Side Projects are Important to Your Sanity.

With the passing of each year, I have come to realize that side projects and hobbies are very important to my health and sanity.  I have been a creator since I was a child. I wrote music and performed in cafes when I was in high-school, brought my ukulele to class when I was a kindergarten teacher, submitted oil paintings in local community college contests, played the cello in the orchestra at my university...and all that jazz.

When I left California and moved north to Idaho in 2014, my life changed. I started to adult {insert sluggish sigh here}. My husband and I both worked full time and struggled to pay bills just like everyone else.

In the summer of 2015, I decided to go for it. Brian got me a heap of art supplies for my birthday (fellow July babes, high five!) and I started down a path of creating these gorgeous diamond oil paintings to sell online:

After a few months of painstakingly painting these high-detail pieces, I came to realize that I did not have enough spare time to create the inventory I would need to justify a real online shop. Gradually, I became discouraged and fell into a deep depression in the spring of 2016.  

After a move to Boise, and then another move to Colorado, I have finally hit my stride.  I am creating now more than ever while holding down a full time career-worthy job, and I feel more invigorated than I have in years. It's taken trial and error, but I'm figuring out what works and what doesn't along the way. I'm ramping up for a new online shop this summer, and I am so excited!

The bottom line is, if you are a natural born creator and you are not creating; you are living in a state of conflict. Remember; Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. The world needs your unique and creative offering, the one that only you can bring to the table.

xoxo -C