Approaching 300 sales....

Friday, May 25, 2012

I am quickly approaching my 300th sale in my shop.  Pretty hard to believe!

Ohhh Lulu has been more popular than I ever had hoped when I first opened my little Etsy shop, and my blog, which I used to whine only got one or two views a day (likely from myself), is approaching 10,000 hits each month.  I'm pretty darn proud, it's been a lot of hard work, and I haven't always been perfect, but it's been a lot of fun.

Its funny... I always wanted to be a designer (a designer or an archaeologist).  When I visited the guidance counsellor in high school to help me decide what I wanted to do with my life, they would tell me, "oh no, you don't want to do that, you won't make much money and it will be very difficult.  You should become a teacher."

Hmm... Well, I figured Guidance Counsellors must know something teenage-me didn't know about the world.  My parents always told me to do what makes me happy, and always nurtured the weird, free-spirit in me.  But I listened to them.  I went off to university and wasted a whole whack load of money, that is still being paid off to this day.

So, I followed my heart and went to design school, where our teachers told us, "Don't think you're going to graduate and be a designer! Designers don't make much money and it's a lot of hard work."

I listened to them too and when I graduated I got a creative-ish, 9-5 type gig, a responsible, regular, run of the mill job.  I jumped around here and there... textile design, interior decorating, alterations... and I was miserable and I never lasted more than a year in a position. That is, until I started doing what I love to do.

Yeah, we don't have much money and I work a 30-hour a week job outside of Ohhh Lulu, and it is a lot of work, but I love it, but it's totally worth it, and I wish I hadn't listened to my teachers and guidance counsellors.  Every sale makes me so happy; I am so thrilled that people out there enjoy what I do as much as I do!

Nothing that's worthwhile is ever easy.  If you love something, the benefits will outweigh the struggles. I love my life and where I am, but if I could change one little thing, I would have done this years ago.

Here's what I wish my guidance counsellors had told me, "You can be a designer, you can be anything you want to be!  You might have to work another job while you establish yourself - your "pay the bills job" won't define you - but if you work hard and are really passionate about craft, you will be successful."

10 comments:

  1. Congratulations Sarah, I'm over the moon for you and Ohhh Lulu and I'm so glad you followed your dream! I always knew you could do it because your designs are so stunning. This is such an inspirational post and a lesson to anyone out there wanting to set their own thing up - it's hard work, but worth it it seems to me!

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  2. I love this post-- I'm so happy you're able to do what you love (at least part of the time anyway, heeheehee). Congrats on your success!

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  3. Thanks for this inspirational post. It's so encouraging to hear other people's stories and some of their struggles that I find similar to my own. I can only hope one day I'l be able to achieve what you have! :) You deserve it! Your sewing is amazing, you have beautiful items and I love how your market your stuff! Keep it going! :D

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  4. Congratulations! I'm glad you are happy. That is the most important thing of all.

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  5. Oh so true! You should be a guidance counselor for all those kids who need to hear what your guidance counselors should have told you! Good for you :)

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  6. Too many people equate "success" with financial prosperity - forgetting that happiness and fulfillment are at least equally, if not more important. Sure you obviously have to make enough money to get by, but as a designer myself, I can say that while I could have chosen a career that pays a lot more, I chose to do something that is important to me - and it's so awesome and inspirational to see other creative people like yourself doing the same!! It sure helps on those days where you question whether you're the only silly artist who chose to be poor hahahahaha!!! ^___^

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  7. Congratulations on reaching so many sales! That's so exciting. And this post was very inspirational, so thank you. :)

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  8. Thanks for this post! I find myself in a similar situation: stuck in dead-end & boring jobs that are making me miserable. It's uplifting to hear that you're working your way out of it. Congrats on the sales & best of luck!

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