Leaping: Round 2
So it turns out that leaping doesn't always mean jumping off one rock and landing easily on a new one. Sometimes, that new rock is mossy and slippery, so we stumble and keep leaping from rock to rock until we find the one that is big and flat and dry for us to rest on for a while.
A couple months back, I wrote a blog post (Leaping) to announce leaving my first big girl job out of college (at '47 Brand) to pursue a job with a jeweler. Needless to say, that leap left me wobbling and slipping from side to side, unable to find any sort of balance. To no one's fault, the fit was not right. As an entrepreneur, my brain is geared to work on my own time, to be creative whenever I'm inspired, and to spend time on worthwhile projects, even if that means taking hours away from the ever-growing to-do list. I decided at this point in my life, my heart is most dedicated to my own brand, my own creations. I couldn't fathom continuing to work on anyone's schedule but my own.
So about 6 weeks ago, I kept leaping. I've been hopping from rock to rock ever since. I want nothing other than to be my own boss, and so far it's working to my advantage. I've been back and forth to New York City, working with Little Miss Party on event planning, styling, and even blogging. I've been dedicating time to my wonderfully successful cousin and best friend, Brittany Lo, as she continues to build her brand Beautini. I've built my own portfolio website to help seek new freelance clients. (If you know anyone who needs a designer, hook it up!).
But most importantly, I've been able to update the Studdly Shop and Studdly Look Book to showcase all the new spring and summer items. Big thanks to my best friend Andrea (a.k.a. Brass Tacks Photography) and my boyfriend Bobby for helping capture some beautiful shots. I can't say enough how lucky I am to have such amazing people in my life. They are forever understanding about the lack of time I have to commit to social activities, but they make the effort to spend time with me anyway. Even if it means doing a photo shoot or helping me prepare for an upcoming event. They've stayed by my side through the tears and uproar over transitioning from "unemployed" to "self-employed." Trust me, it was not easy, and the anxiety was (and still is?) enough to drive anyone mad. SO, THANKS GUYS. You're the best. And my parents, too. It's a miracle they didn't kill me when I decided to forego the whole "real adult job" thing.
Many of you who have followed my story for years know and understand how passionate I am about Studdly. I have FINALLY made the leap that will allow me to pour my heart and time and full efforts into my brand. I have a long road ahead; weekends filled with outdoor art shows, building a wholesale catalogue (send some boutiques my way!!!), freelance design jobs to pay the bills, and of course, hours working with my hands to build the pieces that make Studdly as unique as it is. I hope you'll all follow me on this journey! It'll be a bumpy ride, but I was born to be a kick ass girl boss.
Don't forget to follow along behind the scenes!