I finally made some things to sell and pitched them to a retailer – who said YES! So effectively, does that mean I now have an embryonic business? Maybe… YIKES! Not counting my chickens until the goods and invoice are with them. But there will be a mini celebration when my first “Katy-Mare Makes” cheque comes
I also booked myself a stall at a craft fair in Bristol at the end of March, my first proper fair, long overdue but hell am I excited! I have been daydreaming about what my stall would look like for years, the bunting, the table cloth, how I’m going to add height and interest etc. Planning this is often the happy place I go to before I fall asleep and now it’s about to become a reality – and probably not such an idealistic place.
Lastly, I picked up the phone and arranged a meeting with a
potential new employer for my HR work – I was so nervous I couldn’t get my words out and was completely unprepared, says the girl who prepares so much she often doesn’t get round to the thing she’s preparing for. Resulting in a late night dusting off the CV, but now I’ve done two things in the space of 4 hours that
have been on my list for weeks.
It has not all been plain sailing, making things happen, saying
Yes! and striving for your goals is not an easy ride. I’ve made more mistakes this week than normal, the learning curve is steeper and at times it’s felt like one step forward and two steps back. However, with a little perseverance, patience and encouragement from the lovely people in my life things are coming together and though a little tired, I’m feeling good.
Often when you try something new as an adult and don’t get it
from the get go, we say things to ourselves like, “I’m not creative” or “I’m not cut out for this”. When you’re a child, you don’t care if you’re not good at it, your stick figures are the best
stick figures going, as far as I was concerned, my drawing was so good it needed to be up on the wall, so I drew it there (Mum and Dad thought otherwise). We judge ourselves so much as adults but our creativity has as much right to exist as anyone else’s does it not?
I’ve been making button cards this week and the number of times
I’ve had to re print, unstick, re stick, adjust the font, buy new cellophane sleeves and so on all because I’m new to the game, it has been frustrating to say the least. Especially as, in the back of my mind, every mistake is costing me time and money – not ideal as this is supposed to be a money making enterprise as well as a creative outlet. But, I’ve got better, neater, the process is slicker and within a day I’m producing a product that’s ready for market and I’m really pleased with. All that frustration was worth it and I’m getting to understand why they say in all those start up business books – love what you do – it will give you the stamina to keep going when everything you make seems like utter crap!
Number one new rule when making things – GO SLOWLY! I’m often SO excited to be making things again I rush and then I make silly mistakes. Second rule; don’t use your best materials for the first few tries. Obvious I know. but for the impatient among us, myself definitely included , logic makes way for sheer enthusiasm, which is often closely followed by blunders unless chaperoned by close attention.
Finally in the words of Robert Brault “Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's a cha-cha”. Be optimistic and cha cha with your dreams this week – it might be more rewarding than you think!