I wish I could say that I was working on something amazing and exciting today, but it’s mostly in the tough part where things are pretty torn apart around the house, and I’m working to try to sort through and purge things, as well as disassemble furniture and junk old stuff that we’re not keeping. It’s basically one of those times when you’re almost to the top of that hill that you’re climbing, and you tell yourself to keep going, even though you’re tired. And it doesn’t feel like you’re getting anywhere… You just have to look yourself in the mirror and reassure yourself. I usually end up telling myself to suck it up. Ha!
To be honest, anyone who takes on a project hits this point somewhere along the line. What determines your success is whether you keep going even though you don’t feel like it. I once read somewhere that life is lived in the in between spaces – not the highs or the lows, but the everyday moments when you’re making choices like getting out of bed in the morning, and eating healthy, and taking that run even when you don’t feel like it. It’s lived when your true self shows in what you do when no one is around to see. So for now, I’m busily, happily working away. And trying to enjoy the process as well as the slow progress.
On a fun note: I’ve started work on chapter 2 of the Women and Handmade Business series: Photographing Handmade to Sell. It’s all about styling and taking great product photos. Having great photos has opened a lot of doors for me regarding both having items featured, and selling them. Building a quality portfolio of your items isn’t just about making things look pretty, either. Having well photographed items lends a more professional feel to your shop and gains the trust of both readers and potential buyers. It also shows that you cared enough about your products to put the time and effort in that it takes to make them look their best. That time and effort can also reflect on the quality of your items for sale.