I quickly got into my life of work and family. But being an engineer and coming from a family of teachers, I loved to learn. I slowly began to get back to creating. That creative energy intensified after my first child was born. I returned to my drawing, painting, writing and sewing. As she got a little older I began to make jewelry too. Back then my primary resource for information, before the internet, was books.
Learning from books, investing in art workshops, viewing art, and attending drawing sessions all contributed to me becoming a better artist. But I sucked at running an art business. I didn't understand many of the basics to business set up, marketing, dealing with clients, amongst a host of other things. I am still learning every single day, but I make the effort to learn by seeking learning opportunities.
A few of the ways I have done that in the past year have been to:
- Attending conferences for artists, writers, creative folks and entrepreneurs
- Attend a six month training class through the League of Art Entrepreneurs
- Joining Toastmasters
- Watching tons of You Tube Videos to learn on my own time
My point in posting this blog today was to ask you:
What are you passionate about and how are you increasing your knowledge base TODAY?
We live in a world where information is highly accessible and often free, if we only take the time to seek it out. WYSIWYG is the digital mantra of Ask and Ye Shall Receive. There is a plethora of educational videos, community programs, rental facilities and equipment and innumerous ways you can do what you want to do. Cost need not be an excuse. Often, time is a lame excuse. I encourage you to invest in yourself, invest in your personal development and take care of the who you want to be.
Until next time, I'm signing off. Be blessed and find your spark!