As my grandmother used to say when we skipped several weekend visits: INTRODUCE YOURSELF!!
I’ve been terribly MIA, so MIA that I even wondered if I should pop by to say Hi! and run off again…
Remember my post on finishing my spring break project, yeah the First Communion invites…when I was all freaky about THE END and if I would get another commission and if I’d do as good a job on it as I had on this one, etc, etc… well while under that scarcity mentality and huge self-doubt I did what many well-meaning people have recommended I do: I opened up a facebook page, I know, ghastly!!! I still have trouble talking about it… I know, most people like it, love it or are even addicted to it, me, I avoided it, till now.
My right brain needed to be a bit left brained and think about the numbers that represent the people I can reach through FB, and so I did it and asked my sister, to be my PR person… because I am not only right-brained, I am also introverted…both at a 100% intensity, so I needed help to find a bit of balance…
So there I was, uploading INSPO pic from my favorite sites and a few collages from previous work just to get some mouths watering when suddenly 4 commissions appeared in my message inbox… WHOA!!! could it be real? will FB work for me and my endeavour?
From there I was offered the task of designing and assembling my school’s Graduation invite and event program…
So yes, I’ve been busy and have fallen behind on my MOOC updates 😦 nevertheless, I am happy and infinitely grateful for having a new project follow the one I finish.
I learned a couple of very interesting life lessons during this terrifying time of going into the FB world with my work:
the first lesson and maybe the most important is that it is not the best idea to start a business when you are having money troubles/difficulties… a new business, just like a new baby, has some basic needs for which you need money but that won’t happen if there’s money needed in the other areas of your life, for example, just when I got paid for the 1st communion invites, my car insurance expired… I had planned to buy some paper punches and a guillotine/paper cutter but the insurance came higher in the list of priorities so no punches or guillotine (later my mom sponsored 🙂 some punches and a fabulous booklet stapler, thanks mom)
and it’s been like this, as I get paid, I hardly savor the fact before there’s something due in our family budget… so, just like they say QUIT WHILE YOU’RE AHEAD… START WHILE YOU’RE AHEAD… start your new biz when the income will come in as an extra and not as a must!
Another thing I learned/ discovered is how un-savvy I am at all of this and it’s all due to my extreme right-brain-ness… for us right-brainers, it is difficult to talk about our art, our creations, much less promote them to be sold… we want/ hope/ expect that word of mouth publicity will take care of it and that our craft will speak for itself and people will come and ask for our input and not the other way around, God forbid, where we’d go out and show our work and be a sales person persuading people to let us work with them…
Quite the task, as complicated as marriage and raising a teenager… yes, it compares!!! 🙂
Anyway, my posts might get much shorter but I hold blogging dearly in my heart and don’t want to leave… I just hope my blogosphere friends are still there to read me and throw me a line back to their blogs!!
xo lovely people