January 4, 2022

A New Year Brings New Opportunities


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We are all told that a new year brings new opportunities but what does that mean in real life?

The first thing that comes into mind is the roof is now fixed and John has the opportunity to decorate the house.

For me it is a time to reflect on what didn’t work last year, what needed improvement? and how can I move forward for the next year.

I recently read an article on chain reactions and how this affects our lives. Of course we all know that our actions have consequences but putting this into practice for our business can be tricky. Here I will try and explain what I am thinking.

New opportunities do not in reality just fall into our laps as we would like to think. I have found that I have to go looking for them and at times ask for help to achieve a goal. I may be a small one but if I need help to get there then I will ask.

But I have to say I do not always ask for help when I really need it as I like to try and do things for myself. This can mean a missed opportunity. So maybe it is time for me to remind myself that in this world there is help everywhere and I do not need to do everything. The one thing that I do need help with is time. There is  never enough time.

So the first thing I have done is organise for a gardener to quote and do the gardening each month for me. That is the big stuff for now like removing the brambles and helping prepare the veg patch. Then second thing is organising my cleaner to help with the spring cleaning. One room at a time. Just these two things have the potential to save me loads of time so I can concentrate on the studio stuff.

The next thing I have completed is a weekly plan so that I am not charging about all over the place to get things done. I have allocated one day a week to the house and garden. Two days to the shop and the rest for studio work. Now I have no idea if this is even going to work but I will give it the first three months of  the new year to see what the results are.

More studio time means more completed works and more time to meet new people and perhaps teach a little bit more. It certainly does mean more time for me to attend classes held at the studio so I will be looking at bringing more in this year.

More finished works means more exhibitions to show them.  Which means meeting more people and perhaps some of those people will book into the studio to either teach or to learn.  More finished works means trips to the framers and meeting more people  too. You See more opportunities.

Also more finished works means more stock for the shop. Talking about the shop I have been organising new items for it from Colourcraft, and a few other suppliers so that I can have everything we need in the shop ready for the workshops. That will free up space in the studio too. It will take time but I will get it full of lovely items for us to use.

There are a lot opportunities out there even during this trying time and finding them can be a challenge. But I want to be able to make the most of the year in every way I can. I want to be busy all the time as I start looking for things to do if I am not. That is not always good. Cleaning out a cupboard for example usually leads to clearing out a lot of items not used for some time and trips to the charity shops and rubbish tip. he guys do not like it when that happens as I then turn my attention to them and their rubbish.

Mind you taking items to the charity shop usually leads to more opportunities as I usually find something to buy for a project.

I would like to create opportunities for others too so I am looking for new tutors for the studio. They can teach their own craft or art and it can be for any time from half a day to a weekly course if they like. If your interested or know of someone who may be interested please do get in touch on 01553611009.

Progression in Textiles meets for the first time this week. We will be looking at the years exhibitions and making sure we are fully organised for them. These will be great for us all to meet new people to discuss our work with. Do look out for us at The Forum in Norwich, The NEC at Birmingham and in Brancaster. We will be part of the open studios but have not decided on where to exhibit yet. We will keep you posted of course.

Take care





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