I've been feeling a bit scattered trying to do it all, and do it all well. I love teaching, I love the success of my Etsy business and I love selling at shows. But doing each of these things means I am working 3 jobs, it seems I never have a life, outside of my work.
This week I've come to a decision to focus on the one thing that makes me happiest; selling my art, in person, offline and around people. I am not leaving Etsy nor will I turn down the right teaching opportunities but my passion lies in the creation of new work and that is a hard thing to follow when creativity is only allowed in my spare time.
I am going to step back a bit from the online world, let my shop go where it may, without chronic promotion and try to focus more on designing for the real world.
I'm scared, I do better online than in person but I know that I feel truly my best when I am outside, among artists and art lovers or, when I am home in the studio working on new ideas. Being a production artist has financial value but living a life that I embrace has intangible value and I am looking forward to it.