Getting Organized

Last month I spent some time traveling to see friends and working on a sketchbook challenge with some new online friends. This month I am job hunting and looking for something part-time so that I can make a little money while still pursuing my art goals. One of the most important things that I have learned recently is to be patient and give myself the time and space to work on my goals. With that being said, I find myself sometimes being anxious about things not progressing or even find myself binge-watching series. I am still looking for my balance.

This month I have sold my first product on TpT. I designed labels for the PYP Units of Inquiry It sold for $.50 and I made $.20 on it. I was pretty stoked about that.

I also made my first successful sticker sheet from some of my sketches. They are so cute and I had a lot of fun doing them. I think this set was a little small and cluttered. In the future, I will have fewer on the sheet and I would also like to add text to them.

After doing some investigation on how to build my YouTube Channel and also my other Social Media outlets, I have come to the conclusion that I need to remember that I am first, doing it for myself. When I first started my YouTube Channel I was creating content for my students so that they could learn more about things they were interested in. I can continue to do this but now explore more content that is of interest to me. I want to make it more about what I am interested in and enjoy.

After listening to the Podcast “Make Artists,” Ian Sands discussed how he and his cohort started their new year with a TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior). They created a schedule for introducing new units, techniques, and artists each week. I created something similar for myself but I am already overwhelmed by it. Maybe I will focus on this every two weeks. Maybe start tackling my Pinterest Boards. After 16 years of teaching, there is a lot of content gathered.

Goals for this month.

  • Organize Pinterest Boards
  • Learn more about WordPress
  • Post 2 Units that include an artist and technique linking them to standards and practices.

If you want to be good at something first you have to be bad at it.

The journey continues.