Yesterday turned out to be a really good day. While I began the day feeling tired and a bit overwhelmed, I was able to relieve much of my anxiety by simply communicating with others and talking things out.
I find that sometimes people feel that it is difficult to pick up the phone and talk things over – especially when they are in situations such as the one that I felt that I was in (where I felt I was running behind.) I think that in our minds we often fear the worst, and those fears seem to overcome us and have an overall debilitating effect on how we do things and work. Long ago I learned that facing my anxieties was the quickest and easiest way to overcome them. While it may seem difficult at the time, there are few times when I remember regret meeting things head on. More so than not, solutions are found quickly and many of the fears that I were experiencing were unfounded. By discussing the situation openly and honestly, it is always easier to come to viable solutions for all involved and I am then better to move ahead in a productive manner. This was very much the case yesterday.
One of my fears, of course was getting the pieces to the Artist’s Club. I didn’t want them to arrive late, but I also didn’t want to have to take out a mortgage to ship them overnight. My deadline for the pieces to be on the west coast by the 18th, and shipping from Nova Scotia could take a bit. I wasn’t sure if they would be there on time, and I didn’t want to miss the date for the photo shoot that was scheduled for the next catalog.
I decided to call my contact there and make sure that she knew just where I was. After talking to her, I was assured that things should be fine if I shipped them today, as there were other opportunities available on their end that would work. She couldn’t have been nicer, and after speaking to her I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of my head.
I can’t say enough good about the Artist’s Club and its people there. Not only from a customer’s standpoint, but also from a contributor. They are fair, honest and straight forward in all aspects of business. When I order from them, their products are reasonably priced and everything they are said to be. It is always a good experience and I have been ordering from them since the mid-90’s. I am very fortunate to be associated with such a good company such a wonderful reputation and I am proud to have my work distributed by them. I am sure that is why it is so important for me to do my absolute best work for them.
I finished the ornaments yesterday and they look really nice. After spraying them with clear coat, it really brought out the colors and I am really proud of them. I finished the covers for the two pattern packets that I will be sending them:
It may not look like much, but getting to this point was certainly a lot of work. I am happy with the results though, and look forward to seeing these in the catalog throughout the holiday season. I hope they do as well as the witch hats and boots. I have the call in for the pickup for the pieces and they should be on their way within a couple of hours. I am very relieved.
The other main concern was finishing the article I was doing for the holiday issue for the magazine. While I have the article mapped out, I still need to assemble it and do the writing. While it is more of a pictorial article than a verbal one (there are over 25 photographs) I have been putting it on the back burner until the ornaments above were finished. I was afraid that I was pushing over the line with my editor though and would possible be late with it for the issue.
I talked to her also yesterday and it appears I am fine. I had given her enough information, including a preview of the photographs and she was able to allot the required amount of space needed in the issue for the article. She assured me that she is still working on other aspects of the issue, and even if I have it to her by the end of the week or so it would be fine. What a huge relief that was for me!
After speaking to her, again I felt so much better. I didn’t want to let her down after committing myself to this article and I have done a great deal of work on it so far and think it will be a good one. I feared that I would be late with the final material and I would let her down. But we were fine.
Today I plan on finishing the article up and getting her a copy by the end of the day. That way there will be plenty of time for changes in it if necessary and I will be able to relax. I hope to finish it completely, because it will be the final thing that is really pressing on me at the moment and I will be able to take a breath. I am hoping to take a day “off” tomorrow and perhaps get away for the day if the weather cooperates. I think it will do me good.
In closing today, I just want to stress the importance of communication. So many times, we fear the worst and those fears are unfounded and fueled by the unknown. The best (and quickest) way to alleviate those fears is to face them head on by communicating your concerns with the parties involved. More time than not, there are easy and viable solutions to the problems once each party knows where the other one is at. I found that it saves a lot of time worrying when I am straightforward and honest with others. After all, we are all working for the same goals.
I wish you all a wonderful day today. I know I will be working, but I will have a much more relaxed state of mind than I have had the past couple of days. And it will be very enjoyable.
Have a great one!
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"