Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Admitting That I Don't Know

I don't usually write about personal dilemmas here; this one affects my blog (and business).

Red Circle Crafts still feels brand new and full of beginnings. I have some really exciting ideas for things I'd like to be working towards, but, to be honest, I'm not sure what that means for the short term. I've spent the last month or so avoiding this blog because I don't know what's next. And while I was really trying to avoid admitting that I don't know, it meant fewer posts here about the things I have been working on. Emotions sometimes get in the way of common sense though.

One of the things that J and I have been talking about for short term goals is becoming completely debt free. That would mean a great deal of freedom for us to work less and live more. We could travel; I could realistically pursue my dream of living in tiny house; it would be easier to have my own business. A little bit of math shows that if we both work full time jobs, we could be completely debt free in about 5 years. Five years seems like a lot less time than it used to.

I'm not entirely sure how this will change things. Historically, I need some sort of creative outlet or I will be really unhappy working in an office. I hope that this means that I will still make time to blog here. I hope this means I continue to create things to put up in my etsy store. But events like the Holiday Market will definitely be put on hold.

Nothing is changing too soon. We're still figuring out how this is all going to happen. In the mean time I'd like to get back to crafting and sharing it here.

2 comments:

  1. This speaks to my heart. I chose to leave my theatre career for a variety of reasons. One was I was ostensibly doing 'my art' but really felt like all I was doing was other peoples art. I was exhausted and had no time to spend on myself or my creations.

    Now that I've segued into an office job I'm so much more fulfilled! I help people as a customer service rep (which I like turns out) and then on my free time I get to make whatever strikes my fancy. I don't need to worry about if it will sell or how to market it or how to hustle for freelance work.

    I think we were taught when we were young that 'real artists' do it full time. They suffer and writhe in pain and wear black and live in tiny garrets. The older I get the more I find people with 'real jobs' who are still artists! I don't think it has to be one or the other and in fact I'm finding a lot of people strongly identify as artists while doing other things for their bread.

    Whatever you choose, it has to make you happy. (And sometimes being happy includes having a house and coffee and a car that runs!)

    Hugs on your adventure! I support you!

    Rose

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  2. Rose, you're the best! I'm really glad things are going well for you. Stay happy and thanks for your support, it means a lot to me.

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