Yet another introspective topic for this week’s 5 Fandom Friday! And yeah, I know it’s Monday, but that happens sometimes. I went back and forth about trying to make this topic more ‘geek specific’ but in the end I decided to just go with the first things that came to mind.
Open an online art shop.
This is the biggie for me in 2016. I’m taking time to focus on my art, and then put it out there for the world. I’ll be offering prints, original art, and custom commissions as well! I’ve done commissions and things in the past, but it’s the first time I’m making ‘art as a career’ a priority, and it’s scary. There is just SO much room and likelihood of failure.
Make an effort to reach out and connect/network with like minded people.
While this may not seem like a big chance to take, it’s a hard thing for me to do. I’m shy, even online, and introducing myself and in some cases, my art, is a difficult thing for me to do. I’d like to find a creative group/community online (or start my own) along with bringing my work to local galleries and see what happens.
I’m going to start complimenting strangers.
This goes hand in hand with #2 in terms of making an effort to not be so completely shy. So many times I’ve seen someones earrings or shoes I’ve liked, and just not said anything because talking to people is terrifying. I know how happy it makes me feel when someone compliments my jewelry or shirt or something, so I can make the effort to do the same (and hopefully get more comfortable interacting with human beings!)
I’m going to start running on my own.
I kind of fell off the running boat in November of last year. I was running with a friend, and her schedule changed so we could no longer run together in the morning. Apparently I took that as ‘I can’t run anymore at all.’ Ummm, so not true. I need to hold myself accountable, get over my nervousness, and get out there and do it. I feel so much better about myself when I’m running, both mentally and physically, and I want to stick with it.
Longshot: Starting a YouTube channel for my art.
This is entirely dependent on whether or not we decide to spend the money on a new camera for me. But starting a YouTube channel for my art is something I’ve been debating since 2014. So if we get a new camera, this will be happening. Which comes with a whole round of other personal fears, but currently I’m not worrying about it since it’s entirely hypothetical.
What chances are you taking in 2016?