For many years now, we’ve traveled to 20 plus shows a year—one nearly every other week! This year, we’ll do only eleven.
We started off smoothly enough, relaxed after no shows from January to May. We’d gone back to our roots—doing construction work and making stained glass panels –satisfying work that paid our rent while we waited for the way to become clear.
Our first show at the Bruce Museum was a fabulous comeback, showcasing some new work and getting an award. Even the first weekend of Lincoln Center was fun. But quickly we fell back into our old ways with a second grueling Lincoln Center, a huge wholesale order and two new, not financially rewarding shows. It’s hard to catch up on rest and serenity.
But we’re making health and happiness our priorities this year. Our hope is that by doing fewer shows, we’ll have more time to devote to website sales and custom orders as well as to the few shops we supply with our wares. And we really MUST put the roof shingles on the house!
Already, we’re feeling less stressed by paying fewer booth fees, hotel and travel costs. I’m confident that we can again find inventive ways to make money. It seems easier when we’re not running frazzled-ly about, putting out fires, constantly on the road and never home in our safe haven.
We feel sure that these changes will help us better spend this one life we have to live. We’ll let you know how it goes…