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Goals are important. They keep you moving forward in life.
I started scaling back on my goals a lot over the past few months. I have been trying to learn contentment. Contentment is important, too. I believe it is a stabilizer. It helps you to feel secure and satisfied. But there is balance.
I’m always going to want to make something out of selling my artwork. Ultimately, it seems like it would be an awesome way to support myself. Realistically, though, I am not going to be able to pull that off anytime soon. I need my full-time job (that I am starting today) – for benefits, to help me pay financial obligations, and to help me gain experience. I need to work there for a while. So what role will creating/selling art play in my life?
I decided that I need to make small goals. Small goals are reachable in a short amount of time and that can be very gratifying. 2 years ago, I had the goal to bike to work and back one time. I did it and realized it wasn’t so terribly difficult after all. That was very gratifying. I felt like I accomplished something big, even though it was just biking an hour to work and an hour home. It didn’t land me on the front page of the newspaper – but it made me feel good. I need that. (Right now, I’m feeling pretty good that out of my 20 or so job applications I was offered the job I am starting today).
My small goals for my Etsy and Hatch shops are: to freshen things up – new logo, new products, other tweaks. Hopefully that will translate into some increased activity – and thus more sales and happy customers :).
My mother-in-law kindly lent me her second bike a month or 2 ago (after I broke my bike). “Only temporarily”, she said. So my small goal for May-August is to be able to buy a bike from the revenue on Etsy and Hatch. Can I do it?
We shall see.
May has been a rainy month so far here in Omaha. Jeff (the husband) and I were sick with sinus problems when it was warm and sunny at the end of April and now that we’re better it’s rainy and dreary. Not to depress you :)
Anyway – I have a 4 day weekend this week because I’m going to start a new job on Monday! I’m very hopeful that this job will be a much better fit for me and Jeff. Or should that be Jeff and me?
While I have this time off – I’ve realized that I haven’t been drawing or posting new art on this blog, Etsy, or Hatch. So I have been updating everything today. I would love to do that more regularly – but I will see what the future holds. Here are some recent projects that I have done below:
Have a good rest of the work week!
A lot has happened from the last time I posted here to now.
There have been sad times and a lot of good times. In July 2013 I lost my mom. Since then I have been so thankful for the love and support of my friends.
I got married 12-13-14!
And right before I got married, I did a project as a gift to the Editor in Chief and Assistant Editor of Glamour Magazine!
My shops on Hatch and Etsy are currently on vacation, while I settle in to married life and I hope to update some things. I will return to posting here more often, so please stay tuned.
You can also follow me on instagram @piecesofelises
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I just re-watched North & South, a BBC series based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel by the same name.
If you haven’t seen it I highly suggest checking it out. It is like Pride and Prejudice in an industrial setting.
Here are some pics to peak your interest :)
It is such a good story with memorable characters. The actors did a great job bringing the story to life!
I can’t count the amount of times I’ve dressed up for a themed party since moving out.
I dressed up a greek, a hippy, Luigi from the Nintendo game, a Jamaican, Ruth from the Bible, a Karen woman with a sarong, a tourist in Hawaii…
and now I’ve dressed up as a house wife from the 50s :)
It was really fun, and I think I may try the look on a serious occasion, maybe minus the 2 drawn on moles.
I wore a dress given to me by my dear roomie. I think the tag says Isaac Mizrahi. It looks very proper and demure. The scarf is also a gift from the same dear roomie. The shoes are from a clothing swap my other roommate hosted at out apartment. Someone there was a size 10! The shoes (sorry you can’t seem them in the pic) are different from what I’d normally wear, but I thought they suited the outfit.
I put on dark blue eye shadow and a black liquid liner cat eye. Then I added some red lipstick and big bronze clip on earrings I got super cheap at New Life Thrift here in town. It was a almost free outfit! My wallet was very happy!
I enjoy drawing custom portraits. In the image below you can see 2 new custom portraits I completed.
Aren’t they cute :)
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