “assignment” list. So, it’s funny how some of it I was just recently starting to think of doing soon, before I took any of the classes. However, there are a lot of things I didn’t know about, or just didn’t think were going to be a requirement.
I will say that the holidays have totally thrown off my google calendar schedule, though. I am trying to get back to my normal schedule currently.
I’ve also started a brand new project: live streaming on twitch. I already started streaming on a regular schedule, and I’m just trying to figure out if that is the schedule I want to stick to or not. Currently, during the day, I have things like painting, video editing, filming, newsletter writing, social media posting, website updating, etc. At night around 9 p.m., on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I stream on twitch.
It’s been tough, to be honest, just with the hours that you have to put into it in order to get somewhere with it. However, I think it’s REALLY great at getting you to become a better artist, if you’re streaming your creative process. If you have the viewers, they tend to give you real time critique and help with ideas and techniques. I think it’s helped me speed up my creative output digitally a TON. I highly recommend it, but I will reiterate that it is very demanding, if you stream three times a week or more. I don’t know how people stream every day or even almost every day. Maybe it’s because I’m an introvert of sorts, but it can make me very tired afterwards.
I will say, though, that I think the benefits of social interaction, community, real time critique, and quick improvements all outweigh the downsides. But I do think I should adjust my schedule when I feel necessary. I don’t want to overwork myself more than I already do.
That’s what I want to talk about next. I tend to work long hours, but yet I feel it’s never enough in my mind. I feel guilty a lot for taking breaks and resting for extended periods of time. Don’t be like me. It’s better to sprinkle your breaks throughout, so you don’t end up crashing and burning out and taking long guilty-feeling breaks. Trust me!
I also want to touch on how surreal my life has felt lately. I’m so content overall, even though a lot is uncertain. I still have a long way to go to reach my goals, but I am working on having a positive mindset. People who succeed at these things say that a positive outlook is one of the most important things about it. If you are constantly talking (or thinking) bad about yourself, it kind of fulfills its own prophecy, so to speak.
So, that’s something I’m working on. Every day. And it can be tough. I’ve only been a full time artist for one month and I already find myself thinking negative thoughts about my workflow, process, achievements, goals, etc. I think this is very dangerous.
I really need to keep thinking positively and keep my eyes on my smaller tasks, so I can be more equipped to reach my bigger goals. You see, I find that the only way I can feel confident enough in myself to reach my goals is to break them down into smaller itty bitty bite-sized tasks.
That’s helping me a ton so far. It’s made me feel more professional, too, somehow. To explain it, I’d say that breaking the big goals into smaller tasks makes me feel like I know what I’m doing. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. When your goals are too big and vague, of course they will seem (and in most cases, be) unattainable.
If I want YOU to take just one thing from this blog post, it would be that you can do almost anything (within human capabilities of course), if you just break them down into small bite sized pieces, and then explore and research online or in person about these “pieces” or tasks, to find out how to accomplish them.
If one of your tasks is to “get business cards printed”, for example, and you’ve never done this task before, look up the best printers in your area, or just the best online options, and see who does the best quality work, for the best prices. That is just one example.
Anyway, peeps, I’m going to hop off here, so I can enjoy the rest of my Saturday night. (Yeah, I wrote this on my “day off”, haha...but I was inspired.)
THANKS AGAIN, SHANE, FOR THE NEW KEYBOARD FOR MY IPAD :)
P.S. : I stared a new instagram account that will document all my home renovations and art studio upgrades in the next few months or years, so I would be so so excited if you'd go and follow that account. If you love all things home remodeling / decorating / gardening, then you'll love this new account: https://www.instagram.com/maceylouarthouse/
Xoxo - MaceyLou