So, I figure I should write once in awhile to give an update. I actually did it. I gave notice at my current job and will dive into the world of the self-employed mid-July. I have been taking a few days off here and there and I can already see some looming issues. Like, how hard it is to choose between working in my garden and sitting at my desk. I need to find a way to move my desk outside. At least I can look at my garden and feel inspired.
I have been working on getting my photos organized and trying to choose which to keep in a work file and which to hang on to, well, just because. I quickly realized that doing six years of photos is a daunting task. So, after I went through and eliminated some duplicates and did a little reorganizing of years 2005 through the present, I began pulling those I wanted to work with for stationary, etc. Even that was a big undertaking. I was trying to do too much all at once. No surprise there! I decided to just focus on summer photos that I would like to work with and get a few more things onto Cafe Press and Zazzle and open a couple online stores. I have recently finally gotten around to creating a couple items as test runs and was please how they turned out. My focus for now; flowers/plants, birds/butterflies, animals, landscapes. Considering that this list includes most of my photos aside, from family, it is still a big task. Add to that, labeling and tagging everything....and well you get the idea.
Still, I am so excited. As the time comes closer to my end date at work, I feel as though I can finally let my creativity flow. I have kept it stopped up like a cork in a bottle because it was too frustrating to get started a little and then have to shelf things while I worked.
So, there you have it. Not there yet, but getting closer. Major steps have been taken and progress is underway. Stay tuned.