For the past few weeks I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed. There are quite a few people wanting work in a very short time.  It is all exciting and things I want to do, but a lot to juggle just the same.

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As I sat making my ‘to do’ list, I got to thinking about how my business has grown.

I remember a few years ago when I would sit and wonder what I should do.

What should I paint?

How would I get any licensees?

I remember having time to read a book all day without feeling compelled to do some work. 🙂

If you aren’t at the point of overload yet, you will probably face this sooner than you think.  A friend likes to tell me it’s a “high class problem” to have and I agree.

I remember, back in the days when I could read for hours on end with no guilt, wondering how I would EVER build a business that would keep me busy and keep me fed.  I looked at artists who have gone (and are still going) before me — Debbie Mumm, Mary Engelbreit, Susan Winget, Paul Brent and more — and wondered how they did it.  They must have some magic formula or secret connections and I longed to know what they were.

5 years after getting serious about this, I am now working with more than 25 companies. I’m trying to figure out how to keep up, how to prioritize, how to make the best use of my time.  Work smart, not just hard.

I think I may have stumbled across the magic formula and guess what?  If I’m right, it’s not so magic after all!  Here it is:  Keep your eye on the prize, your heart in the game and take action every day towards your end goal.

Create your art. Find people who want art. Figure out how to tell them you have art. Keep a smile on your face and be pleasant to work with.

Have a creative day!