I recently switched jobs with the intention of getting my business going again. I often find myself with my head in the clouds, not truly putting forth the effort needed. I imagine success, I visualize success, I think about all the things I could be doing yet here I sit.
Soooo I am setting a schedule for myself and must push forward. I would like to eliminate procrastination from my life. Carpe Diem.
I am a whirlpool of ideas. I have new visions daily and want so much to produce and create however the missing piece is funds. Being out of work for 5 months after having my baby leaves quite a hole in my pocket. I need to get some cash together, become a hustler, perhaps sell drugs for a while. Stripping, prostitution? Ya know, just to get some cash together. Or I could be realistic and have a yard sale. Then I could push my Grammar Goods product. Does that seem desperate some how? Pushing baby goods at a yard sale? I could divide the driveway in half. Half yard sale, half Grammar Goods. I don’t know that my target audience would come. Rather, the old people form around the corner and out next door neighbors who don’t like us. I can just see them now, mumbling under their breath about the offensive baby clothes. Sounds Perfect!
Back in April of 2010, I remember vividly scouring the internet, looking for a unique baby gift for a friend’s baby shower.
Being childless (at the time) I loathed baby gifts. I hated baby gift registries (actually I still do). I would strive to give a gift that would not be a replica of five others. I have been told I was horrible at sizes, buying 12 mo. for newborns and missing the mark often. But purchasing BPA free items and “Carter’s” onesies made be cringe.
After finding some funny onesies on line I started thinking of my own ideas. My thoughts quickly moved to happy hour, as they so often do, and I found myself coming up with some pretty clever ideas (que back pat). I started passing around some of them to friends to get feedback and it was all positive. Genuine. I made sure friends weren’t just blowing up my skirt.
Within two months Grammar Goods was born. I have a wonderful graphic artist friend from ithinkgraphics.com who helped me with designs and I became more excited every day.
Then I ended up pregnant. Now this wasn’t a “How in the world did this happen?” moment. I mean my husband and I had been “winging it” and I kinda thought I was passed my expiration date at 35. But alas, we conceived and my life shifted quite a bit.
I held an “at home” opening party for my Grammar Goods’ shirts and sold some, mainly to friends. I got a local boutique to carry them. Then work got the best of me and my netbook was stolen. That crushed me. My entire business was on the netbook. My ideas, my blog, and a lot of personal stuff. NO I didn’t back it up! YES that was stupid. As I got bigger (pregnant) and slower, I lost a lot of time and creativity. I had put on 55 lbs, I was working two jobs, teaching and tutoring and taking care of my stepson daily. Grammar Goods got the back burner, big time!
February 20, 2011 my son Gabriel was born! My mentality shifted once again. I fell in love and have been 100% devoted to him since. Motherhood was not easy for me however my patience shocked me the most. For years I had literally run from screaming infants and NEVER offered to hold them and I was nervous I would be a very bad mother. However the opposite has happened so far. I must have over prepared myself because nothing really bothers me about my baby. Every once in a while I take deep breaths and I am sure there is more to come. But for the most part I dote on him and love every second.
But it is time to get things moving again! I really want Grammar Goods to be a success. I have so many ideas but I have to stay focused and organized, and get this “baby” going!
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