I have been into journaling some 30 plus years ago, back when fancy journals weren’t in style. My journal was my go-to pal at various stages of my life.
And coloring? My interest in coloring started in early 2015 back when the adult coloring book market was flourishing. The books looked awesome, the designs to me were a source of envy. I thought “I must create art like that.”
I bought all sorts of coloring books, courses, apps, learning materials, and anything I could to get a grip on this thing called coloring.
I got a number of software applications that create designs automatically. They were okay but I wasn’t pleased with them.
To make the story short, I painstakingly learned to create my designs – from hand-sketching to transforming them into digitized print quality images. I packaged my designs as coloring journals and published them at CreateSpace and Amazon. I also sold them at Fiverr and Etsy.
Since taking on my creative hobby, I have gained new meaning in life beyond being a work-at-home mom. Although I had creative streaks while at a young age, like all of us probably did, now I am confident about the idea that I am an artist.
Here’s what I found out through the course of roughly four years pursuing my hobby:
You know that a hobbyist is one who pursues a particular hobby. A careerist, on the other hand, is one “whose main concern is for professional advancement, especially one willing to achieve this by any means.” (Source: Oxford Dictionaries)
It’s great to have a hobby. It keeps you up and going and always young at heart; but how about making a career or business out of it?
I am not there yet but I have learned valuable lessons that I live by, moving forward:
So what now… or what are you waiting for?
If you’re a hobbyist, you may want to think about taking your hobby to the next level. However, if you are happy basking in the joy and solitude you get from your hobby, by all means, stay on with it. After all, you are the captain of your ship and there’s not one single path to everything.
But if you’re ready, why not?
It’s worth a thought, a try, or a challenge. For sure, everything starts with a single step.