Whew, we’re still in the first week of 2021, and I couldn’t be more thankful.
I feel like by now, we’d at least be halfway through January, because time moves by that quickly these days. But with everything I’m planning and achieving, time is of the essence, and it’s not because I’m trying to rush to get things done. I just need time on my side as I’ve returned to work, and am now only able to create, take care of myself, and rest for a limited amount of hours in the day.
Maybe some of you know this, but I’ve dropped a booking site and a Patreon page in hopes to gain a little more income this year so I’m able to do more creatively. I have been selling myself short in regards to my craft, and I am understanding that my time and efforts are valuable enough to get paid to do what I do, not just do it for exposure.
And even though we’re only in the beginning of 2021, it can get discouraging when something doesn’t pick up or catch wind automatically. They say “Rome was’t built in a day,” but we as people tend to want what we want immediately. So, it can get frustrating as a creative who’s been working on her craft for a while to only now begin asking for some small financial support, and not have too many people jump up.
I don’t want to be insensitive though; sometimes you just don’t have the money, and I can totally understand that. And I don’t want to downplay the people who support me through their follows, likes, and comments on my social media posts because that also helps motivate me to keep doing what I’m doing. I just have this hunger for more, and I know that it’s not possible for me to do too much more without having a little bit more money to work with.
But this is just the beginning, and I have faith!
Everyone has to start somewhere. I think of that photo that cycles around the internet every once in a while about how Amazon got started in a small garage, and is now like the leading online shopping center in the world. So, maybe right now I’m starting small, still getting myself together in some aspects (scratch that, LOTS of aspects 😂), but that’s okay! This beginning will make for an even greater comeback. There is so much grace in this period of time as well!
To all those starting something this month or this year, don’t get discouraged! We’re only just beginning. Stay hungry, but don’t push yourself to expectations that will make you seem like a failure at the starting line. Let things and time run their course, and keep working! But also don’t forget to rest when you need to.