Exaclty one year ago I decided to take leap of faith in a project that would change my life. And today, one year later, I'd like to share a little bit of my story with you.
Anywhooooo, it was a crappy time. I spent most of my days wishing I would do something amazing that maybe could allow me to work with what I really like, which is illustration. Then, one day, when boredom had reached a peak in my brain and I had to find a way to escape or just crawl in a tiny ball and cry my eyes out, I decided to build this blog. It would be a chance for me to research and use my drawing skills - though in the end I hardly had the time to do it - to learn about things I loved and that trully interested me.
Of course the perspective of being obligated to learn something new everyday terrified me: I thought to myself countless times "I can't do it!", "There aren't so many things to learn out there!", "I don't think I'm organized enough to make it happen!"... But I did.
It may sound like a cliche, but, throughout this project, I learned so much more about myself than I ever thought I could. I discovered new strengths and weaknesses, gathered the necessary courage to make the dream of putting this project out there and, of course, learned a hack of a lot of interesting things in the way.
I don't believe many of you remember the first image I posted here. It was this one:
Writting here in English helped me getting a job as an English teacher and a freelance translator. My research skills improved and I now feel brave enough to pursue my dreams and goals with much more energy than before. I now study illustration in a post graduation course, which is a dream come true to me. And this blog also helped me find someone very special who is now making every day of my life a little bit happier. And that means a lot.
But before I wrap everything up here and start thinking what I'll do next with this project - and there will be some exciting news (I hope) about it soon ;) -, there are some people I owe a huge thanks to.
To my dear, dear friends Nana, Leo, Fabiano and Alex, guys, I couldn't have done it without your support, suggestions and comments. You're all so special to me and never let me down. I love you with all my elf-viking-leprechaun being.
To my mom and sister, who didn't care so much about 365 DOL and, because of that, helped me relax when I desperately needed to.
To all my friends who suggested themes for me to research. There were days when I felt so out of inspiration that you have no idea how valuable your ideas were!
To all of you dear readers who took the time to read the things I wrote here, and specially those of you who made an extra effort and left comments. This is so important to me, so THANK YOU!
And last but not least, to my grandma Lêda, whose memory inspires me to keep fighting for what I believe and love.
Vó, essa foi pra você. =')
Lots of hugs, kisses and learning (OH MY!),