Thursday, September 29, 2011

ch-ch-ch-changes



I started this whole "handmade" adventure in 2009, shortly after graduating from Texas A&M and moving to Colorado. It's been quite an adventure, going from a hobby getting excited over 3 sales a week - to on hold while we went overseas for a stint doing Missions - to a full-time job with a full-time salary but no full-time benefits and often working overtime - to something I've put on the back burner as I pursued other things. 


I'm thankful for the experience...for how it toughened me up...for how it allowed me to be creative ALL the time. 24/7. 

Which was the problem...that whole 24/7 thing.

You see, I was so burned out in April. SO burned out.  I couldn't turn my brain off. If I wasn't sketching up new designs, digging through fabric swatches to go along with them, or  rolling rosettes, I was on the computer or my iPhone, tweeting or blogging, keeping in touch with my "customer base." Let's just say that I wasn't making Chase a priority...and that's not right. 

 I also just missed people. Being in my studio all day was hard on this little social butterfly. The work load was too much and I have a hard time asking for help. That's when I took a step back and got a job at Anthropologie. I've loved every second of it. 

As most of you know, recently I took a promotion as my store's Personal Shopper. This came with added responsibility and a nice little pay raise that I gladly accepted. Again, I've loved every second of it and I can humbly admit that I'm good at it. I leave every day inspired and fulfilled - knowing :

that I've loved people well and pointed them to Christ in my actions and words (most of the time, anyways...the occasional sassafras can bring out the worst in me). 

that I've made women feel confident and beautiful by putting them in an item of clothing that fits them well and is flattering to their body type.

that I've used the talents and gifts the Lord has given me to glorify Him.

that I'm not being selfish with my time.

that I've reminded women that they are beautiful. beautiful. no matter where their pudge is or how much muffin top they have. no matter if they can look good in skinny jeans or not. 


As I work more hours at Anthropologie and enjoy the time I have in my new role, I've made the decision to put Oh, Sweet Joy! aside for a while. I'm not sure what this might look like, just yet. An occasional craft show/handmade market will definitely be on the agenda (after all, I did just make Oh, Sweet Joy! an LLC!) and I have a feeling I'll create things that are one.of.a.kind and list them spontaneously. I want to get back to the root of handmade. Making things that are unique and special, not mass-produced.

((The shop will remain open with limited items.))

 Custom orders will be welcome (I'm even making some Farmer's Market dresses for an upcoming wedding!), but will be taken on in a limited quantity, as I focus on what's important to me right now. 
My relationship with the Lord.
My home. 
My friends.
 My family.
This blog. 



At the end of this year, I'd hate to look back and regret that I selfishly pursued my dreams, rather than loving God, loving the important people in my life, and loving the people of Boulder.

God created me to be creative. He gave me an eye for color and for design. I'm not about to let that waste away, BUT I want to be intentional with it and  create out of an overflow of inspiration, rather than a need for an overflow of inventory. 


This most certainly isn't the end, but it's a more substantial pause
Thanks so much for the journey. Thanks so much for the endless encouragement and support. Thank you for proudly wearing/using/promoting your Oh, Sweet Joy! products. It's been a blast!


love.

sidenote:
This article by the beautiful Robie Dodson spoke to my heart and you may want to read it if you are a Christian woman and want to make sure your heart and motives are right for the handmade biz you are pursuing.




24 comments:

  1. this is so beautifully written and very inspiring. super glad i found your blog. adore it already. i'm following. I'd love if you'd check out of my latest Lauren Conrad inspired outfit post. I took the pictures in front of her old house on the Hills. So pretty. Love to hear what you think.Thanks love. xoxo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  2. love how you are pursuing the lord with everything!!!

