I haven’t written a post in awhile — since November 8 I haven’t felt inspired, honestly — not an okay space to set up shop and wallow in for long. So, just in case you too find yourself motivation-challenged, I’ve linked to three recent posts from a few of my favorite sources that are helping me to get up and go — to work.
I love reading this online magazine. I mean – it’s Paris! But more than the city itself, this article’s inspiration comes from the small shop owners, who have taken a chance, focused on their trade, and believe in the value of a well-made item. These artisans take pride in their work and the master-craft traditions they preserve. Many of them also set up shop originally when this passage was a neglected eye-sore and stuck with it. These stories helped to reenergize my passion for Taylor Street Favors, our wedding favors and gift business, whose inclusive message may become less accepted, making it ever more important for us to stick with it and promote.
This inspiring article, from Fast Company contributor, Michael Thompson, ticks off 7 qualities he’s picked up from the confident people who have been a part of his life. I was nodding in agreement as I read.
Finding joy in others success, and celebrating it with friends and family, is so important – both to your friend [duh!], and to your well-being as well. The act of celebrating is empowering – doing so makes you, your friends, and family happier and stronger.
As Michael quoted in his piece from Kareem Abdul Jabbar, truly confident people just want “to play the game well and go home”. In the wedding industry, trend spotting and trend-following are omnipresent, so Kareem’s notion of not requiring other people’s approval really resonates with me, which connects me to my third inspirational piece, on…
Articles pertaining to trends in this industry are e v e r y w h e r e, and not surprisingly often repeat the same tedious do’s and dont’s of the season. David and I believe strongly in helping you create a ceremony, a reception, or a party that feels authentic to you. We believe that just because some look, color or theme is trending does not mean it is worthy of following or repeating. However, we don’t live under a rock. We do like, and need to have, an awareness of what is going on in this industry to be able to keep our store fresh and relevant. I think this article does a good job of providing an overview without gushing or selling you on any particular view. Most importantly for me – these trends are not a surprise, and I am realizing David and I are getting quite adept at hand-selecting items that are well made, a good value, and will be interesting to our customers. Woo hoo!
Here’s to confidence in all you — and we — do.
Let’s aim high and do this.