Over the past six years, a lot has changed both professionally & personally that have massively influenced my decisions & goals for the future. I have realized that actually, I am right where I have to be & even if it’s not exactly where I have pictured myself at the age of 30… it is okay & sooooo much better! Life is indeed awesome & I feel so blessed. Running a business by myself while in a beautiful relationship, being a loving sister, a caring daughter & good a friend takes up a lot of time & it is precious time that should be treasured as much possible. Life is not just about working; there is so much more to it & a healthy balance is important. I think finding that balance was the most difficult part for me…
Time & wrong decisions have made me stronger and given me the perspective I needed to be excited about the much-needed changes for M.studio. I have learned a lot about running a business, what I love to do, what makes me happy, what works & what doesn’t.
The focus for M.studio has changed a lot over the last 2 years…
M.studio is my personal brand that has grown from a little wedding stationery business to a lifestyle brand. I am not just a Graphic Designer anymore; I am a Lifestyle designer & want to inspire living a beautiful life with everything we do, make, design & create! Building a strong brand doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of time and sometimes it takes getting it wrong before you can get it right. It can’t be rushed or forced & needs to grow organically.
I needed to allow myself the time to make positive changes for my business & myself. It meant sharing less on our social media, designing less & making less ( but only for a little while ). I needed to do this to have the time to create better, faster & healthier workflow systems with more organized logistics. It was frustrating at times & it took months… when I wanted to design something new I had to shift my focus to ‘admin-stuff’. The reward of better systems meant MORE time in the future to create & design & make… which was the goal!
Slow growth has had a beautiful new meaning for me. Slow growth these last 2 years has meant that I have had more time to enjoy my life, get ready in the mornings without rushing, eat healthily and exercise. Be present with where I am & not constantly feel I don’t have time for this now because I’m behind with work. Slow growth meant that I had the time to perfect M.studio’s offerings and products. Time to actually plan something & get organized. Slow growth meant I didn’t have to work late hours or through the night, constantly feeling exhausted and get burned out too quickly. Slow growth meant more date nights with Werner, more brunches with my sisters & friends and more lunches with my parents! I allowed myself the time without rushing & it was one of the best changes I could have made.
These changes helped me refine all the goals and dreams for the future. I wanted to do it all but it was an impossible task. Take one thing at a time & perfect it before moving on to the next. I have so many ideas and things I still want to do, but I realize that I may not always have the time to do it right now & it is important to also live my life, have fun, spend time with the ones I carry close to my heart & get enough sleep. I need to take care of myself first so that I can take care of the people around me; the ones I love, the ones I hope to inspire & the ones I will still be meeting in the future. It is a constant process & I am learning to prioritize things to best benefit me, even if it means a little slower growth… cause slower growth opens up time for other beautiful things & running my own business should be fun & awesome, which was after all the reason I started doing what I love!
I am now setting boundaries for my business so that it does not take over my entire life & all of my precious time. I know now that pushing myself too hard or trying to force something is unnecessary. Things will grow as it should and hard work always pays off. I look back & feel proud of what I have achieved, learned and created.
So to all the fellow #girlbosses & my many #girlboss friends! Don’t be so hard on yourselves, enjoy your business. Take time to perfect something & enjoy the process. It has taken me 7 years to know exactly what I want to do with M.studio & where I want it to go, I have made mistakes… but looking back at them, they were all valuable lessons with knowledge as the reward!
Take time & go do that thing you’ve been wanting to do!