“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”
― Rainbow Rowell,
I’m not quite sure when I started Summer Child Designs last year. It was a blurry transition from idle brainstorm to actively working with purpose. But I do know that despite the name, Summer Child Designs was official by October in 2016.
And now it’s one year later.
Part of me isn’t really ready to celebrate. And I think it is largely because I know I have a ways to go. It’s a journey, right? …While it certainly feels like I’m constantly winging it (sometimes I definitely am), in reality, I’m usually pretty good about doing my research and setting somewhat reasonable goals for what I can accomplish… and really, I know the work hasn’t changed and there is a lot more that needs doing (but good news, I still enjoy it! *whew!*)
But then again, part of me wants to celebrate anyway. I mean, it’s one year later! And I’m still here! I don’t usually condemn quitting, but I think I still deserve to be proud of not giving up, right?! Right.
For this last year my primary goal has been to open my Etsy shop…which I obviously did. So for the rest of the month — from today until midnight (central time) on Halloween, I’m going to host a ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE.
20% off everything in Etsy my shop! Including even my latest piece, The Autumn Tree!
Whether I feel like celebrating or not, I am so grateful that I have this wonderful opportunity, and experience — and that I still enjoy it so much! I’m definitely back to work, feeling motivated, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!