It's been a week since the worst Monday of my life. My Internet was down at home, so I went to the Public Library to use their wi-fi. For some reason, nobody there could connect me, so I left very agitated. After all, the Internet is the source of my artistic livelihood. I get my stories for "The 411" from there and I send them to my editor via email. And since I'm perpetually broke, every bit of money I get counts.
I wanted so badly to get my computer fixed, so in my agitation I decided to go to the computer store I got my laptop from. Sounds reasonable, eh? But I was not feeling reasonable, so I darted out into the street to catch the bus before it left, even though the light was against me. God must've smiled on me because I ended up only falling on my face almost getting run over. It's a miracle I got away with only a slightly mangled laptop and more agitation.
Since then I've slowly but surely calmed down a lot, and I realize now how I make a big fat hairy deal out of my art. Nothing like that is worth risking my life for, not even a monthly paycheck. By the way, I finally found the problem with my laptop on my own--I forgot to hit the switch that allowed me to switch to wi-fi. And I managed to get my "411" work in eventually.
Last week was the longest week of my life, where I had to teach myself to calm down and slow down. When I've got my mind on the money and the money on my mind, nothing good ever happens. But when I let go of the money thing, "money cometh to me"--slowly, but it "cometh."
So the best way for D.K. Upshaw to run her cartoon/media small business is to lead with my heart, even when I want to make money. I must do the artwork I really love doing and find the audiences who enjoy it--and let them pay me for it. That's taking care of business!