Call it what you will. A new beginning, a fresh start, a restart. Doesn't matter which way you put it, but sometimes it is necessary and I'm glad I have done it.
A new website, a new portfolio, and a brand new blog. But it doesn't end there. I've started over in my personal life as well. I no longer work for Charming Charlie. At the time, it was hard to deal with and everything seemed to fall apart. But now I see it as an evolution. I've never been so happy in my life. I work a decent day job that keeps the bills paid and feeds my artistic endeavors. I am in a great and healthy relationship and have someone that supports me and pushes me to do more. I'm going to begin featuring more things on the blog. Stuff that inspires me from other artists, more tutorials, and just random photos that I am currently working on and loving. Also, the portfolio section will be a living, breathing, entity and will be dynamically updated frequently as new work comes my way. Also, I want to say thanks to my friends and family for supporting me over the past few years. You have made the journey much more manageable and I cannot wait to prove that the hard work all paid off. And of course I couldn't do it without my fans and supporters. Thank you to each and every one of you.
And on that note, I want to leave you with a recent post from TheCoolHunter. They have a great blog over there and it is definitely one of my every day reads. This was their New Years post and it just really spoke to me:
Why do you read TCH? Does it inspire you to create, start a business, design a product, improve an idea? Does it make you want to innovate or imitate? Does it inspire you travel, or live in another city or country?
Do you need someone else to tell you your product/idea/execution/brand is great? We say don’t worry what anyone else thinks, trust your own judgment. When others doubt, be confident in your vision. Stop waiting for the perfect time to do what you want to do. Just go for it and do it now.
Don’t’ follow fashion trends. The most fashionable thing you can be is to be you. Travel the world, live in other cities, learn cultures. Learn because it keeps your mind young. You don’t need a university degree to be successful, although it may be helpful, but don’t do it because your parents – or you? – have status anxiety. Stop whining about it.
But what you do need is vision, tenacity and confidence in what you do. Do what you love now. Switch topics or schools now. Don’t wait till the last year of your education to realize that this isn’t your path. Listen to your heart, it knows what makes you happy.
If your job sucks, stop blaming others, your boss, your parents, the universe. Just quit and take responsibility for your own choices. It’s not about the sucky job. It is about you being in the wrong place. There’s never a better time than now.
Start doing what your mind has been ticking away for you to do for years. Take risks. Be in a relationship that flows effortlessly. Trust your gut feeling. Intuition is strong and powerful.
Stop smoking, invest in your body, get off your ass and exercise. If you’re an entrepreneur , don’t spend all night on your projects. Practice balance and time management and have a life. Your family and kids are wondering why you aren’t home for dinner, again. What a waste of your time.
Have the tenacity and focus to execute an idea no matter how daunting it may seem at first. Have the confidence in what you’re doing even when others doubt. Create opportunities for yourself. It is time for you to step up.
Here at TCH, we practice what we preach and we learn something every day. Everything we feature here on TCH, is based on intuition. We don’t care if you or anyone else don’t like it or agree with what we feature. If we did that, we’d go insane and TCH would be fake and boring and bland.
The coolest thing you can do is doing it. - Bill Tikos