The last week has been very relaxed for me. I’ve done a LOT of crocheting, finishing projects and getting them out of the way. I’ve made hats, scarves, potholders, bibs, coasters, afghan, and a variety of other things. I’ve watched movies and dvr items. I’ve listened to music. I’ve talked to a lot of people. It has been calm and relaxing.
My daughters are all very creative in different ways. Whether this is a genetic thing passed down through the generations or a learned thing I don’t know. My great grandfather had a creative business of painting buggies. He was one of the few in the area who did gold leaf. I’ve talked about my grandmothers on both sides being creative.
The problem with being creative is that is it almost a compulsion. I create because I have to and love to – whether it is crocheting or writing. I am pretty sure my daughters would say the same. They have a passion and belief in what they are doing.
There are people who appreciate the skill and beauty created by the creativeness, however, it is not financially rewarding for most. This leads to the entrepreneurial aspect that goes along with creativeness. All of my daughters have a business going for their products – Simply Natural by Vicki and StephanieRose Custom.
Patience and persistence are two skills most needed when being an entrepreneur. It is difficult to build a following but if you keep your name out there and keep people coming back then hopefully sales will start happening. Additionally you have to keep working at building your following through social media and other marketing. You can’t give up and you have to keep plugging away at it. Regardless of the endeavor, these skills are important for developing your brand and making it successful.
Here is the shameless promotion for my daughters…
Tomorrow I go back to work. I’m looking forward to getting back in the swing of things. My foot is manageable at this point. I haven’t had it down for a full eight hour day but tomorrow will tell me how it is going to be. I at least am up and walking on my own. By the end of the day I’m exhausted depending on how much walking I do but I’m at least mobile again. Hopefully by the time I start classes again I’ll be back to normal.
With this being my last day off, I am going to try to get some other things done. I submitted some of my work to a publication today. I haven’t done that in months because I’ve been so busy. I’m also going to work on the grant I’ve made the to-do list for. In reality I have to have the grant writing completed by February 15 in order to give myself time to get it submitted. Mostly I have to gather the information and get it in the format the grant wants it in. It will be more editing than writing I think. This means I get out my orange pen and have to be critical of my own work. I’ll have to be objective and critical. The question on my mind is – would this encourage someone to invest in my project, in me?
It is funny I have lots of hats when it comes to life. I have my business skills which are practical and in some ways cold. I have my creative skills which are grand and range through a variety of topics. Somehow I have to fold both these sets of skills into writing a grant that will help me focus on my writing and business as an author. It is interesting to see myself pull from all my life experiences to help me further my career as a writer.