Well that was the longest break I’ve ever taken from work since I started my business in late 2018! I had a lot of big life changes happen this past couple of years and I decided to take a step back from social media and illustration in general for a while to focus on my personal life. As some of you may know I had a baby last year and I realized that I wanted to put all my energy into being a mum, so that’s what I did and I’m glad I did it too, however my daughter recently turned 7 months old and I’m beginning to feel the itch to do something for myself again. I’m not sure how it’s going to look (most likely part-time and fairly slow) but I want to get my paints out again and start making some new stuff to share with you guys.
I feel a bit nervous coming back to it, because I definitely lost a lot of confidence after all the algorithm changes Instagram made last year and I’m sure it’s going to be much more difficult to get my work seen now especially after such a long break. I’m hoping that once I get started again things will become easier and clearer. Of course, if you’d like to help me build myself back up again sharing my work is a lovely way to do that.
So on that note I thought I’d share my goals for this year, baring in mind that I’m taking things slowly...
I’d really like to build up some consistency with Instagram and this blog. In the past I’ve tended to go through phases of making loads of work and then hardly doing anything - I’m sure some of you can probably relate to this too, but I know it’s not good for you guys for me to be so unpredictable that way. I’m going to aim to do at least one Instagram post a week and two blogposts a month.
I’d like to take part in some craft fairs here in Arusha. I did quite a few whilst I was still living in England and really enjoyed them. They’re not always the most profitable, especially after all the prep work but they’re a really nice way to get out the house and get your work seen by new people.
Lastly I’d like to get more products on my Etsy shop. I had a clear out recently and it’s looking very sparse so I’d like to make some more things to go on there.
And that’s it! I want to keep things simple and manageable this year because I’m not sure how things will go being home with a baby (and then toddler eek!) every day. As I’m writing this post I’m feeling really excited to be back and I can’t wait to start painting again.