I’ve been in business for myself, working from home for what will be 5 years in March. My work is advertised daily on most social media web pages...Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr...etc. You name it, I'm on it! I have a business website, business cards, have entered 2 contests, participated in 5 craft selling events, have sold a fair share of goods, and have an active blog. All I have mentioned has been disclosed on the internet and, blog posts over the years. Yet, I still get asked the #1 question most Work-At-Home-Moms dread..."So, are you working now, or are you still a Stay At Home Mom?" Grrr...really??? Kill me already! I have a job! So what I can do my job while wearing my PJ's. Just because I'm not punching a time clock or wanting to punch someone's lights out because they're all chatty before my morning cup of coffee doesn't make my job any less real people! It's bothersome to remind others that, though my line of work may look to be as fun as a kid in an art class—it’s real work!
Now don't get it twisted! There's nothing wrong with being a Stay-at-Home-Mom! They do just as much work as a mom who works outside of the home does, if not more, only without pay. Becoming a Work-at-Home Mom adds a little more multitasking to your day though. It's a constant juggling act. However, what really stings in all of this is the blank stare, or the moment of silence, like someone just died, the person gives me after asking..."Oh, you work from home? What do you do?" My response, "I'm an artist."
My response coupled with the fact that I consider being an artist work does not score high on the rector scale of career choices with a lot of people. Why is it so hard for people to accept being an artist as a real job or career choice? Could it be because most famous artists are dead? Could it be because my name is not in lights & I'm not mingling amongst the status quo? Or, could it simply be that people think of "art" as a“hobby", and the term “artist” does not imply that one could be a “professional”, “expert” or “business-minded" individual? In my opinion practicing art is what you make it to be. It can be a hobby, but it can also be a successful career. The choice is yours. Yes, a career based in art is kinda risky, but isn't life a daring adventure? Any daring adventure has risks. You will bump into obstacles for sure, everybody does, but victory will prevail once you've overcome those obstacles. Not many people find their passion, and are able to make it their line of work, a noted point my hubby reminded me of. Yeah, yeah...I may never make a lot of money, but for me that doesn't matter. What matters is that I am happy getting up every day to paint, and draw. What matters is that I work really hard at my career. What matters is that I am passionate about the work I create, and the people I work with. Because of all these things, and my successes, it has helped make me who I am... an artist. I believe in time that I will make a profitable living doing what I love. Possibly more than I could ever imagine.
FOR those of US Work-At-Home Moms that work hard not only creating our work, but selling it, keeping the books, marketing, exhibiting and invest in ourselves…SAY IT LOUD, I’M AN ARTIST, AND PROUD!
Until next time...peace & blessings ♥
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