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Word of the Week – Drawing

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Each Friday, I would like to share a word of the week with you. Something that summarises what I’ve been up to, how I’ve felt and how life is generally going. I’d love if you’d share one in the comments. It can be so therapeutic to reflect on what’s been happening, good or bad!

This week I have chosen the word Drawing

Drawing has always been a huge hobby of mine. I just blooming love it. Whether it’s a doodle on a napkin or a full piece that ends up in a frame, it just makes me happy. Ironically, back in school my primary one teacher told me I couldn’t draw. Maths was fine, English was fine and I was good at socialising, but drawing? Nope, rubbish. Thankfully it didn’t knock my confidence.

If you read my goals for December post you’ll know that this week has been a little bit of a weird one. For over three years now I’ve been growing a creative business through which I’ve been selling a variety of prints and things, all of my own design. I loved it because it was an opportunity to make an income from my creativity. The trouble with that however, is that it sort of takes the fun out of things. I was always worrying about marketing and numbers and all the stuff that you need to pay attention to if you want your business to do well. It turned my hobby into a chore.

This week I made the decision to close this business and honestly, I feel relieved. Drawing can now return to being a hobby for me. Enjoyable and relaxing, with no numbers attached! Now that I’ve taken this extra work out of my daily routine, I have a bit more free time in the run up to Christmas. I still have a couple of Christmas gifts to organise for loved ones and I think that some personalised drawings might be the perfect thing.

Emma x

 

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12 thoughts on “Word of the Week – Drawing”

  1. Should be two words drawing and relief, Emma!! I know what you mean about promotion taking the joy out of your love of drawing. Promoting blogs is like that too a bit; lovely to do the writing but then trying to reach more people and all that is not fun! #WotW

    1. You’re right! I’ve found the very same. I had a second blog which I was writing in the hope of it becoming an income earner. True to form, I lost the joy from it. Writing this blog is just fun for me now and I’m just so much happier with it! Yes, the odd sponsored post comes along and that’s brilliant, but I’m able to just chat away otherwise and I think that’s what I’m best at, haha! #WotW

  2. Oh I know exactly how you feel. I love to crochet and I’ve been trying to build up a collection so I can open a shop. I’m not that quick on getting things done so I didn’t want to do them to order. However, I’ve really not enjoyed making stuff that could sell as much as the stuff I make for me and my kids. I don’t think I’ll ever get this shop open! I’m glad you are back to enjoying drawing for a hobby, it sounds good to me.

    1. It’s tough isn’t it Anne? It would be lovely to make an income doing something you love, but then you want to continue loving it! Maybe you could sell patterns or something instead, if that was a good fit for you? Always go with your gut I say! #WotW

  3. I can imagine that closing the business would be a relief. Now drawing can go back to being a fun thing that you want to do – not something you HAVE to do. Good decision!

  4. At least you tried and now know it is not for you. Who knows, you might find another way, but I can completely understand how it can suck the joy out. I’ve been asked why I don’t open an Etsy type shop. I just know it wouldn’t make me happy. Good for you, making the decision. #wotw

    1. It just doesn’t suit some people Cheryl, and that’s totally fine. We all have our own ways of doing things and I will very much enjoy shopping on Etsy in the future, far more than attempting to sell! #WotW

  5. I’m glad that teacher didn’t knock your confidence. It’s a shame that your business seemed more like a chore now. It sounds like you made the right decision to close it and now it can be a hobby. Happy drawing x

  6. I would love to be talented enough to try making some extra money out of something I enjoy.. I’m not though and if I was, I think I’d worry about the joy of doing it being taken away by the need to get it done. It’s a shame you had to close but these things have a way of turning out for the best.

  7. Drawing is such a lovely hobby – I love drawing too and had a similar experience with being told I couldn’t draw at school. I can imagine that turning your hobby into a small business can suck the joy out of it – glad that you are reclaiming the fun of drawing again. #WotW

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