Starting a business is hard, probably the hardest thing besides raising kids that I have ever done. There is no perfect way to do things, but so much influence out there that can sway your decisions about everything. What is the right social media path? Is this the best template for my website? Will people like this font? Maybe I need to offer more colors of an item? The questions, which lead to self doubt are never ending. I found myself reading so many blogs and forums, googling questions late at night, that on a nearly a daily basis I wondered if I new what I was doing at all. Quite honestly I began to think of my idea as a joke. I was so excited about my designs, seeing them come to life and being able to share them with people. I loved the fabrics, the placements and couldn't wait to do more. But at the same time, I felt like a failure.
It took me stepping back and remembering a very important lesson that made me feel better. That lesson was to always walk my own path. I started thinking about my Great Aunt Betty who wore wigs and lived her life the way she wanted. The creative things my mom did while running Channel 8 in Unalaska. How my brother ventured out to start his own business, when we all thought he was nuts! I reflected on what I wanted to show my boys, how I want them to create their own road in life, not do what everyone else is doing, I want them to make their own success.
So, I made a commitment to myself to stop reading blogs. To stop reading about how everyone else is doing it....because everyone else is doing it a different way. Some people have found success trying one thing, and others something else. There is no 1 right way to start or run a business. I have decided to walk my own path. To figure this out on my own terms. To do things how I want to do them, to be myself. I am going to show my customers (new friends) who I am, what I do and what I am all about. I am going to put myself out there. Sure some of my Facebook posts will have nothing to do with my business, but who cares. It is all about making a connection and engaging with people. I am working on a video blog, and as I start screen printing I am going to bring people on that journey. My website might not be the most amazing one out there. My pictures will be a continuing piece that is being worked on. I am going to take ALOT of selfies in my clothes:) I am going to do some designs that maybe stand out from what I usually do. I am going to do what I feel in my heart is right. I am going to walk my own path. I hope you come on the journey with me....we are just getting started!