Happy Easter Monday Cuties,
I was listening to the amazing Doreen Rainey on the Act Like A Success Series and she spoke to my soul. You ever hear someone say something and in that very moment you feel like you are the only person present because the message is exactly what you needed to hear? We don’t always want to hear it but you find yourself asking HOW DO YOU KNOW MY LIFE? The truth of the matter is they don’t, but clearly this word was meant for you. I was that girl…
Sometimes I’ve made a decision in my mind, but for whatever reason I need someone else to validate it. That doesn’t happen often because I will wash my hands of something or someone in a New York minute. Often times we hold on to people and things because of time. I can’t quit this person because we’ve been together for twenty years. Never mind that you don’t even like them anymore but time. We’ve been friends since we were teenagers; who cares that she isn’t a good friend to me but time. My son likes to attach a sentimental moment to anything and that is why he has a hard time letting go of things and a lot of us are the same way. Change out thing for a man, a woman, a friend, a job, things, etc.
This time I was ready to let it go. I want to let it go, I just need someone to tell me it was okay to let it go. Doreen did just that without even knowing my life. Just like that she said we need to focus on the things we want, the things we enjoy, and the things we want to grow. Just like that I turned it loose, because Doreen said it was okay to do so. Bye Felicia! I immediately logged on and deleted the Instagram and Twitter accounts. I marked the Facebook page for deletion, but they required a period of 14 days before it actually disappears. Boo!
I started my custom sneaker business in 2012; I didn’t set out to make it a business. I’m a Craft Queen, you know that and I was being crafty. I was proud of the way my craft turned out so I shared pictures and people started placing orders. I decided to go with it and just like that my business was born. Business went well and I became more creative with each pair. I tried new things and I loved the final product. I was elated to see people wearing my designs on their feet. My designs have been worn for some of life’s most momentous occasions. A lot of first birthdays, regular birthdays, monumental birthdays, several weddings, first day of school you name it. Then I started doing key chains and Christmas ornaments. I would get tons of pictures of my designs hanging on a Christmas tree. I loved every minute of it until I didn’t.
Something I loved to do no longer gave me joy. It somehow felt like a burden. I kept designing but my heart wasn’t in it, but time. How could I give up this business that had been featured in magazines, on the news and given to a celeb and a celeb baby. So I decided to re-brand and change the name; I loved the new name but I still didn’t love my business. I gradually cut back and cut back; until last week, when I cut if OFF. Closed up shop!
I want to focus on my blog, on my quest to being a lifestyle correspondent. I can’t be as amazing at that if I’m splitting my time working on a business that doesn’t bring me joy. That is good time I could be pouring into MimiCuteLips. So it was final I am ONLY pouring into my virtual business, the business that still brings me joy. The funny thing is I got serious about blogging when I started my sneaker business. Until then it was a toy I sat on a shelf and dusted it off once every couple of months and then put it back. I had no plan, no ideas, no consistency nothing.
In essence MimiCuteLips wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for my custom sneaker business. On Saturday morning, I delivered my last custom design to a customer. Her daughter was wearing them to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House.
Although they turned out perfect I won’t take another order. I will only design for my Nori and I as the mood hits me. No pressure! I feel good about closing this chapter and moving on.