Has it really been almost 2 months since I last posted?! Honestly I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had the chance to write anything here!
A lot has happened since I last wrote a proper blog post on here. After a couple months of struggles (due to equipment breaking from the freezing winter temperatures), my parents and I have finally started getting back to work. I’ve also started to get involved in another business venture (which I will write about later on in this post), which is proving to be successful.
Without getting into too much detail, I am going to say this: the last few years have been long and challenging… at one point, I actually struggled with anxiety for a bit because everything seemed so uncertain. But things are starting to look up now, and it’s only going to get better from here! Which brings me to my next point.
One of my favorite songs from the past year, “I Was Born” by Hanson, talks about not being afraid to “be someone no one’s ever been before.” And aside from the fact that I’m a huge fan of this band (along with the super-cute music video), I also love the message the song conveys, of not being afraid to take chances because that’s what life is all about. I think this song is what inspired me to basically “go for it” with this new business venture.
Why start a new business venture?” you may ask. Well for the past 3 years, I had been making signs and other products with inspirational quotes and Scripture verses. I started that when I was 15. And at the time I was like “this is amazing! I want to continue this (Rustic Christian Signs) forever!” But of course, a lot can change in 3 years.
This past year (and in the last six months in particular), I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching. Listening to a lot of inspirational podcasts and whatnot. And somewhere during that time, I asked myself a very important question: is this what I really want to keep doing for the rest of my life?
I’m not sure when I figured out that answer. Maybe it was one December afternoon, while I was working on Christmas orders. I was sitting at my computer in the laser-shop, listening to the Grace Unknown podcast and pretty much in tears. It had been a tough year (although I had been struggling throughout November-December in particular), and I had felt like everyone was putting pressure on me, expecting me to do everything perfectly when it came to making signs and other products. The pressure really got to me, and I think that moment was when I realized that something needed to change.
The change wasn’t immediate; it took a few months of figuring out the next step after my initial “breakthrough” of sorts, but once I figured that out… there was no turning back 😉
I’ve always loved designing graphics. Ever since my mom showed me how to use Photoshop Elements when I was about 10 years old. I designed my first graphic (which, for nostalgia’s sake, I’ll share below), realized “oh my gosh, I can actually do this! I can actually make something out of just a simple picture!” and then I was hooked. Of course, my design skills have improved over the years… and my mom and I are now making and selling digital graphics! We started this a little over a month ago, and it’s starting to take off in such a short amount of time.
And yes, this is my first “graphic” that I ever designed. I was a huge fan of Strawberry Shortcake (and the history of toys from the 1980’s in general) at the time. I laugh about it now, but it’s something that– at 10 years old– I was super proud of creating… and the very thing that started my love for Photoshop and my overall passion for graphic design 🙂
I think it’s safe to say that, at this very moment, with the success of the graphic design business and everything, I’m really happy and excited about life in general… more so than I’ve been in the last few months (or even the last few years). And I have a feeling that this is gonna be the best year yet!