Hello and welcome! It’s time I stop procrastinating and just write my first post. So here it is!
So my name is Kerry. I’m a web designer and graphic designer. I started freelancing a few years back and opened my own business after working as an eLearning developer and teacher. Life as a solo business owner has been an adventure.
They say that just because you can do something well doesn’t necessarily mean you should. And I find myself in that boat right now.
I’m a web designer and web developer. Which means I can design a website as well as build it (code it). I’m pretty good at doing this – although not very fast.
But I don’t enjoy it. Over the years I have come to realize the only reason I decided to start a business as a web developer was because I liked designing them. For me, the building part can be tedious and a huge time-suck. I don’t hate it. But I don’t love it. And shouldn’t we spend our time doing something we LOVE?
The urge and desire to be an artist, illustrator, designer and writer has always been with me – for as long as I can remember. I earned a B.A. in Fine Arts and was an art teacher for a while.
But I never thought I could actually DO art for a living. I bought into my mother’s admonitions when she constantly questioned me about my major in college.
Even as a business owner I took these warnings to heart. I couldn’t be a designer and actually make money. I would have to be a web developer instead.
But the last few years that small voice inside of me got louder and louder.
A few months ago I started listening to it even more:
What if I took a few hours each week and did the things I really wanted to do? What would happen??
For me, that meant two things: art / illustration and children’s books.
So I joined the 12 x 12 Challenge to help me get some of the ideas out of my head and onto paper.
The other thing I decided to do was start creating again. Eventually, I’d like to combine the two (writing and illustrating). But one step at a time.
Even though I have a B.A. in Fine Arts (painting) and was an art teacher for many years, I’m more than a bit rusty in the creativity department.
So I’m dipping my toes back in to shake some of the rust off of my creative self. I want to draw a little, paint a little, write a little and play a lot. Here goes….