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February – a “loverly” month

February is the shortest month of the year, and yet I am packing it with a hefty to-do list. After completing the first half of my Martha and Matilda commission in January, I am going to wrap up the rest of the commission this month. The second book is just as darling as the first about his lovely daughters at the circus. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Also listed, are some parts of my business that I need to focus on right now. Etsy can be a great source of income, and I am working to learn how to tap into the community. These first few sales will be tough, but important for building my reputation in that realm.

Numbers 4 and 5 are perhaps the most important for me this month. They are more personal, but serve as a reminder:  What good are my goals if I don’t stop to enjoy my life and what I am doing?

I am going to try to accomplish my business goals this month while simultaneously remembering to take a day off now and then. Sheesh!

Have you ever felt that your goals were taking over your life instead of helping you live your life the way you wanted to? Leave your response in the comments below – or write a whole post and link to it here. In February, we should learn to love ourselves.

Weekend Update

Well, the weekend is coming to a close, and I am happy to be where I am!

First, I was featured in nice Etsy treasury today. It was called Etsy’s Freshmen [POUNCE!] and it was an honor to see one of my prints featured. Click the image to view the entire treasury.

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Also, I sold my first print on Etsy! I will admit that the buyer is a friend of mine from across the country, but I am just as proud of my first dollar as ever! It marks the official start to a new and exciting part of my journey. I plan to reinvest every penny right now back into my  business. Having the means to special order some fun and interesting merchandise is a very rewarding feeling and I am excited at the possibilities of what other custom creations I could sell. (If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them!)

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Zoe and the Birds
acrylic and ink
6.5″ x 10.5″

Finally, I finished a new painting last night that I am so jazzed about! My goal each week is to finish a new illustration, and so far, I have done a great job at keeping that goal. (*giving myself a pat on the back*). So all in all, this weekend brought a smile to my face. A big THANKS to everyone who is supporting my new journey, and I hope you enjoy seeing the positive results as much as I do!

Stay Focused – “you’re doing great!”

For the past two months, I have been working my butt off! That’s right – I said “butt”. I realized that I have goals and aspirations that I have to try for. Writing books and creating the imagery for them has been a dream of mine for a long time. I remember creating a comic about a pig and a blonde zebra when I was younger and thinking, “yeah – I can do this.” I am glad that to be finally taking this chance for the first time since then, and I am very honored to be able to share the journey with my family as well as other artists.

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I made a little more progress this week towards my short term goal of starting a shop. In order to start a shop, I have to have things to sell. I am going to start with a few prints and then see where that takes me. I just finished another Lonely Girl painting this weekend that will be a lovely part of my up coming (I promise – very soon!) collection.