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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.