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I've spent the majority of my adult life taking care of other people. I'm not complaining mind you, I feel blessed that the good Lord gave me the strength and ability to do so. I wouldn't change that aspect of my life. However, along with marriage and children, holidays and housekeeping comes the side effect of having to largely put your own interests and hobbies to the side. I managed to fit them in from time to time when I found the rare moment or when a specific project would float my way. But mostly I would have those times maybe some of you who are parents can identify with. You know those moments when you're in a store and considering buying a really pretty painting for your bathroom, when you look at the price tag and then think "Wow. I could totally just do this myself for pennies... maybe even better". And so you don't buy it, and maybe you get some stuff to start the project, or at least daydream about it on the way home, but then when you get home it's time to cook dinner and little Timmy's tummy hurts and the next thing you know five years have gone by and your guest bathroom still has empty blue walls...

So, multiply that by a hundred and that's pretty much been the story of my life up until this last month. See about a month ago I decided to quit my regular job and pursue a career as an artist. Pretty stupid ha? Well, I could tell you that I was tired of hitting the glass ceiling and all that but in reality I was just feeling really unfilled and missing my kids in the process. The way I see it if I'm going to be away from my kids I should at least be doing something that I love (or making bank, like seriously BANK... neither of which was happening.) And then I thought, if I can make anything and I do mean ANYTHING even remotely decent as an artist, I could be doing something that I love and not have to be away from my kids in the process. It could be a win, win... or it could be a colossal fail. Either way I'm going to see where this thing takes me.

At the end of the day, win or lose, at least I'll be able to say that I gave it my best shot. Here's to new beginnings!
I've spent the majority of my adult life taking care of other people. I'm not complaining mind you, I feel blessed that the good Lord gave me the strength and ability to do so. I wouldn't change that aspect of my life. However, along with marriage and children, holidays and housekeeping comes the side effect of having to largely put your own interests and hobbies to the side. I managed to fit them in from time to time when I found the rare moment or when a specific project would float my way. But mostly I would have those times maybe some of you who are parents can identify with. You know those moments when you're in a store and considering buying a really pretty painting for your bathroom, when you look at the price tag and then think "Wow. I could totally just do this myself for pennies... maybe even better". And so you don't buy it, and maybe you get some stuff to start the project, or at least daydream about it on the way home, but then when you get home it's time to cook dinner and little Timmy's tummy hurts and the next thing you know five years have gone by and your guest bathroom still has empty blue walls...

So, multiply that by a hundred and that's pretty much been the story of my life up until this last month. See about a month ago I decided to quit my regular job and pursue a career as an artist. Pretty stupid ha? Well, I could tell you that I was tired of hitting the glass ceiling and all that but in reality I was just feeling really unfilled and missing my kids in the process. The way I see it if I'm going to be away from my kids I should at least be doing something that I love (or making bank, like seriously BANK... neither of which was happening.) And then I thought, if I can make anything and I do mean ANYTHING even remotely decent as an artist, I could be doing something that I love and not have to be away from my kids in the process. It could be a win, win... or it could be a colossal fail. Either way I'm going to see where this thing takes me.

At the end of the day, win or lose, at least I'll be able to say that I gave it my best shot. Here's to new beginnings!

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Heather Poelstra
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
United States
I am a wife, mother, writer and of course an artist too :0)
I got started in pencil art, then moved on to paint (mainly acrylic). Recently I discovered the wonders of sculpting and now I'm hooked! Let the journey continue...
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AnyaStone Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017   Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the watch
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