New beginnings…

February 21, 2011

Today has been a very strange day for me.

319 days ago, I set up my online shop, Sewbox. And as of today, it is no longer mine. I sold it today, to the friend of a friend I ‘met online’ (i.e. befriended on Twitter).

I am experiencing a variety of emotions as a result of selling it, though I must say they’re not as mixed feelings as I had thought they would be. The most overriding feeling of all, is one of relief. I could not begin to describe how tiring the last few months have been and how physically drained and so very tired I feel. Not because the business has grown to consume my every waking hour, but because my other, real-life baby is growing and she does consume my every waking hour! :-)

I don’t want to complain, though, as I have found both motherhood and running my own shop really rewarding. And the fact that I have been able to sell it on, less than a year after setting it up, makes me feel a real sense of accomplishment – I’ve built something up that others also see as valuable, and Sewbox really does have a (itsy bitsy) brand name and is recognised in the marketplace as a great place to buy stylish sewing supplies.

I do feel a little bit sad that I am relinquishing it, but this is tempered by the fact that the woman buying it (Susan) seems like such a lovely lady, and really seems to understand what I was trying to do with Sewbox and what its unique positioning is. I think she’s going to continue along the same lines but with one key difference, which is that she’ll have the time to actually implement ideas rather than just write them down in a notebook like I did! She’s already put some ideas in to action (you’ll see the results of that in a few weeks) and I can’t wait to see what else she’s going to do with the business. I feel real excitement about it because under her guidance Sewbox will have the opportunity to grow, whereas with me we were only able to tread water for the last couple of months.

Ever since I left university ten long years ago I’ve thrown myself from one crazy job or project in to another,  always struggling to find the time to juggle all of my commitments. This is honestly the first time in my adult life that I am giving myself the time to just be. A mothers and baby group I was attending at the Steiner School in Greenwich talked about the importance of finding the time to breathe out, which really struck a chord with me. That’s just what I am going to try and do.

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Tabatha Tweedie February 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Good for you. It must have been a difficult decision, but I think it’s the right one. You did a brilliant job establishing Sewbox and making so many contacts: I was certainly very happy to make your acquaintance. I think you’ve done the right thing though to hand over and make some more time for yourself and for your family. People often think working from home is an easy option, but trying to run a business whilst being the primary carer for a baby has got to be one of the most demanding and stressful experiences you could have! Now you’ve handed Sewbox over to Susan, you can relax a bit more and have more time for sewing as a hobby. I look forward to reading your new blog! Tabatha x

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