Every year about this time Bittersweet and Calico Petals takes a long winter vacation. The studio closes through the month of January and life in general is at a much slower pace.
The winter rest is not typical of what most refer to a a vacation, but rather a time to reflect on current business thoughts as well as future ones. Mostly the time is spent pondering and creating new designs for Spring.
This coming spring will bring with it a seasoned 14 years of owning my own business.
I have numerous stories and real life business experiences within my possession that I consider to be a metaphor of a trunk filled with precious treasure.
Although I've always taken the path less walked, not yearning to be big and mass produced, and realizing which opportunities were right and which were wrong has always been the most valuable lesson learned. Both businesses have been operated by instinct and grit, with many stop to smell the flowers along the way.
As the old year closes and the new one approaches I feel blessed and honored to continue to stroll along the winding road.
Sometimes not knowing what's behind the next turn can be overwhelming and unsure. An occasional trip is sure to happen.
The most important lesson I've learned...
Never quit what you love to do!
There are always new treasures awaiting your discovery alone, and although cliche, I do really believe. If the going gets tough, then yes, the tough get going!
That's what you're made of, right?
Enjoy a caring and sharing New Year, 2011!
Two hugs are better than one