Last week I posted a picture on Instagram of my movie choices for the day, as I usually have films playing while I sew. One of my followers commented 'I am so jealous of your lifestyle!' and I just had to stop and think about it for a while. The truth of it is, I wouldn't have it any other way - Life is too short to do what you hate.
If you are reading this, you are likely as privileged as I am. I don't have an extremely wealthy family, I am not extraordinarily intelligent or 'gifted' in any way. But what I have been willing to do is throw myself completely into this business, and work really really hard to create something worthwhile. I am not afraid of taking risks or making mistakes, because that is the only way to grow and learn.
The other weekend I was at the pub with some friends (also chasing their own dreams) and we had a discussion about risk-taking and financial matters, and how you might do things differently if you had a financial safety net. How might that affect your creative pursuits? For me, I honestly think very little would change. And this is a lesson I learned the difficult way last year, when I stopped following my creative instinct and started thinking about the question 'will it sell' - my sales suffered significantly. But I managed to get through it with renewed energy and a much more positive outlook than ever before. This was because I knew there was no way I could spend my days at a 9-5 job, without the creative freedom I currently have, and without this brand that I love so much. And that was what made me really fight to keep it.
I don't believe in wasting your time at a menial or stressful job you do not enjoy, to live for the weekends, new shoes, and other consumables that in the grand scheme of things will not make you happy. There is little stopping you from reaching for your dreams, taking a risk, and ultimately being okay if it all fails. I am sure when challenged with this idea many of you could talk about your debt, dependents, or other matters that make you think it's impossible. But I am very much an optimist, where there is a will there is a way. You are responsible for your own happiness, no matter your circumstance.
I would really love to hear your thoughts on this - I hope this hasn't come across as too preachy! There is just too much awesome stuff to experience in this world, and too many opportunities to take advantage of, and sometimes I just get really over excited at the prospect of it all.