Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to easy DIY projects. Today on the blog, I am sharing some fun photos that capture a day-in-the-life of a “housewife” who runs her own art business from the comfort of her home while wearing Nike shorts + oversized, paint-splattered Southern Belle T-shirts and explaining why I was MIA from the blog.
Okay, so the first two photos in this post are of my furbabies. Yes, there are probably a thousand other things with which I could have started, but these babies keep me smiling and make being at home entertaining because there is never a dull moment with them. My Instagram tells the story. According to all the social media and marketing experts, my IG should be filled with pretty, staged photos of my art, but it is not. It is filled with adorable pups being adorable…with an occasional photo of an art project or event happening. Yes, I am a social media rule-breaker, but that is okay because I am having fun, the furbabies are having fun, and sharing the fun with the world is fun *wink*
My day begins with a Diet Dr. Pepper and some sort of breakfast food–I am not terribly picky. I am just as happy eating leftover pizza as I am eating bacon and toast. While I eat, I check email and try to catch up on social media…though, most days, I fail at this; however, I am trying to pay more attention to the marketing side of my little art business.
It is really hard sometimes working from home because there are many distractions–from laundry that needs to be done to Ziva barking at the UPS guy–bless the UPS guy’s heart! Ziva loves packages and her barking is merely her way of screaming “Mom, there’s a package at the door!” I must admit that I spend way too much time being a “housewife” and not enough time marketing my art business. I know this is a bad thing, and I am trying to change. If y’all have any advice, I am listening–so please feel free to comment on this post *big smile*
After I finish breakfast, I play “potty time” with the pups–Lucy (who is about 18 years old and runs the house), Mattie (who is the baby and diva), and Ziva (who is the nosy toddler). This task seems simple, but it is not because there are cats and squirrels outside + neighbors walking their dogs. Life is full of distractions, and it is how we handle those distractions that separate us from the pups. We can go chasing squirrels all day, or we can buckle down, get the job done, and then go chase squirrels *wink* But, I must admit there are days when I chase squirrels, and I think it is perfectly okay to do so *big smile*
Once everyone has gone to potty, I get all my chores out of the way–laundry, Swiffering, dishes…I think and create better in a clean space…and I admit that I am a cleaning freak. Getting new cleaning supplies is like Christmas to me…it is a bit sad.
Once the chores are completed, I spend the rest of the day in the studio planning, sketching, painting, and building. Sometimes, I am in the basement sorting wood, cutting wood for little houses, or building frames. The creative time varies because I create solely on inspiration and whim. I get a vision and work until the vision has been brought to life.
Now, on days when I do not feel creative or on days when I feel trapped inside my house, I go on mini adventures in and around the Tri-Cities area. Sometimes, you just have to get out and about–being a housewife + a very small business owner doesn’t mean that I am a slave to my family, to cleaning, and to my computer (because my computer is the lifeline to my business). It simply means that I have a flexible schedule to do the things that I need to do and want to do.
It has taken me a long time to accept being at home…to accept that my art business is a “real” business…to accept that I do not have to do what I went to college to do (and it’s been so long since I went to college that I have forgotten what my initial career choice was *wink*). I am in a place in my life where I can take time to figure out who I am and what I really want to do with the talents with which God has blessed me.
Being at home has its struggles. Explaining what I do is not always easy. Am I really self-employed when I lose more money than I make? *wink* Is “Starving Artist” my job title? Am I really a small business owner? Or am I a very, very tiny business owner? Perhaps, I am a housewife with a serious hobby….
Like I said, it is really hard to explain to others when I don’t even know myself *wink* BUT, what I do know is I am playing it by ear from one day to the next. I am researching, taking online courses about social media and marketing, and creating happy art hoping when people see it they smile. Hoping when people buy my art and take it to their houses that those art pieces will make others smile. I know I want to spread happiness one piece of art at a time, and at this moment…that is enough.
Whew! Enough chatting about all of that. Now, let’s take a look at what has kept me away from the blog over the past couple of months. Believe me–it has been a busy summer filled with adventure, paint, and family *smile*
It was a busy summer, but a good summer! It was filled with special moments with my little family, and I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything–not even a “real” job with a “real” title and “real” money *wink*
Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about random things in my life. If you are a starving artist, housewife, or small business owner, do NOT lose heart because you are doing what you love–and that is what matters. Don’t make excuses or be ashamed! Be proud of what you do and who you are! It took me too long to accept that where I am in my life is perfectly okay!