After college, I just assumed I would get my dream job. Or even just a good job. I wouldn’t say any of the jobs I had were bad, but they also weren’t exactly what I had imagined. They were very tangentially (not at all) related to art, which is what I actually wanted to be doing.
So then I asked myself, why am I not taking steps toward doing what I wanted to do?
At the time, I thought I was headed in the right direction. I was like yes, I am saving money so I can do art in the future.
But who knows when the future would be? 3 years from now? 10 years? 20?
I could only delay what I really wanted to do for so long. Even if I wasn’t consciously thinking about it, unconsciously my body was like, we reject this mission! And I started having weird physical symptoms.
Since then, I have taken small steps in the direction I want to go, and things started falling into place.
Step one: I started by taking an illustration class. I really found a style I like and that works from me. I realized I don’t really like drawing environments, but I do like to fill up a page. Which is how I came up with this idea for greetings cards. This style feels more authentic and true to me, which makes it more enjoyable and easier to create.
Step two: invest in expensive, professional markers. Aah!! For anyone that knows me, I am very hesitant to drop cash. Luckily, the markers have been a game changer and I use them all the time. They were a worthwhile investment!
Step three: Digital art/Graphic Design has always been kind of a struggle for me, and I do my best to avoid it. However, I recognized the benefit that a real graphics editing software would have for my business, so I faced my fear of Adobe programs by enrolling in a Print Production class. I finally understand the difference between Tiffs, JPEGS, and PNGs, and I feel more confident in my ability to approach print shops and get my cards printed.
This all took the course of about 8 months. When I put it in a short blog post, it seems logical. But at the time, I didn’t see how each of the pieces connected. I just started listening to what I felt called to do, and faced the fears that were preventing me from doing them.
Always take steps. Small steps add up. And the good thing about taking steps is if you’re not on the path you want to be on, you just take more steps toward that path.
Best of luck on your journey, and take a step today.