Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I have a sign that says this in my office. I am not a quote person really. I usually find them cheesy but when I saw this sign I had to have it. It summed up perfectly what I thought to myself when I started this business. Some days I have to look at it longer than others. Today I should have sat in front of it all day apparently.
I am feeling a little down about stuff. Sometimes this running your own business thing is really hard. And lately it has been extremely unnerving and frustrating. Several people have brought to my attention in the last few weeks that there is an out of state company making photo word collages similar to mine that is starting to sell signs in a lot of stores in St. Louis. And by a lot I mean like every freaking where I look. I know that I didn't invent the photo collage. I have seen them other places over the years. But this particular company is cropping up everywhere, and in the little towns where most of my customers live. And to this I say crap bag.
On top of this I feel like everyone is a photographer these days. And a good one at that. There are photographers everywhere. Some with similar styles as mine, some totally different. But there are a lot to choose from that is for sure. I want people to choose me. I want to stand out and be different and deliver work that keeps people coming back. And some days I feel confident that I am doing just that and then sometimes I don't.
What I would like to do is put on my comfiest PJs, buy a big box of chocolates, and curl up under my down comforter for like two days. But for one, Monkey Pants would be lonely, for two chocolate stains are hard to get out of sheets, and three it wouldn't help a dang thing. So, I will not mope. Ok maybe for a minute or two but then I will suck it up. I will believe in myself. I will surround myself with people that believe in me. I will work harder. I will think creatively and I will keep going. And you know what? The truth is I might fail. And the most important thing is that is OK. Because at least I'll never ask "what if".