Lately I've been travelling along in a "I don't really know where I'm going" kind of fog, both personally and professionally. I don't really have any goals at the moment. There are lots of things I'd like to do, but they all require money. The end of this month sees the end of my part time research job. I've been doing historical research/data collection of one kind or anther for the past 10 years. So it's kind of the end of an era.
I've known that the work was ending for about 6 months, but I haven't really made any plans. i wish i had a little shop is a small business and income is both sporadic and erratic. But I don't really want to go back to either full or part time "real" work. I like making things. It's when I'm most content. Creativity is part of my soul.
Without the research income things will be tight. I figure I'll be okay leading up to Christmas. I've had pre-Christmas shop orders rolling in and I've got two big interstate markets coming up. It's the New Year that will be the challenge. Traditionally orders are down and don't tend to pick up again until April.
Yesterday I received an email from a big gift fair asking me to be apart of their February event (how cool is it that I didn't apply, that I was head hunted?). Anyway, ego aside, it's the perfect answer to my problem. Admittedly I've been slack at seeking out stockists. In fact, I've only approached one in the past year. All the others have sought me out. This is partly because I'm afraid if I get too big that I will be making so much that I will no longer enjoy the work. That happened with Notions (my previous business). Also if I take on too many stockists I won't be able to keep up with orders. I took this email as a sign that it's time to ignore these fears and take that next step.
In the past few weeks I've been expanding my product lines. Not with any real plan, just making and experimenting with products. It occurred to me yesterday that I now have a good range of products to exhibit at this fair. Stockists can pick and choose what will work for their store and their customers.
INTERMISSION (insert muzak)
Okay, so the gift fair may solve some financial issues, but I'm still feeling a little restless. I love travel. Lots of friends and family have been overseas this year and my feet are itchy. I've been aching to get back to the USA/Canada for some time.
Emerald Lake, Rocky Mountains, Canada
Oregon coastline, USA
Ho National Park, Washington
Yosemite National Park
Anyway, these are now my goals for the next year.
How about you? Do you have any goals or travel plans in the works?