Life Strategy…What is Success?

Posted: May 19, 2009 in My Life as an Artist, Uncategorized

What if everyone had the ability to make  a comfortable living doing what they wanted?

I do not mean laying around eating cowpies and watching TV all day. No, I am talking about working 10 or 12 hour days toward your goal of living your most satisfying, most fulfilled, luxurious life. I am an artist. And being an artist is a full time job. It requires business skills, fresh marketing concepts, networking and social interaction, and a talent that stands up to the best of them. Up until about a year ago, I have always worked for someone else. Now I can say I am working for myself. One day I am working toward finding a perfect employer relationship and the next day volunteering to build up the new arts organization I just formed. I go outside from time to time to tend my garden and just this morning took a photo of two bluejays finding home building materials in the midst of my landscaping project. They looked so happy and content but also a little hesitant as I ran to get the camera.

Blaue Jays

Blue Jays

I had a nice meeting at the bank early last week and am now catching up on bills, blogs and other loose ends. I have financial aid forms to fill out for my daughter, as she gets ready to graduate this June. I have mixed feelings about all this. I will miss her on one hand but I also look forward to seeing where she will go in her life. My daughter is much like myself. Very independent, strong willed and knows right from wrong. She is more confident than I ever have been, which is good because the pressure the kids face today is more than I ever imagined. She has been very creative from the first time she could walk or talk. She took guitar lessons from the age of 5 and was on stage at the age of 8. She played softball with the “Big Girls” during those same early years. She went on to learn the recorder (of course!), clarinet, saxaphone and keyboard. Her creative ways with jewelry and beads and rocks became a somewhat steady income as she sold her creations from my fine art studio. Not too bad for a 10 year old.

Divorce hit our family hard and we have had some ups and downs in the last five years. It is hard for me to come to grips with my daughter leaving the nest just as things are finally get back to normal. I know she will not be far away and we will always be within a short drive or a phone call. As I go on to carve my life as a professional artist, I do hope she will do the same. Whether she gets a degree in business or philosophy, joins the military or the circus, I pray she will never lose sight of what makes her happy and will only reach for more. Creativity is a gift that can be incorporated into any facet of a career and should be recognized as a necessity for a successful life strategy. 

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