I’ve always had a love+hate relationship with my art. Self-doubt is my arch nemesis. Am I good enough? Will I ever be? Do I have anything to offer? We creative folk are often our own worst critics. All of those doubts had me shelving my art for a good decade. It wasn’t until I went back to school for Graphic Design that I started doing any again and that was only for assigned projects. I enjoyed it. I missed it. After school, I started freelancing. For me, that involves little to no actual artwork. I became so focused on hustling for that, that art got back burnered again…and again…and again.
I’d have sporadic bursts of inspiration that produced some doodles in a sketchbook, but that was usually about it. One year I even had an exhibition at a gallery in Portland. I never seemed to get very much time to hone skills and try new things, though, because it was always squeezed in between design projects…until it wasn’t.
I’ve still been constantly hustling to keep my freelance career going. Freelancing is not easy. I work more now than I ever have because I don’t just get to design projects from 9-5 and then call it a day. No. I don’t get to always have weekends or holidays off. Even if I do get projects done at a normal hour, I still have to be my own admin, accounting, tech support, janitor, marketing, social media expert…you get the point. That’s entrepreneurship, though, right? We’re a different sort of animal. We’re daydream believers and monster chasers. We don’t have an off button and our pause button is tricky to find. I want things for my life, for my career, that I’m now refusing to put on the back burner. It’s time to hustle harder than I ever have.
Short Term Studio Goals.¹
- Full scale rebrand | Due: December 1st, 2017 | Completed: …?
- Etsy shop | Due: March 2nd, 2018 | Completed: …?
- 1000 Instagram followers | Due: June 1st, 2018 | Completed: …?
I’m sharing these goals here as a form of accountability, but also to motivate even one other person to chase their dreams and make a plan.² Set goals, with achievable due dates, and then make it happen. No excuses. Hustle Harder.
¹ Because…”A goal without a plan is just a wish.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
² Because…”Dreams without goals remain dreams, just dreams, and ultimately fuel disappointment. Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency,” -Denzel Washington