Earlier today I posted a couple of snaps to my personal Facebook page. I had been sewing, baking, chatting and plotting - in other words I had been at 'work'. I made the comment that I was extremely fortunate to be able to work from home, set my own schedule and be my own boss. That was on my personal page, where I have no qualms about sharing the real story of my life.
On my business Facebook page for JMC it's a different story and it got me thinking. I created this poster as a reminder to be true to myself, to honour myself and to OWN IT. What on earth?
JMC is a new business venture for me. I want to look like I know what I am talking about. I want to inspire and have people aspire to have what I have or do what I do. I want to look professional.
I've been a tiny bit secretive about what I do, thinking that my other work detracts from what I am trying to accomplish here. Does it? I've decided that if it does look unprofesh to you then we're not a good fit. Sorry to be harsh but it's my new mantra, to be true to myself.
So getting real. Today, a day in the life of a creative mum. (33 friends pressed 'like' on my post on FB. My life looks like fun!! and it is!)
- Woke up at 6.30am and finally got up at 7 to see my eldest off to school. On rainy days I drive him to the train station but today it was clear although his bike seat needed a dry-off.
- 7.45am while waiting for a load of washing to finish I am sorting out my sock drawer and setting aside winter thermals which I'll need later this year when I go to New Zealand!!
- My youngest dashes out the door at around this time.
- I have emails that have come in overnight, I eat breakfast and type replies one-handed.
- I receive the loveliest email from a new customer at Mee a Bee, my children's bag shop (Business #1). Customer service is very important to me so I reply as quickly and as thoroughly as I can.
- By ten my other customers have arrived, Business #2 is me teaching local residents to speak English. We do this over coffee and homemade cake. I've baked mini-carrot cakes. And since I have people in the house I've had to clean the bathroom, vacuum, get out of my yoga pants and put on some makeup.
- 11.30am sees them leaving, all raving about my cakes and admiring my shiny floors. I steam-mopped a few days ago. Dishes washed and cleared away, Business #2 is done with for the week - I have nine classes over the month.
- I head straight for the closet where my sewing room is now housed and pull out the bags that I need to make. Back to Business # 1. Lunch will have to wait.
- Sewing completed by half-past twelve but two new styles have emerged so I need new photos. My portable photo studio is above my sewing machine. I use a cheapo point & shoot camera to take shots then edit as much as I can given my lack of professional skill in this area, using free software by Gimp. I get the photos uploaded to my Etsy storefront for Mee a Bee then contact the customer again, chat to a few people on Facebook and eat leftovers at my desk again.
- The poster above emerges from my subconscious when I realise the disconnect between the image I present on JMC Facebook and my personal page. I know why I do it. I want to be bigger. I want to go after the bigger fish. Probably only 1% of Etsy sellers, or even less, really make it. There are many small fish. BTW Jacqui Miyabayashi Creative is Business #3.
- The day continues and by 3pm the pumpkin has changed back and I'm mum again. The littlest runs in and demands a hug. Swimming lessons, dinner, bedtime story.
- Midnight. I am writing this post. I should be in bed. The other half of my life starts again in six hours.
That's my day in a nutshell. Three kids if you include my husband which I do during the week since he needs feeding and creates laundry just like the other two. Three businesses. Three separate customer profiles. Three websites and a million emails. All collectively they are me: Jacqui Miyabayashi. All born from me and my ideas.
So. I vow to be true to myself. To honour what I have created. To keep it real. To own it. To share what I know. To trust that I have expertise. My skills are enough. I am good enough, better than good, I am amazing.