If you have been following along, you know that I recently took the plunge from pursuing The Scribblist as a side hustle to my full time gig. I shared openly about the struggles I faced and the reality of the emotional toll rejection can take on you. Today, as I sit here next to my fluffy, scruffy faced pup and take inventory of this season, I am feeling so very thankful.

I have only been on this adventure, going full speed, for about 4 months now. Despite the early set backs (and I am sure there will be more to come), I have been met with so much love, warmth, support and opportunity. One of the things that helped me get over the hurdle of leaving behind steady, full time work, was a feeling in my gut that if I could just focus my energy and time towards this endeavor, I could be successful. These four months have shown me that I was right, and I know it’s only the beginning.

By the end of 2018, I will have taught five fantastic lettering, calligraphy, and painting workshops, painted multiple sidewalk murals, taken part in my first big holiday market, landed my biggest commission ever, hosted three personalization events at large retailers, and most importantly, made invaluable connections with so many local makers, creatives, and incredible customers.

So this year, I have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful for the opportunity to pursue my dream. I am thankful for the chance to share my knowledge and skills with others and watch them light up as they learn something new. I am thankful to be a woman in 2018 — while we have a lot more work to do to ensure equality for ALL, I am thankful for the surge of support and love people are showing towards each other and to be doing this in a time where we are recognizing that women are worthy, powerful, and capable of ANYTHING. All of the incredible women I know who lift each other up daily are the inspiration for the artwork featured in this post. Together, we are strong. Together, we grow. Together, we can create a world filled with joy.

If you want to snag a copy of this print for yourself, you can find it in my Etsy shop.

I won’t ever forget this feeling of deep gratitude. Thank you, truly.