If you follow me on Insta you’ll know I have a thing for patterns, like a BIG thing! Stripes, spots, zig-zag, paisley, abstract, geometric – you get my drift. And I’m absolutely crazy for colour. And walls. And tiles. And prints. And textures. And Gorman! (don’t get me started on the love for Gorman, it’s BIG!).
And it’s not just pattern love on my Insta feed, patterns are ALL over our house. In our rooms, our wardrobes, on our shelves, our homewares, our linen – again you get the drift.
And then there’s my creative sport – wallspotting for art and patterns. I pretty much have a spreadsheet in my head with all the walls and all the locations. Oh and a LOT of post-it notes on my door reminding me to shoot new finds on my days off.
Mini and I are constantly creating patterns of our own too. And a cracker idea came from doodling with Mini on the weekends. So I’m developing this little cracker (just another thing to add to my side hustle!) and can’t wait to share it with you. I’ve still got some stuff to work out, but (I think) it’s gonna be ace.
Over the years I’ve talked a lot about creating this and that and have been known to say things like “Ooh I could do something like that!”. But I’ve never properly put my mind and creativity to the test (basically not got my shit together!) to actually DO something (like create a product or develop a workshop).
The me of 5 years ago was pretty crap at taking risks and putting myself out there. ‘Cos that would leave me open to criticism right? And the truth is, I’ve spent most of my life being scared to succeed. Yep, I know that might sound stupid, but if I didn’t actually try, I wouldn’t have to fail right?… But the me right now? Well I’m getting a helluva lot better. I know what I want and I’ve made some really big (and freakin’ scary) decisions that have paid off in spades. It’s becoming easier to know how and when to take risks, and I’m bloody proud of that.
And just last week I appointed a biz/life/marketing coach and all round amazing lady to help me smash out a really well thought out plan for all things to do with my side hustle. So I can work towards my side hustle becoming my very own fully fledged biz (not just that creative stuff I do when I’m not working ‘for the man’).
So watch this space lovely friends, there’s some exciting (and probably a little bit shit scary) times ahead.
Thank you for reading and hanging with me for part of the ride, it means a lot. Love L xo