As I write this, I’m currently covered in pine needles and glitter after taking down our Christmas decorations today, and I’m still in disbelief that Christmas and 2017 are over. I know we say this every year, but 2017 genuinely flew by so quickly that I feel like I need a good few weeks just to absorb everything that happened in the last 12 months! Here’s our tree from this Christmas, being admired approvingly by my cat.
There were some catastrophic world events in 2017, but personally it was a great year for me and my loved ones, and I’m very grateful that we all got through it with so much good health and wonderful memories. It was the year I left a job I hated and found one I loved, and realised it’s okay not to be good at everything. It was the year I felt truly myself, comfortable in the knowledge that if things weren’t quite right now, that they would be very soon because everything was on track.
One of the biggest realisations of 2017 was that it’s okay to change your mind. For so many years I was adamant I was going to be a journalist, and there is still this big part of me that wants that. But there is also another part of me that has fallen in love with marketing & photography, specifically within the craft industry… and for now that has pushed journalism aside. I think it’s okay to feel split sometimes, to feel as though you have so many passions that you can’t focus on all of them. In another realm or alternate reality I’m sure I’m out there as a journalist, living in a tiny flat and working myself to exhaustion, because that’s what 20-something writers do. In fact, I think there’s probably lots of different versions of myself out there pursuing one of the many things I’m passionate about, but each of those versions would be missing out on the present me, who has a great job, a great relationship and a comfortable family life while saving up for my own house (plus my mum has been making my dinner for a year, so life is pretty kushty).
I’ve learnt that life doesn’t have one fixed track. A lot like Mario Party Star Rush, there is always more than one path to reach the goal (or the Bowser), and you may even pick up several star bonuses on the way! So what I’m trying to say is that even though 18 months after graduating from university I may not be doing exactly what I thought I would be, I’m still living a creative life, gaining valid work experience, and learning about what it means to adult.
With all of this in mind, at the end of last year I made the decision to finally start my own business. I’d been toying with the idea of starting my own weaving business for a few months, especially as a few of my friends were already asking me to make weave’s for them (so I figured I may as well make some money from it). After discussing it a lot with my partner Jack, I decided I had nothing to lose and I was going to do it. I’m still only working part time at the moment, and so it made sense to launch my business now while I have the time and the inspiration to really focus on it.
So, as of last night (New Years Day), I have set up my own Etsy page TapestryTales to sell my handwoven tapestries! You can now purchase my ready-made or custom weaves! Running my own business is never something I had considered, and it’s not something I necessarily want to do full time (I haven’t got the self-motivation to work completely for myself right now), but I’m really excited about where this could lead, and what it could mean for my financial stability and my creativity. Watch this space in 2018, world!