Wednesday, January 17, 2007

All Over the Place

Coffee in the Austin skyline mug for Bryon and Vanessa in anticipation of their wedding (got the "save the date" postcard yesterday!), "Play It All Night Long" by Warren Zevon on iTunes. This post started as A Year in Review, but it's all over the place.

Let's just do January today. What was I doing a year ago this month? Well, I was trying to reconcile a year's worth of expenses into Quickbooks from little scraps of paper in just a few days. I was fretting about my booth design for the Buyer's Market in February. I received and was unpacking a buttload of glass from Bullseye. I was freaking out over having new work shot by my photographer in time for the BMAC postcard.. hmmm, sounds depressingly familiar.

Do I really repeat the exact same behaviors over and over again? Aha! What I am not doing this year is having anxiety attacks! Well, mostly not. I almost miss them. I got more done when I was getting up at 4:30 in the morning. Now I get up at 7:45 and need to be really, really organized to get everything not quite done in a day. But I'm happier. At this time last year I had committed to grow my wholesale business, write a book and do my website and I was terrified. Now the book is almost done, I am making a smaller grow-the-wholesale-business push this year with and the American Craft Retailer's Expo in Las Vegas in May, and I have to redo my website. Again. Did I mention I'm happier? And less stressed, let's not forget less stressed.

Today, call the photographer and make an appointment to shoot work I haven't made yet from glass I haven't unpacked yet with a mold I haven't prepped yet. And the book photographer comes next Tuesday to shoot all the how-to photos Wednesday-Friday. Got to finish making the list of the projects steps and materials I need to have ready for him to photograph and then start assembling them. Did I mention I'm not having anxiety attacks anymore? It's the valium. Just kidding.


Bill Paley said...

Well, I'm so glad you've progressed to the point where you're not stressed anymore.

Brenda Griffith said...

Okay, I may have exaggerated a bit... I am still stressed, I'm just not ANXIOUS.

Anonymous said...

Relax!! Breathe!! Think beautiful thoughts!! Love the dogs!! Love the Kid!! Love the better half!! Relax!! Stress is a 6 letter word that you need to let go. Remember that if nothing gets done that the world won't blow up and you can still get make beautiful glass for everyone to see and use.