My life is pretty amazing right now honestly. That’s one of the reasons I decided to start writing this blog- I feel like my life is going in a really good direction and I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been. I think it’s a good idea for everyone to keep track of the things that make them happy and of their accomplishments, and even to remember their setbacks. So…
My life as a potter is going amazingly. In april of last year I started renting a space at my studio and began to get back into pottery after over a year away since graduating college. My first pieces were not great at all and I was nervous, but it felt like I was really doing the right thing. I continued to work part time as a barista, going to the studio after work and on my days off, until september- when I decided it was time to take the plunge and quit my day job. I had been thinking about quitting almost since april, but was scared- going from a steady (albeit small) paycheck to no paycheck at all was terrifying! But I knew that if I didn’t I would never be able to dedicate enough time to my pottery for it to go anywhere.
Once I quit my job as a barista my life started changing pretty quickly. I went to the studio every single day, and very quickly the quality of my work was increasing. I was working about 3 days a month at the pottery shop next door, which was my only source of income for a while, meaning I was living off my savings. Fast forward only a few months to January, and I’ve sold my work at a statewide christmas show, have my own shelf in the pottery shop, and am a teacher at my studio with a continuously running class! This month for the first time ever, I’m breaking even on my monthly expenses with income ONLY from art related activities. YES!!! It may seem small, since breaking even is literally the bare minimum required to get by, but I’m so incredibly excited and happy about this fact. It’s also the first step to actually making a living from my work! I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year brings for me.
My personal life is pretty amazing too. I’m living at home still (that whole no money thing slows down being able to get my own place), but in an in-law style apartment attached to my family home. It’s as close to my own apartment as I could ever hope for at this point! I live with my amazing boyfriend and we have the best friends in the world, who we now get to see multiple times a week thanks to my boyfriends new work schedule. I’m smiling as I write this because I’m THAT happy, which probably sounds dumb but its just so great! I just had my 24th birthday this week and it was probably the best birthday I’ve had in years! Nothing particularly special but just a really nice, relaxing day.
I have tons of hobbies and things that I’m interested in and I’m constantly adding more to that list. Right now my main hobbies include learning to sew, creating a perfect vegetable garden, cooking, crocheting, yoga, interior design, making DIY cleaning products to replace all my old store bought stuff, and tons more that I’ll be posting about later!
If felt really nice to write all that out and see what I’ve accomplished! My life is so different from where I was even just one year ago. I wish I had written how I felt about everything back then so I could compare! Thanks for reading!
I sincerely hope your good fortune (based on hard work and sacrifice) continues.