Sunday, March 3, 2013

IF I GET A TATTOO

If ever I’ll get a tattoo...
I want it to be a word hidden on the side of my ring finger.
I used to spend time thinking of what word to put there...as if I’m on my way to the tattoo parlor already.

Faith, love, believe
Dancer, dreamer
...are just some of the words that have been in my shortlist...

I’ve never quite gotten to the point of deciding...
Until now.

INSPIRE

Oh! Such a lovely word.

I don’t know.
Maybe it’s just hangover from the movies that I’ve just watched.
But yeah...if ever I do decide to get one...
It’ll be that word for sure.


Another inspiring true story about pushing limits


I am not saying I am an inspiration.
I want to be.
Hence, the word.

To do that, I need to overcome a lot of challenges first.
“Hurdles”, I believe, is the common factor in all success stories.
Without it, you can’t claim victory for something that may have just been handed to you.
To inspire, you need to get something you’ve never had by doing what seems unthinkable for others.
 In the process, you show them that it’s not impossible after all.

Good news for me.
The life of an entrepreneur seems filled with all kinds of hurdles along the way.
Believe me.
The hurdles just keep on coming.

Before I go on to the current one, let me give you a recap of the hurdles that I’ve already conquered... to jump start this entry on a positive note.

First, leaving my stable job to follow my dreams and be a full-time entrepreneur.
Second, transitioning from a struggling entrepreneur/breadwinner reeling from the loss of her monthly pay check to a more stable one with savings on hand for the rainy season.
And last but not the least, my latest mini-victory -- learning to accept the fact that I’m not the only one who can do what I do and that others can be trained to help.

Meet Manang Nita, Manang Bebot and Ate Jovee.
Ate Jen was absent during the pictorial.


Yes, friends.
I have conquered the dilemma I shared with you in an entry a couple of months ago.
I have finally hired 4 more pairs of hands to help...
All I can say is...the cost of employing them is worth every penny.

One lesson from hurdling this challenge is that ideas are realized faster.
For instance, these keychain plushies and pins here have been in my mind FOREVER.
It’s only now that they’ve come to life.
Thanks to my 4 beautiful hired crafters.


Keychain plushies
Handmade pins :)
Complete album soon on Popjunklove


I would have wanted to end my story there.
It sounded like a happy ending already, right?
Unfortunately, there are still hurdles to face because like I’ve said...they just keep on coming.

HOW TO KEEP MY WORKERS?

With 4 hired hands, joining bazaars may no longer be enough.
Especially if you have uber hardworking employees who only take 15 minute lunch breaks despite insisting they could take longer ones, it’s not unlikely that you’ll end up with too much stocks on hand with only a few venues to display your items.
If I don't dispose of my items soon, I may have to let my staff go. 
Worst case scenario as far as I'm concerned.

This leads me to my second dilemma...
SHOULD I ALREADY PUT UP A SHOP?

Christmas season had been good  to us so I was able to save a little for expansion.
In fact, a spot even opened up for us in a known commercial area so the dream of owning a shop seems too real now.

However, I just have enough to open.
I heard stories about shops needing at least months worth of resources to stay afloat on lean months.
I don’t have that yet.
If I do open, the shop should earn on its first month.
Best case scenario that unfortunately, just doesn't happen all the time.


Daydreaming on what my store would look like one sunny afternoon

OH!!!
WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO BE TOO DAMN HARD?!!
WHY OH WHY...DOES EVERYTHING REQUIRE JUMPING OFF A CLIFF AND PRAYING ON YOUR WAY DOWN THAT YOU’LL HIT ONLY WATER AND NOT ROCKS?!!!

These thoughts have been in my mind since the leasing officer told me already to sign the offer sheet or the space will be offered to another merchant.
I don’t have an answer yet.
What I know for sure is that I have to make a decision soon.
We’ll see what tomorrow has in store for me.
For now, I’ll comfort myself with this quote that I happened to chance upon today of all days...






I believe with all my heart that I'll get to that light someday and hopefully, be someone's inspiration to reach for their dreams as well.
I just need to find my way through the darkness first.


It all started with my dream tattoo, 
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4 comments:

  1. but you're an inspiration already! :) keep up the excellent work!! and congratulations ;)

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  2. If the word was about you, it should be Inspiration (can't believe I let someone else use that word before me)!!! :)

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  3. Nike, you always say the nicest things! I love super love your work also!!!

    Ric, if you have no problem having kids with tattoo (or at least ready with an excuse why you have and they shouldnn't), then go ahead..ink away!!! :)

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  4. Inspired is a nice word! and yaa good help is so hard to find, when you find them it is def worth every penny!

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