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When I decided to become a sustainable designer I made a promise I would be as open about my work process and life as possible. I want people to be able to feel like they truly know me, so they can trust my work and service as they would trust a friend. So in this post I’m going to be honest.
I had a really bad workday yesterday. Well, now that I think of it, it wasn’t actually that bad but it did feel like it at the time. I was struggling with my webstore, trying to adjust the settings and appearance, and I just couldn’t get it done the way I wanted. I literally spent hours searching for answers, trying out different themes, installing, deleting, pulling my hair and driving myself crazy. By the time I finally gave up (at 9pm) I was not only certain that my webstore was a big mess, but I had also decided my photos are total c***, my designs are even worse and that I am the sorriest excuse of a seamstress who should have known better than to start a business. Oh yes, I was really low. Technical problems always do that to me.
It has always been hard for me to let go of some things and focus on what I do best; what I really should be doing. When I have an idea I seem to think I’m the only one in the whole world who can do it exactly the way I want it to be done. That’s where it goes wrong. I should just relax a little and let other people handle certain parts of the process I am not that good at. It takes time to really understand that, as stubborn as I am… But I have realised it’s necessary if I really want to be an entrepreneur and be successful with my small business.
This morning I decided to forget about work for a little while and went outside instead. I took a 1-hour powerwalk in the warm and sunny weather, and actually noticed that summer is right around the corner. So now I have moved from stage 4 to stage 5 in the creative process.
I’m still having the same issues with my webstore (it only shows 2 products at a time, when I would like my customers to see them all at once – bare with me!) but I can handle it now and ask for help from someone that knows these things better than I do. This might be ok, and by the end of the day this is awesome again.