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  3. A&M????!!!!!! My hubby and brother went to A&M too! :-)

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  4. You are amazing and no matter what you do, you will be great at it! You need to remember to always do what is best for you! Have fun with your new job ;-)

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  5. I love how bold you are with your blog and sharing your heart. I'm a little upset that I haven't gotten anything from your store yet...but HOPEFULLY you'll be back and then I can order. :) I'll look forward to reading and commenting more on the blog. ;)

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  6. Hey there - this is Robie Dodson! My husband sent me an email saying that your fabulous blog had posted my article...gosh, thanks so much! I'm glad I'm not the only one rummaging through the daily surrender process. I'd love to encourage you in this decision to slow down and love the ones you love. You won't regret it!
    On a second note - I sure wish I lived in Boulder, I think we'd be awesome friends!
    On a third note ... I'm wondering if you'd be interested in a trade??? I love this dress:
    http://ohsweetjoy.bigcartel.com/product/farmer-s-market-dress-peaches
    If you're up for it (and totally understand if not!) I'd love to trade --- www.Parsimony.etsy.com
    Just let me know!
    Regardless, I pray for lots of hidden treasures of reward for you in this season of restructuring!
    robie

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  7. Sometimes you just need to do what's right for you, that's all.

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  8. You are so inspirational Kim.
    I hope that whatever path you walk on leads you to infinite happiness.
    xoxo

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  9. I hope you will kep us posted occasionaly as I have only just discovered your blog recently and I would miss it dearly! But I understand that if what you are doing becomes a chore or takes over your life its never good, balance is key and to be loving what you do. good luck in everything x

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  10. so beautiful and well-written, friend! this is so bittersweet but so excited to see what the next season brings you. you go, girl! i love you!

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  11. Friend! That was beautifully written. I'm so excited for you!

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  12. So perfect. I think Jesus can absolutely be found in the internet, but I *know* that he lives in the community we create with people in the flesh. So happy that he's using you in this new job - and using you well!

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  13. you are amazing kim! i am soo happy for you and your anthro job!! :) i def commend you for taking a break from your shop, i know how hard it can be to keep one up with all these other things going on as well~~!

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  14. I have so much respect for you, Kim. You've had some hard decisions to make and you've done so in honesty and grace. It's inspiring. I'm so happy for your success with Anthro and finding something you love yet gives to others.

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  15. Thanks for sharing that article, and good for you for making the right choice for your family no matter what others might think. God bless you and your new focus girl!

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  16. I'm so impressed that you're able to step back and prioritize-brava!

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  17. finding balance is so hard--it's something i struggle with in having a full-time job in the corporate world where i pray i am a light and blogging and occasionally creating. maybe i'm doing too much but i know i would create regardless b/c God has given me this desire...and blogging and sharing life and inspiration and perhaps hope is something i hope i do through my blog. but again, it's balance-- not finding my identity in my downtown job OR my blog OR my little one-of-kind pretties... but in Him.

    i commend you for pursuing christ first & foremost in everything. best to you at anthro!

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  18. Kim,

    I am sad, in a small way, to read this. But mostly, I'm happy. Happy for you, your sweet heart, your kind spirit, and your bravery. The bravery it took to be honest with yourself and with your customers. It's hard to give up a part of what's been your identity for awhile, in order to pursue the things that truly make you, YOU! The shop will be missed. But I offer you many well wishes on your journey to rediscovering the important things that matter to you most!

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  19. Love what you've said here. Proud of you for recognizing this in yourself and having the strength in courage to do what you know is right in this season. : )

    Amanda
    www.appleblue.org

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  20. Oh, Kim! I think many of us in the online world can relate to the challenges that blogging and running an indie biz bring. You did a wonderful job, made and shared so many beautiful things, and made real connections with people. I hope your heart feels free and light today, knowing you're moving in the direction that follows the loves in your life. I say you've made a wonderful decision!

    I do hope you keep posting from time to time!

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  21. this is all so inspirational girl! love just being able to feel your passion and the spirit!
    xo TJ

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  22. I lOVE this. Love that you put your heart out there on what God is showing you and left room for people to do the same. So happy for you and what I know God is going to do in and through you.

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  23. It's great to follow your journey. It's ok to step away (for a while ;)).... just make sure you don't neglect this corner of the internet completely. Love to read here :)

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