A New Adventure

Last week, I hinted at a new adventure. Now, I'm not really the adventurous type of gal (except when it comes to noms, that is). I'm  the kind of person who likes to overplan and make sure that everything is just right before trying something new.  So this is a huge step for me, and I wanted to share it with all of you since you all have been a big part of my life. Let the cheese begin. 

As many of you might already know, I started my shop, The Shop of Worldly Delights,  as a hobby back in November 2011 because I was having the worst time coping with unrewarding jobs. I needed something to cheer me up and help me forget about the many mind-numbing tasks I was assigned. My shop was my solace, and I enjoyed sharing bits of my idea of cute to everyone around the world. Late last year, still stuck in a thankless job that drained every bit of my sanity and well-being, I finally decided that only I could prevent myself from hating that facet of my life, so I quit. 

I didn't have a backup plan, and no one in my area was hiring an outspoken, Old English-loving gal who wanted to edit and translate for the rest of her life. (The outspoken part freaks people out a bit, I think ) So I immersed myself in my shop, tirelessly creating. I honestly thought that I would be able to find another job after a few weeks, but that didn't happen. For a long time, I worried about our finances. But my husband, being the extremely supportive person he is, goaded me to stop thinking about that and just do what I want to do. That worried me even more.  

Since I was little, I always thought I would work in academia. I always loved teaching, and I expected that I would either teach Literature or Chemistry. I've had loads of teaching and tutoring experience, and I just thought things will fall into place after college. Lately, however, I've been enjoying designing and sewing so much more than I have grading papers or having conferences. And I had been entertaining the idea of doing more of that to support myself. But it's scary for me to go into something so completely foreign. It's even scarier having to do it by myself, without any kind of assurance that I'm doing the right thing. For a while I kept on asking myself, Wouldn't it be a waste of schooling to pursue something you didn't study? What if it doesn't work out?

Well, Laura, how will you know if you don't try? So I put my big girl pants on and decided to create the life I wanted to live. 

I've decided to make my shop my full-time job. Which, for me, means selling in craft shows and fairs, wholesale orders and consignments. It may not sound like a big deal to many, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I only show and sell the best of what I make. This move means I'll be working more than 8 hours a day, not just producing but also doing the accounting, advertising, etc all by myself.  I've already been reading up a bit on how to manage my shop, and I've been setting goals to make it more profitable for me.     

Last week, I took my first HUGE step and brought some of my wares to Vintage Karma, a lovely shop in Tuscola, IL that houses loads of different pieces of locally crafted art for sale. This is the first shop I'm selling my stuff in, and I couldn't be happier working with two of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. (Laura, Ainslie, you both are awesome possum). If you live in the area, please check out their storefront! It's definitely one of the coolest shops I have ever set foot in. 

Phew! So there's the big news, folks! I wish I could hug each and every one of you for being so supportive of my endeavors. You have no idea how happy it makes me whenever I read a sweet comment. It's like a virtual high five. Thanks for being such great readers! Hugs and hugs, 

♥Laura

39 comments:

  1. Congrats Laura! That is absolutely amazing! You will do very well I am sure :) Best of luck, so exciting. Heather

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  2. How exciting! Congratulations on your new journey! There's nothing more rewarding in life than doing what you love everday, and now you get to make it a lifestyle. I wish you the best of luck as I look forward to follow you through your new opened path.

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  3. Yay! You're an entrepreneur. It takes a variety of skills to succeed in your own business, so don't underplay the effort. And don't worry about heading in an unplanned direction. Most of life is serendipitous, depending on external conditions we have no control over and must adapt to. Good luck!

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  4. I would love seeing posts on how your choices, the obstacles, growth, struggles - just the process in general. You're a huge inspiration and a very talented, intelligent, stylish individual. I'm really very excited for you. Big hugs!

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  5. You wnat to know something? You are an inspiration to many who are working where they may not want to be working and you have an amazing talent girl1 I am so happy things are lookign up for you in your new adventure. So glad you have the suport from your husband as well. : )
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  6. This is wonderful news Laura! I hope you share your journey with us. I love your unique, handcrafted goodies! I am also a small business owner, and find it to be extremely rewarding. Best of luck to you!

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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  7. Congrats Laura! That is wonderful news - you definitely have the talent, so I'm sure you will be successful!!

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  8. Mega congratulations on this! The world is such a difficult place at the moment that if we don't take matters into our own hands we'll never get anywhere. Super proud of you for making these steps and leaping into what you love. The future can only be brighter!

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  9. Super exciting news Laura!! I can't wait to see where this next adventure takes you! xx

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  10. You will do well especially if you put your heart into it. God bless you and all your future plans. :)

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  11. YAY!! Way to go Laura! I'm so happy for you! I know you'll be hugely successful and HAPPY! xoxoxo

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  12. Multi-congrats on taking a big jump into something that will hopefully bring you happiness. It's hard to do something that isn't the norm or the path you laid out for yourself but it can also be really rewarding.

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  13. Congratulations! Thats exciting. I wish you the best luck!

