That's been my mantra these past few weeks. I also like to tell myself, "get comfortable with being uncomfortable."
Sometimes there is a LOT of work that needs to be done, and even though you want to sit in front of the television and veg out on Orange is the New Black, you have to stick to your guns and get 'er done. So I've been sleeping as much as possible to keep the energy reserves up, and dedicating extra time to get shit done. (I found that putting on Orange is the New Black while sketching is a great way to feel like I'm not working!)
I attended the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles at the beginning of August. The people were wonderful! Everyone wanted to share their love for stories and art with each other, and the whole time I felt like I was spending my days with old friends. In a way I was because I also got to connect with some really lovely colleagues I haven't seen in forever. We shared our portfolios, discussed the market, talked about art and books and life.
The keynote speakers were especially superb in their comedic timing and emotive perfomances. Every inspiring speech and every breakout session had a thick root hidden inside from which all magic and success stems: perserverence. There is no key, no answer, no "right" way to go about anything. There are smart ways and strategy, but really, it comes down to doing what you love.
It was a message a lot of artists need to hear but have a hard time doing so. We always ask, "How do I monetize my art? How can I make a living??" But that isn't what artists should focus if they want the muse to visit.
So, I've been working on getting freelance off my plate and the promo images finished for The Three Things t-shirts and what not. Then... Oh, then.... I'm going to start on the next project. And my soul is softly singing for this project. She's waiting for me to stop stacking things in front of her path because all she wants to do is walk on down to Waldan's pond and create freely.
A book. A story of a painter. 'Twas a seed planted several years ago.
In time, my friends!