I have spent the last few years dreaming of opening up my own craft shop cafe or developing a small craft based business. However, this is still very much a dream and although I have started to sell a few hats to friends and family I have not summoned up the courage to go beyond this.
Most evenings I turn on the iPad and spend my free time scouring the internet for the ‘magic answer’ of how to turn your hobby into a business, on millinery forums or admiring other people’s work on Instagram and Pinterest. Although this time online has played its role in distracting me from some difficult times, it also allowed me to avoid action and became something to hide behind. I ended up doing very little crafting – my current Attic 24 blanket remained in its crochet bag, the second sock remained on its needles and my confidence took a bit of a nose-dive.
I have two fabulous daughters (a 16 and 19-year-old) and one of my biggest hopes for them both is that they develop and follow their dreams. Life has a funny way of blowing you off course and losing yourself . At times like that I hope they find enough inner strength and self-belief to ‘adjust their sails’ and keep their hopes alive. The pace of achieving their dreams may altered as their understanding of the world and people grows, but I want them to understand that that is Ok – it’s about the journey. Without a dream the journey never happens.
24 years ago I went to Hong Kong and brought this quote from a local street market – as you can see it’s a bit of a treasured item and become a personal mantra.
So, 2017 will be my year of action.
Financially I need to work full-time in my current job, but the hours around that and the valuable time spent with family and friends needs to be used as productively as possible.
I’ve spent the last few days taking down the Christmas decorations and altering the furniture to create a small creative space (basically a table in a bay window) to help me focus. I’ve done a little bit of visual dream planning and over the next few months I am intending to open up my first online millinery shop (Etsy?) and take a table at a Vintage style craft fair – both these things will take me closer to my dream.
I will try my best to blog about these things to a) share my experience to help others on similar journeys and b) make sure I actually do it! So, if you have any ‘top’ tips or words of wisdom to share I would love to hear from you, please pop them in the comment box below.