Q: How can I take the leap to pursue my passion?

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We all have a passion we wish wasn’t just a dream in the distant future.

It’s hard to let it sit and ignore what could be. Especially with all the outlets on social media we have now, that shows everyone else turning their dreams to reality. Let’s see what today’s question has to say on the topic.

Dear Ellie,

I’m scared to follow my love for art. I don’t know if I’ll be able to support myself solely on that.

What should I do?

I feel like I’m stuck keeping it as a hobby, but I don’t want to.

~ Mama Mia in Miami

Caitlyn, today’s Dear Ellie columnist, has all kinds of clarity for us:

Dear Monette,

First of all, go you!

Most people, honestly, never are lucky enough to find their passion.

Half the hard part is already done!

Real talk though, don’t look at it as such a huge step. Start small. Are you selling some pieces on the side already? That’s a great place to slowly get involved.

If you have taken that initial step to starting, move on to the next small step and start an Etsy shop. They have so many resources for first time business owners to manage their sales, revenue, orders and everything in between.

This will give you a great feel for the work that is ahead; all while keeping it small enough to balance with your day job.

You have so much potential to make your passion not just a wish for the future, but a reality right now.

If you’re lacking the confidence in your work, try something smaller than the first two suggestions with a social media account. Post some of your artwork and see the response you get.

Although, that’s not to say that anyone’s opinion should influence your decisions, but it can be a great way to boost your confidence.

Especially since you know all your friends and family would bring the support of NFL fans on Super Bowl, LOL.

You’re only limited by the limits you give yourself. Once you finally rip off the band-aid and do it, you will probably surprise yourself. Go get ’em girl!

Hugs + Lashes,

Ellie + Caitlyn


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Caitlyn Haynes
College student by day + artist by night. With a life just as crazy as her…Caitlyn manages to juggle family, friends, work, school, a social life, and everything in between. Caitlyn follows her passion (for art) through everything in her life and wants to help other women do the same.

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