It’s been a great year, although it started off pretty rough. Let’s just say I was not feeling accomplished day-to-day as a mom the same way I was in my office job. ;) But I've slowly come to a place of resetting my expectations, and even though there are days I could scream (and do), I’m truly enjoying being with my kiddos and love having so much time to discover, snuggle and play with them. They’re growing too quickly and I’m grateful to have this time with them.
I’ve also officially been painting for a year now and I'm so happy to have found something I enjoy so much. Thank YOU for following along as I share my work…it seriously means a lot that you read my posts, leave comments on Instagram, and encourage me as I go. I appreciate you.
I often get asked when I find time to work on my art when I’m home with the kids, and the answer is that I mostly paint and pattern in the evenings, early mornings or for an hour or so during the day when the kids are occupied with legos or a video, but I also have all day Wednesdays to myself, thanks to my in-laws, so that’s a dream.
On a related note, you may have seen me post about my shop that will be opening in a couple weeks, and because of that, I decided to use my own name (Amanda Gomes) online instead of Delighted Creative Co. "Delighted" came from Delighted Magazine, which I published from 2012-2014 and featured things that delighted me: interviews with small business owners, stories from moms, recipes, tutorials, and lots of other fun things. (If you’d like a peek at past issues, click HERE). In a couple of days I’ll be transitioning to my new account, so if you start seeing posts in your Instagram feed from amandagomesdesign, that's me! 😊
Thank you again for being part of my creative journey!