From one beginner to another

I see myself as honest, hard working and conscientious. I just want an easy life, no conflict, no bitching.
I live in a beautiful part of the World, which means a lot to me. It doesn't provide much opportunity, but it is inspiring.
The World we live in has changed and is still changing at a ferocious pace. With the change come personal amendments to proverbs, like "If you want something doing
properly, do it yourself". The modern version would sound more like "If you want something doing, do it yourself".
I am married to a wonderful woman and have two kids, well their not really kids any more. We have a dog, or rather a freak of nature. He'd give these Premier football/soccer players a run for their money.
My interests used to be quite extensive, however I only have room for a few these days - the main one being my personal projects, which include creating concept art for my screenplays.
I work - 9:00am to 5:00pm six days a week and am on call from 5:00pm to 9:00am, just to pay the bills. So as you can imagine fitting the creative stuff in isn't easy.