Not sure how it all gets so hectic so quickly. Seems like I have to say 'no' to more things just to fit everything in. Something always gets dropped when I take on too much!
There are the art shows, and getting works done and framed. So much time and money in that! Very little return on it too, plus damage to the paintings or frames. But the exposure is good, and the attention is great. I have discovered that I really like all the attention. Odd, I am usually the quiet one and try to keep things low key. Or at least I used to be! Now I speak my mind and get myself into situations I should have stayed out of. But I am getting used to this side of me, and I don't think I want to go back to being so un-opinionated. That sure makes my husband laugh at me often.
Then there is the art classes, which I love, especially the very young children I teach. Lesson plans, set up, clean up, and the actual time I get to work with the students. They tug at my heart. I am the greatest artist in their eyes! Too cute.
I am also learning the trade of custom framing, high end too: very professional and very expensive. But the frames are amazing, and what a huge difference to finish out the art in high quality frames!
Of course my life is full of family and friends too, and they come first when I am not at work. At least I try to not get too involved in my work at home. So this is why I post less on-line and don't get the marketing done that I really should put more into!
But I am happy -- truly happy. Which is a big surprise because I have struggled with depression and motivation off and on for many years. But since my appendix ruptured just more than a year ago, and I went around for a few weeks dying, I really had to fight for my life. Now I have a whole new outlook on everything!
Not sure why I needed to post that, but I wanted to share it. Things do get better, it does take work, and it is worth it really! You have to be positive on purpose and look for things to be thankful for!