Here is an appropriate quote for you to print out and keep somewhere visible:
There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein
Let me suggest something different. You are creative, right? You are an artist after all. Why aren't you being creative about your career? You're supposed to have talent, creativity, vision. Where the hell are you employing it beyond your canvas? Why are so many of us so brilliant with a paintbrush but we're terrified to take our lives into those same creative waters. Do you paint what others tell you or do you take it upon yourself to give it that unique signature style?
I LOVE marketing and promotion as much as painting. It's fun to have an idea and to try it out. I've learned to enjoy the more outrageous ones even more than typical methods. It puts you on shaky ground but sometimes the most outlandish ideas glean the most unique and rewarding opportunities.
The big message here is to fight to win! Don't spend your time fighting NOT to lose. You are greater than you could possibly know. If you think for a moment that the recession or depression, or whatever the hell interested people are calling it (sorry I don't spend my time focusing on it and neither should you,) should be your excuse for not working as hard on marketing, you're SADLY mistaken. This is the best time to be doing it. I've doubled my business in the last year with NO help. You can too if you only make the choice to succeed. Make the choice to succeed. If you don't, you'll never get there.
Remember this, the only way you truly fail in life is if you quit. We all get knocked down in life - own it and get back up to try another strategy. Never give up and you will never fail.