Happy New year to all, have you made any New Year resolutions? Have they been broken already? I decided quite a while ago that New Year Resolutions were a bit of a misnomer, we can resolve to do something at any time of year. It is just that a new year gives (some of us) a blank slate – It cant be as bad as last year… this year I will – loose weight… go to the gym… learn a new skill… quit smoking/drinking… of course there is nothing wrong in these, just that we so often fail, and then think that we can’t start again till next year – in reality we can start again the very next day!
But of course we should know that we can do this at any time. For example I was told that I couldn’t have an operation on my shoulder as my blood sugars were too high. So I quit sugar (I’m not an angel – I always start with good intentions) I have maintained this – at the moment. But I started quitting sugar on the 16th July, it is a constant battle – I love chocolate! – but if I do have a bit, I try to make sure it is small, and if I have a bad day (I check my sugar daily now) then the next day I try to be extra good.
It is the same with the business as in personal life, we can start with the greatest of intentions and then ‘life’ gets in the way, I have never understood that, life is everything we do so we are just living it!
Working at home doing something I love to do, makes the blurring of the edges of business vs life even harder. At the end of last year I did a month of Full time teaching in Primary school. I decided after that (a resolution of sorts) that I did not want to go back to full time teaching. I am much happier doing a couple of days a week. or odd days of supply. I also decided that I needed to earn more money doing the things that I do love to do, teach crochet, and design awesome patterns that are accessible to beginners, and which use as little sewing up as possible! I also enjoy going to wool shows to exhibit, and pass on my passion about crochet.
Of course at this time of year my focus is on the Waltham Abbey Wool Show. As part of our business it is one of the best parts of the year. Kate and I are really excited about this year being our biggest and best show yet. Dedri Uys is opening the show and judging the competition, as well as launching her new Sophies Universe book. We have 10 new exhibitors along with over 30 favourites. Nine workshops, free skein winding, and a new Charity – Knit for Peace, so lots to see and do.
So I have decided to blog more regularly, post more tutorials, and lots more patterns – I have quite a few in the pipeline, I’ve just got to get busy making samples, testing and publishing the patterns.
I have also been reading more about business, how to succeed, so will be putting some of that to the test too.
I hope you will join me on the journey.