How, you ask, is it possible for someone to leave a serious, full-time day job to focus on her bookbinding and letterpress printing, and still feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get to everything she’d like to do? Well, I wasn’t completely sure it was possible…until now. We are a full 2 days into some seriously productive self-employment, and I’m still not exactly sure where I’m going to find the time to get to the volumes of projects and emails and calls and printing and binding and organizing that it all takes! I’m loving every minute of it, though!
It’s exciting and motivating to have so much work right out of the gate. Small business isn’t exactly a risk-free, guaranteed sorta game and I know exactly how lucky I am to have a good number of exciting projects on my list, and am not taking a single one of them for granted. In fact – and this may be counterintuitive to everything I just said – I’m looking for more!
Now that I have the time to focus on my work, one of the things I’m really looking forward to is actually having a chance to promote my work and really get the word out about what I’m up to. Along those lines…feel free to suggest great stationery stores, gift shops, galleries (and more!) that I should approach wherever you live about carrying cards, journals, albums, etc.
And now, I’m going back to trimming down paper for a printing session first thing tomorrow morning (I promise pictures soon!), before we pack ourselves up to head to Chicago on Thursday for the wedding of two very good friends this weekend. There’s plenty to be done before we head out…so here I go!
We’ll keep this short & sweet: to quote the Shakers (and later Stubby Digits), “The life so short, the craft so long to learn.”