This Saturday is the big studio move and I'll start packing tomorrow. I've been spending time trying to get myself in the right mindset to be able to make quick decisions about what gets moved and what needs to go. This stack of books in the photo is among the first to go. These books represent many years of self doubt that kept me from quitting my job and running my business full time. It took me 9 years to figure it out and these books did absolutely nothing to help. I would buy a new book, hoping it would have the magic recipe to solve all my problems only to be disappointed. We would always joke that I should write one myself, but after reading so many, I'm convinced that this is one topic you don't need a book for- there isn't one formula for making a business work.
This year, I want to try harder to stop looking at and worrying about what everyone else is doing and focus on what I really want to do. It's so easy to accidentally absorb the same design sensibility as everyone else after hours of scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest. While I'm cleaning and packing these next few days, I want to evaluate everything and ask myself if it truly represents me and my business. I want to start this year fresh- with new ideas and less stuff.
Check back later for a post studio move update!
ps: I'm actually keeping the business 101 book on top. And here's a little known fact for you- I almost went back to school for my MBA in 2010. I still wish that I would have gone for a business degree in undergrad, but I guess I should be satisfied that I made it this far with degrees in Painting and Psychology :/