I haven’t done a wrap-up yet from this year’s Summit of Awesome, but suffice to say that it was….AWESOME! I learned a ton, met some amazing crafters, and my green crafts panel with Shanon was fabulous! My favorite part of doing that panel is the Q&A – I feel like I always learn so much and connect with folks on things that we all struggle with in trying to green our processes.
What I wanted to talk about today (and hinted at on Friday) is a really transformational conversation that I had with Willo O’Brien in between sessions. Willo is an amazing designer and full of wisdom about living a creative life, and I was really touched that she took the time to chat with me about something that’s been in my head for a while.
Vending No More
After the Indie Craft Experience Pop Up Shop, I’m going to be stepping back from selling my crafts. I’ll sell off the rest of my inventory and still honor any contracts I have, of course, but my goal is to transition to selling less and focusing more on writing over the next few months.
Right now, I wear a lot of hats (as I’m sure a lot of you guys do!). I run a crafty business, a sustainable food blog, a fashion blog, edit at Green Upgrader, and run this website. On top of that, I have lots of freelance writing gigs going on and am about to start co-directing over at Crafting a Green World. Some days, it feels like I’m barely treading water, and I don’t think that this is a sustainable situation to be in. Willo and I talked about taking the time for self care and nurturing yourself, and she even recommended a book, The Artist’s Way, that is at the top of my to read list now.
We also talked about balance and our ever-changing creative outlets, and I’m really excited about changing my focus in the next few months to be more on writing and less on selling. After chatting this whole thing over a bit more with Dave, I feel like I have a really clear idea in my head on what the future of Glue and Glitter is going to be. I’m going to keep on making, of course, and I might occasionally even offer some of what I make for sale here as merch, but not at the pace that I have been. I love to sew, and I love what I’ve built, but I think it’s time for the next phase, and I’m really excited to make that happen!
What I love about making a living off of my creativity is that I have the freedom to shift my focus like this when it feels like the right thing to do. Sometimes this life choice is hard, but it’s totally worth it to work every day on things that I’m passionate about and connect with the amazing food and crafty communities that are so close to my heart!
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Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!