So I'm by no means already "making it" as a full-time artist. I haven't yet "arrived" at the place I want to be with my career. But, I can say that the last couple months have been busy as hell, and when I pull myself out of my art-cave to take a breather, I realize "hey, I'm not a Barista anymore, and I'm keeping a full schedule on making murals and teaching art!" I am my own Boss. That, to me, is an incredible personal victory. Even though this insane busy-ness has only lasted for a couple months, I'm trying to keep the momentum going and the dream alive and well fed. I know there will be slower times where I'm not working as much, and times that are even busier than the last month. I repeat, by no means am I already THERE, but it feels amazing (if it's not too cheesy and cliche to say this...) to know that I am following my heart. I feel I am on the right path, putting one foot in front of the other. Along the way, I think it's important to stop and look around every once in awhile, and appreciate where I've been able to get to thus far. In this economy, a person is lucky to have a job that keeps food on their table. I'm lucky enough to be in a situation where I was able to actually pursue my passion, and go to school to study it. And now, I am in a situation where I don't have any huge debts, child care costs, or bad mortgages keeping me from taking the giant leap to ACTUALLY TRY. I am actually trying really, really hard. I'm trying to build a life for myself where I will be happy and fulfilled in my work that I do for a living. I figure, it will be OK if I fail and have to move onto something else, as long as I know I tried as hard as I could to make my #1 first choice career happen for myself. Because why not? If you're in a creative field, check out this article on goal-setting to make your career happen. It's baby steps. It's knowing where you want to go, and putting one foot in front of the other until you get there. Good luck to us all!