My first to-do list
Build a studio [check]
In the fall of 2015, we bought a fabulous new house with a roomy detached garage. Shortly after moving in we hired someone to convert it into a pottery studio. We finished it off, added lighting, a sliding door, a heating/cooling unit, and most importantly electrical hookups for a wheel and kiln. Over the past 6 months, we've setup shelves, tables, a damp closet, my wheel and kiln. it is now a fully functioning studio space, and less and less a functioning garage (how our car was stolen out of the driveway...that might deserve it's own blog post :) ).
Quit my day job [check]
This one was a long time coming. Balancing a demanding job in IT, young kids and all they entail, and creative desires and aspirations became an unmanageable task. At the beginning of 2016, it became clear that anxiety and migraines were the alarm signals of a body fed up with stress, sleep deprivation, and an unfulfilled spirit. Quitting a job that had provided us with so much financial security, that had let us grow comfortable with a privileged standard of living was terrifying. But in my heart, I felt God clearly calling us to walk out in faith that he could provide us with something more important than financial security. So...we pulled the kids out of daycare, and i transitioned from a working profession who happened to also be a mom, into a stay at home squeezing as much time and creative energy out of the nap-time hustle as physically possible.
Make stuff [check]
This one's has always been the easiest. Since my first ceramics class during my final semester of college, clay has been my second language. It's where i feel most whole, and most authentically worshipful of the Almighty Creator. Seeing pieces start as a wisp of a thought, take root as an idea and design, and then culminate in a finished product that can be seen and touched and used; it's a privilege.
Build a website
And here's where things start to go awry...wordpress or squarespace, shopify or cratebox. The paradox of choice is paralyzing. In the end, I went with the shiny, pretty option.
I'm a podcast junky, pottery is a craft that lends itself well to being able to multi-task with auditory stimuli, so the ubiquitous squarespace ads didn't go unnoticed. And not to say I didn't do my research, i read reviews and comparisons, and i guess for me, it came down to these:
Ease of use
I just got out of IT, i wanted to maximize the time spent with my kids and with my clay, not jump right back into learning the ins and outs of website building
I wanted to be able to jump right into this whole making and selling gig, and the time to launch seemed less daunting with squarespace
Sure, wordpress is free, but i didn't really have an idea of what i'd spend on server hosting, template design, and shopping integration. Squarespace might be more when it's all said and done, but at $12 a month, at least i know what to expect, and at this point i'm willing to sacrifice 3 lattes a month for it :)