Oh man, that podcast was right on point for me... all three points actually wordplay intended.
But seriously, I am 39, turning 40 this year. I’m also a work at home mom with a very lonely and attention hungry 4 year old at home. My heart has been aching to transition away from graphic design, my paying gig, to author/illustrator for several years now, but I never feel like I have enough time or energy to be mom, wife, housekeeper, an income earner ANNND build a new career from scratch doing the thing I actually love. Not to mention, the fact that I’m in Canada and while it’s not really overseas, it is out of country for the major publishers I would want to work with.
I decided, this year, the only way it’s ever going to happen is if I start working towards it every tiny little chance I get, even if that means 2 hours one week, 30 minutes the next... it’s still forward motion and progress.
My little human will be in kindergarten in September which will open up more time. By then, I should be able to create more art to bulk up a portfolio and have more consistent content for social media to help get my name out there. I’ve been hesitant to focus on creating art for two reasons. 1. Out of fear that without a stronger forward momentum I’ll get discouraged. Especially, if I’m not getting the positive feedback that regular posting and community engagement can help provide. 2. Because it is so hard to get into that creative zone and actually create skillfully when I don’t have bigger blocks of time to do that sort of deep work. So for now, I’m trying to be smart with what little time I have. Research & exploration, strategic skill building, classes and planning. Lol I have notebooks filled with ideas, everything from concept art and story ideas to business strategies and branding.