Maybe you can relate. You get a part-time job to help you bring in some steady income while you try to build your passionate business into one that supports you wholly. It’s like an unwavering friend, steady and true, who keeps you grounded in some semblance of the world we were taught to know, or the world that we were told is our responsibility to be a part of. But that friend never really challenges you; never really pushes you to become something bigger, stronger, bolder.

Hanging Over A Cliff With Balloons

That friend doesn’t take you out of your comfort zone or grab hold of you and hold you over a cliff to feel the sweet breath of the wind on your face just to remind you that you are alive.

She doesn’t excite you. Tantalize you. Rush your senses.

But she does keep you safe.

And there we have it. A back and forth dance to determine when is the best time to let go of that friend.

For me, the part-time job has been a saving grace many times. It is giving me the ability to support my art and photography while I try to build my business. And I’ve even had some fun with it. In fact, I’m using some of my degree and I’ve learned a lot about business and client interaction. But there are limits to the support it offers. I can’t wholly pour myself into my art business, which is my true passion, because of this silly limitation that is called time. If you’re like me, you would create your art for free in exchange for all the time and freedom in the world. That is, if you didn’t need money to eat and put a roof over your head. Well, to be honest, a little extra cash would be nice too.

Creative Juices Flowing Like A Machine Gun

So I sit here with creative ideas bursting out of my head like a machine gun and very little time to actually make them happen. My craft suffers and my marketing suffers. My blog posts are sporadic. I know that many of you have been in the same boat, if you aren’t now. I want to stop feeling pulled in too many directions and focus on what I love to create – to really dive headlong into my business. But there’s that friend again, telling me the time isn’t quite right to say goodbye to my safety net.

For those of you who have experienced that delicate dance of letting go and embracing your art career fully, what has the journey been like? Do you have any advice to offer those of us who haven’t yet been able to let go of that safety net? How did you know when the timing was right?