Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pardon Me...

All of you out there will have to pardon me- the theme of my posts these days will likely be about my transition into a full time artist- since I am now counting down to the last day of work at my job!! As I shared last week I decided to quit my job to FINALLY pursue working as a full time artist.  I think everyone in my life knows this decision has been a long time coming- for years I have been working and preparing for the day that I step out of the box and embrace who I am. For years I have been looking for a fit when it comes to a job, I have been bouncing around thinking that I could have it all- a great job and a great career as an artist.  But after so much time spent NOT being creative in a 9-5 I just cannot escape the inevitable- there is something so strong in my core, almost like an ache- to be myself, to live loud, to do what I know I was created to do and that is to make art ALL the time. I cannot believe the encouragement and wonderful responses I have received from so many people both in my life and out there in cyber space!  It truly speaks to how many of us want something more in our lives, to not just have work but to have work with purpose, to somehow be able to do what we love and feel proud to be defined by it.   So the next few weeks leading up to my last day of "traditional work" I will be celebrating my decision to be an artist and likely be writing about my excitement, inspiration and reflecting on how profound it is for me to be pursuing my dreams.


5 comments:

  1. What a wonderful journey you will have..To be what you were meant to be. A artist..God Bless and may you have a wonderful journey.
    Katelen

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  2. Hi Alisa...
    First off I greatly admire your art work... a fan you might say. Second...this full time artist gig can be done...even in this day and age. I went full time as an artist 32 years ago...yep, it's true...and have never ever looked back. Both my husband and I create our art professionally and full time...no other income. It can be scary at times...but I look at the experience as life on a roller coaster...lots of ups and downs, bumps and turns...but always always fun and exciting and a thrill a minute kinda life.
    You just have to hang on ...grab tightly onto your dream ...and live that dream in the 'awake' world....Enjoy, and consider yourself one of the blessed to make this choice and actually do it!
    My Best,
    Jodi Creager

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  3. Alisa, all the best for your bright future as full-time artist. Well done for having the courage to do what is in your heart. Feel the fear and do it anyway!! That's what I say to myself and my children in our scary moments, we all have them! Again, well done! Lara :)

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  4. Alisa... I LOVE it that you are doing this! I know you can do it!

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  5. Alisa,

    I have been following your blog for a bit now and love your stuff! I too quit my job 5 years ago to follow my dream of opening a store. It was a huge success! Unfortunatley due to a water misconnection in Chula Vista by the Otay Water Dept my Candy Bouquet store had to close (long story) and my dream was taken away. However, now I am starting again. This time I am writing and painting. Where it will take me I am not sure yet but...no matter what life throws at you following your dream is the only way to go. Life is short but we can make it sweet if we follow our hearts. I wish you much luck and continued success.

    Amy Wise
    www.themanyshadesoflove.blogspot.com

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