The postcards are here! THE POSTCARDS ARE HERE!!!
I know, it's kind of a cop out to make this my weekly print series post, but I'm on vacation right now and need to get back to shredding major pow on the slopes. And more importantly, I want to offer you a little discount on this fun set of Oregon goodness. Read on for the promo code, some thoughts about being controlled by the approval of others, and how all my dreams came true on a random Friday afternoon...
Those who have been following along since the beginning know that I created this blog in order to motivate myself to create more. To stop waiting for work to come to me and instead focus on bringing forth the "extraordinary treasures hidden inside". And without a clue as to what those treasures might be, I got started.
I'm now two months into this project and I've already seen a tremendous amount of growth in both the quality and breadth of my work. I'm learning to try new skills, say yes to things that make me feel uncomfortable, and not let myself be ruled and defined by the approval of others.
Guys, starting a business is a vulnerable thing. Especially for a perfectionist like me who has historically cared far too much about how I'm perceived.
Every day I'm surrounded by numbers. Followers, likes, website traffic and sales, just to name a few. And if I'm not careful, I can let these numbers define my worth. Learning to push past the moments when I don't feel that my work has value...the moments when those numbers are glaringly low...well, I think that's ultimately been the most valuable lesson I've learned thus far.
I'm telling you all of this because a few weeks ago, I did something uncharacteristically brave. I printed out a few samples of my work and spent a Friday afternoon walking up and down the streets of Portland, going into a bunch of stores and sheepishly asking if they'd consider selling my prints. I expected lots of NO's but for what may have been the first time in my life, I didn't really care. Because I'm learning that being successful doesn't mean that you never face rejection...it just means that you keep going after every un-liked instagram photo, un-popular blog post, and blank stare from a store employee who definitely does NOT want to be talking to you right now thank-you-very-much.
Much to my surprise, I met a bunch of kind and encouraging people, many of whom passed along the business card of their store buyer. I walked into my last stop of the day, feeling a little exhausted with about 30 business cards stuffed into my pockets, and OH MY WORD SOMEONE SAID YES. Right there on the spot. We laid all of my samples out on the counter, talked quantities and prices, and dreamed up this postcard set together. And I truly couldn't believe what was happening.
I've since emailed every single one of those store buyers and as expected, I've gotten a whole lot of NO's. But the four YES's may totally change the trajectory of this little business of mine. Or maybe they won't, and that's okay. Because what matters more than all of the success is feeling a little more free from the fear of failure.
And all of a sudden this post about postcards got deep. #sorry
For those of you who are skimming for the facts, here they are:
- Pack of (7) 4x6 postcards featuring the 7 Wonders of Oregon artwork, 1 of each design
- Selling for $24 in the shop and in Portland at Carter & Rose and each of Tender Loving Empire's three locations
- Use the promo code BEBRAVE to receive 15% off the postcard set, available in the shop until Sunday night
I know I say this a lot, but thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along and encouraging me to create and be brave.
Love & Respect,
P.S. I'll be back from vacation on Wednesday and will be shipping any postcard orders out (or holding them for local pickup!) at that time. :)