Monday, May 7, 2012
Life after Dashfield *warning it's a deep one!*
It has been a couple of weeks now since I decided to shut down dashfieldvintage.com. Since then I have been kept busier than ever with Trade Me (isn't it just always that way!) which has me thinking that I might keep it going until I have a more stale job again. So what next you ask? Whilst I didn't realise it when I was in the midst of Dashfield Vintage, it has actually opened the doors to some new and wonderful things. It's a funny thing when the end of one dream makes way for new ones. I had (and in part still do have) this wonderful dream where I wanted to open a vintage store with an adjoining cafe. But then I began to do my homework, I checked out rental prices, talked to other shop owners, wrote up a budget plan (many times). I filled a whole journal with information, ideas, plans and I don't even know how many sketches for what I wanted the interiors to look like. And then the economy took a turn for the worst and suddenly vintage stores I had grown up around were shutting down left, right and centre. Everybody warned me that opening a shop would be financial suicide. So despite feeling a bit stupid because I had already told everybody, I stopped looking at vacant shops.
Turns out it was probably for the best! After agonising about it to my mum months later she suddenly said that this whole time I had just talked about wanting a shop so I could make it look pretty. She very bluntly told me that being the person I am I would probably be bored out of my mind sitting in a shop 6 days a week anyway, so why not save my pennies and get into styling instead. That set a light bulb off in my head, of course! Since then I have been working as an assistant interior stylist for magazines and have found that my knowledge and contacts through Dashfield have been beyond helpful. And further more I am in love with what I do!
I am currently building up a portfolio to take with me to Melbourne so that I can expand on my styling. And when I get back? I have a very secret plan for a business idea that lets me continue to collect vintage, use my styling skills and make every job new and exciting. As well as this in the next five year (because I have been keeping a mental 5 year plan in my head), I want to become an expert photographer, have a couple of babies, get married, get another dog and live happily ever after!
I love blogging and my confidence has grown because of it. I still remember in the beginning (or actually until about 6 months ago) I was terrified of anybody I knew reading the blog. It seemed like such a narcissistic thing to be doing and quite frankly I don't even like celebrating my birthday because I hate the attention! But then I started to meet fellow bloggers, and have the sweetest readers approaching me at markets and events. This made me realise that it is so much more than just narcissism but establishing a sense of community. I am genuinely wrapped up in the lives of the bloggers I follow. I get excited for them when something wonderful happens, and down right sad when it doesn't!
So yes 'life after Dashfield' will definitely involve still blogging. I want a place where I can share my photos, my travels, my favourite places around town AND of course still my best vintage scores. I guess you might say it will be more of a lifestyle blog... a vintage lifestyle blog!
SOME SOUND ADVICE
I was particularly touched by a post on A Beautiful Mess entitled On Failure, Success and Moving Forward today. I found it very encouraging and thought it was really honestly written.
Phew ok that's all from me for the moment. I just felt like I owed you a real life update.