I just celebrated my Etsyversary in November, a cute little phrase marking the opening date of my Etsy shop. With this celebration also comes the realization that it is time to start stocking up for the holiday rush. I am anticipating a very busy season in my Etsy shop this year! I am so excited to see my business growing and expanding into something stable, constant and enjoyable. I love my job!I am so happy that I am able to do what I love and support myself at the same time.
This past year has been one of tremendous change both in my business and personal life. I find myself settled now in a new city, surrounded by friends and covered in clay. What began as an obsession with clay during my free time has grown into reliable work with a very supportive following, all in just one short year.
I am looking forward to the holiday rush/madness/insanity with perhaps more optimism and less anxiety than the average business owner. I expect to be busy but I know that I will be able to handle the busyness that comes my way. One of my biggest challenges this year was learning to know my business. I have learned when to say "yes", and more importantly, when to say "no". I have developed a cohesive line of work that I really enjoy making and further refining. I have wiggled my way into a little niche and couldn't be happier with the amazing customers my work speaks to.
I find myself reflecting upon all of this as I sit now ordering a new stock of business cards. Funny, that such a simple task could trigger so much contemplation and remembrance. Many of you have watched my transformation from a distance and perhaps you have noticed the gradual change in my work, methods and demeanor. I however am so caught up in the process of it all that I have to remind myself to take a step back and consider what I have accomplished.
Seeing the old business card designs I was ordering just a year ago was the very thing that triggered such thinking. A year ago my style was less defined and I was reaching for something I hadn't yet discovered, but hoping was there somewhere (namely my unique style). My old business cards reflected every bit of this overwhelming confusion and hope for cohesion:
As I sit today ordering a new round of cards for this new season I am somewhat overcome by the change just one year has made. I think the difference in my cards expresses this change more clearly than any words. With this sort of annual growth I am so excited to see where next year will take me and my work! (So, so, so excited!) Thank you all for your support and encouragement. I truly could not have done this without you all. Here's to many more years!