February almost gone?

February is a short month – the shortest month in fact. And next week it will be over. 2 months of 2018 will be in the books. What have I done with the new year?

Well slowly I am figuring out what I want to do with my life. It’s been a journey of finding what I don’t want to do with my life for sure. I’m getting closer to accepting what I really want to do. That may sound strange to say I have to accept what it is I know I want to do, but let me explain.

Let me take you on a journey..

My first career was in television, and I loved it. It was a definitely a career I had a lot of passion for. I was a news producer, and it felt good to know each day that I helped to inform the public on news and events. The trade-off to having a career that I loved was that it was financially challenging. Also growth in the field meant moving to larger markets (i.e larger cities) which was something that as I got older just didn’t appeal to me. I didn’t want to have to uproot my whole family for a job opportunity every 2-3 years.

So I went back to school and got another degree. This one in computer networking. My classes were diverse, so I learned a little about a lot of different areas.

After graduating, I got a tech support job. After that I got another computer support and so forth and so forth. I’ve been in the tech field now for 18 years. This is more than double the number of years I was in broadcasting.

A Turning Point

Now I find myself wanting to art more. I have always wanted to do a web comic. I would think of the words and then my husband could draw it. After waiting for years for him to come around to this idea, I decided I would just learn to draw. This has been my journey for the past couple of years. When I am drawing, there is no other feeling like it. I love creating. So I have some web comics out there and hope to do a lot more.

Drawing has opened up more creative paths in me. I’d love to get into graphic design. Graphic design is visual communication and seems to be the other side of the coin to my written communication skills.

So why is it so hard just to drop the tech stuff and go for it? I’m reading the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. In the book he talks about this resistance when it comes to creating art for a living. This totally resonates with me. There’s a part of me that just wants to create and put it out there. When it becomes something that I make my living at, the art is not as fun or has a larger purpose. Maybe I’m just not ready to give my art that much importance. If art and I were dating, then we would still be pre-first date and just flirting.

So what was I talking about anyway?

So back on topic, right now I want to stay connected with the tech field. Plus I want to blog more. How do these two items come together? Where I am writing this post? That’s right. WordPress! I am learning everything I can about WordPress. Template creation, plugin creation and maybe even contribute to the actual WordPress software are my goals.

I have used WordPress for ten years, and usually what I do is just write my blog posts, maybe add a page here and there, and change my theme once in a blue moon. This past week I have been watching a class on SkillShare about WordPress and have I learned a lot. WordPress is really something with so much capability. I’m in awe and I’ve used it forever. This really has me excited to further dive into my websites.

The Immediate Future

There are four areas I want to focus on for March: drawing, writing, blogging, and security. Security is mostly related to my current job. Blogging encompasses learning more WordPress and updating my websites. Writing is prep work for Camp Nano in April. Drawing is my daily art practice. I should break down each goal into a separate post for better accountability come April.

February goals

For February, I have completed some goals but others I will not make. The ones that I don’t make I plan to evaluate to see if it is a goal I want to move to March or to let it completely fall off the radar. I will talk more about the details at the end of the month. I still have three days! It might be possible to complete another goal or two. As it stands now I am happy with my goal progress and am pretty proud of what I’ve done this month.