Yes, its true, but only the name @thehotelartist is gone, not me or my art.
From now on, I will go by my real name on Instagram – @catrains.artist (ok, artist is not my part of my name, but I’m sure you get the idea!)
This decision was a long time coming, and almost happened in February. But then my Instagram account was hacked, and although I miraculously got it back 6 days later, I just didn’t have the heart to make any big changes after that drama.
So why now?
Because I no longer create art in hotel rooms, period.
As you probably know, I quit my day gig 16 months ago, and now work as a contractor for my former company on a VERY part time basis (5 days a month), just enough to pay the bills and take the pressure off selling art. However, even with this reduced work schedule, I was STILL creating art on the road (lugging two 50 pound suitcases, one full of art supplies) until just 4 months ago. It didn’t dawn on me that I no longer needed to fit art into all the nooks and crannies of my life.
It had become a habit, one that no longer served my highest good.
However, I don’t regret a single moment of this hectic life on the road because it ultimately helped me fit my greatest passion into an all consuming day gig, after 10 years of doing almost no art.
And along the way, I created a ton of art, selling much of it.
While at the same time, this hectic pace was ultimately bad for my health. I literally filled EVERY moment with productivity, whether it be art making, marketing my art, or training/traveling for my day gig. I rarely gave myself anytime to breathe and recover from perpetual motion.
But that habit is now a thing of the past, and as a result, I’m thrilled to be 85% healthy, and healing more every day.
And the best part?
I’m now focused on creating and sharing my art Monday through Friday, 9-5, evenings and weekends off. I’m becoming the “boss” I’ve always wanted, giving me a ton of healing down time, especially when traveling for my 5-days-a-month day gig.
I am finally living the life I always imagined, and with each passing day, I’m learning to slow waaayyyy down and treat me with the love and respect I deserve, what we ALL deserve.