I know I know its been a while since I have been active on my blog. To be honest everything got a little bit crazy during Surtex, after Surtex and way after Surtex. I'll get more into that in a few. So I finally got the urge to start blogging again and coming to you guys more regularly. So this post is basically going to be an catch up post. Keep reading and I will let you know what I have been up to these past few months as well as a few things I have planned for the future. This is the new designer diaries. I'm going to come and talk to you guys at least once a week and let you know whats going on in my world while I continue to pursue my dreams of running a well established creative business.
Later this week I will be writing a post all about Surtex and I will post the link here. But for now I just want to talk about the time after Surtex. I'm going to be honest, I lost all motivation after the show. The show was an awesome experience, but after the show it was as if I was creatively exhausted. I did my follow ups but I had no motivation at all to design anything, or to do anything creative. I was in a complete design rut. Even after working on a few projects and an exciting new licensing deal I was still stuck.
I felt like I didn't know what I really wanted anymore and like I had no direction at all. I begin to question everything. I questioned wether all the hard work was worth it, If I should just focus on moving further in my day job (well I actually work nights full time) in Trade Compliance or even getting a new job. Then I remembered how much I have always wanted a successful business even as a little girl I had several businesses I was a little hustler. It has always been in me to be a business owner and I cant run away from the feeling.
So with the help of my wonderful talented designer friend Natalie Williamson (did I say how wonderful she is) I slowly began to find my mojo again. One thing I had to do was get back on track. To do this I did something that really helped me in the past I did some visualization. I sat down and visualized what I wanted to be doing in 5 years and I wrote it all down. I wrote down every detail I could think of. I did this for my business and personal life.
Once I had my dreams and visions on paper, I started creating a plan going backwards until now. If I wanted the things in my vision to become a reality I had to write down things that I needed to have accomplished the year before. In order to get those things accomplished I had to create a list of things I need to have accomplished the year before that, and so on and so on until I get to present time. The present time I broke down into the upcoming months and presto! I have a plan and I have my focus back!
I now have a plan that I am excited about because it lines up with my vision. And the vision I have for myself is beautiful and full of excitement. So if you are stuck in a rut and feel like you have no direction, try this exercise, it definitely works.
So what do I have planned you ask? Well I can only share a few things and I'll share more in the next coming months. If you haven't herd there is a great new website for artist and designers called Rise Design and Shine. Rise Design and Shine (RDS) is a community hub of lessons, inspiration, and positive vibes to help you achieve your creative business goals. I am proud to announce that I will be contributing weekly, providing inspiration to aspiring artist and creative entrepreneur. My first post will be on Wednesday so make sure you check it out, and I will post a link to it here.
I also have a series of things planned for this blog, including the Designer Diaries. I just want to share more of my life and my journey with the hopes of helping someone on their journey. I want artist to be able to learn from my experiences. So I hope you check back often, leave me some comment, ask some questions and lets just talk a bit. Being an entrepreneur can be very lonely at times and our family and friends just don't get it. So lets talk and share with each other!
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