I stepped beyond my comfort zone last night. I put myself out there on Patreon. Because that is how much I want this creative journey to continue to move forward, and how much I really want to make this full-time-artist-thing to happen.
My mindset really is to grow and become stable and then start giving back.
As of this morning I sold out a whole "series' in my shop. Which means I have to put in hours to make new pieces. And I still have commissions to fulfil.
The "backstage" work can get tedious, but it does not hurt. There is a tediousness that hurts, the kind that leeches out the meaning and purpose in what you do. Not this. This saps my energy at some point but leaves behind a tingling sense of true accomplishment. i am eager to do it again, because I can feel and I can see how everything is moved forward, how it is all part of the process towards that which I truly desire.
Make no mistake. It is all hard work. Even if I love what I do, it is hard work. The hours are long and deep. But then so is the satisfaction at the end of every day.
So last night I launched in Patreon. I was anxious and afraid. I secretly felt silly. But it also felt like it was time. You don't mess around when you know it's Time.
I made this introduction video in my own style and reflecting my personality. For more details on becoming a Patron, please visit my Patreon page and click on "Why Marichit Garcia is on Patreon".
This morning I woke up with two patrons! Oh the happiness! Oh the joy! Yes, there is indeed always hope.
Today and for the rest of the week I will put more of myself out there by promoting. And this I will be doing on top of making new pieces to restock the shop, uploading new designs in Society6, fulfilling commissions, attending to shop orders, running errands, homekeeping, daily practice and creative experiments to keep my creative skills sharp and my work evolving. Sometimes twenty-four hours seem not enough, but then I remind myself I get the exact same hours as Leonardo DaVinci and Albert Einstein.
The Patreon step is a big deal for me. I am the kind of person who would prefer to do things independently and on my own steam. Asking is very difficult. Asking is a last resort, and more often I'd rather do without than ask.
So for future patrons, know that I will be most conscious of making sure that your help is not wasted, and that my gratitude will be expressed in as many ways as I can. This creative journey is not a whim or a hobby or an escape. It is the course of my very life. I do not do this to just "express" myself, I do this because I believe I can make a difference in my own life and in the lives of others. I want to be part of that creative revolution that will shift the heart of the world towards more love, gratitude, generosity, tolerance, respect, self-growth, and soul sustenance. I want to be one of the seeds that changes the face and pace of daily life, towards creativity and hope, towards a life by design rather than a life by default.
Let us be Agents of Hope, in whatever capacity that we are called to make a difference.
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I am an artist-in-progress. I started my creative journey in 2012 and have never stopped taking steps since. Always one step at a time. Always moving forward. It has been an increasingly tough and occasionally rewarding road.
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