What hats are you wearing today? I recently talked to Candy Glendening, of Candied Fabrics. Candy had some excellent insight as to the multiple roles the modern day creative entrepreneur must assume. Sometimes we find ourselves playing the part of a designer, other times authors, and still yet, artists, bloggers, crafters, teachers, seamstresses, etc. etc. etc. and often along with all this we are mothers and wives.
Why do we do this, Candy and I joked?
It seems that maybe we have to. It’s something that is within us. It’s in our blood –we must create. Candy and I both feel strongly about this. She would even go so far as to say we should “make things just for the sake of making –that’s how our work grows and evolves”.
After I got off the phone with Candy, I remembered feeling assured that what I was doing with The Artists’ House was the right thing to do. You see, I feel people should keep their dreams as the solid foundation of their lives, but often you do need to learn to wear each of those hats to be able to build upon those dreams Candy reminded me. Candy says, “Although I have many goals in my life, one of my main goals is to continue to grow, develop and evolve as an artist.” I find that with the busyness of life, we often start to loose our dreams, and I believe that if you are not focused, the chaos of life can obscure what it is you were looking for.
So, in conclusion, have your goals in mind, and always be working towards them, but do realize that there are often other roles that you will have to take on to be able to reach those goals. Don’t let those other hats you must wear sidetrack you, but rather use them to your advantage. Let those parts of your life connect you to your work and help make it better. Find how to connect all parts of your everyday life into your goals. It’s not easy, but if you can do this, I believe you can find success in what you do.
Thanks Candy, for helping me come to this conclusion.Do you know Candy? If you don’t, you should. Candy as a person is amazing, as is her art and her blog. You can find Candy online through her website Candied Fabrics, facebook page, and on twitter. Along with that, Candy does a great “Ask Candy” column on A La Mode Stuff. Also, recently Candy did a great guest post on Scoutie Girl titled “One little house at a time: finding your art, getting published, and going live!” Check it out!