I've had a busy, mindful couple of days. "Mindful?" you ask. Yep. My mind is full! I've had a lot of juicy conversations with a lot of folks all week long, and my brain is buzzing so much it's tired.
I've had email exchanges with smart, savvy entrepreneurs (shout out to Michelle Sholund of By the Bay Botanicals), and received more comments on my blog than I ever have before (thanks Sister Diane, Gwen, and Michelle)! I've also been lurking around the Etsy forums commenting and picking the brains of different shop owners there. I joined the local San Diego Etsy team, and now have dozens of local etsy shops and blogs to go explore in my copious spare time (!).
I've been reading some other blogs that have interesting topics that have stretched my mental capacity, and found some wonderful resources I didn't know existed (I'll share those with you in the future--gotta explore them some more... hehe...)
I've found some websites of different clothing vendors that have made me turn green with envy and planted the seeds of determination, some of them local!! Talk about spurring one on to accomplishment--if they can do it and my stuff is just as good, then why can't I?!?
On top of that, I've had some exchanges with some of my real life friends that have offered me some advice regarding the direction of Relished Artistry, and given me some really good food for thought regarding what I'm making and what I could potentially do with it in the future. Is more of a costume-bent in the future? Hmmm...
One never ending responsibility is to create more of a body of work, so when I feel myself getting "overwhelmed" with ideas I've been retreating back to my studio to concentrate on generating more items to sell. I could literally spend all my time on the internet, zooming around the blogosphere absorbing new thoughts and plans, but at a certain point my gas tank empties and I have to slow down to make a pit stop. My studio is my pit stop. No crew, no tires, no smelly fuel. It is a garage, though!
Now it's time to DO, not ponder. Well, at least ponder while I do. Haha!
So that's what I'm going to do right at this moment: spend time in my studio, simply sewing. I have some projects that I need to complete, and some others that I want to start, and there's no time like the present. It's getting cooler in San Diego, and working out in the garage is quite comfy--I'll eventually have to get space heaters to keep it warm, but I won't worry about that yet. Right now, it's crisp and cool and energizing!
So I'm off. To relish my life by enjoying my simple pleasures and add to my stock. And perhaps along the way, my brain will sort out the next step. : )