I’ve had a successful career in another field for over 20 years. When things got stressful or discouraging I sought solace in the same place again and again – my art studio. Painting, drawing, and designing have carried me through some of the worst times in my life and have also given me some of the most peaceful and exciting moments. It is for this reason that my design business will become my next career.
I think it’s important to remember that you can be whatever you want. Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were little? When you were graduating from High School? I do. Artist was always in the mix – but there were other things as well. Some of which I did, some of which I lost interest in – but art has always been in my life.
In high school I gave up my lunch time so I could take an extra art class. I went to art lessons on the weekends. I spent hours roaming around craft stores, ceramic shops, and art museums with my family. I studied graphic design in college. Then life took over and I became something else professionally – something I loved, but something I’m ready to move on from. I’m ready to go back to the art world, but this time I’m doing it my way.
Six years ago I returned to selling my art after a long break. Since then, I’ve been building my business, honing my skills, learning new techniques, and studying art again. I’ve finally found what I want to do next – textile and surface pattern design. It’s what I started doing six years ago on a whim and it’s become my passion. I notice patterns everywhere now. I draw and paint every day. I hoard color palettes on my Pinterest boards. I fall asleep visualizing patterns and motifs and get out of bed excited to create something new.
Life should be an adventure. You should have the luxury of pursuing those things which make you happiest. You deserve to find that thing that makes your soul sing. I have always kept my art as my hobby, but now I’m excited that the next chapter of my life will be devoted to creating more art. I’ve already made a commitment to myself that I’m going to retire early and I’m building my business every day to make that happen. So what is it that makes your heart sing?