How cool is this!!!! Mom's on your side, hahaha. I'm not surprised.
Sometimes the hardest thing is getting started. Once you get some momentum going, you'll find that one thing leads to the next and then to the next and so on. While you''re working on one piece, you will find something about it was particularly good and you will perhaps want to extend that particularly good thing into a different pic entirely based on that area of growth as an artist, whether your accomplishment came through as a technique or something that clarified your picture making voice.
And so on and on you will travel in your artistic journey. The more mileage you get, the broader your bag of tricks, until you have a selection of dominant techniques, with other tricks available that you have learned, like how to render a shiny surface or hair or grass if you are going realistic. Another thing is how to construct a composition to tell a story or feature the eyes in a portrait using lighting etc. . . that and so much more will be among the things you are going to come to use as part of your process. It's endless the possibilities and your way will be unique to you.
But have fun with it!!! Above all else. The rest will fall into place.
Bartender, fix me a moon river. . .in a TIFFANY GLASS!!!!!!!