One Month In

June 5, 2017 by NJPainter

Guys! I’m a little over a month into my new “job.” There have been huge wins (I sold 9 pieces at that ChicpeaJC event and I’ve had lots of custom requests come in) coupled with days where I am pretty sure I will have to start waiting tables but for the most part: I am a walking, breathing Life is Good t-shirt.

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Booth girl. (Sold that jacket right off my back).

Here’s what’s good:
– I don’t have that Sunday dread. The dread that keeps you up late because you don’t want the day to end because that means it’s Monday. The dread that makes you cranky on Monday because you want to do anything else besides go sit at that desk for five days. The dread that makes you sad and wallow-y and inexplicably tired. It simply stopped existing the day I quit my job. By Friday I am ready to spend the weekend thinking about something else besides jackets but on Monday morning I wake up ready to get back to it.

-Watching people try-on my jackets and drop money when they certainly didn’t expect to before they saw my booth, hearing people who are WAY COOLER THAN ME compliment my work, fielding questions about custom orders or my history in painting, was one of the single best career moments yet. In PR, you are expected to be excited by scoring a great feature piece on someone else. In entrepreneurship, the glory is all yours.

Here’s what’s bad:
-It’s very hard to be confident in your work all of the time. There are days when I literally dancing around the apartment because what I just made is SO GOOD. And there are days where I cry because I think I’ve just destroyed a perfectly good leather jacket. I torture myself about minor mistakes. I stress about design decisions. I jump off the deep end and think “am I even good at this at all?!?!?” I am told this doesn’t go away, only that you get better at dealing with it.

– Painting is physically hard. I know I don’t have a lot of room to complain here but by the end of the day my hands, my back and my brain are finished. It’s sort of satisfying because they’re good and used which is the opposite of how I felt sitting at a desk all day, but it’s not quuiittteeee as relaxing as I thought it would be.

Here’s what needs more work:
-I’ve been so busy that I haven’t fully realized the benefits of working from home yet.  In five weeks, I’ve done afternoon yoga twice. I’ve read something other than the news once. I’ve blogged zero times. That’s pitiful. All of these things need to be worked in with more balance.

The unexpected:
-The day flies. You know when you’re sick for a few days in a row and you have to stay home from the office but by day 2 or 3 you start to think “this medicine cabinet needs rearranging” or “now would be a good time to sort through my pen collection.” I do weird tasks when I am stir-crazy and somewhere in the back of my head I had a fear that working from home would do this to me. But it’s 5pm before I know it. Everyday.

-Also, we go through milk and toilet paper approximately three times faster now.

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Stampin’ bags & tags on the living room floor

What’s coming up:
– Refinery 29 has gotten pushed back a few times but we’re currently on track for this Wednesday, June 7th. I’ll keep you updated via Facebook.

-I was accepted to be a vendor at Jersey City’s “All About Downtown” street fair. It’s one of the biggest (if not the biggest?) in JC – to the tune of 30,000 visitors – this September. I have no idea how many people will be interested in buying a leather jacket when it’s hot outside, but we shall see! Excited to be participating.