I never thought I’d be able to say this, but I launched the shop! Owning a small business is something I’ve dreamed about since my first job right after college. I somehow knew right away that working a 9 to 5 job was not quite right for me and although I struggled through it for the next (almost) decade, I quietly dreamed about doing something on my own and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.
What a long journey it has been to find a passion that was truly mine. I went through so many phases of trial and error, excitement and disappointment thinking that I found my thing, only to discover that I just wasn’t that into it. It wasn’t until I found textiles that I really had the feeling deep in my bones that it was right. It’s funny and interesting how long that process takes, especially knowing that some people don’t find it until they are much older. I’m sure I’ll have many of those lightbulb moments as I’ve had many interests throughout the years. I’m positive that my obsession with textiles will evolve into something bigger and better (I’m hoping it does).
Still, taking the plunge wasn’t easy. I was pretty miserable in the corporate grind, though successful. I’m the type of person that needs affirmation of success through praise and compensation and I thrive on that kind of security even though it doesn’t really feed my soul. When you get to a certain place financially, it’s really difficult to take a step back and live a little more simply and although I’m nowhere close to being there yet, the desire is evident and strong. The first step of putting myself out there is complete (yay!) and I can move on knowing that I tried my best and see where it takes me, big or small, successful or not.
If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years it’s that one leap, mistake or mishap leads to something really beautiful even if you don’t see it at the time. I know this to be true and know this experience will be similar.
Shop launched! Done. Let’s see what’s next, right?