Here it is. My very first blog post. In the year 2023.
Are people even doing blogs anymore?
Are people even reading blogs anymore?
I enjoy writing, so why not get some thoughts down and post them online for the world to see (or just the handful of people that visit my website daily).
What will my blog be about? The life and shenanigans of a small business owner/artist/single parent.
This spring was busier than I thought it was going to be. I moved my studio out of the basement of the 100+ year old house I am renting and into another historic building in town, where a creative collective just started up. I was not prepared for the technical difficulties that would come along with pottery equipment and industrial electrical wiring. It certainly threw a wrench into my plans to get a ton of stock done and ready to go for the busy summer market season.
With that being said, I did my best to trust that everything would work out (even if I occasionally had my doubts and the imposter syndrome in my head would be telling me to give this all up and get a "real" job). So I put my head down and threw as much I could in may and June to get at least a little bit before July hit and the tourists arrived in town.
The technical difficulties sorted themselves out (with a lot of nudging from me and the owners of the studio I'm renting space from). HUGE sigh of relief. Then July hit and I can only say I was not prepared in the least. I am massively blown away by the amount of support I've received already this year. THANK YOU!
Now my challenge is keeping a market booth stocked and looking appealing. My son is only in summer camp every second week this summer for a couple hours a day throughout the week, so my work week is very limited. I'm finding I have too many ideas and not enough time at the moment, but even what I am getting out there is being extremely well received and I am so grateful for that.
I'll be spending every spare moment in the studio, throwing and glazing and firing. I am also blessed with a dream team of glazers - My grandmother and my aunt. we've been spending the last few Sundays at the studio brushing glazes on bisque ware and chatting and sharing lunch. I've frequently stopped myself thinking about how THESE are the good old days, and I'm soaking up these moments as much as I can.
Life is busy. Running a small business is hard work. But when the business is me doing what I love and spending time with people I care about, its worth all the sweat and occasional tears. So this summer is going to be busy, but I will love every minute of it. And when I'm not at the studio, I'll be hanging out at the beach, or camping or taking in some of the festivals/events here in the Okanagan with my son.
Thanks for reading. I'll write again soon.