Two years ago today, I launched Seamly.co. The shop had four products, three of which I sewed myself (crudely, I might say now that’s two years later). I would take backpacks full of fabric from my house in Boulder, CO, to Denver, where I worked and sewed at the Denver Design Incubator. I’d ride my bike to the bus, take the hour-long bus ride, and then bike to the studio. It was some of the hardest physical labor I’ve ever done in my life.
Two years later, a lot has changed. I live in NYC, work with a manufacturer in Denver, and am working on only one, ultra-versatile design for 2015.
I’ve made more mistakes than I can count. There have been many tears, many near-quits, many late nights, and much doubt. With the money I’ve spent and borrowed, I could have gotten an MBA. But I don’t think anything, or anyone, could have taught me the lessons that Seamly.co has.
- Taking care of myself is the most important thing there is – moving my body, eating well, keeping a routine, and spending time with people who give me energy.
- Kindness is a strength – always.
- If it feels icky, it is. Intuition knows.
- Quality over quantity. Not just in design, but in everything – more and bigger doesn’t mean better in business or relationships.
- The fastest way to disappointment is through expectation. Not to say that dreaming big and envisioning the best possible outcome is bad, but attachment to hope and outcome is a sure-fire way to never get what you really wanted — and never be happy with what you have.
- Feedback is critical. I could use it more often.
- The whole point is flow. Being so in-the-zone that you don’t want to get up, eat, or stop. It’s my “why.”
- People are awesome, supportive, and helpful, when you let them be.
- Good always comes back around. So does bad. Karma is real – not because of magic, but because that’s the way human relationships work.
- If you always look at what’s not going right, you’ll never see what is.