Have a Little Help From My Friends

I have a tendency when I get passionate about something that I don’t do things in half measures. I go from mildly interested to complete and total obsession in about 1.7 seconds. It’s been a hallmark of my personality for years. At times it can be an adorable eccentricity that is easy to overlook; at other times, it becomes all consuming.

I’m not quite sure where my amigurumi love is falling right now. I hope it is still in adorable eccentricity, although I think it is crossing the line. I’m fine with that…my family not so much, especially as I get closer to Steel City Con. Now, it’s a matter of what do I make? How many will I make? Will people think my Luvvies are cute enough? I’m sure that many a friend and family member wants to smack me across the face if they have to hear this lamentation one more time.

But, I am ultimately blessed. I do not have a large circle of friends, but the friends I have are loyal to a fault. They are supportive and they don’t call attention to the fact that they have heard me whine about the same topic 500 times already. I’m also lucky that my family supports my endeavors as much as they do…even if there is some yarn that had to be hidden so my husband wouldn’t know quite how much I spent – but I need options.

My friends have especially been a blessing in helping to get the business off the ground. I am an accountant by trade – that is my day job, and ultimately how I earn my living. I may take great joy in making stuffed animals and may want it to be my primary vocation, but 50 hours a week I am at my desk as an accountant. And I enjoy my job…I just enjoy making Luvvies a little more.

As I try to bring the Luvvies more to the center and make a go of an actual business, it becomes harder to maintain that balance.

My friends and family have been very helpful at keeping me grounded. They give me suggestions on what is working and what is not and help me think about different ways to try things.

I have friends jumping in to help during the convention so I don’t go (more) crazy than usual by sitting at the table. One of my besties has had to listen a million times to the concern: What if no one shows up? What if they don’t like what I’ve made? —– Or the now daily refrain, “What if I don’t have anything to sell?”

I’ve been worried about getting out here with a business again – my first experience was not pleasant. But, I think I have a better product; something I definitely love more; and I have infinitely more support behind me.

Now if I can just make it through the next 39 days without driving everyone insane – or making them raging alcoholics – we’ll be good.

Hugs and cuddles,

Elisha

 

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