11/2/12

Dream a New Dream: Moving to An Island

On Wednesday afternoon I was ready to quit. I told my husband I was shutting everything down and moving to an island. Do you have an island? I am in the market for one. A place where everyone rides bicycles, has gardens and only works for what they need. The homes are simple- no elaborate decor- just sweet, comfy shelters. Their clothes are plain and limited to three styles. The jobs are all clean and honest- fishermen, farmers, bakers. And everyone would read, write, and paint. Sounds lovely doesn't it? *Sigh*.


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But then my husband reminded me that I don't have an island, so for now, I have to make do with where I am. *Double Sigh*



If you follow a dream, there will be hills, mountains, and pits. There is no way to avoid them. And that stinks!


 
When I started my clothing line, I promised to share the journey (both the fun and the not-so-fun parts!) And although I am generally a positive person, there are times when I have hard time seeing the silver lining. Wednesday was that day for me.

Overall, my first season has gone well. I got a really big catalog order!! And a few small orders from boutiques. Those small orders along with the idea that there are SO many cute little girls clothing in the world got me feeling pretty low. So low, I just shoved everything in the closet and said "I am done". The world doesn't need more clothes.  And designing, manufacturing, selling them is too hard.

Source: piccsy.com via Samantha on Pinterest


The point of this story: When you take a chance and follow a dream, things are going to get hard. When they do, take a break. So, I slammed my closet shut, turned off the computer, and took my kids trick-or-treating. Our night was filled with sweet friends, yummy treats, and lots of smiles.


 But today I opened the closet and looked again. Were things really SO bad?? My optimism kicked back in and I made a list of all things that were going right. And I decided to be a little nicer to myself. I am just beginning this journey. There are going to be a lot of things that "I can do better". It is not going to perfect over-night. So for now, I am back in it again!



An example of "things that are going right"... my first fashion show!!! 
Click over to the blog to see two of my styles on the Runway. Such a thrill to see little models showing off my clothes!



As I continue on my journey, I will probably pack my bags again and beg my husband to move with me to the island. But I guess that is all part of the journey. Following a dream is not easy. But today, I am feeling grateful for the opportunity to try.


 
What do you do when you hit a roadblock? How do you keep moving forward? 

New to Crafty Texas Girls? 
Check out the entire "Dream a New Dream" series- come along and see what it is like to launch a clothing line and run a small business. It's an interesting adventure for anyone who has ever taken a risk or considered following a big dream. 
Part 1: The Birth of Clothing Line- How I Found Myself Designing a Line
Part 2: Getting Started- Motivation & Tips to Start Your Journey

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