LATELY...

Yao Cheng Design, all rights reserved

Yao Cheng Design, all rights reserved

Well good morning!

I just wanted to share some thoughts today about what's been on my mind lately. Also, this artwork is so fun, it feels appropriate for how I'm feeling today. 

Ever since coming back from our wedding and honeymoon in Italy (post coming soon!), I've been spending a lot of time figuring out/ planning how to expand and grow with my business. It's time to take this business to the next level, to grow with help from others and a bigger space to do more projects!

Our 2 weeks away was so good in so many ways. We got to spend quality time not only with each other but also with our close family and friends. It was 2 weeks that I will never ever forget, they are so close to our hearts. That vacation also forced me to really step away, mentally and physically, from my business. I didn't answer emails, fill orders, multi-task different projects, clients, etc... So coming back to all of the demands of running everything yourself was- crazy. Yep, that's the word. It was absolutely nuts, which really made me realize how much I need to find an assistant and move into a larger space so that I can grow in ways that I really want to.

I've grappled with this idea of hiring someone else to help with my business for over a year now, and I never wanted to deal with the issue head on because it just seemed unnecessary to ask someone else to help. I always thought there must be other ways for me to be more efficient, I must not be working hard enough or putting in enough hours. The reality though, was that I was working many 6 or 7 day weeks, and while some days were less efficient than others, it was because I would get so burnt out that I just needed a break. Coming back from our time in Italy, it became clear how I really do need to address this issue now. I am always amazed with the response I get from customers, clients, folks in general, on how much they love my work and want to work with me. I cannot tell you how much it means to me that other people can connect with my work, it is just amazing. I also cannot think of any other way to spend my time everyday, so moving into a larger space and having more hands on deck is the only way forward!

All of that is well and good, getting the thoughts and ideas going in my head (and writing this post!) is the first step. I'm currently on the second step, which is on finding the right space, the right person to hire, figuring out all the financial and legals aspects. It's a work in progress, and I'm really hoping moving into space soon will get the ball rolling. Did I mention we are also in the process of buying our first home? (more on that later!) So I'm allowing myself some time to get all of this sorted out, and to say it's ok that for the time being that I cannot take on every project that I want to do!

Well I hope you've enjoyed reading this post! I have a hard time figuring out what to share via social media and blogs sometimes. It's crucial to present the best aspects of running a business, and that's all well and good. But, there are many, many days of struggles and constant problem-solvings involved, and it's not often that those moments are shared. So it feels good to write some of these honest thoughts down today... I have so many hopes and dreams for where I want this business to go. Everyday I'm working towards that goal, and while many of these steps may not be so obvious to others, they are each crucial and exciting milestones. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Yao