Howdy! I'm ok. I haven't been writing because I haven't been finishing much or finishing anything that's not a shirt. I posted on Friday that I wouldn't be taking any more Greek orders for an indefinite period of time. I've decided to use this post to tell you why.
Bare naked truth, I don't make enough money to work from home and hate it. If I didn't care about liking how I made my living, I could go in to a job like everybody else. I started painting for my chapter and for my friends and then anyone who wanted to buy. This was a hustle gone right. Never in my life did I expect to STILL be doing this, at all, let alone still doing line shirts. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE what I do, but I'm bored out of my mind (emphasis on out of my mind). It WAS fun at first. It was NEW for a long time, but it's been a while now and the novelty of it has worn off for me.
Many people have inaccurately described me as a Greek designer. I know that and have ALWAYS known that that is NOT who I am. That particular subset does not fulfill me. It lines my pokkets, which I am grateful for, but I'm past the stage where I still find joy in creating those types of pieces. I find joy in YOUR joy in receiving and liking what I create, but the actual process of creation is painful. It is tedious. It is monotonous. It is...uninspiring. I am suffering.
I like to think that all of us wish to make progress in our careers and businesses, but I don't feel like I'm doing that right now. I have so many ideas and visions inside me that I feel are literally choking beneath piles of...line shirts. lol. I'm not giving my growth the attention it needs or deserves. To be quite honest, it's a tough decision for me. I don't know what will happen if I abandon this in favor of what I feel I should be doing. I'm not sure if many of you appreciate my talent, in a capacity beyond how I can put a spin on your line name, but at this rate, it doesn't matter. I've been pondering this decision for a while, and I feel SO stukk creatively, putting my ideas on the bakk burner in order to make sure that I have (happy) customers. But, if I don't take this much needed and possibly permanent break, I'm not going to be able to accomplish anything.
I hope that you all bear with me as I try to take SYM1 somewhere new. I'm not saying I'll never do another line shirt, but I can definitely (no Melanie) say it will be very limited. I truly appreciate all of you that have been rokkin' with me, line shirts and all, for the past few years and I'm really sorry for those of you that didn't cross before I got to this point. I'm working on piece 131/1000 so if there's something GREEK you want, you have until 140/1000 to get that order in. I'm estimating...I'll be there by Friday. Thanks in advance for your continued support. Now, I'm off to knokk out these shirts, so I can BE GREAT! I need ya'll to trust (with) me on this. lol.