What started as a simple quest towards a creative life, which then turned into “ohh I enjoy doing this!”, has now become this unstoppable urge to take it to more and more people – either by providing visual solutions or by helping them to become problem-solvers themselves, depending on the curiosity and affordability of the individuals. And this is only the beginning.
Just over a decade ago, I started spending my free time crafting/doing something ‘creative’. I was curious about different forms of arts and crafts and this continued through my college and then my corporate career. I learnt about the terms “illustration” and “graphic design” and was obsessed with them.
Phase 1: Listening to my (faint) inner voice
When we moved to the US I was at a crossroads. I could either continue with the same field that I was “professionally trained” in or I could choose a path that was closer to what I enjoyed. But the problem with choosing that is, I had no idea where to start, how to start, if I could even earn anything, forget earning anything closer to my corporate job. That’s when I decided to give myself a couple of years to “try” to see how things unwind. I joined a college for a graphic design course but discontinued because it was still not fully aligned with the things I hoped to learn and would take too long to get where I wanted. Then I chanced upon the Artpreneur course by sheer coincidence and it answered all the questions I had during that phase. I learnt a bunch of things in a relatively short span and started working on many projects which I was not capable of just a few months before the course.
Phase 2: Figuring out a niche
I started taking up way too many projects because I had a lot of different interests within the creative field (illustration, design, clay crafts, jewellery, paper crafts, handmade home goods – you name it). Add motherhood to this mix and it was a whirlwind of a few months/years. I was stretching myself too thin and was having a breaking point because I had no clear goal or vision of what I should be doing next, with the minimal time I had at hand. I experimented with many of the interests I stated above before I understood it’s important to niche down and focus on one thing at a time rather than trying to do multiple things without any focus.
This was the toughest phase for me, because when I finally felt I had chosen a path that interested me, I still didn’t figure out how to make it sustainable in the long run. There were lots of inner conflicts. This made me doubt the path itself and for a brief moment I considered joining a 9-5 job in the design field because it was seemingly ‘safe’.
Phase 3: Finding a mission
2020 was a life changing and pivotal year for me in many ways. With the help of my mentor I got answers for a lot of questions and could resolve the conflicts one by one. This is where the magic formula came in (it’s discussed in detail in the Artpreneur course). Finding what you’re truly interested in is only a (tiny) part of the puzzle. How to make it useful/impactful to other people/clients is what makes a difference. Understanding the impact and refining that further helps us to evolve. It’s a constant process and I’m finally at a phase where I’m beginning to acknowledge the amount of true bliss I feel day in and day out while doing what I get to call ‘work’.
As I navigated through and progressed along different phases, my inner voice got stronger and clearer, and that’s exactly how I could validate that this path is right for me.