The Entrepreneur Life Has Kicked In
This week has been very busy. What a relief it is to be busy.
I have a lot of deadlines for collections of work that I want to get wrapped up before my upcoming holiday to Japan. A lot of my design work is very much about setting my own deadlines so you could understandably question how 'busy' this really makes me. Next year, I am attending my first big industry event and this will mean exhibiting a large amount of brand new work. This is a really good example of a deadline that appears to be far away, on the horizon, but needs me to have started working two months ago in order to be prepared.
My online store, Jenny Lemon, had some bulk order 'To Do' items this week and this has occupied a lot of my time. It's great to see the brand growing and for other overseas businesses taking an interest in the designs I offer. It's also pushing me to think in more detail about decisions relating to designing collections, packaging and the production process. When producing a large order, you're forced to dig deep into how you assure the quality of your product in a consistent way. This has been such a key learning for me that I'm actually planning to do a more in-depth write up on this for next year.
It's nice to enjoy being busy and feeling the pressure. I watched an excellent Ted Talk this week (well, listened to it as I worked) which was covering this exact idea that stress is something to be embraced. I've also embraced the Fitbit - my early Christmas present - as a part of my work from home lifestyle. I can't promise it will work for everyone but it has been a game changer for me. I'm getting up more often and getting exercise. Stepping away from the screen on a consistent schedule is huge for keeping me on point and as productive as possible.
The entrepreneur lifestyle feels like it's finally started to kick in. Just in time for my holiday, back to Tokyo. The last time I travelled abroad was before I started working for myself and running my own store so I will have my first opportunity to learn what it is like to juggle the online store / holiday break dilemma. Truthfully, I've already started researching solutions around this and I think it's already looking like another useful post for me to share the culmination of this research and what I've decided to apply for myself.
Once we're back in early December, it will be time to keep the momentum going as best I can during the seasonal period. Work/life balance is certainly going to keep me on my toes for a month or two here. But, as I said at the beginning, what a relief it is to feel the validation of being busy. Thats right, I said 'validation'. In the interest of being honest with others who are starting out, it is a reassuring feeling and you should look forward to it and treasure it.