I truly hope you all enjoyed New Years celebrations and 2016 brings a renewal of your hopes and dreams.
For me, 2015 was a transformational year. I stepped so far outside my comfort zone that I no longer recognize the circle that I was in. I had many successes in 2015 and many learning opportunities and I'm the better for it.
The year ended with the publication of our latest book Tales from the Script and with that brought all sorts of new opportunities that have now carried over into 2016. I'll not bore you with the details now but I can tell you that this holiday season felt completely different for me.
Christmases and New Years in the past were sometimes a big struggle for me. I've put my company on hiatus twice during this time due to the frustration of not being able to make it work. Because I couldn't make it work I was trapped in a job that I didn't enjoy and the onset of January / February generally meant that Gary wouldn't be around much as he helped his clients through the RRSP season. Suffice it to say, I was one of those that really dreaded the holidays.
But 2015 brought about some new changes, new ideas that I experimented with, but mostly it brought about more confidence in myself, my company and my products. I discovered craft fairs and befriended some very talented artisans - people who are passionate about what they do. There were knitters who made some phenomenal sweaters, toques, scarves, mitts, socks - all things well used by Canadians. A good friend of mine makes a wide variety of products from Beeswax. I met iron sculptors, canvas artists, face painters, soap makers and a talented young man who made some very delicious sauces and dips. There were also a large number of mostly women that were direct sellers - people who sold products for companies through home parties and such. While these women didn't make their products, they were very passionate about the company and the value the goods could add to someone's life.
These people went out to market after market because they believed in what they were doing. Their products are not mainstream but they are fun and useful and hold meaning. These artists have inspired me to keep going. As I spoke with them and they were so full of creative ideas, their enthusiasm rubbed off on me. I ended up creating more products with more to come and finding better ways to serve people with the thing that I'm passionate about.
As I kept leaning into it, I kept getting more and more inspired. So much so that for the first time in many years, I was excited about the start of a New Year.
What I'm leading up to, is that if you've found yourself in a place where there seems to be many hurdles to overcome, don't try overcoming them all at once. Just try one at a time and little by little you'll reach your goal.
I hope that 2016 brings you health, happiness, peace and love.
Take care and happy reading!
Darlene Poier Publisher and Owner Pages Of Stories, Inc.