Alright, where were we? ;)
This blog entry is for anyone wondering what's been up lately.
And by lately, I mean since 2008...
Last April, Lamoore Designs turned 10 years old and I didn't say a word.
To be honest, I wasn't sure what to say. I was deep in transition mode with how I wanted to do business and figured I'd blog again once I had something worthwhile to contribute.
Well, it looks like it's finally time for an update!
I could share volumes here but I really want to keep it short, so here goes!
In 2004, I thought the only way to stay in my hometown was to create my own job.
But by 2008, despite shattering all my sales goals, I was plagued by what seemed an impossible and maddening riddle: how do I achieve work-life balance?
So I set out on a quest which involved a million different attempts at a healthier balance, with each attempt inevitably steering me to my ultimate conclusion:
The livelihood I chose simply required more unpaid hours than I bargained for.
No matter how I rearranged all my duties, it always seemed to work out that I would need to work twice as many hours for a net income roughly equal to that of any minimum wage job. Reason begged the question "if you could get the same income in half the time, why wouldn't you?" I am never one to argue with reason, at least not for any great length of time, so I agreed, and I did what made the most sense to me: I went out and got myself a dayjob!
Turns out? best thing ever. Seriously, ask me why I love my call center job and I will have you wanting to quit your job to join me!
I now spend my days smiling and helping so many people of all ages, from every corner of the US (and sometimes Canada), and then I spend nights on my art...fulfilling orders but also tinkering, designing, dreaming, inventing and just generally feeling very much alive.
Oh, and! Every Saturday my little shop which wouldn't otherwise have a chance at staying open gets to fling open its doors to all the lovely people who reaffirm my belief that Creativity matters. It's kind of perfect.
Another big deal indirectly related to my business is a little thing called Love...yeah, I accidentally found it and if I thought I was lucky before, well, I feel almost guilty about my good fortune now! Having a partner who makes me laugh so hard when I think I can't, and who I can count on to be my constant ally is just the best, and my inner life, the place my ideas come from, is a better place because of this support. I'm more sure than ever that the old myth of tortured artists is just that: a myth.
So that about covers it.
Where my first decade in business began with concrete goals and a crystal clear vision, my second decade has started with much more flexibility. I do have an idea of what I'd like this second decade to bring, but I have some freedom now to be okay with surprises and that gives me great peace.
In the short term, my big goals include finishing up mountains of stalled projects, finally getting all my work online for purchase, & continuing to supply my wholesale buyers with the products I am still very proud to offer.
Also, I'd like to start back up with the blogging, because sometimes, I have things to say.
And in the long run, (but before 2024!) my dream is to complete three of my "pet inventions". These are the few special side projects which I've believed in and fed into for so long now that they have become my constant companions, my unborn babies. I'm getting a little closer all the time and I'm just so excited for you to meet them someday!
Here's a toast then to the future! To change! And to the glorious freedom of being able to adjust one's own sails.