As I close the door on 2013 and move into 2014, I am filled with hope and excitement.
In many ways the past year was wonderful. Our business grew tremendously – even though we are still in a sluggish economy. It appears that little by little, we are gaining momentum and that our efforts are paying off.
This didn’t happen over night though. I have been working at the business for years, and in reviewing and tracking where all of our new customers are coming from, I find that it is a mixture of many places and factors that have contributed to our success. There is no magic place or formula, and there is no way around hard work in making a business succeed.
One thing for certain – we wouldn’t be where we were without all of you. Whether you are a scroll saw customer or a painting customer, or just someone who stumbled upon my blog here, I know in my heart that without your continued support, we wouldn’t have the business we have. And both Keith and I thank you very much for that.
I would have never thought three and a half years ago when I began this blog that I would still be writing this far down the line. In the beginning, I thought it would be another avenue to try to get my name out there and let people in the scroll saw and woodworking communities know that I existed. I figured that I would write every once in a while and perhaps bring a few new people to our site.
But being a creature of habit, this blog has become a cornerstone of my day. Each morning as I speak to you through my writing, I map out my day and plan what I will accomplish. I believe that one of the most difficult things to do when you work for yourself is to make yourself accountable to YOU. It is sometimes too easy to put things off until the next day when something else comes along – whether the new thing is business related or not. But for some reason, by talking about what I plan to accomplish here in the morning, it helps me to stay focused throughout the day and follow through so that the next day I have something to show. While this self-imposed accountability isn’t necessary all the time, as I am pretty good at being motivated, there were times (I admit) when if it hadn’t been for me saying that I would be at a certain point and you all expecting to see it in the next post, I wouldn’t have accomplished it. And I thank you all for that.
I appreciate all of you comments and support and of course your friendships. I never would have thought I would have made so many nice friends along this road I have chosen. It is something that I will always be grateful for.
So with that said, I want to kick off this new year with a thought for you. I saw this on Facebook yesterday and I loved it so much I wanted to share it because I believe in it so strongly:
I don’t know who the quote is from and if anyone else does, please let me know so I can give proper credit.
We ARE all writers of our own story. I think that if we only realized that, we would be much happier people.
While there are some things that occur in our lives that we can’t control, the majority of things that we allow into our lives we have full control of. We each have our own personal path to follow, and as much as we would like company on that path, we need to travel it alone.
No one can truly come with us. We can meet others along the way, and walk beside them for a time, but ultimately we are left to travel our own lives beholden to no one but ourselves. For in the end, we are responsible for our own happiness and well-being.
I look forward to the upcoming year. While I know there may be places that I will stumble along my own path, I also know in my heart that I have set clear goals before me that I will follow and as long as I stay focused on them, all will be well.
I wish you all wonderful things in the new year. I hope you all remember that there is no limit to what you can accomplish, for you are the story tellers of your life.
I hope you share your stories with me and others as well, as creative people find joy and inspiration in the successes of those around them. I know I do.
Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself to be human. Embrace your ideas and creativity as you would hold a new born child and nurture it and watch it grow. And cherish every moment!
It is going to be a wonderful year!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"