Case-in-point. I have a new website! I've had "make portfolio/blog site" on my list for months. All of a sudden last night instead of surfing the net like i usually do, I went to GoDaddy domain registry and HEY! suprISE! I just did it. Then, I felt sooo good that I bought my domain that I went on Weebly and started designing my website. I am ususally scared-to-death-terrified of anything remotely technical but with a bit of help from the internet I taught myself how to use CSS code to change the website background color. You, know, it's been said by many people smarter than me that you are the only one holding yourself back, and for me at least that's true. I only didn't try before because I thought I couldn't.
The same thing goes for your art career. My 9-5 art job has lured me into a complacent state the last year or so...making me feel safe, making it possible to push back important steps in my career. I never did personal art work after work- i'd watch a movie with my husband instead. I lounged around playing with website designs for months, collected volumes of articles on freelancing as an artist and the importance of a blog on your portfolio site, and bookmarked classified ads for artists...but didn't act on any of them. Feeling secure and safe is nice but complecency is not all it's cracked up to be- it has warts. Complencency can keep you from pushing yourself if you aren't careful. You know what helps? Doing the damn thing- not putting "do the damn thing" on your list and pretending you are going to next week.
And that is why I have this website and blog now. And that is why i'm writing this first post. and it feels AMAZING! I feel so good today! I am happy and hyper (no coffee, i swear) and raring to go. It's not always going to be perfect and sometimes i'm gonna lay on the couch with a cup of tea and a head of laziness but I will try to tackle one "to-do" at a time. What is my next "to-do"? I have recently taken a vow of everlasting RAM; to vanquish all future "scratch disk errors" when painting in photoshop. I've got some deleting to do!