Monday, January 4, 2010

What's the RUSH!

Over the break my beautiful sister and I were talking about Raglan Guld and what direction I want to take it. She asked the big question...........What are you passionate about?......My answer was without hesitation.......LIFE!!!!

So that brings me to a dilemma at the beginning of my new year. Should I be spending hours on designs and developing new ideas that I have sketched in my little black book? Should I be scouring the internet for new fabrics from designers all over the world? Should I be creating marketing and business plans to tell the world what I do and how I do it? The problem is......I'm not sure I'm ready yet!!! Does that make me a poor business person or does that make me HUMAN?

See my life is....I guess...like everyone's.....FULL!! I support Dave in his business, organizing Finns needs is a business of its own and Asha is still....well....small. So this year I am going to allow Raglan Guld to grow organically. I LOVE making pants, it's the only thing around here that is just for ME. I would love to see my pants in magazines, in shops and on a couple of famous bums.......that can all come......when the opportunity arises......WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT!!



Personally and professionally I am fully aware of my privileged position. Dave does a wonderful job supporting this family, laying one brick after another. Currently the pressure is off for me to return to full time work and we are both very grateful for the supplementary income Raglan Guld brings. So for the next 2 years while Asha still needs me at home I will just keep plodding along...enjoying the flow... I will keep learning, growing and developing Raglan Guld....in my own time. So is there a rush?.........NO.....to be honest I don't think there is. xx

22 comments:

CurlyPops said...

You're a very wise woman for making such a decision. I've been pondering the same sort of thoughts after slowing down from the christmas rush.

bubbachenille said...

I think this is something we all ponder, very human of us! We especially do this after we have had a break ! You sound like you do have a vision though and I think it's like losing weight, the slower you do it the better, that way all the little obstacles can easily be addressed in their own time instead of rushing in and making huge costly mistakes! Your business, in my opinion will be more lasting this way....

m.e (Cathie) said...

that is definitely the way to do it, otherwise with everything else that demands your love you will hit a point & burn out. take these next 2 years enjoying the time you have with Asha because as you know...then comes school and they are no longer our little babies.
your passion for life is fabulous, enjoy each moment beautiful lady.

hugs to you for a fabulous year ♥

Cath from chunkychooky said...

I am in exactly the same position Leonie. How big do I want to make this chunkychooky thing? I go through phases of wanting it to be big then I don't want to miss out on hangning out with Busy while she is still so little.
I would need a year to myself to develop all the ideas I have but I just have to be patient and as she grows I will expand things but at the momnet its a one woman show. I have moments when I get dollar signs in my eyes and want to make it bigger but then remind myself- I love my ( other ) job which is part time and Chef is part time too I don't want sewing to become this massive thing that takes me away from my family. I don't want to feel any pressure from it.

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

A wise and wonderful approach. I enjoyed reading this post very much - it reminded me of some very important things about life.

One Flew Over said...

Well said! Little ones are only little for such a short time (even though it is a very full-on time) but I, like you have decided to chill out a bit this year....craft for me (and not the blog), enjoy each day and try and enjoy the kids a little more ;)

Vic said...

**claps hands heartily**

Bravo Leonie, bravo!

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a brilliant decision.

Kate Bruning said...

Sounds good to me... and you need to have time for the odd nap too or is that just me.

Anna Bartlett said...

When a mother knows, she knows. Hear hear. And make the pants while you like making the pants. And keep sketching those ideas too. And keep loving those amazing kids. Well done.

Nina... said...

Yes, things will happen as they will. Live and enjoy!

Mel said...

Oh - so SOOOO well said Leonie! You are one of those rare individuals who has really found her "groove" - something you are passionate about and that is infectious. The rest will just flow from there for sure ... and we can all say, "we knew her BEFORE Cate Blanchett wore her duds!"

Happydacks said...

Don't rush Leonie, if you are lucky enough and able to bide your time, enjoy your family and everyone including your work should benefit...being the smart Tortoise will beat that high flying Hare! Best of luck!

Chele x
Happy 2010!

Michelle said...

Good for you! There is no "rule" about how we develop our businesses, and how big we want them to be - our whole point in doing this is to keep our creative urges sated, and earn some money at the same time!

Mrs Moen said...

I agree with you; I do the same thing wih my pattern designs and classes - I just do it in my own pace, one step at the time when I am ready.

Anonymous said...

So important to smell the roses, enjoy your children[even their off moments you will miss when they are older!] and let the future unfold itself! Take your time!! Aubrey

Kate said...

Oh yeah, this is such a big one. A few months ago I had a little tantrum that noone took my art seriously and that I had to, so I hired someone to look after Pepper 2 days a week so I could make stuff. I lasted one time. The second time I hung out with them and the third and final time I cried before she came and after she left. Although I have sooooooo many ideas that I would love to have time to make, there's time. And the girls will be teenagers and not want me around before you know it. So for now I have also decided not to rush it, but to be with my kids and make stuff when they are asleep or making stuff next to me. And when its right, it'll happen.

Corrie said...

good for you and isn't that just the best thing about being at home and having a small business, you're the boss you decide! I am happy to let things happen because if I get too busy I couldn't cope and I know the first thing that would suffer is my family!!!! take it easy!

Corrie:)

gretchenmist said...

this is a really nice perspective ~ i think it's great that you've weighed it all up and made a sound decision. getting caught up in the rush/desire for the rush is so stressful {and has no purpose!} especially when there is no time to follow through. . .

Miss Muggins said...

Great point Leonie - what is the rush? Often the best part of the destination is the journey there. So sit back and enjoy the ride I say!

Nikki Cardigan said...

This is a beautiful post Leonie. I love the way you are thinking beyond right now and realising that there are still many years to do all the stuff you want to do.

Angie said...

loved reading this post Leonie, so many things can wait, so many things can not!