Thank you all so much for your lovely and supportive comments on my post last week.Â Especially since as you’ve gotten to know me by now, I’m sure you probably know that I’m freaking out a bit!!Â And by a bit…I mean A LOT!!Â Of course I’m also beyond thrilled and excited to give my dream a shot – I can’t even imagine what it will be like to wake up everyday and get to do something that I love and I’m passionate about.Â But there’s also that little matter of not getting a steady paycheck anymore.Â I’m thinking I’ll need to get used to ramen noodles…and even harder??Â Giving up my guilty pleasure – Starbucks coffee – not sure I’m ready for that!
There’s so much to fill you guys in on, I’m not sure where to start!!Â I’ll start with giving my notice at work.Â To be honest, I had been thinking I would be let go.Â Like I’ve mentioned before, my job is part time at best – they even had consultants come in and figure out what positions should stay and which should go – and apparently I must have been overlooked!Â So since it wasn’t happening, I knew I would have to make a decision.Â Not an easy one to make.Â Of course, my hubby the wide-eyed optimist, had been encouraging me to quit (don’t you just love his outlook!!Â I really am lucky in that department!)Â But I’m the realist – and also the one that handles our financials.Â And the reality is that we’re cutting our income in half.Â The good news is that we live pretty frugally and we’ve been saving up since I’ve been wanting to do this for years!Â Although I’m pretty much freaking out, it also feels empowering to take this leap of faith…to give myself this chance.Â No Plan B as Jess posted!Â (okay, I have to admit, I have bit of a Plan B – I can’t help it, it’s the worrier in me!!).Â So only one week left…my last day is September 24th!!
And guess what??Â I have my logo, business card and first concept on the web design!!!Â For those of you who have gone through the logo and business card design process and were able to choose – my hat goes off to you!!Â I had the hardest time making that final decision.Â My logo designer really has the patience of a saint – she even graciously extended the number of rounds because I just couldn’t decide!Â But you know what – it’s that darn instinct again.Â Had I just gone with my original gut reaction – I wouldn’t have needed as many rounds – because that’s what I ended up going with.Â But honestly it helped to see it against other designs to know for sure that it was “the one”!Â So drumroll please….here’s a peek at my logo & biz card!
I can’t even tell you how much I love the design we ended up with.Â She came up with the idea of the road sign stamp based off the name one sydney road and it just feels perfect for it.Â She even designed some patterns based off that idea (first image) – and suggested having wrapping paper made using these patterns – how fun would that be??Â Â Â So then I sent these images to the web designer (along with answers to questions they asked me such as other websites I like & colors I like)Â Here I thought deciding on the logo was tough…the web design is even harder!!Â There are so many different elements to consider – color, font, images, how it’s laid out, etc, etc!Â And of course I’m second guessing myself – I LOVE clean, simple sites.Â But do others?Â Is it okay for my store site?Â Again, I have to remind myself that I have to love it – it has to feel like me.
It’s still hard to believe that I could be opening in less than 6 weeks…is this really happening?Â Since I just started receiving products, I’m thinking it is!Â It was really exciting to receive that first box of product – I actually took photos to share with you!Â Here’s a little sneak peek of what I’ll have in the shop…
A friend had said to me how fun it must be to buy all these things…and honestly, it really is…but like I told her, it would be more fun if I was using someone else’s money!Â But as the products are coming in, it’s getting more and more exciting.Â I still have so much left to do though – I’m a bit worried about meeting my grand opening deadline of October 18th.Â I have tons of content to write for the website along with having to figure out shipping, packaging, and advertising/marketing.Â One day at a time, one step at a time, right?Â Counting down until I leave my day job…!!