I have been soliciting advice wherever I go these days. Part of the mission of this blog is to help me determine if I should keep at my art or turn the corner to who knows where. Here is some of what I've heard so far:
1. Stay the course! (from my dear friend and mentor, Katherine) She reminds me of the flexibility of working for myself, the demands of family life, the challenge of learning something brand new, and all of that mixed together.
2. Interview a librarian (from my sil, Carol) I have a list going already of librarians to interview -- one at an art museum, another at a theater, a corporate librarian, and I'm guessing I could easily find someone at SPPL, where I am a regular patron.
3. "You just have to get over that." (from my former neighbor, Ann, whose children I used to babysit) My first job was elementary teacher -- such an obvious contribution to the community; when I turned to art, I struggled with the place for art in the world we live in (and still struggle). I said to Ann yesterday, I wonder if I am just looking for the prestige/validation of an advanced degree, to which she replied, "You just have to get over that." She also suggested looking into art therapy as a potential career.
4. This blog post. I'm drawn to a creative life, but am I reading the map right?
Do you have any advice for me? I'm all ears!