    -Vogue&Heels
    vogueandheels.wordpress.com

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  14. This is such wonderful and exciting news!!! As you know, the past year of my life has been one of questioning and changing my career path from academia to, well, something else and it's been a difficult time - so I just absolutely love getting to hear about and share in others' career and life decisions - especially when those decisions involve making choices for happiness!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  15. Oh Laura! I'm so proud of you! Soul-draining jobs are the worst. I've been there when I came home crying every day. Never again. It's so brave and fabulous of you to make a real effort with your shop. With your talent and dedication I feel you'll be nothing but a success! I have a dream to one day open a shop and would be delighted to sell your items in it! Someday!

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  16. Love your blog! Maybe we could follow each other on bloglovin or GFC? Please leave me a comment or follow me and I will follow you =)

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  17. love this babe this is awesome xxx

    www.islandchic77.com

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  18. That is incredible. You are such an inspiration. It makes me happy that you are doing something that makes you happy! Also, your shop is so cute, and I can't wait to see it grow Laura!

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  19. Sounds amazing! Life's too short to not to do things you love to do :) I can't wait to hear more about your big adventure ♥

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  20. Laura, I think that's awesome! You're doing something that you LOVE. Just go with it! You'll be surprised at where it takes you. One thing always leads into another. I'm so happy your hubby is supportive. It's a WIN WIN girl! Do your best and that's all one can ask. You should sell skirts too! I'm telling you people would buy them! Good luck!!!
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  21. Good for you!! Crafting sounds so much more exciting than grading papers any day! :) Good luck!!

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  22. I'm so glad that you went for it. I loved looking through your creations and your blog is so effing cute. I'm a fan for sure:)

    Brittney

    anotherbeautifulthing.blogspot.com

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  23. Yay! I hope this goes awesome for you because I <3 you and your crafty awesomeness. If you ever end up at a craft show in my area you had best let me know so I can come see you!

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  24. This is wonderful Laura. Well, as a person who has been in this situation, doing what you love to do is indeed important. Congrats on the full-time shop! Life is all about challenges and passion, that's why it's so beautiful! You can do it!! xo

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  25. Laura, you are an inspiration to us all! I am so proud of you! Something tells me that this is going to be your year! I love that you are following your instincts and doing what you love to do. Take it from me, there's nothing worse than reaching your forties only to realize that you tried to make your dream a reality. For me, it was writing. I wanted to be a writer/journalist. I wanted a column in a snazzy newspaper, much like that Carrie woman from Sex and the City. I wanted to be have regular readers, make people sit up and think, laugh. And get paid for it! hee hee! At this point in my life, I don't have the energy. But that doesn't mean I can't be happy for you! xoxo :)

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  26. omg lady. congrats! and "big girl pants". love it. i told a guy at work to man up put his big boy pants on.. he mostly just looked confused. i cant wait to see the craft show table of worldly delights!!

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  27. It sounds like you've come to a good decision. Best wishes with the new adventure!

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  28. Congratulations, Laura! Good luck! You'll rock it, and be happy. Hurray for supportive partners, too :) Gold star for the Mr.!

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  29. Exciting! Bravo for not settling for work that makes you unhappy. I wish you the best of luck!

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  30. Wow, that is both awesome and inspiring Laura! Congrats big time! I have felt the same way after moving - I knew I just didn't want to go back to a job I was unhappy in - (I majored in El Ed in college and after doing the Ed thing for awhile, I was so miserable.) Now I'm at home doing my Etsy and little things on the side - so of course reading this was a total boost. Your shop just plain rocks and I'm sure doing it beyond Etsy and full time will be a big success for you. Very best wishes on your new adventure :-)
    xo Marisa

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  31. Way to go for figuring out how to do something you love. It really does suck working in a job that doesn't fulfill you at all and I'm so impressed with your bravery just to bit the bullet and quit to do something you love! It's really cool to heard that you've got your items in a store, that has to be so exciting to look in and say "I made that!" Best wishes for you and your journey with this!
    How awesome that your husband is so supportive of you as well, that does just make a huge difference. I work with horses and teach riding lessons but it's one of those jobs that just doesn't bring in the bacon but it's what I love so I get what you're saying. Best of luck with this! :)

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  32. ooh Laura, I'm super duper happy for you that you are embarking on this journey! it's great that you left a job you didn't like and decided to put your all into something you're actually passionate about. I mean that's the dream isn't it? to do something you love and be paid for it. I have talked to endless people about this and everyone wants this and are struggling to switch paths/think it's too late. Managing a shop is so time-consuming and honestly it's something I have considered but didn't think was up for. I'm really glad that you have the energy and passion to do so. I wish you all the best of luck! :) you deserve it all! <3

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  33. Laura ahhh!!! I'm so excited for you! I hope this works out beautifully for you, you're so cool and talented and I cant wait to watch your business grow ;-;♥

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  34. Laura ahhh!!! I'm so excited for you! I hope this works out beautifully for you, you're so cool and talented and I cant wait to watch your business grow ;-;♥

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  35. Way to go! I am so happy for you and glad you have made a choice to live the life YOU want to live. This is something I am trying to do, as well, even though some people think I'm crazy to try making a life out of freelancing and writing instead of getting another 9-to-5 office job. I still have a long way to go, but people like you inspire me to keep on going!

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  36. So excited and pleased for you Laura! You should follow your dreams :) Best of luck with it all!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  37. What an inspiring leap!! And a wonderful hubby supporting your dreams. You seem to have the drive to back up your passion and I wish you the best of luck!

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