Recently, I've been struggling with trying to figure out what it is I wanted to do with She Illustrates. I currently love the direction that my business is going, but I am also aware that staying in the same lane and going in the same direction will get me nowhere. As an introvert, I’ve hidden so much of myself and my talents, and it's only until recently that I've realized that I've been in my way of personal success. The thought of finding outlets to put myself out there has always given me some form of anxiety and comes across as overwhelming, so I just never did anything. But at the same time, my passion is so strong that I can’t let being an introvert continue to hold me back.
Blogging came to mind because, when it comes to your business, there’s, but so much you can put on social media platforms. Facebook and Instagram can help you to become more engaging and connect you with people you may not otherwise have ever had the chance to meet. It can also help you to get your point across without using any words visually. But Instagram, owned by Facebook, can be shut down in a heartbeat. Facebook can get enough complaints about your page to the point where, if they decide, you will no longer exist. And that's a scary thought. With blogging, you have more control over your work, ideas, and content. It'll also allow me to share more of my creativity with you without much limitation.
I've read so many different types of blogs over the years and want to credit them for sparking my creativity again after a 10-year hiatus. When you have a full-time job, it can cause you to become so robotic in your day to day living. Creating my business had caused awareness in me that has never been there before and made me more excited about the future. That awareness is that it is possible people will like your work, and you can maybe make a career out of this.
Self-doubt is truly blinding. Being an artist can cause you to be overly critical of yourself and can make or break your confidence. Over this past year, I've realized that at the end of the day if you never put yourself out there, then you will never know or understand how great you truly are. Understand that you have nothing to lose and that practice makes perfect. I'm sure, in a year, I'll look back at my first blog post and see all of the grammatical errors, the strange way my words flowed, and the tone that I didn't mean to have. But, my passion is strong enough to keep me going. And I promise not to be too corny or cliché with this blog. If you find that I am, let me know but be nice about it, lol.