I have never bought into the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. I believe if you want to change something in your life, just do it. Don’t wait for the start of a new year. Don’t wait for anything. Decide. Change. Live.
But this year, I think I kind of get it. My design schedule allowed for a small lull in craziness at the end of the year, which gave me time to stop, think, reevaluate, reorganize, etc. This might be the first time in my adult-ish life I’ve actually had a chance to look back over my year and make educated decisions about what I could do to make next year better. It’s empowering. It makes me feel optimistic about the future. I get it.
It’s time to figure out what 2013 should be all about and plan for it. I didn’t really consciously decide the theme of 2012, but it was clearly about control. And getting prepared.
2012: CONTROL & PREPARATION
This past year I worked on gaining control of my life and business. I was choosier about what projects I took on. This means I finally learned how to say “No.” Aside from some temp gigs here and there, I left all of my part-time jobs and gained control of my schedule. I finally realized that “I AM IN CHARGE.” I am in charge of my business, so I can run it however I want. I AM SO EMPOWERED!
I spent alot of time and money this year gathering skills and equipment that will help my business grow. I started to master pattern grading, which is so ESSENTIAL for what I want to do. I did a ton of simple photo editing projects to amp up my skills and get faster. I bought a new-to-me vintage domestic sewing machine AND an industrial machine. I started buying essential supplies in bulk. Spending a good chunk of the year learning new skills and sourcing supplies means my energy was definitely divided and I suffered a sales slump. It was hard justifying spending all that money when I have had a slow sales year, but I took all these steps to be PREPARED. Now that I am slightly more prepared and in control than I was at the start of the year (because who can really claim that they are 100% prepared and in control), I need to learn how to work with efficiency.
Fact: I need to more efficient. I’m suuuuuuper detail-oriented and a hyper-perfectionist, so I work slower than I’d like. As much as I try, I can’t be less of a perfectionist. I have to learn other ways to become faster. A faster sewing machine? Check. Abstaining from projects that don’t offer learning opportunities, profit or fun? Check.
One of the other ideas I plan to try out this year is making things in multiple quantities. I LOVE making totally one-of-a-kind garments and accessories, but that means I spend a lot of time figuring out all the hard parts of the patterning, construction, sourcing, detail work, etc, and I NEVER use all that knowledge I just gained for that particular project again. I’d love to be able to offer the same magnificent hat/jacket/neckpiece to a few buyers, instead of just ONE. At first I wasn’t excited to try this out because one-of-a-kind is so alluring to me, but I’m actually really pumped. Really, really pumped.
2013: BRING. IT. ON.