This image needs more words. It is a milestone in 2017 for QuirkyLime & me. The year started with a few milestones, the NOTHS was a big milestone in terms of recognition I had an idea and other people saw the potential.
Milestone two was being awarded Winchester Business grant to get financial support for professional photography. Which was the third milestone, Yeshen Venema gave me the biggest boost with his magical photography. Having photos which brought out the best in the Junior Masterpieces was really good.
I then fought words, paragraph and comma’s for weeks trying to get the product descriptions right for the Not On The High Street’s shopfront. That was the biggest battle for me this year. It was a big achievement ‘going live’ on NOTHS.
The last massive milestone, which was again a confidence booster, was creating the gallery outside my studio. My office/studio is above a cool shop in town, I am on the 2nd floor. The ground floor houses The Consortium, a great shop, and torture to walk through everyday. The first floor has the cool Mint boutique, which has great clothes. And then there is the gallery, up the stairs to my studio. I have used all the prints I needed for the photography shoot, and they hang with pride on the wall.
The big milestones, have really been boosts of confidence to myself. You are building something you belief in. I have this belief, that I have a good idea. My own belief, people confirm this by commissioning me. But in the end I have to believe in me.
Every now and then you come across doubt and wonder, why am I doing this? I could just work somewhere and get a paycheck at the end of the month. This route is not the easiest or financial rewarding (currently). I am manager of all, product development, marketing, production, PR, social media, designing, admin, finance. You can only be one at a time, so it is one step forward two steps back.
My main enemy is my own optimism of the time, I expected to have all this done in March. I should always double the time I expect it to take. We have help three days a week with the girls, but I could work on it all day long, every day. Not the right balance, I know. But it is so exciting, there are so many things to do, ideas to try out. I carry on when the girls are in bed and then I do more.
I don’t know why I do it, I don’t know if it will work, I don’t know what drives me. But I am going to give it a good go, and hopefully, my persistence will pay off. And there are a lot of friends who have helped me, mainly with correcting my grammar, having Dutch as my first language - makes my English not quite as good as I would like. You know who you are, and without you, I couldn't be where I am, thank you...