A Look Back
Am I the only one who has never really paid much attention to the “look back” feature on Facebook? Apparently when you check your feed, there is the occasional memory from that same date a year or more ago with the option to re-publish it on your wall again. I think it used to be an opt-in feature but now Facebook pushes it on everyone.
Time always flies by faster than we give it credit for. Today Facebook reminded me that it had been a year since I was interviewed as the featured artist by my friend and fellow artist, Bob Ostrom, for an article on his website. Has it really been a year already?
At this point in time a year ago, I was finishing up my first year working for myself. I had taken the leap of faith in January of 2014 with the belief that “if I can do it for someone else, why not do it for myself?” mantra. I left behind a job position building someone else’s business to start my own; though slowly coming to the realization over that first year, that there was a lot more to owning a design studio than drawing pretty pictures! Despite the odds, my new business had grown each month that year. Through the ebb and flow of victories and defeats, there were still many signs the business was going to continue to build and grow into a sustainable entity. The encouragement and respect of an accomplished freelance artist already successful in the field was one of the highlights and victories of that often challenging and growth-filled first year in business for myself.
To have an accomplished fellow artist appreciate the work I was creating enough to give me guidance and highlight my work on his site gave me a boost of confidence during a time it would be easy to listen more to doubts. It was a reminder then and now, that I was on the right path, that I had ability and every reason to be confident and bold in the next year to come. I am loving the journey!