I’m stopping my 365 days of design early. Really early. But it’s all for very good reasons:
- I made sales. A lot of sales. More sales than I thought I could do with just slapping some designs up on Redbubble!
- I found my style. I finally felt like I wasn’t copying someone else’s style or the styles that I see everyday on Instagram. I was doing my own work that came from the core of my creative self. And those were the patterns that sold the most!
- I had enough patterns that I was proud of to submit my work to UPPERCASE magazine for their upcoming Surface Pattern edition. Even if I don’t get selected, just the fact that I felt confident enough to give it a try speaks volumes.
- My imposter syndrome slunk away. I’m sure it’s still lurking around the corner, but hey, at least it’s feeling ashamed of itself right now.
But most importantly, I am actually trying to build a viable side business. I have a full time job that I work hard at (and I actually love), and I am a mom, and a partner. As such, I have limited time and limited energy and if I want to move this forward and grow my business, I need to focus for a bit on the actual business side of things.
So far I’ve been doing the spray and pray method of promoting my art, now it’s time to develop strategies, get focused, and do what needs to be done to take this thing to the next level. I’m currently taking a workshop to help me out on that aspect, because this is territory that I’m pretty unfamiliar with.
No regrets. This is not giving up; this is making the right decision to move to the next stage because it’s the right time. I’m really proud of myself, and really excited for the next steps.