All around me, people are talking and writing about how they can't believe how fast 2014 has flown by. Well, actually...I can. So much has happened in 2014 that the past 12 months feel like at least about 30. New house, new job, new cat (x2), travels...and, of course, the shop and this blog. Obviously, moving from my student housing to an actual 'real' apartment and moving in with a certain lovely person has been a major step. As was getting a new job that was a definite step up from the one before that. But starting my shop was a milestone on another level. It was something I was thinking and dreaming about for years, so actually going ahead and opening one was big.
I can't say that it's been a major success with hundreds of sales from the minute I hit the 'publish' button on my first items on Etsy. I definitely underestimated the amount of work that goes into keeping up your shop, drawing attention to it, etc. Especially with a fulltime (and then some) job, time really flies by. Luckily, my expectations and goals weren't set that high: I wasn't and still am not planning to turn this 'making stuff' into a fully fledged fulltime business. But not being overflown with sales still made me question myself sometimes and I started thinking about what 'success' means to me. I'll get back to that later though. Via this blog I stumbled upon an Etsy blog from 2013, explaining why done is better than perfect. I decided that this (in hindsight) is what 2014 stands for to me (I know it's all hip to have a 2014/2015 'word', but I can't fit everything in one word and then stick to that for a year). Sometimes doing something, just diving in to see what happens and find out as you go along, is better than aiming to do something perfectly right from the start. And, as it was the case for years for me, to let that hold you back from the diving-in part.