Turning Points

As I mentioned in the previous post, on Monday this week I hit the milestone of 100 patrons on my Patreon account. This month is also notable because I have reached parity with the most income I have ever made, on an average monthly basis, from my art and comics. The previous high-water mark was in 2007 before my productivity, health, and mental health started to decline. Of course, my living expenses are much greater now, and I am not comfortable going without health insurance like I was throughout my 20s. My audience is still slightly smaller, but growing steadily on all fronts and I have strategies in place to continue that growth. I also produce multimedia content now, have a larger arsenal of technical skills and tools at my disposal, and a baseline of unshakeable confidence and patience that I did not have in the past. This is all independent of the healthier changes on the personal side of my life.

In the simplest terms, I have found a way to “hack” my obsessive brain and thought patterns to make them work for me. I go to sleep at the same time most nights, eat the same food and wear the same clothes most days, and have distilled my days down into a clockwork, highly-efficient, repetitive grind. This would probably drive most people insane, but the resulting stability and predictability works very well for me. I break my routine one or two days per week, and the wide diversity of projects I work on keeps the need for variety satisfied. I have gotten rid of almost everything I own that is not functionally useful or something I admire daily, to minimize my time spent cleaning. There is some work still to do bringing my book-keeping up to date, and organizing my office. Once that is completed, I will have nothing holding me back.

This feels like my moment. This is the part of my story where three-and-a-half years — really, four years if you go back to when I first started to work again in 2014 — of effort in both my personal and professional life start to come to fruition. I am in the best physical and mental shape of my life, and bringing all the details into order on the business side of things. I have a clarity of vision how everything will ultimately come together, and rigorous plans in action. All that is left is to open the throttle, and see how far I can go. Watch out!

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