On listening to your heart and having the courage to let go

Real talk time -- 

Recently, I’ve been dealing with some internal struggles about my calligraphy workshops. As in, do I even want to teach anymore?

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Now, don't get me wrong - I love hosting events, teaching classes, and getting to meet people like you, who actually want to learn calligraphy! What I I don't enjoy is marketing myself, the anxiety associated with filling a class, lugging supplies all over the place, not having a venue to call my own, and the loneliness associated with being a solo entrepreneur, doing all of this on my own. It was starting to wear on me…

Last year, I had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands in NYC, which led me to hosting more workshops in the city. I admit, I was swept up by the excitement and “glamour” of it all. I felt validated, like I finally “made it”. But let’s be real. Taking gigs in NYC or anywhere else doesn’t make or break me as a calligrapher/teacher. The simple fact is that I was taking these jobs because it brought in funds that I needed to pay the bills. And yes, I will continue to take on gigs in the city as I see fit, but as far as workshops go - the anxiety of filling classes, plus expensive venue fees (and everything else mentioned above) was wreaking havoc on my physical and mental health. As much as I want to serve my NYC client base, I have to listen to my heart (and body) and let some things go.

Which, is why I’ve decided on the following:

City folks, going forward I will only be booking private workshops as the minimum number is guaranteed, eliminating some of the anxiety re: filling classes. So, if you live in NYC and would like to learn modern calligraphy from me, invite a few friends and make it a girls’ night! I can travel to your home or you can book a Breather space of your choice (referral link).

I have also opened booking for private lessons in Westchester & Rockland counties - this is for anyone who’s looking to take their calligraphy to the next level, or whose schedule just doesn’t sync up with my workshop calendar.

Making changes in my business is always scary, and I know that I will be disappointing people (I’m sorry!). But these changes can lead to new and exciting things - which, I’m happy to share is on the horizon! Stay tuned! :)

Stop Waiting for Perfect | Shop Launch!

Friends. 

I finally did it. I finally, finally opened my online shop

It’s been a long time coming and for those who have been following my journey from the beginning, you might be thinking - geez, what took you so long?

Fear

Fear is what took me so long. Fear that my lettering just isn’t good enough, fear that people won’t like my designs, think I’m a sell-out, just don’t give a crap. Fear that the drop shipping company/printing manufacturers will mess up and make me look bad. Fear that I won’t make any sales. Fear that people will figure out I really don’t know what the heck I’m doing and lose all credibility.

It’s been 6 long months of agonizing over different e-commerce platforms, testing products and manufacturers, triple-guessing my designs, and even scrapping the whole idea of opening a shop at all. 

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But recently, I was encouraged to stop waiting for perfect and just put it out there - I got it so stuck in my head that I needed to have a full line of products before I opened. I kept coming up with excuses to push it off - like having proper branding, nit-picking every design, manufacturer, and product. But you know what?  Screw perfect.

If you expect perfectly packaged boxes, tied up with twine then my shop is not for you. If you expect nicely hand-written notes with each order, nope, not for you either. And that’s okay. 

Although I adore pretty packaged products, I had to make a few decisions and sacrifices for the type of shop I’d like to run - a shop that focuses on delivering a quality product in an efficient manner, but still allowing me to make time for my family and friends and traveling to see said family and friends. Most importantly, I want my shop to align with my heart’s desire - which, is to use my lettering and design for good. 

We don’t have to be perfect to help others and give back. With all that’s been going on in the world as of late, my heart has been heavy...it was time for me to do something about it. Even in the smallest way. 

It’s my hope to use this shop as a way to inspire hope and encouragement, as well as give back monetarily to worthy causes and organizations. I hope you’ll join me!

Without further ado, I invite you to check out the Shop - thank you so much for taking a look!