This weekend has been life changing, in the best way possible. It's amazing what can happen when you listen to your inner voice and decide to do what's best for yourself, even though it might be quite scary. For the first time ever I feel as though I have finally taken control of my life, and in doing so I have suddenly found myself where I've longed to be for many years now, starting my journey in becoming an amazing illustrator.

Since the world is my oyster, I've decided to do all of the things that I've always been wanting to, but have been really afraid to do: begin making the illustrations I've always hoped to, sell my work at the First Friday Art Walk, start a blog, participate in Inktober and actually share my work on Instagram. Gosh, who am I?!

On Saturday I wrote a list of all the goals I have and hung it in my studio. The first and most simple was to draw something and share it on Instagram, so I decided to take a trip down to my favorite coffee shop, sat down, and did it. I actually posted it, and for the first time in my life, after multiple not-so-genuine attempts in the past, I finally shared with the world something I was very proud to call mine. I don't even recognize myself. 

 
 
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The timing of things couldn't have been any more perfect. Last year I had participated in Inktober but didn't share anything because, well, I was really insecure. But I had a blast doing it in secret! So this year I told myself I would really participate and share what I made. And that's exactly what I did today. 

 
 
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I love to draw using pencil and when I discovered that Derwent Inktense pencils were water soluble it was the one of the greatest "Eurika!" moments of my life. So I decided that most likely, this will be the media I will be working with most for this challenge. Which is what I used for today's illustration. 

Along with all of that I'm also looking for volunteer opportunities in the area, and preparing to sell work at the First Friday Art Walk coming up. Today I did some rough drafts of four Halloween cards that I'd like to make prints of and sell, and I will also be selling ceramic bowls that I had made last fall. Of course this is all if the weather holds up, fingers crossed!

Until next time! 

P.S. Thank you to everyone who has helped me build such confidence in myself, my mother, sister, and boyfriend especially. Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to find bravery and confidence in starting this new journey. And thank you to all those in advance who I will meet along the way.