Today marks a ginormous step in my life. Three weeks short of 22 years as a public servant, from today I am, by choice, self-employed. (Well I did hint at changes that were coming!)
The last couple of years have been particularly challenging at work and at home. One challenge on its own would have been fine, but being challenged on both fronts left little room for respite – which is how I came to be in the state I was at the end of last year. With amazing support from my employer I have been able to take leave for the first half of this year, to rest, recover, and think about how I want to live my life. Having green fields in front of me has been an uplifting experience – I have sorted through so many different possibilities in my mind (sea-change, tree-change, runaway-from-it-all-change) and am very happy that I have settled on the right path for the chicks and I. I am going to spend my time focussed on my family, on building my creative business, on supporting other creative people to reach their potential, and on living life in a meaningful way.
And that, my friends, is why I died my hair blue! That outward expression of claiming my life as my own was a small step towards looking at how I want to live, who I want to be, and how I want to grow. The sense of freedom is immense! My biggest fear is I will get into a habit of slacking off and playing instead of working – but I suspect that my bank account will motivate me to get over any tendencies in that area!
The first step is getting past this weekend successfully. It is the second Handmade Market for the year, and I am working very hard to prepare new stock so that I can have some wonderful selections on offer. The new sewing machine has been in overdrive! It arrived last week, and after a bit of learning, tinkering, adjusting, etc I am getting the hang of it! I will write more next week to give you all the details and do it justice, but for now – some shots of the arrival and set up!
I have also been able to use my new teether bits as a result of the new machine. I am very happy with the way they look, feel, and handle – so will be launching them at the markets this weekend! I had a bit of a production line (manned by my staff of one – me) yesterday so have a good range of colours and patterns to showcase the new bits!
It also sews leather and denim beautifully so I am working on executing some of the ideas that I have been carrying around for a very long time in my head!
Other exciting news in this very brief summary of an amazing week, is that the launch of the Human Brochure that I spoke about last week was extremely successful. Since then we have attended a number of delightfully wonderful discovery events and started to get to know each other – and really I cannot imagine a nicer bunch of people to be hanging out with! I will write more in the next week about the events so far as I want to do them justice. At the moment I can happily report that I have a huge crush on a part of Canberra called New Acton, have had my eyes opened to so many, many, many wonderful things in my own town, and am learning on a daily basis! If you are interested in seeing what we have been up to have a look at the Human Brochure website where you will see so many beautiful photos from my fellow humans you will want to visit here straight away!
Phew – this might be the shortest summary of the most exciting week I will ever write – but the sewing room is calling me, and the Market countdown is on….so stay tuned for more updates! (and if you are on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, following @alittlebirdmademe is a great way to see quick snapshots of what is happening during this exciting time!!)
I hope that you have had a great week, and that you are also finding little bits in your life to give you joy and excitement. Just remember – today is the first day of the rest of your life too. Get out there and embrace it.