Did you ever wake up and just know it was going to be a good day? I love when that happens! I feel like that today. (And, no. I don’t think I am “jinxing” myself. I don’t believe in that – although I do believe somewhat in Karma) Yesterday was a great day. There was no particular reason, but things just went according to plan – and then some. I got all my files in order and backed up on the new drive, I filled some orders, I made contact with the two companies that are going to supply my friend for the painting class at the woodworking show and I caught up with some friends that I haven’t talked to in a long while. (In one case, it has been literally years) I even caught up on all my email and made an incredible batch of chili (Yes – I had a craving even though it was 80 degrees!) I guess every day doesn’t have to have a show of new items to mean we have accomplished something.
There is something so refreshing about having things in order and a clean slate to work from. After the past couple of weeks where it seemed that every direction I turned was another deadline, it exhilarating to be able to do these everyday things and not feel guilty or anxiety that I should be in another place doing something else. Sometimes it can be like a juggling act where I am spinning ten plates and trying my best not to let any one of them fall. Although I love to be pushed by deadlines and such, there comes a time when it does get to be a lot and I do become overwhelmed. I guess the trick is to not let everything pile up and stay on top of things when I have to. Pacing is the key to success.
So it will be the next few weeks that will be a self-test and I will see what I am really made of. I guess this is a crossroad that many self-employed people find themselves at quite often in their careers. It’s summer. It’s nice out. There is so much to see and do. It would be very easy to play ‘hooky’ and fool around.
But I worked too long and hard to get to this point. I like being in this comfortable spot. So much so that I don’t want to backslide to where I was several months ago. Now is the time to really kick it into gear and produce. I think that will make the difference in my work and my company. My idea book is far from empty and I actually even dreamed of some new designs. That is like working overtime and not even realizing it.
Owning your own business is just that way. Did you ever notice that the most successful business owners are NOT the ones on the golf course and taking vacations all the time? They are the hard working people who love their jobs and are happy doing it and work first for the satisfaction and then for the financial rewards. The successful people are the far-sighted ones who sometimes even in the bleakest circumstances know somehow in their hearts that there are better days ahead if they just keep on their path. (Gee! That sounds like the “pink cloud” neighborhood to me!)
Today I am drawing. I believe I may get to start cutting, too. I have some great ideas for more candle tray sets and so far they have been selling well on the site so I want to strike that iron while it is hot. I have probably 20 ideas for different ones and you will probably get sick of me showing the different varieties in them, but in my mind, they are pretty cool and I keep thinking of little ways to make them even more cool and somewhat different. Then there is also the (long) list of other projects ready to be born and so on and so on. It can all be overwhelming if I think of everything at once. I write them down so I can concentrate on the task at hand and don’t have to worry about forgetting about them later on. It is good to have a stockpile of ideas. But for today, all I need is one.
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.” – Swami Vivekananda
I love that quote. :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"