My first fabric collection with @makoweruk was a dream come true. No question. And I want to design more fabric collections. I’m working on my portfolio every single day to that end. I kind of knew, or secretly hoped, that getting this collection done would open more doors for me and be strategic in further building my brand. That’s the truth of it. Yes, I love what I do everyday and I’ve been fortunate over the years to be a freelancer designing digital content. But this is different. This was a huge move out of my comfort zone. It was intentional and strategic. It was getting in the arena. And behind the scenes, it was make or break time. I feel somewhat vulnerable admitting that, but there it is. My goal is to build a strong and sustainable business and brand. Licensing my designs to fabric, home decor, children’s apparel and stationery companies, teaching, inspiring and motivating.
One of the recent & interesting doors to open was discovering that I love teaching and sharing my knowledge and experience. Who knew?! And it seems that I’m pretty good at it.
I have battled with a low self-esteem and low self worth for years. I’m 54 and being a late bloomer has also played on my mind and affected me in a negative way. And there have been times that it’s paralysed me. Stopped me in my tracks. Lots of reasons I wont bore you with now but I’m coming out the other end of it now. It helped getting some good business coaching, meeting amazing and inspiring creatives and girl-boss business owners.
But actually just putting myself out there is what’s made the difference. You know?! The whole “sink or swim” thing! There’s no other real way to get over yourself other than just doing it. And the thing with being in my 50s is that I have a wealth of wisdom and experience that I’m only now realising and tapping into.. I’m excited about new opportunities and seeing where this journey is going to take me. It’s about being in the moment, embracing and loving the process, making a living doing what I love, but mainly I want it to be a legacy for my amazing and equally inspiring kids. Dan, @lighthousedrivingschool @jennihodge @mrkristianrooney