This past fall I realized that I needed some help. My niece, Meredith, has been helping me for a while now with packing orders and doing prep work, but it was becoming apparent that we needed another person. Meredith's going back to school, and we needed another set of hands so that we could keep dreaming up new ideas and creating new collections. Otherwise we were just barely keeping our heads above water, no time for fun new things. And fun is one of my business core values. (For real. Fun, Evolution, Creativity and Tenacity. That's Spotted Dog Farm in a nutshell.)
So, I created a job description describing the perfect person to join us, and then I figured we'd just see what happened. And what happened was that the actual perfect person showed up! Trust me, no one was more surprised than me. I mean, I figured we'd find him or her eventually, I just didn't know that she'd be the very first one. But she was, and we've had the best time together this fall... Katie, Meredith and me. Kind of like the Three Musketeers, but creative, and surrounded by the glow of the twinkle lights in my studio.
So, I wanted to celebrate the close of a great year, but I couldn't quite figure out how to do it. Lunch? NO, boring. A drink? No, Meredith's 19, and also going out for a drink lacks a certain spark. Finally it hit me - ballroom dance lesson! Not because I ballroom dance - I don't - but because they do and it seemed like good fun potential. So, off we went, and it turns out it was super fun - who doesn't like to laugh and listen to music and wiggle your hips? I highly recommend. We're already gearing up for our next outing - I saw a sign for Beginning Bellydance.