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ten years after taking a leap of faith…

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Ten years ago, I started my company. To the horror of my Mother I left a secure job, had no real backup plan – only a gut feeling that where I was working wasn’t what was right for me. I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people – my Mother included – because without her trepidation about my career move, I may not have taken the decision to resign so seriously. I also owe a lot to my Father – who I admired for his way of talking with people, conducting business, and treating people with kindness and respect – even in the times of pressure, stress and conflict. Anyways, perhaps one day I’ll write it all down – the story of how I chose to resign, how I started the company, and the growth and changes, but what I really wanted to share today is how grateful I am to everyone who have stood beside me, behind me, and in front of me – giving me a hand to hold when I may have stumbled – all of whom who have helped me to follow my passion of being a creative. On first glance, to those who don’t know the story, it may simply be an anniversary of a shop starting. But it’s truly more than that – as a reader of my blog, you likely know that I throw my creativity in a lot of places – my house included. So although it is ten years of my shop, it is also the ten year anniversary of me taking a leap of faith – and never looking back. So I raise my glass to all of you, and cheers those that follow their passions, and support those who also want to do the same. xoxoxo

Pssst. The shop is having a sale – and some free gift offers. Check out the newsletter for those details. 😉 

*It’s the job of a Mom to worry – when your eldest leaves what looks like a dynamite job for the unknown, I get why she was horrified. 😉

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mastering the ebb and flow

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I have to write that this is more of a therapeutic post for me, than it is perhaps to garner any feedback – as I appreciate the post overall is perhaps unrelated for those who aren’t in careers that are fluctuating, like mine. I’ve hit “edit” on this post at least twelve times, as I wonder if there is any final observation that we can all learn from, but alas, no. There is not. Anyhow, this is just a Friday ramble.

Being self employed, I naturally regulate the flow of where I direct my creative energy. I’ve found that on a regular basis part of my life is managing where my creativity is focused. Sometimes it’s 80% at my shop 10% on “hobbies”, and then another 10% being creative documenting those hobbies on my blog. Other times I feel like my creative energy is 99% on the shop and so those weeks you’ll likely see little activity on the blog.

These shifts are typically effortless and without much consideration – it’s the life of a creative. But sometimes it is really hard to manage, when say, I’d like to devote 80% to my shop and, 50% to hobbies, 80% to my blog. (I’m no math genius but I know that those numbers don’t add up) Those times I feel overwhelmed and like I need to drop something from my plate. Sometimes things do get taken off my plate and other times I just let it ride out and things work themselves out.

I want to say “yes!” to everything. Saying “yes” pushes us creatively, and as people. It opens up new doors, and, occasionally is a great thing for a career. Unfortunately, the downside of saying yes is that stress typically arises when I find new hobbies or, new loves because I have to figure out how everything works together, and temporarily that “ebb and flow” I’ve mastered goes out of whack.

Unfortunately I feel like it is out of whack right now because unlike in this past winter when I was lacking creativity – I’m now bursting at the seams with creative projects. As I write this today, I have a tight feeling in my chest, feeling like I’m dropping so many balls and so many things on my plate that I legitimately WANT to do. My ebb and flow is being thrown out of whack. And I’m wondering if I really should say “Yes” to everything. Obviously the answer is no.

So I’m left trying to categorize what is what is work, vs, what is “fun” and drop what is perhaps not work. But for me, everything is woven together, so it’s not really all that clear as to what is work, vs. what is “hobby”. Which leads me to wonder if I’m doing the right career when I have so many interests. Is there something that I should be focusing on more, that will be creatively fulfilling but also be financially rewardable?  Should I be focusing on liscencing more? Should I be approaching shops to sell my prints? Should I open a actual retail store? All these things run around in my head. And as I say yes to all these things that make me happy, and inspire me, I unfortunately loose the ebb and flow that keeps me sane.

Anyhow, this is really just a self reflection post  – sometimes frustrated at the lack of inspiration and other times, the overwhelming influx of ideas that makes it hard to do them all. I’m sitting here on this Friday afternoon, with a tight feeling in my chest feeling overwhelmed and wanting to do so much, that I’m not really doing anything. (But likely, I will be going to Starbucks, hitting up Value Village and then coming back to work)

Ps., I know this post is ridiculously personal and likely to some, unrelateable. And as much as I don’t think we as writers need to show “realness” all the time, the good and the bad, I do think that sometimes posts like this perhaps can be relateble for some or at the very least – therapeutic for me.

P.p.s, I updated the photo for this post because it was much more appropriate. 😉

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well, that’s something I never expected to see …

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Yes. That is my photo in that poster above. 🙂 I’m terribly embarrassed to post this, but at the same time quite excited and honoured. I have been invited to be a speaker in a series of talks hosted by Telus and Samsung.  I will get to share some of my insights on home decor, talk about how I’ve gone about decorating my home mixing highs and lows, how I use my smart phone as part of the process (hellooooo Pinterest and Etsy!) and, if that wasn’t enough – I’ll give out a list of my favourite shopping spots around Toronto. Even my Value Village locations. Yup. Priceless.Obviously, if you read my blog you’ll know I don’t take myself too seriously and I don’t consider myself as an expert by any means on anything. Howeverthere are certain things that I have a passion for – renovating and decorating are at the top of that list.

There will be 3 dates across Toronto (one in Oakville, The Beach and at The Shops at Don Mills). The first one is May 21st in Oakville, and if you’re in that area and want to come, I’d LOVE to see you. I’ll post when the other locations have sign ups, but if you’re in Oakville, sign up!

Ps., The fact that I’m on a poster kind of made me giggle. I’m seriously going to steal the posters from the locations. Kidding. (No, I’m not kidding) 

P.P.s., I don’t really look like my picture above. I usually have my hair in a bun. I’m usually in jeans and a sweatshirt. So depending on how Oscar is that day, you may get my “fancy / professional” self as shown in the photograph or, me in my Mom jeans and Starbucks coffee stains on my shirt. 

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christmas recap in photos

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Christmas 2013 likely will be remembered as one of my most memorable Christmas’s yet.  I’m still soaking in all of the time I have with Oscar and Aubrey, not feeling the pressure (yet) to work. But before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, I wanted to recap in photos the last week. Ice Storms, loss of heat, electricity – but all of the moments with family and thankfully, everyone is healthy.  The next post will be in 2014 – I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve.Santa really focused on Oscar this year – but a certain fellow may have bought me some beautiful pearl earrings and some lovely Lancome products. Are we the only people that say to each other that we’re not going to do gifts and then totally buy gifts? It always works out that way for us.  I gave Aubrey this. Because we adore that man, and that song.

See you in 2014! xo Lindsay

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gift show

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The gift show this weekend was a success. In terms of work and stress, it was so much easier being the second time – I knew what to expect, and also I tweaked the product line based on what I knew sold well last year. Above are some pictures from the show that I thought I’d share. I am now hunkering down to respond to e-mails and focus on orders. Just a wee bit stressed but nothing coffee won’t fix. 😉 xo Linds