October 17, 2011

Building the Business

Well, well, well...I'm steadily working on my "business development" list and it just keeps getting bigger!!! :)

I ordered new cards and what do ya know!?...I just spent part of this morning changing my name on this blog and my twitter; both of which are on my cards and now have new url's! My Etsy shop is up, but not officially running yet as I have had zero time to even begin a logo or start work on products however, I thought it best to open it and at least have that address (which is now also changed) on my card.

I'm trying to keep in mind the fact that I ordered these as an "in interim" card until I had my logo completed. The logo is high on the list of course because I can't create new cards, update/personalize the blog, have a banner for my Etsy, etc...if I don't have that completed.

*stopping to take three deep inhale/exhales...

So, with all of that being said, the list keeps growing and I continue to get more and more excited with what's to come. Diving in head first and staying on top of it all!

While everything will have to change, I'm still happy with the outcome of my card and will continue to use them until I've made dedicated time to la logo!  

Oh and two other things! First, I am eternally grateful and so in love with my office that I've been building in my home these last few months and things have finally come full circle. I don't mind (I actually love) sitting in here all day, at my desk and especially now since Rob bought me a brand spankin' new 27" iMac :) *insert scream here!*

It is the best gift I've ever received and, not only has it allowed me to run through my list of to-do's and my day more efficiently, it also reaffirms my belief in myself...knowing that Rob believes in me so strongly too. True Love at its finest!

So...here are shots from my world and you couldn't pay me (ha!) to spend my day in any corporate/union/legal office...and believe me, I've worked in them all! Cheers to self-employment and empowerment!
Designer Heaven!!!!
Feathers for home goods...
Inspiration board and to-do's...
Organized mess...

The space is huge and I've got other nooks that are functioning or will function (like a fabric station and cutting area for bags/screen printing). I'll get more shots up here as areas take on their personalities...for now, I'm just happy to have the space and the energy I've been needing in order to successfully execute my day!

And finally...I have been humbled by the presence of the most interesting preying mantis the last few days. She (I assume she is a she) popped up Wednesday or Thursday last week and each day I think she's gone and she shows up again. I looked up the history/symbolism of these intricately built insects carry with them and here's a tiny snippet of what I found (http://www.whats-your-sign.com/animal-symbolism-mantis.html):

"A quick-list of praying mantis symbolism:
  • Stillness
  • Awareness
  • Creativity
  • Patience
  • Mindful
  • Calm
  • Balance
  • Intuition
These traits have lead the mantis to be a symbol of meditation and contemplation. In fact, in China, the mantis has long been honored for her mindful movements.

The mantis never makes a move unless she is 100% positive it is the right thing for her to do. This is a message to us to contemplate and be sure our minds and souls all agree together about the choices we are making in our lives."
I thought this was very poignant; especially with everything I'm starting to build on. I feel Confident. Strong. Ready. Capable...

Good signs...

I've got more foodie and fashion mentions soon to come!! Until then...much love and success to you all!

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