I've done this whole thing very bass-ackwards. I have read Etsy's "Quit Your Day Job" articles religiously for almost two years now. It seems like a lot of people use Etsy as a side business then once things get rolling (after a year or two), they realize their potential and take the plunge.
Me? I opened my shop two weeks ago tomorrow. My "nest egg" is the size of a caviar. I could draw 1000 terrible metaphors about how irresponsible my decision is, but bottom line is that I have unwavering faith that everything is going to work out. I don't know how yet, but I know it will. I'm not going to ramble on the job quitting situation, in this post at least; there are many more fun things to share.
I went to the fair a few times this year! A lot of people turn their noses up at state fairs (even though it's amazing people watching), but what's not to love? Tons of color, noise, excitement, fried food, food on a stick... Here are a few things I saw:
And yeah, I split a donut burger with my friend. Don't judge. It was actually really good. A nice sweet-salty combo similar to a McGriddle. Not that I love those.... Aaaaanyway, there are tons of fair pics on my Flickr if you want to check them out!
Today I finally got the majority of my stuff listed on Etsy, so I decided to take time to experiment with promo photos of prints, just to see what I am after. Here are some examples:
The Carpe Diem ones did not turn out AT ALL the way I wanted. Oh well; you win some you lose some. Lastly, I believe in signs, I've probably said that before. On Friday after I got home from work we had a random thunderstorm. It only lasted a few minutes. Afterwards, this was raging across the sky:
The beauty and calm after the storm... I couldn't help but compare it to my current situation. I am transitioning into beauty and calm and inspiration and creativity and appreciation and approximately 1,000,000 other things I won't mention right now. Life is good.
Lastly, my kitties are adorable.
Remember that life is good. If it's not for you right now, change something to make it good, or close to it. Nothing is guaranteed, so we might as well cram as much stuff into our given time as possible.