Thursday, November 19, 2015

974 likes and so much support!

I posted this on facebook earlier this month. A little over a year and a half of buying my new car, I paid it off completely. I celebrate this because I bought the car from my income as a professional artist. (In fact, when I bought it, and drove it home, my husband asked me if I needed him to co-sign. Umm, no, Honey.)

On this facebook post, I got sooo many comments of support! It really made me happy that others appreciate what an accomplishment this was. I didn't set out to do it (be an artist=buy a car, etc) but that my income comes from what I love is a real gift.

I've been a full time artist since 1998, and if you've heard or read my story, you know we made lots of economic adjustments, downsized our house, etc, to make it work. And remarkably, it has worked. Or rather, I have worked! And I love my life as an artist and art teacher. So...to think that I can support myself and my husband, on my salary as a artist is amazing. (Full disclosure, Husb had disability and now retirement income, but the majority is my responsibility.)

We've come farther than I'd ever imagined. (You can read my story here, if you want the details, scroll down to the 'my life story' part.)

Thanks to you, for supporting me.

18 comments:

  1. Thanks, Jane for sharing your encouraging story. Congratulations!

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    1. Oh Janie, thank you for all your blog comments! It means a lot to me!

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  2. A beautiful car for a beautiful lady! I drove a yellow "bug" for many years and hated when I had to give it up. I'm now driving a candy apple red Honda Fit. Thank you for all you do and teaching me how to paint and draw! Enjoy!!!! Christina

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  3. Brava to you, Jane--and your achievement is fantastic! So many artists and writers need day jobs--you rock!
    xoxo
    Sharon

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  4. Jane I find you to be such an inspiration...as an artist of course, but more importantly as a human. you are such a genuine person and have a way of drawing out the best in those around you...you are so deserving of all you have worked for and so much more!! Thank you :)

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    1. Ah, thank you very much, Kathi!!

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  5. What a great accomplishment, Jane! To be able to mostly support yourself and your partner as an artist is inspiring. Your energy and commitment, as well as your obvious pleasure in your work, and sharing all of that shines much light.

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    1. Thank you Cris! "Light" is indeed one of my words. I appreciate your kind words!

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  6. I think I met you right about the time you became a 'full time artist'! I'm so proud & happy for all the amazing things you've done! You & your hubby are the dearest! Jane, you've always been a much admired inspiration to me! Thanks for spreading the joy all these years!!

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    1. Gosh, that's right Roxanne. Thank you so much for staying in touch across the country! Xo

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  7. I can appreciate as an artist on disability, just how big a deal this is. Congrats! Good for you!

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  8. You are a true inspiration, Jane! And a testament to the saying "Do what you love". I have been following you for several years now, and marvel at how much you have been able to accomplish... may your success continue to grow over the years to come!

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  9. Good for you Jane! You should be proud, love your work and your passion, it is contagious, :)

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