You Better Work! March 07 2014

We've all heard the saying, "anything worth having is worth working for." In my short 29 years I've accomplished a handful of really great things, some of which, I don't feel like I had to work THAT hard for! (You don't mind me being COMPLETELY honest, do you?)

For the past year, my husband, Blaine, and I have been working our tails off in preparation for our Mardi Gras Ball this past weekend. It's an event we look forward to every year, but this year was different. This year we served as Duke and Maid on the King's court. We knew there would be lots of evenings spent at the warehouse, and there would be events (who doesn't love parties?) to attend. We knew about the costumes to be fitted and sequined, and the floats to be constructed, painted and glittered. But what we didn't expect would be the marathon-esque months, weeks and days leading up to the big night! (I'm exhausted just thinking about it!)

All hail, Andrew Jackson and Miss Liberty Bell!

It was on the way to a 9am dress rehearsal the morning after riding in the parade (powerade and an advil please!), that we both had an Oprah style ah-ha moment…


I can say with a great degree of certainty that we both had so much fun at the ball that we forgot about all the countless hours we spent working to make that night a success. But this post isn't really about our big night as royalty.

Although it WAS a very fun night!

This post is about those moments that you learn really big life lessons. Lessons that you have to learn for yourself to really grasp what it's all about.

You've heard me talk about Stationery Academy, which I attended last August. It was an amazing experience. But like the wise Jennifer Faught said, "it's like drinking from a fire hose." I have spent the last 6 months spinning my wheels. Since then, I have made some small changes to inkling, freshened things up here and there, and fine tuned the services I was offering. But all in all, I didn't (and still don't) feel like I made the kind of progress I expected in those 6 months.

So I signed up for Stationery Academy… again. (Which I will attend in July and am really looking forward to!) And then I signed up for Monica Lee's eCourse. I've sat in on numerous webinars and read blog post after blog post. All the while hoping that someone would hand me a note telling me exactly what to do and when to do it. I wanted so badly for someone to map out in exquisite detail what I NEED to do to be where I want to be in my business. And to be honest (again) I kind of still hope that a little leprechaun will pop out from behind my desk and give me the answers, in black and white with glitter all over.

And then another AH-HA moment: I am currently in the middle of WORKING FOR IT! Monica's course has taught me to be patient in really digging in and soul searching. Over the past 4 weeks (yes, even during the pre-Mardi Gras madness) I have defined and refined my brand style and we've learned about business marketing and researched the bits and pieces of it all. When the course ends in a couple weeks, I'll be anxiously waiting to see the pieces come together. I don't expect to have ALL the answers in two weeks time, but I will be better prepared to move forward… with a purpose, a vision and my eye on the prize (and let's not forget all those amazing product and design ideas that have been floating around in my head!).

So right now, this very moment as I ache to be a better company, a better business owner and a better designer, I know that all this work will pay off in a big way! There may not be a big ball at the end of this journey to signify my arrival at set goals, but I'll know it when I get there!

And I can't help but say that Britney has it right… "You better work!"