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Posted on 01. Nov, 2013 by Princess Lasertron.
Here’s my second home. Truly. As in, I live, shower, and sleep here half the time. That’s one of the most wonderful things about having a second-story office–the lack of foot traffic lets us work in privacy, focus without distraction, and adapt the space to our needs.
Posted on 07. Oct, 2013 by Princess Lasertron.
It’s Hello Holiday’s first birthday, and the best way I can possibly think to celebrate it is to be in our loft office for the next 24 hours wrapping and packaging orders for you. In addition to our gift offer right now, if you mention in the checkout notes that you are coming from my blog, I will upgrade your shipping to express for free. In closing, enjoy shoes.
Posted on 04. Oct, 2013 by Princess Lasertron.
Today I was thinking about how much compulsory “work-life balance” I’ve had in my life lately since being on my own–more time to myself at home at night, more responsibility to do all the mom things for Alice, hosting guests daily, being in the world having dinner and drinks and lunches with new people. The single life–well, single after marriage and kids, anyway–appears at first to demand endless compromises. There are so many days when I go to sleep, exhausted, frustrated with the lack of progress and productivity I’ve managed to wring out of the day.
But it turns out, persistence is useless if it’s only serving to venerate a bullshit workaholic dogma. Everything Is Not Work. Experiences are not write-offs. Relationships–people–are not all opportunities. And success isn’t a game to be won.
For every good idea I’ve ever had in business, every flash of creativity that led to something great, there were a hundred stupid ideas that didn’t work out. Having the time to endlessly test those stupid ideas–that lead to the moments of brilliance I’m always trying to find, the moneymakers–is a luxury. And when I find myself out of time and nothing has been accomplished, it’s always because I’ve lost the ability to determine what’s worth the extra effort and what isn’t. The lack of correlation between the hours I work and what I’m able to produce can be surprising.
Here’s what’s new in thee life:
- I just saw my book cover–I’m not allowed to reveal it till after the new year but it looks fantastic. It has a black background which I was really really excited about. So that’s something.
- On October 1st we hit our one-year mark since launching Hello Holiday. Sarah and I are still trying to think of what kind of promotion we want to do to celebrate.
- SARAH just found out this week that she and her husband Jon are expecting a baby boy! He’s due February 21st. Alice can’t wait to help with the baby.
- Barcamp Omaha was last weekend and we offered four speaking tracks (entrepreneurship, creative, tech, and “kitchen sink”) to a sold-out crowd of 250 attendees. Next year we are planning to expand possibly to a larger location so we can invite more people to participate. My favorite talks were one about stopping street harassment from 18-year-old Lila Padios, and a talk from Y Combinator partner Kevin Hale about affordances in design.
- I’m contributing to two more books this year–one where I’m designing two projects using fat quarters (50cm squares of fabric, usually considered a scrap in quilting), and one about simple basic sewing projects for children.
- Also just agreed to teach classes this year at Craftcation and I am DYING about all the other amazing teachers I’m going to get to meet. Particuarly Kayte Terry and Megan Reardon.
I used to feel guilty for pacing myself, but I was hustling blind. If you hate what you are doing, you are eventually going to get burned out. If you use work to escape issues in your relationships or home life, you’re going to get burned out. If you are placing impossible expectations for achievement on yourself, you’re going to get burned out. I got burned out and kept spinning my wheels until the trauma of divorce–the failure of what was supposed to be my foundational relationship in my life–forced me to a hard stop. What that burn cooled to was an 8-hour day of hard work, followed by evenings full of Alice’s hugs and conversation, laughter with my friends, space in my calendar for short trips, some welcome romance here and there, and the freedom to learn about and support the amazing diversity of projects and events in my city more than I ever had time to do before.
Happiness is the whole point of working for yourself. I really believe that the best thing (women and other under-represented groups in particular) we can do as businessowners is the thing that results in the most happiness, because that is the example I wish had been set for me. I am now consciously setting that example. I would rather see more happy people than more burnouts and showoffs. Like, duh.