I am grateful for a milestone achieved today. When I decided to become a full time artist, I was aware it would be a challenge. We can’t afford to live on one income, and so I set a target for gross annual sales when I transitioned out of the last of my web development practice in January this year. Today I met that target, and it justified my work as an artist as a real job in my mind.

When I say I am grateful for the achievement of the milestone, I should say that what I am really grateful for is the help and the circumstance that led me to be able to achieve it.

I have had the support and blessing of my spouse in this endeavor. That wouldn’t come easy for most people, but it did for me. She has a unique understanding of what makes me tick, and she knew I needed to try. She also has faith in me even when I don’t, and I am grateful for her and the relationship we’ve built for eachother every single day.

I am grateful for my children. Nothing inspires you to live your best life like your kids do. For better or worse, I know I will exemplify at least one way they can choose to live their lives. Bearing that responsibility means I need to live a life worth choosing, and if that means giving it all up to become an artist, well, so be it.

I am grateful for my parents. They raised me right, and I credit them for showing me how to know what my priorities are.

I am grateful for dumb luck. I was born genetically, geographically, and economically advantaged through no merit of my own, and that has afforded me the capability to take risks without the same consequences failure would bring if I were dealt a different hand at birth. Gratitude for these circumstances is key to my humility. I have worked hard and now have reaped some reward, but dumb luck is why I am able to do so as easily as do, while many are not so lucky.

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