Trust the Process
I've been telling myself (and everyone around me who will listen) to trust the process. Whether you're trying a new recipe, going somewhere new with crazy sounding directions, or just going about your day and keep getting shifted in a new direction, you have to trust the process. You can't go into the future to check to make sure that recipe is going to turn out ok - you just have to trust that the recipe is probably right and go with it. You don't know that the directions your friend gave you are right, but you need to turn left ahead, so go for it. I feel like life, or at least my life, has required a constant state of trust the process.
There was a really long time where I didn't know what I wanted to do. I think I always knew that there were a lot of things I really liked and even felt moderately good at, but nothing that I actually craved getting up in the morning to do. Or something that I thought I could do for the rest of my life as a career.
When my sisters all got married the same year, I knew that in some way, especially in a paper-way, I wanted to be involved with weddings. What that meant to my 15-16 year old self has evolved (thank goodness) as have a lot of my aesthetics, skills, and realistic life expectations. Don't get me wrong, I knew it wasn't all fairy godmothers and pumpkins - there's a ton of work that goes into weddings. I think that's what I liked! So much hard work, but such a huge reward at the end.
Being a fairly level-headed teen, I decided to go to college and study Graphic Design thinking that would give me a good career in something, if not in directly designing paper goods for weddings and other events. Low and behold, I'm not great at the whole web design and user interface stuff that was imperative to the field at that time. Then there was that pesky Recession. So, you don't need a designer for your logo? Just gonna do it yourself? Ok, well, I'll go sit at home and knit then (actually happened).
However! While I was in school I had the good fortune of meeting and interning for the designer and creative genius behind Spruce in Bellingham. That was priceless training for me and I've always been so super grateful for that behind the scenes training on how to run a small business from home, make beautiful things, deal with clients, and to turn up the tunes when not everything's going right, but there's a shit ton to get done anyway.
I worked part time, did school full time, and started doing friends' and family's wedding or event stationery (graduation announcements, baby showers, you name it). I loved it, but it was more of a hobby. How do I take this thing I like so much and turn it into something that's a) profitable b) manageable and c) still fun if I'm doing it 7 days a week? Trust the process. OK. Here I am almost 8 years later, still trusting the process. I experience ups and downs every week, but there's forward motion, and I know that whatever I put into this crazy passion will give me that much back and keep growing!
The photos in the post illustrate a starting point and a current point with room to grow and new things to try! It's cool to look back at aesthetics and techniques, then to now, reflecting on the process and changes that happened along the way. What have you learned throughout your process? How do you want your business or hobby or dream to develop?