I’ve been considering a huge, huge decision. Through all of the going back and forth in my mind, I’ve been working hard on keeping the perspective that when we let one thing go, we make more room for something else to be born. I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was fear with this decision, but I worry more about the fear that comes with not making the decision. I want to be brave with my life. I want to listen to it. I want to grow.
It is with this perspective and faith that I’ve made the big decision to scale back the scope of my online shop in a big, big way. The shop is the busiest it’s ever been, and it’s a major income stream for me, but it takes a lot of work to run it – even with employees helping. It also takes a lot of energy + time – something that I’d like to start putting toward other big ideas and projects. I am so grateful for all the abundance it’s brought me all of these years, but I’m feeling called to let it go.
I’m planning to let the current products/inventory sell out (very close to this now). Once everything is sold, I’ll continue to offer very limited items – just matted prints, greeting cards, and perhaps an occasional batch of original painting. No more wall canvases, home decor products, stationery/office products, or gift products. My plan is to keep it simple, simple, simple.
I will still (of course!) announce when new products come out with my licensing partners and share photos and all that fun stuff, but I will no longer sell the products online. Instead, I’ll do my best to direct you to a shop in your local area (or an online vendor) that carries the products.
Since having baby True, I’m learning how precious time really is. It is money. It is energy. It is limited. More than ever, I want to pay attention to how I’m using my energy and my time and I want to be sure I’m opening up as much possible space in my heart and in my limited work hours so that I can nurture new growth, new ideas, new room for possibilities. I also want to be sure I’m enjoying it. I always know when I need to make a change – it’s usually when something is no longer fun and feels more like a burden. That’s what’s happening here, and I’m paying close attention.
I’m excited about what will be born from making this big decision! I have a feeling it’s going to be good. I already feel free, lighter.
I’m also looking forward to reclaiming this blog space for more stories, more photos, tutorials, and more without having to use it a promotional tool for the shop – this has especially been weighing heavy on my heart. I want to write + create and let some of the marketing/biz pieces go for a bit.
So, with that news, please head on over to the shop and get any remaining products before they are no longer available. The shop will close next week for a couple of months for a nice long winter break before returning in Feb with its new limited stock of prints + greeting cards.