Back in the Saddle- March 7, 2020


I have opened up my shop on Society6 again! Search by my name or click here to find my paintings available in prints or a ton of other things (barstools anyone?). Everything's on sale right now! It's a bah-gain...

Several years ago I had a successful Etsy shop. At the same time, I was working fulltime at the library which was undergoing fiscal challenges, working part time as an online adjunct instructor for a local college, dealing with stepchildren and the drama that sometimes happens in that situation and the regular day to day of life. 
I'm embarrassed to say that I became mentally and emotionally fragile to the point that every interaction with Etsy customers gave me horrible anxiety - and nearly all interactions were good, but I reached a tipping point. I gave notice at the college and closed the shop, both endings coinciding with changes that would have made life more difficult. 

For the first time in years, I could enjoy the holiday season without worrying about grades or angry students or marketing or urgent pleas from last-minute shoppers. 

It's a few years later and I'm starting to come out of the daze. I broke a lot of things, figuratively speaking,  while I was overwhelmed. I was a little broken,  too, but I can't say it was from the pressure or I had always been that way.

An artist I follow on Instagram made a statement last night:



I have been thinking about this.  I also got extra cushioning and it has protected me well. Do I still need that protection? 

Food for thought.

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