February 7, 2007.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Uh, what honey? What did you say?
Well, I am pretty sure that was not what I said all those years ago, however it is what I am.
I have a really hard time filling out those questionnaires to 'define' what it is I do: Artist? yep Designer? ya Manager? uh huh Home Maker? sometimes Mother? all the time Wife? yeeess Business Owner? absolutely Wholesale Business? check Manufacturer? mmm do that too Arts? yesirrree Children's Industry? ya Pet Industry? okay sort of
AHHHHHHHH!! Too many answers, not enough space for my answer.
I read this book earlier this year , "How to Start a Creative Manufacturing Business" by Pamela Barsky (http://www.pamelabarsky.com/books.php?). It really put everything into perspective for me, and I so wish I had found this book, one, two, three, even four years ago. It would have saved a lot of head aches for me. The quote to describe her book, "it is the toughest job you'll ever love..." ya that is it. Anyone that reads this blog that wants to start her own business or his making things - it is a must read!
Today was NOT the mostest, bestest day by far, we had a few snags to say the least. Thank God, not all were our snags - some were just life, some were other people, and some were two people I work with (yes two) getting called to jury duty.....
- Three tiles need to be re-done
- We ran out wheels, screws and brown suede, oh and stamps and paper towels
- Kitting, gift wrap and gift cards were not done before shipping started
- UPS and Fed Ex had not yet come when I left the office
- A company kept me on hold for 22 minutes regarding a lost order (they lost the order)
- I spilled hot pink paint on the carpet in my office (um yes we rent)
- My daughter uttered a word I can NOT repeat here while playing her brothers gameboy
- Snafu with flight to trade show that I thought was cancelled
However, while driving home today my daughter stated out of the blue (minus the profanity used earlier in the day), "Mommy when I grow up I want to be an artist, like you. That way I can work with you and help you make things"
Ahhh...to be 4 1/2 again, and the fact that she wants to spend time even work with her mother, "Don't cha just LOVE it?" Things aren't so bad after all.