Today l am making my escape bid and l am off to Stirling to go pick sloes with Rosemary. The weather is still pretty hellish (not as dramatic and horrid as yesterday tho') so it's a case of major layers in the clothing dept to protect against rain, wind, cold and the fact that l will no doubt fall into a bush or two and slip in the mud. I now my clumsiness, l am prepared.
Jane (snapdragon) blogged the other day about how much she loves her job. I thought this was a marvelous post and l have to agree with her in her feelings on spending extra time with the business because you love what you do. I now l have moaned and groaned and been pretty pathetic about lack of time and not getting things done work wise, but l have to say l do love what l do. I love the fact that when l come up with some whacky idea at 3am and try to put it into practice at a more realistic 8am, it is actually my job that l am doing. Okay some ideas are not quite as successful as others. I have come up with some cracking plans for scenters etc, they seemed so great at 3am (doesn't everything) but alas by the light of day and the application of the sewing machine, they fall at the first fence and end up filed under bin.
I have always loved making things, for years it was horse sculptures and all things related to that. And for a brief spell of time l used to make collectors teddy bears. There has always been the mad crafter in me. With Dream Acres l just added my mad crafter element to the herb grubber, a combination that has brought me so much joy and satisfaction over the years. I will admit there are times of stress and difficulty. Fairs don't go as you had hoped, designs don't work out or sell well, greenhouse blows down, things like that. But when l think about the ideas, the designing, the quiet sewing, the herb gathering, drying and blending, the heavenly smells, the whole creativity thing – yes it is a good job to have and l love it.
So thanks Jane for making me stop and think about this one. Sometimes when you are up against the clock you just forget what you are doing it all for – the fact that you love it. You have to sort of rein back a bit and remind yourself that under the panic of the forthcoming fairs/orders etc, this is something that you really like to do.
I am always slightly amazed and very flattered when l get emails re my work, blog etc from people saying that they find me inspirational. That it helps them get motivated to 'give it a go' and things like that. Well, while l am far from inspirational in real life l have one word of advise after all this thought of job satisfaction and enjoyment – ENJOY – do what you enjoy doing, enjoy what you do, don't follow trends for something you think is the next best thing, stick with what you love doing even when things get pretty tough and that enjoyment seems far away. Sometimes it takes someone else to point it out to you again but hold on to it, your joy in what you do is the key and it will get you through.