Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Inspirational post. What motivates you?

Ok so I have had this blog for a long time now, I even updated it when I was at University and I have become quite attached to it.
In the past I have mainly used it to tell you about new products, Skylarc’s latest activity, and other trivial goings on, but I feel it’s time I interacted with my readers a bit more, as I know some of you have been with me a long time.

So first of all I would like to welcome my new followers and readers, and thank you for being so interested.

From now on I will continue to post updates on activity etc but I will also regularly post other things which I think my readers my find of interest.

I am going to start these ‘Inspirational posts’ as I am going to call them with a question I get asked all the time, in fact it has now become almost a daily thing, and the question is…..

Why did you decide to become self-employed, and what motivates you?

A lot of people follow the question with surely it’s easier to get a job within industry, you’ll get to where you want to be quicker.

Well my answer to this is no I wont!

I love being self-employed! Even though it has lead to me having daily arguments with my self, but perhaps this makes it all the more fun….

I decided I was going to take the plunge into self employment a lot earlier than even I realised, I now know with hindsight on my side I wanted this even when I was at college when I was 16.
I used to dream big when I was at college, as every young girl did.
I took fashion as I wanted to be famous, I wanted to own the designs that every celebrity wanted to wear down the red carpet.

I wanted to be the one that everyone looked at!!!

Well…… now thinking about that I was probably the pain in everyone’s bottoms to be polite.

We used to sit in our little girly huddle and chatter about what we wanted to do when we were older and where we wanted to be, and my answer was….. I want to be famous, who did I want to be famous like … Vivienne Westwood.

What would my answer to that question be today? The same, although with a little more adult bore.

I furthered my training in textiles and surface pattern design as I became more interested in the workings of pattern and how they can be applied to, in my eyes any surface in which you want to jazz up.
I finished my training in 2009 and began looking for a job, I was unable to find anything of interest and after a few months of failings at jobs I didn’t want to do and had nothing to do with my training I thought what am I doing….. This isn’t what I want, So back to the drawing board I went and SLC was dremt up which has now naturally evolved into Skylarc Textiles.

I still dream big like this now but I work hard to put those dreams into motion. I dreamt of having my own business I now have that, I dreamt of being famous im still working on that, but I now have lots of little tunnels I have opened up which seem to have a harder pull than the eyes of the nation.
I am compelled to learn, I have met some amazing people along my journey and each one has taught me invaluable things in business, about my self, and about my business and each in turn has changed the way I look at life.

You may ask the question. If you want to be like Vivienne Westwood and you took fashion, why now are you so interested in textiles and surface pattern for interiors. Well there is no answer to this I just feel that this is my niche I do this best and enjoy it more than anything 

I am inspired by everything around me, I love nature, birds, organic subjects in my work but within my business as whole I cannot pin point one thing in particular, motivation comes from everyday, and everyday is different.

So the real answer to this question is I want to make a name for myself, motivation comes from the pressure I put on my self to get things right and if it’s wrong I only have myself to blame.

Do any of my readers have businesses? Are you planning on setting up? I would love to hear about your inspiration and plans. Perhaps we can swap stories.

I am going to leave you with this little image I found in Elle Decoration on a recent trip to London I can't wait to draw him.

Sarah xx

1 comment:

Temporary:Secretary said...

A great insight. I started doing these FAQ's a while ago and they get a really good response. So keep up the good work, and I look forward to reading your future posts! xxx