Ever sit down for a long goal-setting exercise and discover, three days later, that you have to start over in another, completely different direction?
I talk a lot about my "made up career." Freelancing might take me into an art classroom with a lot of children or seniors, or I might fly to another city to sell my necklaces and teach people how to make beaded jewelry. Meanwhile, while in another city, I go into the office with my friend and start building a website for her boss. And after returning home, I help someone write a resignation letter they've been putting off for weeks. Then I get an announcement about an upcoming art fair and perhaps I'd like to have a booth.
Makes a woman tired.
I've written a lot recently about wanting to take my jewelry designs to the next level. About wanting to study more complex techniques. Well how can I study these techniques and still pay for gas and the rest of my bills? Can't. Turns out I don't actually have a patron waiting in the wings. (Although if you know of someone just dying to sponsor a fairly talented, highly enthusiastic artist, I'm willing to change my mind again.)
All that to say: in spite of my recent assertions that I want to start moving away from web design so I can spend more time with jewelry design, it's actually going to be happening in reverse. The more I focus on web design and online endeavors, perhaps the sooner I'll create the opportunity to take a nice break and study some new jewelry techniques. (No, I'm not going to stop designing jewelry. It's just going to move into a different space in my life for a while.)
This way I won't have to battle migraines or some mental institution or other.
It's really quite a relief! So much for that recent goal-setting exercise. Now I have to start all over. Fortunately, all the other stuff I wrote about can still "come true." I'll just put it on hold for a while. Not a bad thing at all, really, once you get your brain around it... and the web is very exciting.
Imagine: you have to make a choice between two things you love. Aren't I a lucky girl???
It's worth mentioning that later on this morning it occurred to me that this might not be a detour at all, but rather a part of my Ideal Career Master Plan. I mean, instead of thinking of it as "putting off my jewelry design education goals and delaying the (fill in the blank with long list of goals related to becoming a Jewelry Designer Extraordinaire,) I could quite actually be making choices that will, in the end, bring me to those goals more rapidly than I ever believed possible!
I kinda' like the sound of that.
'Course I still have to write a whole new set of goals for this maybe-it's-interim-and-maybe-it's-not phase of my career.