Shop Talk

On Year Two & Beyond

It was my birthday this past Monday (well into my thirties now!), which means that we also had our 2 year anniversary. Oh how I love sharing my birthday with my biz, it really does make things a lot easier to remember.

Starting as a sanity project to fuel my creative outlet while I was at my 9-5 corporate job, to a way to escape that said 9-5 job, to a full time business...Fiber & Dye has molded, changed, and grown into what it is today, and is about to go through yet another transformation this year. As we welcome our first baby into the family, it's not just a solopreneur business, but a mompreneur one for a working-at-home mom. How crazy is it that time goes by so fast and so much could change in what feels like an instant?

From the 16 greeting cards we started out with, the card line has grown to SKUs of well over 80, and 10 new ones that launched on our site this week. Not only that, but Fiber & Dye grew into a full-blown design studio with client offering for wedding invitations and business branding, which has allowed me to work with the most creative couples and visionary entrepreneurs that I'd ever met.

The struggle is real, and the name of the game is always the imposter syndrome. One thing I'd been working on this year was getting used to talk about what I do as a REAL thing. That no, I'm not just in between jobs or pursuing a hobby while I'm taking it easy and baking a baby—this was a business, MY business, that I own and control and run and grow. No one else was going to do that for me, I had to. And while I thought that maybe the way I talked about it could be different from the way I worked it, that wasn't true. It wasn't until I could say those words out loud that I really believed it and actioned on it. So that was a great learning experience.

Something that helped this transition was meeting other business owners. Whether as clients or partners on a project or colleagues discussing biz topics, both the internet and my community in the South Bay are filled with entrepreneurs that I admire. Lucky for me, many have been doing this for a lot longer than I have so I was inspired by how far they've come, and was fortunate to have people who were open to sharing their journey with me. Even luckier, I've also met folks who are right where I am—just starting out, or ready to pivot and grow their business in a way that's in that weird, awkward, teenage Simba phase. So thank you to my muses and my fellow warriors for pushing me and fighting alongside me.

We have some exciting things in the works for this year (like the super secret one I might sneak peek this week) and can't wait to see how the third year is going to shape up. I can't thank you enough for letting me go on this crazy venture, because without the support of the folks like you who do things like, I don't know, read my little blog posts like this one here, I would've given up a long time ago like I'd always done before (it's my MO, not that I'm proud of it, but it's true). It's nothing short of a miracle that the lights are still on, the gears are still grinding, and the passion is still well and alive.

So let's fucking do this dye-hards.

Shop Launch

Oh boy. What to do.

The shop is here. After years of saying that I'll do something, and never actually doing anything about it, and then writing it down as a New Year's Resolution that I continued to ignore... you get the drift. If you know me already, you know that I'm all talk and no walk.

But well, this is a pretty fucking big step.

It's my firm belief that talent is not required to do great things. Yes, it helps, but really, everyone is capable of doing great things--it's not an exclusive club of people who were born with talent. Instead, it's just an exclusive club of people who actually did something. Having the discipline to make yourself do something, in it of itself, is an accomplishment. Then to sustain it. Then to keep at it some more. Then to go again. Just the thought of it makes me tired, but here we are.

With that said, happy birthday to the shop. And happy birthday to me. I already know this year is going to be a doozy.