Thursday, May 22, 2008

Note to self

I have been in a slump. Perhaps I am feeling the pangs of the recession, feeling that summer is around the bend but not really "feelin' it" and honestly just scared Schmancy will be gone. I started this store because I always wanted to run my own shop but I didn't really sit down and hash it all out. In the end I think it was good not to because most likely I wouldn't have done it if I really thought about it. Last week I decided that I won't go out without a fight. I mean a kicking, screaming, fists in the air fight. And here are some helpful things I have found to keep that fire going that might also be useful to you.

#1 Get the latest issue of Bust Magazine! It is chalk full of inspiring articles that will make your girl power pride shine through...even if you aren't a big feminist or anything.



#2 Get a copy of The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business. I just got a copy this morning. I already feel inspired and ready to get some new direction.



#3 Get a good support system. I am very lucky to have such a nice sister who has fed me several times and friends whom have also fed me over the last month. There is nothing nicer than that. I also am lucky to have such nice folks such as Designs By L who were in here today and mentioned she reads my blog daily. The kind words from strangers is amazing.



#4 Also get a copy of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Not everything in this book will apply to your life but it has really helped me to figure out my next actions and to stay organized. I have not fully used it like I should but if I am feeling sluggish I will flip through a chapter or two and feel a bit of rejuvenation.

#5 Don't forget to make stuff! I have finally been sewing like a mad lady. I am really excited about the things I am making and it's really all I want to do. But to have that back in my life feels really good.

That's a start. Thanks for listening.

10 comments:

Barbara Prime said...

Hang in there! You do so much good for so many people! Lots of us are having a difficult time, but as for me, I'm sticking to what I love, and appreciating all the wee good things that happen every day :)

Trina said...

i'm rooting for you. :) i hope all goes well, what ever path you end up taking. :)

Jocelan Thiessen said...

great suggestions on the books for fellow business women i am actually on the verge of joining this world as i am currently working on my last job before trying to make sewing a full time gig! we got to stick together!

Spooky Daddy said...

i know exactly how you feel.
i am trying to get money so i can afford the car rental, gas, and all the supplies and schemes for Crafty Bastards in June. But I am getting hundreds of hits on my website and NO sales. It just seems like people don't have any extra money cause food and gas and everything else has gotten so expensive. Cause what is more important getting 5 gallons of gas or 1 Skull Bunny from me? I feel discouraged and feel like givin up too. But hang in there and I will hang in there with ya!!!

Jeremy said...

I read your blog too! Jeremy (from ToyCyte)

lookwhaticando said...

I read your blog daily as well and I think you are an amazing person. I had no idea and am sorry that you have had hard times. Anytime you want you can come over to our pad for dinner. Jason used to be a chef ya know so he can whip up anything...seriously. Just drop me an email and we would love to have you. xoxo :)

Schmancy said...

wow. thanks to you all. there wasn't even a giveaway :) i really appreciate all your kind words and support..it means the world. xoxox

Rosalie said...

Getting Things Done -- David Allen is aweseome! I have his book on cd if you want to listen as opposed to read. Yes, my nerd is showing!

Hang in there!

dollsforfriends said...

When I read your post, it really hit home. Like spooky daddy, we totally get that people need a gallon of milk in the fridge over a doll from our shop. In fact, we just did a show on Sunday, and had ONE sale! That has never happened to us before. We feel for you, and just know that many of us are supporters and wish you the very best-maybe we should have a starving artist potluck, we'll bring dessert!! Keep on keepin' on!! You are in our thoughts

Leeanna Butcher said...

We love your shop and are bummed we're not in the Emerald City more than twice a year to visit and see all the cool new stuff. Keep truckin' along- you are an important part of the art/craft world! What would we do without Plush You! ? Hang in there! :)