Monday, May 13, 2013

Creative Intentions Part Three: Calm the hell down, gurl.

No, seriously. What is the rush?

The more I learn about starting an indie business, the more I realize that I really want to do this, and the more I realize that I don't want to hurry and just 'post things'. I originally set a deadline that had more to do with getting started rather than being prepared. I want to be well educated on the ins and outs of starting an online business when I open to avoid some really common pitfalls.  I know that lots of Etsy tutorials mention that one should just 'start posting!' even if I only have 2 or 3 items to offer, but I feel like that applies more to the hobbyists that aren't sure what their goals are just yet, and want to test the waters.

I thought I fell into this category until I began to delve deeply into my Core Motivation (thanks, Indie Business!). I realized that this wasn't just about me getting away from the life-sucking paper pushing desk job I am currently in (that's only a mild exaggeration), but I truly feel that I have something to give to the community. Rarely did I think of my talents/skills as ways to give back until recently.

Take my band, for instance. It's interesting, actually, because I'm a firm believer that music is one of the most relatable, most primal mediums of expression. It cuts to the very core of our being with rhythm, with chords, with lyrics. As a lyricist, I do what I do because I think I have a story (or 20) to tell that will resonate with someone out there who is going through something similar. I want to do for others what music has done for me; allowed a form of expression that I wasn't able to create on my own.

So why not do the same with my knitting? See, this is where the core motivation of my freaking LIFE lives. To help others express, explain, find themselves--Be it through a song with the band, or through a customized and handmade item from my store, or just a conversation. My way of giving to others may not be as direct as teaching, or massage therapy, or giving money, but I know I'm not the only one who values the indirect assistance just as much.

All that being said, I'm more juiced than ever to get this shop going, but I want to--as they say--'Come correctly'. It's about putting my best foot forward, you know?

Of course, there's always the chance that my best foot is tangled in an end that I forgot to weave into a hat, and I fall flat on my face. I'm pretty good at getting back up, though.

~Pusher. Of. Pens.~

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