Today marks the one month mark from my first day as a full-time creative entrepreneur. As I continue to grow and change as a business owner and designer, I thought it was important to mark this milestone in my life. My journey so far certainly has had it's bumps in the road, but I couldn't imagine doing anything else.
Right now I'm working on two very different, exciting projects that I can't wait to share. I've always heard the saying "When one door closes a window opens" but I never really believed it. Luckily, that seems to be the case so far. Coming out of my last career in advertising, I was pretty burnt out and my confidence was suppressed. Thankfully, friends & family from all over the country have been so supportive of my new business and have been spreading the word. Sometimes it is as simple as telling people what you are doing (face-to-face is typically the best way). As much as I cringe at the idea of "networking", the most valuable tool for getting new projects in the door is who you know. I also like to think that treating people with kindness goes a long way in people remembering and helping you down the road.
I say "cringe" because in reality I am truly an introvert (if you're familiar with the Myers-Briggs test, I'm an INFJ). This surprises many people because I have learned how to speak confidently in public and how to "turn it on" in a sales position. I worked in retail for 3 years, which is certainly an introvert's nightmare. But the other half of my personality type is being driven by a clear vision to serve the common good. It's what I think of as passion. For those of you who know me personally, you have most likely seen my passionate side come alive for an issue that I felt strongly about. Particularly if it had to do with injustice.
One of the biggest reasons I love helping people with their custom stationery stems from seeing so many brides and well-meaning friends trying to maneuver the complicated world of event planning & stationery. It's something that, unless you have the ability to devote the time and resources, can be very frustrating. Every time I was able to help someone out of the woods to find their perfect invitation (within their budget!) was a major victory for me. Being able to help people every day would be my dream job, and I hope to get there soon.
When I say it hasn't been all roses and peonies, I would have to say the biggest obstacle has been myself. My internal voice saying "are you really good enough to be doing this?" or "wow, look how far X business has come in such a short time" or "I'll find the inspiration for that new design tomorrow" are HORRIBLE. Staying motivated and confident are my two biggest hurdles, for which it's so important to keep perspective. Again, thank goodness for my wonderful family & friends who give me huge boosts of energy to make wonderful things.
If I've learned anything in the last month, it's put yourself out there! You never know what you might find. So now, back to putting my designs out to the world.
P.S. My husband and I seriously contemplated having a destination wedding at the Hatley Castle in Victoria B.C. (pictured above). The castle and views are absolutely breath-taking. Make sure to take the garden tour if you ever visit!