I Am Learning.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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I Love this quote.  It resonates with what I am working on with myself right now.  'What you are comes to you.'  It does.  As you experience life.  I am learning who I am at a new level as I experience Project Me and I'm learning a lot my friends.  Right now I am learning how to say no.  Oh man this is so hard for me.  Especially when it comes to the business.  I feel like I have got the no thing down when it comes to other areas of my life.  Okay, maybe not got it down but have practiced it a bit more.  My business is my baby and I am still tweaking it as I go.  Jen and I are still farely new at this whole handmade biz thing.  Would you consider 2.5 years new?  Maybe not so new but still discovering...

One of the best pieces of advice I could give someone starting their own business, handmade or not is to limit the amount of projects you take on.  Know matter how wonderful a collaboration, photo shoot, ad spot, giveaway {fill in blank here} may sound they are not ALL what is best for you.  Or your business.  In the beginning I didn't even grasp what NO meant.  I said YES! with a loving heart to everything.  Seriously.  I didn't have clear boundaries.  Now I do.  Or at least I am creating them.  It is a practice this saying no business.  Saying YES! is so much fun but it is also so much WORK.   I have wasted countless hours on projects, wholesale accounts, etc. that brought me nothing but lack of sleep and time spent with my gals.  Ugh. This part is frustrating.  But, it is a process and I am grateful that I NOW  recognize how valuable my time truly is.  YOUR time is valuable too.  Don't forget that...

I am off to NYC tomorrow to have a BFF weekend.  Yeehaw!  I am at the end of my 2 week vacation I gave myself and I have loved every minute.  I am not quite ready to head back into production for the shop but should be after my getaway.  I hope!  This week has been full of doing different things on my list for Project Me like coffee with girlfriends, homemade meals for my family, yoga, and trying a new activity.  This week I hit up Dance Jam {yikes, this was a bit intimidating for me but I did it and it felt so good to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone}.  Next up The Bar Method and some Cross Fit classes...

Wishing y'all TIME to just be...

xxoo,
Melissa



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2 comments:

No(dot dot)el said...

I totally agree with the above quote and can so relate to your not being able to say no. I remember someone once said that when you say yes to something you automatically say no to something else. So if I say yes to an outing with friends I am saying no to a night at home with my family. Makes sense to me and it helped me really decide what I wanted to say yes to.

Anonymous said...

Good for you Mel! I bet it is hard to say no to great opportunities- and I feel the same way with my job at the church. It's a continual process for sure! When I think I have it down there I go again wondering why I didn't say no.
I hope you have a blast in NYC and I love you roomie!
Connemara

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