Here's a doodle from one of the small moleskine journals, drawn a while back. Scattered flowers and ladybirds ... or ladybugs to some of you. It will be worked on further and turned into a pattern or illustration. One of these days. Soon.
It's been a bit of a struggle getting back into the swing of things after a wonderful two week holiday! It's normally difficult enough to settle back into a routine at the best of times, but at the moment there's even more work than ever ahead, as I'm back to working on my own and therefore having to reorganize and start from scratch, and learn how to build the business up properly so as to clamber (crawl?) onto the next step and help it evolve the way it needs to in order to expand.
The good news is that I've very recently discovered a true pleasure in the left-brain puzzles of setting up a business. As a result, not only have all schedules, designs, research, plans, finances, etc. now been organized into files and folders -- as they should have been ages ago, yes I know -- so that all information is in one place within easy reach, but everything concerning goals, projections, visualisations and aims, is being heavily soaked into this very awestruck brain cell of mine. Even the dreaded accounts. It's helped to finally focus on the priorities so that all the dead wood can be chopped off, allowing the important basics to flourish instead.
There's still a lot to be done. Wish I'd realised a lot sooner that it was this much fun, but, having had absolutely no idea of what was involved, most of the last few years have been spent avoiding the whole issue until it HAD to be tackled.
Fortunately, a good friend with a very impressive professional background, who is brilliant at greatly inspiring brainstorming sessions, is helping out one morning a week with the steps necessary to build a strong foundation - it's all stuff that's probably basic to you lot out there who know all of this already, but it's absolutely amazing and a huge eye-opener for me.
A wonderful new discovery has been that of a whole host of books and online sites that concentrate on helping creative right-brainers set up business in a playful, visual and non-scary way. Look out for a list of those to be posted here very soon, in case anyone out there needs help the way I did (and still do). If you have any tips or stories about your own creative business journey, please do share!
As you can see, the business side of things has kept me busy ... but it's now time to get the art and blogging plan re-sorted too. Back to work. Have a lovely day! Cheers.