Tonight- Time froze.
I think I forgot how to breathe for a moment.
Then I read the list again. And again. And another time for good measure.
My name was in the winners circle of a professional copywriting contest sponsored by AWAI.
700+ entries, and I was one of the three chosen by a panel of expert copywriters to receive the win!
I'm so excited I'm shaking! Details tomorrow! If you can't wait to hear the rest of the story, you can find details and my winning entries at this link!
A few years ago, I became my brother's primary caretaker, as he is too far on the adult autistic spectrum for independent living. Rather than dwell on the things he couldn't do, we focused on his strengths. It is not an easy road by any means, being a sister, pseudo-mother, and caretaker to a sibling. But it is enriching all the same.
One of his best skills is art, and he has always wanted to be a childrens' artist. When I became his caretaker, I was determined not to just tell him to keep trying. I was going to help him move forward, however small the steps were to get there. So we laid out his goals and some milestones, and we started the slow process of transitioning from concept to reality.
It was not a fast success by any means. One of the symptoms of the spectrum that he frequently struggles with is change. Once he had a routine down, he did not take to new art methods easily. We had to patiently work step by step from crayons and copy paper toward art styles the market would search for. On top of that, each stage was full of change, trouble-shooting, and frustrations as they conflicted with his need for sameness. There were times we had to work at a snail's pace toward his big goals. There were even times we had to backtrack and rethink how to get there.
As he improved his coordination and art with practice, I steadily pushed him to try more and more advanced art projects. The past year was a second run at trying to get him into digital art for his goal to be a children's illustrator and artist. We went from simple apps to basic art programs, and this Easter I presented him a professional art tablet. He took to it right away and his art has literally skyrocketed!
Today we are both anxiously waiting for a true milestone for him to come in the mail. His art on a few merchandise pieces, including a tote bag! Then later today we'll also post updates on his new kid's webcomic, Gladiator Hitora.
I'm not sharing this just to gush over a family moment (though I am! I'm driving friends crazy with it as we speak). My brother's experience has a lesson for all of us: You don't have to be like everyone else to achieve your dreams and goals. And you do not have to succeed at their pace either!!
Don't focus on what you can't do, or let it hold you back. Don't dwell on your challenges and shortcomings. Don't compare your successes to others. Focus on your strengths. Improve them one step at a time. Find someone that can handle all the other stuff. Move forward!
It has been quite a year! A lot of ups and downs- mostly downs for a little while when an ongoing family issue hit its peak. But 2018 is really shaping up!
This year is about getting out there and testing my new limits.
The website is coming along great. I am building and developing it as I go. If there is something in the "Coming Soon" pages you would like to know more about, feel free to contact me! I'm more than happy to offer more information.
After a rather dramatic year with family events, training, and other plot twists, things have settled and it's time to do a massive revamp of my website to reflect new and updated skills, and a new page to list a few upcoming publication series I will be releasing starting this summer!
I currently have space opening in my project schedule for the summer months. Contact me for a free consult!
The holidays are gearing up. For businesses, it is time to start enticing in the holiday sales. It is also time for gift gathering, event planning, family gatherings, and exchanges. It can be a very overwhelming time of year!
Freelancers are excellent resources for this time of year. Here are a few ideas:
These are just a few ideas to help you along for the holidays. A freelancer can make the holidays easier for a business or for family holiday planning. I will post more in the coming weeks. So be sure to bookmark the page and check back regularly.
I am also here to help you with all your writing needs. And by this weekend, Ii will also be introducing a new member of the Nis Freelance team, freelance artist Christopher Nis. He will be offering services in children's illustrations! You can get a peek at his work and commission his services now on the Fiverr tab above.