10 Things Seamly.co Taught Me About Life

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.

 

  1. 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.
  2. Kindness is a strength – always.
  3. If it feels icky, it is. Intuition knows.
  4. Quality over quantity. Not just in design, but in everything – more and bigger doesn’t mean better in business or relationships.
  5. 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.
  6. Feedback is critical. I could use it more often.
  7. 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.”
  8. People are awesome, supportive, and helpful, when you let them be.
  9. Good always comes back around. So does bad. Karma is real –  not because of magic, but because that’s the way human relationships work.
  10. If you always look at what’s not going right, you’ll never see what is.

XO

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Kristin Glenn

Hi! I'm Kristin, the founder / designer at Seamly.co. A few years ago, I became obsessed with sustainable fashion, co-founding {r}evolution apparel and Kickstarting "the Versalette" -- without knowing how to sew industrially or draft a pattern. Now, I'm going back to the basics, and learning how this big fashion machine works...

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