I believe in pursuing your dreams & I hope that I have inspired you along the way to pursue your own dream!
You may be reading this because you saw from my instagram post that my business will be coming to an end after my last show at Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market on April 28th-30th.
This has by far been the toughest blog post to write and express everything I want to say...so here it goes!
I have been doing my art business for 3 years and for the past year I have been doing it full time. It has been the biggest blessing, challenge, and season of growth within myself. I never thought that I would have actually lived out one of my dreams of pursuing art as a job! Ever since I was a little girl art was always my favorite class! I have always enjoyed expressing myself through different creative elements and have loved the challenge of pushing myself to grow as an artist! I know that I will always be an artist because it is a big part of who I am, but it isn't all of me.
I wanted to say THANK YOU to those that have supported me in more ways than you will ever know! I will cherish moments of talking to customers at my art shows and hearing such encouraging words. I felt so honored when someone would find an art piece that they felt was made just for them! I couldn't have done it all without your support & love! It really was one of the biggest motivators to keep me moving forward with my business when it got tough!
It is such a bittersweet thing to be saying farewell to my business. I don't know if one day I may pick it back up again or start a whole new creative journey but I know in my heart that I must say goodbye to it for this season of my life. Since about May I have been sifting through making this decision and a couple months ago I finally got to a really good place with being completely at peace with my decision.
Some of you may be wondering why I would let go of something that is successful and that I love doing, well here are some reasons why. Being a stay at home artist was incredibly lonely for me because I am an extrovert. I missed having coworkers and human interaction everyday! There would be some days that I would only see my husband and the post office man haha. Another reason is that I started to lose the passion for what I was creating. Once you lose passion, you lose motivation & drive which is so extremely important for running your own business. I also got really burnt out, last year I did 12shows in one season which was just exhausting emotionally, mentally, and physically! I was really strategic about doing less shows this year but it wasn't the problem solver and the root of the issue was that I just missed being around people more than anything else. I knew that I could find passion again but what I couldn't fix was the loneliness factor. I know in my heart that I am ready for the next chapter in my life, although I am so extremely grateful for this experience in following a dream!
I would love to see anyone and everyone that can make it to my last show Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market at Westworld Scottsdale in Arizona on April 28th-30th at Booth 57! I also have all my items on Etsy for any out of state folks that want to purchase any work, this is your last chance! Click the tab SHOP on my website and it will take you straight to Etsy! The cut off date is April 1st to purchase a custom order so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss custom orders ASAP! I will be more picky about accepting custom orders & I will have to say no if I get too many out of healthy boundaries for myself. If I have any product left over I will do a sale after Junk in the Trunk but my goal is to try to sell out all my art work at the show!
Thank you again for everything!!!!
My Favorite Highlights:
Participated as a vendor in 30 shows.
Had my artwork sold in 6 Stores in Phoenix.
Maintained an Etsy Shop Online with over 180+ sales with a 5 Star Review Rating.
Was contacted by LuLu Lemon to collaborate on making a Succulent Steer Skull for the Scottsdale
Fashion Square Store.
Was interviewed on live T.V. by Fox 10 Phoenix and ABC15 Arizona for my art.
Published in Phoenix Magazine Feb 2016 displaying a Steer Skull, it was so cool seeing my art in print!
Managed and maintained strong professional business relationships with
customers, fellow vendors, and coordinators of markets.
Collaborated with BASH Conference in January 2016 to be in charge of the
Ballrooms visual displays of contributing 25 globes, a steer skull, & 20 large dreamcatchers. Preston Bailey gave me a shout out in the crowd!
Photos by: Scott English http://scottenglish.photography