My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1688: Deadlines

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-29-2016 01:34 PM 1297 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It seems that I am always working on some sort of  'deadline'.  I know that people think of those who are self-employed as being free to do whatever they choose whenever they wish to do it. While we may find that our schedules are a bit flexible at times, I honestly believe that if we follow the 'take-the-day-to-go-to-the-beach' mentality that so many perceive us to have too often, it is with near certainty that our business will fail. 

The entrepreneurs that I have known (those that have achieved any level of success, that is) work harder than anyone else that I have encountered. They know that businesses don't grow themselves and that it is only through hard work and not luck or good fortune that they are able to survive and thrive. The difference between them and someone who works a 40+ hour week for someone else is that the self-empolyed person usually has a love and passion for what they are doing, so the number of hours per week that they spend on 'work' is inconsequential to them. In fact, most of them probably wouldn't even begin to name how many hours they work on their business. I suspect it is pretty close to the number of hours that they are awake. 

These past few weeks have been amazing for me. It seems that our little business has turned yet another corner and we are beginning a new chapter in our story. It isn't that we are changing anything, but we are seeing the demographics of our business change right before our very eyes, and we are doing our best to change with it and keep up. Of course, there are some small hiccups along the way (growth pains, if you will!) but that is expected and so far we have been doing pretty well with adjusting to things. I hope it continues. 

While I have been a bit tired, it is a good type of tired. It is the kind of feeling you have after a great workout in the gym. At the close of each day I look at what I accomplished and even though my list of goals for the day may not be complete, it is hard to look down on myself because the list of things that were accomplished is much longer. Yet still I try to do better. :) 

I am going to keep this post short today because I have some deadlines looming. It seems that as our little business continues to grow, I truly have to re-assess the things to spend time on.  I am afraid that for now I may not have the luxury of sitting here and writing at my leisure each morning (as many of my longer and contemplative blogs can take quite a bit of time for me to complete.) That doesn't mean that I will not be here and not be keeping you up to date with all the new and exciting things that are waiting to be created, but I do have to check myself and keep things shorter, as there are only 24 hours in the day and I wish I didn't have to spend any of them sleeping! I just have to spend the time concentrating on the deadlines and commitments before me. I know you will all understand. 

It is part of the painting design I am creating for Toletown that I showed earlier this week. It will go with those beautiful, intense colored swatches that I created. I hope to finish it up in the next day or so, and I will also be adding in a video with the techniques for creating those pretty background pieces that I showed. It will be fun and certainly fill up my weekend. (Among other things!) 

I hope you are all a little patient with me with answering emails and stuff. I am really trying my best to keep up with everything, and move forward with creating as well. All in all it will be a busy and beautiful weekend for me. I hope you have a great one as well. 

Happy Friday to you all! I hope you spend your weekend making beautiful things and fulfilling your own creativity! 

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 01-29-2016 02:38 PM

Very true. A lot of small businesses fail because people don’t expect the long hours. Just remember that you do deserve some “me” time to keep your perspective fresh.

-- Kepy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 03:01 PM

I do, Kepy. When I feel ‘frazzled’ I know it is time to take a step back and watch Rome burn, if only for a little while! ;)

I DO love what I do and MOST times it is a joy to be working hard on what I love. It makes a huge difference.

I am very fortunate, I believe.

Have a great weekend!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 01-30-2016 03:13 AM

Spring flowers with the background colours of those swatches – really looking forward to seeing the whole project. While I was helping my great niece with a painting project today, I did some painting myself. I haven’t painted for a few months so I was enjoying picking up the paintbrush again. I’m trying to balance sewing projects with wood carving, with scroll sawing and with painting – more hours in the day please! :)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 01-30-2016 04:35 AM

Why worry much of the deadline… I could see the clock of a season… Heart for Feb DONE ... Tulips for Spring. As long as we are proactive and not reactive, we can stay focus on the deadline or even earlier. In my case, the delay when you keep changing the original plans.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 01-30-2016 02:01 PM

Anna – you sound exactly like me! Always hoping for more time! :) What a great way to go through life though. I don’t think the word “bored” is in my vocabulary! (Nor do I want it to be!) LOL!

Hi, Bert – I am so glad you are back with us here and feeling better! Yes – having a medical setback certainly helps you look at things with fresh eyes. Seven years ago I had wound up in the hospital and it changed my life. I wound up changing my entire lifestyle and I have learned to appreciate each and every second of every day. I know that is why I have such a positive attitude. Some things can’t be helped, but others are in our own hands. We need to help ourselves in order to succeed in the world and make our lives the best we can.

I wish you all the best in the future, my friend! :) (((HUGS)))

Have a great weekend! xo Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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