Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Outstanding. Perhaps.

I've just finished reading an article where a lady had to make cold calls for her company.  The first visit didn't go over, so on her way to her next visit she saw a costume rental store, went in - got the Cat Woman costume and went to her next cold call dressed as Cat Woman in black latex and got all the contracts.

Which got me thinking.  This is a wildly competitive business, to be self employed and create for a living.  Its a dream come true and there are days that I squeal with excitement, dress up in my pink tutu and make awesome products.  (No, there will be no Cat Woman costumes being rented anytime soon and the tutu was imaginary:)

But then there are days like my friend up there on that post.  When the sun isn't shining as brightly, competition comes out of the woodwork and you start to second guess it all.  You feel old, outdated, can't sing all the words to the new songs and you just sit back and watch.

Which is where I've been lately, sitting on a post just watching.  Meanwhile my partner/sister continues to be the energizer bunny and pushes through with new ideas, designs and products while I just watch her on my post.

So today, I moved my office from the back of the studio which was quieter, darker and out of the fray and put a make shift table against a sunny window in the front of our studio.  And I squinted while the sun tried its best to be bright, put a pink gingham tablecloth on the table and moved my idea board right in front of me.  Even though I am squashed in beside stacks of soap and the photo studio, it's given me a whole new appreciation for what I do.

Pinned up a calendar, made new to-do templates and set up my desk, while the sun continued to shine through my window.  And suddenly I thought, 'you know, I think its all going to be ok'.  Somehow a change of location was all I needed, I just needed to look ahead  instead of looking back.  I had to strain forward in my seat and stretch to see what was coming up, and you know what?  I feel better already.

So wherever you are in the world, if its summer or winter, just move a little forward wherever you are sitting and try and see the beauty that is coming up, or the opportunities or the blessings - because trust me, they are coming.  They might be a bit slow, but just turn yourself around and look forward, it will be worth it, I promise you.

From the Bloom that was wilted and now perking up,



Amy@10th Ave. said...

Hi there, Perky Bloom!:) Your post couldn't be more timely! I was thrown a business curve this week that's taken the wind out of me. I'm sure it will all come together in the end somehow
but you're right, I have to take some time and change my perspective. Thanks.

Oh, and I love your writing!

Pam said...

Great post and it looks like you've dodged the curve ball by stepping into new light! Getting stuck happens from time to time. It's great to have soap friends to dig us out. Glad you are getting your bloom back!

Caron & Michelle S. said...

Amy@10th Ave. I'm just seeing this comment now. Thank you and so glad my post was helpful.

Pam Thanks, yes it's true we all get stuck at one time or another.