"And now, at the end of the month and the year, what are your thoughts? Happy? Disappointed? In between? Any suggestions?"
Her questions caused me to consider why I have an Etsy shop - what follows are my thoughts.
"Hmmm, after considering the questions for a while here is what I came up with for myself.
Sales have remained steady for which I am very grateful as they allow me to fund my ever growing yarn stash.
Am I happy about the year, yes and no. Happy - yes, I am happy that I have sales. No - I am not happy that I have allowed myself to become so engrossed in stats that I am losing sight of what is important to me.
Disappointed, yes I am disappointed in myself. I keep letting my shop dictate what I weave instead of my original intention which is to offer things I have woven because I want to share them with others. Sales is not why I am here, my passion and love of weaving is why I am here and I keep forgetting that. My connection to other weavers and the friendships we develop are why I am here not the all mighty dollar.
Disappointed, yes I am disappointed in myself for allowing another weaver to cause me to quit a team that I enjoyed. Lesson learned, do not allow others to dictate how I will react to situations.
Suggestions, yes I have suggestions for myself - stay true to the reason I am here. I need stop the merry-go-round of sales pressure and return to my original goal. I love to weave quality hand woven textiles for home and hearth - Period. For me that is all that matters. "
After considering and answering those questions I feel much better about myself and my weaving goals for the new year.
What is important to me? My family ---- everything else is secondary.
My husband of 26 years. Did I mention I adore him?
My dogs, SamWise and Pepper. Did I mention they are awesome?
My daughter, Amy. My Granddaughter, Kaya. My Grandson, David.
Did I mention they rock my world?
My Grandson, Christian. He also rocks my world.