Mmmmmm I love the fall. The smells, the sights, the feels…it’s all just so cozy and inspiring. I’m sure I’m not alone here, but I think I feel the most inspired during the fall season. It’s probably because I associate this season with the beginning of a new school year. No, I’m not in school anymore, but I was for the past…17 years? It’s pretty much wired into my subconscious now.
This fall, I’m definitely feeling inspired, but also very overwhelmed. I guess you could say I’m out in the “real world” now and I’m at a crossroads, trying to decide what I need/want to do at this point in my life. My brain is overflowing with ideas and prioritizing isn’t coming to me so easily right now. There’s no doubt that being an artist is risky. It’s hard to prepare for something unknown, you know? But more and more, I’m feeling the urge to take the risks. I’m writing a lot, reading a lot, and thinking a lot in an attempt to go into this with as much knowledge and confidence as I can. I’ve been more active in asking for help from others who know more than I do, and even the smallest bits of advice have been really eye opening and helpful.
I’ve learned a lot of things about myself since graduating from college. One thing I learned is that apparently I’m not ready to stop taking classes. I’m currently enrolled in about 11 online classes and I took two more over the summer. The majority are free classes offered by several different universities, which is so awesome because anyone with Internet access can take them. I will include the links at the end.
I only paid for two classes and neither one was overpriced in my opinion. I took the first one over the summer through Blue Ridge Community College. This 8-week class, taught by the knowledgeable Teri King, was all about starting your own arts and crafts business. It was filled with tons and tons of useful information that I’m still referring to now.
The second class I paid for is actually an e-course written by the owners of A Beautiful Mess. This class is about creating your dream job, and I haven’t read through all the content yet, but it seems very similar to the class I previously mentioned only more personal and with a sort of different perspective. I will share more of my thoughts on the e-course once I finish it.
Although being unemployed is frustrating for sure, I have to look on the bright side and say that all this time to myself is super beneficial. I’m really thankful that I’m able to do this right now. Besides taking a million classes, I’ve also been creating more products for my Etsy shop, working on grad school applications (yes, I decided to apply—more on that soon!), and attempting to get a handle on the business aspects of my art (making it more legit).
Since not all my plans and ideas are fully developed/make a lot of sense, I’m keeping things kind of under wraps for now. I feel like I need to keep them somewhat to myself while I work out the kinks and all the confusing stuff. Don’t fret though, because like I said in my last post, I have lots of other content coming up to keep you occupied while I work on this other stuff :] Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!
P.S. Here are some links to click if you’re feeling the thirst to learn: