OK so I know I’m supposed to be all professional-ish and cool about stuff like this, but I just have to share:
Someone just purchased a painting from my Etsy store today.
Or, more specifically, OMG!! A SALE?! I JUST HAD MY VERY FIRST SALE FROM MY ETSY STORE TODAY!!! WOO HOO! (((HAPPY DANCE)))
I got the email and was literally shaking, sweating, fluttery in my guts, energized, excited, choked up, motivated, happy, somewhat teary, joyful, screamy and most of all grateful. Wow! Also, this was someone who wasn’t a family member or friend (Shout out to my peeps) and it was purchased with actual real money instead of bartering (side note: my hair has never looked better and my stylist’s apartment is now a Keough gallery). This sale came from a random stranger that wanted my painting on their wall.
I know I’m supposed to act all calm and pretend 1) like I’m cool, 2) like this kind of stuff happens all the time and 3) like it’s not the most fulfilling $125 I’ve ever earned. HOWEVER: 1) I’m not, 2) it doesn’t and 3) it truly is! Dear reader, I’m so psyched I can hardly breathe.
When I signed on for this, I knew what I was getting into. Deciding to be a painter for a living requires you to acknowledge the fact that success won’t happen fast, money isn’t guaranteed and there are so many other more experienced and talented painters out there that are working just as hard as you to sell to a very small niche of people. After 3 months without a single sale, deep down I was feeling kinda bummed. Money isn’t the goal for me, but honestly the validation from my very first sale - it feels unreal!
Thank you to the lady that bought my San Francisco Dog painting! You were my first : ) I want to believe this is the universe telling me I’m on the right path. I know I am and it feels great.