"Is your glass half empty or half full? It's all a matter of perspective." -- Mom
Last year was a half empty year. Actually, it felt bone dry and parched. There was so much change on the domestic front. The selling of my childhood home. The closing of the family restaurant. Break ins and drive-by shootings. And for the finale, walking pneumonia. There was so much negative mojo that it was hard to feel the positive. And yet there was much to celebrate. An artist-in-residency at the Ragdale Foundation. Two and a half weeks in London. The sale of artwork despite a poor economy. A closer relationship with my brother. Plus good friends near and far that helped me weather the stormiest times. As always, Mom is right. It's all a matter of perspective.
I've been thinking about 2010 and what I want from this year. Do I dare say it? I want to live off of the income derived from my art. I had accomplished this goal in my 20's, but when I became a mom with a mortgage, it became a herculean task to continue. So with this new goal in mind, I am making a few changes around here.
First off, I'm Getting My Sh*T Together. If you've ever seen my desk, then you know it was declared an urban excavation site. No more! Over Thanksgiving, I cleaned up my office, filed everything into the appropriate files and recycled the rest. Now it's time to do the same with my computer. I no longer want to be that artist who does everything in a rush at the last minute. GYST is business software for artists. Sure, I have my inventory on an Excel spreadsheet. The resume is kept up to date. But everything is tucked into different nooks and crannies. I want it all easily found with the click of the mouse. Nice, huh?!
With organization comes the need to focus on a business plan. Yep, a map detailing where I am going. I hate writing business plans. They are tedious little buggers, but they help one stay on track. I have a tendency to panic about money, take on five to six part-time positions and let the studio take a backseat. No, no, no! Not this year! Organize, budget, conserve, and explore. I'm only keeping those positions I truly love and not looking for extra. Check back with me this summer. I may end up having another garage sale to make ends meet, but I don't think so.
Of course, all work and no play makes Lindsay a dull gal. Today I read a Facebook update from Jane Sauer, an amazing artist and gallery owner. Her recent battle with pneumonia taught her that a balanced life is in order. Amen to that one. It's hard, because I love the work I do, but occasional breaks are necessary. I've signed up for French lessons which I cut last year when the budget became tight. I sold a piece of art and am investing that money in me and not just the studio.
I'm also back to the gym. After last spring's scare with my health, I stopped going. I know it doesn't make sense, but it was after a workout at the gym that I felt the need to make the initial doctor's appointment. I should walk and in this weather (a balmy 10F), it's only comfortable at the gym. While in London, I walked everywhere. My back pain disappeared. Fancy that. Walking makes for a stronger abdomen and hence a stronger back. I can be so dull-witted at times.
At this point, it all seems fairly simple. Make a list. Follow through. Check it off. I know it's not this simple, but I am determined!