Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wowza: When Things Line Up and Make Sense

The past couple of days have been a little on the odd side... to say the least. Things and thoughts have been lining up and reminding me so tremendously that I just have to get it out. A few shout outs are due to Red Velvet, Anita Homco, and Dan Miller.

The 5 points that seem to be so much in line:

     1. Give Your House/Space Flowers
    • Give yourself/your space flowers! I am doing the January Cure from apartment therapy. At first when I saw that they suggested to give your home flowers, I thought what a waste of money! Little did I know that I would soon fall in love with this concept. Last Friday I bought my house a dozen roses, I separated them, spruced them up, and placed 5 in a medium sized vase, 3 in a small vase, the other 4 in single's vases, I placed these around the house, in areas that i spend the most time in. The more I saw them, the more I would smile when I'd see them. At the time I was in the middle of "The Secret Garden" by ___ and the visualization of the roses and what they represent in the book brought the magic into the house. I stared to move the flowers depending on where I needed to be (office-working, kitchen-cleaning). It worked! It improved my mood when I needed to work on soemthing that I didn't want to do. I love this way of making your space even better and more enjoyable when you bring in fresh flowers.
     2. "Why" Ted Talk

    • Quick refresh from a previous post from the ted talk "why" watch the video. I found this was the easiest way for me to work on a mission statement. Why do you do what you do? The purpose of Threaded City is to encourage and help other artists and crafters reach the success that they want. This got me thinking about how much I absolutely want Threaded City to be all I hope for. Which leads me to my next thought process.

     3. What Would You Do if Money Wasn't a Concern

    • "What would you do if money wasn't a concern?" Anita Homco. Getting together with Anita for brunch was great! Of course just catching up with one of Fort Wayne's greatest entrepreneurs but really thinking through some thoughts that I often don't let myself think about. So what would I do if money wasn't a concern? I jokingly told Anita that I could never really think through this, I would find something else I thought was cool and run off and stop doing what I'm working on now. Sometimes I think I'm more ADD than what my mind can handle. The more I thought about it, the more I thought that I really should think through what I would do. Of course travel, being rich, and some other random normal thoughts of what success looks like ran through my head... but... as I sat sewing (where I do some decent thinking) I began to get serious with myself and really really think. I kept seeing myself (I am extremely visual in my thought process) at my dream of what Threaded City will be. Including (but not limited to) an old brick downtown industrial building being filled with creativity, the first floor would have a retail type store front, small bike shop in the back, and a coffee shop/eatery to the side. The second floor would be filled with sewing machines of all kinds, work space, and collaborative space. Third floor would be my personal office and home, and the floors above would be rented. Of course there would be a roof top garden and patio. So this is the look, the feel and the sounds would be filled with a constant sense of energy and optimism. While incubating other artists and crafters a comradery of local collaboration and tenacity towards a common goal of making their venture succeed and adding to the development of skills and ideas.  Hearing the bells chime as someone new walks in the door and a little sigh as they see how cute and inspiring everything looks to the humming of sewing and things being made. A quick clank of some bike tools and a quick giggle makes the entire scene feel like there is something about to happen that just wants you to stay to see it. If you could spend the night you would in eagerness waiting for the next great thing to be celebrated. This is just a portion of what I want Threaded City to be. I am planning to work on my about me section and mission statement that will help elaborate the idea behind the scene as well. So I figured out with my dreaming that if money wasn't a concern I would be on the same path I am now, it just would be here sooner!
     4. Do as the Rich Do
    • I'm not sure where this comes from, I think it's out of the book How Rich People Think by Ste Siebold (DON'T Quote me) but that generally the middle class is concerned with saving where the higher class is concerned with earning money. All of this is important to have balance... but I have decided to start viewing financial gain with this mindset. Micah and I have a pretty tight budget while I am starting and growing Threaded City, and he is in school full time, and still pay the bills and have a little fun too. Onward to a higher income, onward to bringing in more money and working more efficiently to do so. 

     5. Dream Bigger
    • I can't remember where exactly I heard this quote, we'll just say it came from Steve Jobs (he actually did talk about it in Forbes). "Dream Bigger" to me means taking whatever you thought possible and pushing it farther. The bigger you dream, the higher you set your goals the more chance you have of reaching them. If you don't set high goals or big dreams, you won't reach them. I know we've all heard the idea that the bigger you dream the harder you fall. Yes, that is possible, but that is a fear based statement, and a self defeating one at that. If you want the dream, you have to believe it. I think, I'm finally starting to believe in my own dreams again and am gaining the courage to make those a reality. Earlier, I told you about what I want Threaded City to be, but to make it even bigger... I want to have my own clothing line succeeding and making women and men everywhere more excited about the way they look while being active individuals (see more about this in Commuty). I want to have multiple locations for Threaded City and be on the pulse of artists and crafters in major cities. 

These thoughts are still a little jumbled, but they are being thought, and that is the important part for me. 

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