Lately, I have been feeling envious of all of you awesome artists and illustrators out there, not only for your fancy talent but for your fancy portfolio websites! With the new year, I am pushing myself out of my 'shy' comfort zone and am focusing on getting my work out into the world. It has always been my dream to be a freelance illustrator, particularly in children's publishing (like many of you), and I finally just asked myself one day, "what are you waiting for?" Last fall, I attended an illustrators conference for my local chapter of the SCBWI, and received much encouragement from the wonderful people there. I've officially decided to follow my heart!