Today I have made a vlog for you. Enjoy!
In other news...
After the big Our Follies gagtoonathon Monday, I was burnt out the next day. My mind was so spacey I could hardly think. And that's not good for a person who is also in charge of tending to her 80-year-old mother's health needs. Add to that my other obligations as a freelance 'tooner and I was wiped out.
I just needed time to rest my weary imagination and take better care of myself. This wasn't easy since this week my 4-year-old grandnephew Christian visited the house--twice! He's a bigger menace than Dennis, running around defying all of us adults. We play games of tic-tac-toe together; he's the O, I'm the X. When he wins, he cheers himself on, but when he loses to me, he accuses me of cheating. I'm using the game to teach him how to be a good sport, win or lose. He seems to be getting the message; he doesn't say, "You cheated!" when I win.
Playing with Christian might have helped me get my mind back in order, being a distraction from what I was feeling. Another help was inspiration from YouTube videos. I've subscribed to the channels of Erin Henry and Hannah Ashton, two "girlbosses" with practical advice for anyone (male or female) who want to start an online business. Last night on my YouTube home page I discovered a video on the channel Big Think: "Goal Setting Is a Hamster Wheel. Learn to Set Systems Instead". The speaker, Adam Alter, showed how singlemindedly going for a goal can make you feel like a loser until you get it, and when you get it, it's an anticlimactic feeling. Instead, he suggests using systems: You will work at something you love for x amount of time, and that's it. No numbers to count and no feeling like a loser because the idea is to just do it; the success is in the doing, period. Here's the video:
That's what my perfectionist self wants to do--I want to feel good just doing the cartoons that I love. Now let me at those markers!