If you follow my Facebook page you will know that I have been extremely busy working on a few very exciting things. If you don’t follow my Facebook page then why the bloomin heck not huh? A while back I wrote a blog post about how I didn’t want to remain in the life I was in and I wanted to create a future. I wasn’t happy in my current situation and I just needed somebody out there to give me a chance.
Despite my best efforts and trust me when I say I tried everything. I sent out CV’s all over the place. I registered with agencies. I sent the blog post I written everywhere. It was shared god knows how many times. I even paid for myself to do extra courses and gain some qualifications I felt like I was getting absolutely nowhere.
A live chat on Instagram changed everything
During a live chat over on Instagram I made a passing comment about how I would love to design a range of t-shirts to go alongside my blog but I wasn’t sure if anybody would actually wear them. I was pleasantly surprised when many people said that they would!
I spent quite a while after that chat mulling over the idea. I mean there are literally hundreds of people out there who create and make their own t-shirts could I really make some that people would want to wear? What could I do that would be different to everybody else? What would make mine so special that people would actually want to buy them?
After thinking about the idea for a while I started working on some designs. Some resembled something that maybe my 1-year-old created rather than a grown woman but others actually looked quite good! In fact when I ran them by my fussy teens they actually loved them!
I have to be careful here on whether or not they were just humouring their old Mum , so I checked with the fussiest of them all. Miss Jel and once I had her seal of approval on a couple of designs I knew I was onto something. It was then I decided to slowly but surely buy each piece of equipment that I needed to create my t-shirts.
There is still one machine that I need that costs £300 , so until I have managed to buy this machine I won’t be advertising anything. I want to make sure that everything is perfect and ready to go. Just how I am going to find that money I am not sure. But I will, I am determined. It may be boot sales, selling things on Ebay who knows but I will some how raise it!
I plan on creating more than just t-shirts. I’ve so many incredible things that I am excited to share with you all!
Making sure I was doing things right
In the past I have jumped head first into projects, and don’t get me wrong they have all in some way or other worked. But I seem to have just drifted off from them, or I’ve not had the proper equipment or knowledge that I have needed to do them properly. So this time I have decided that I want to do everything will the full knowledge that I need.
This is why you will have noticed that I haven’t actually put anything up for sale yet. Every other project I have done, I’ve ran in feet first and it has become overwhelming and I’ve been out of my depth without knowing fully what I’m doing.
Since deciding that this is what I want to do I have made appointments and been for professional advice. I’ve sat for hours and trained myself to use all of the equipment. I have spoken to people who have knowledge and understanding. Asking questions in the areas where I am unsure.
I’ve asked for financial advice from the correct people to ensure that nothing I do is illegal. This time when I create my designs and start to sell them. I am not doing it as a hobby, it will not be a passing phase. It will be the beginning of something incredibly exciting for Mummy of 5 Miracles. It will be the start of me working my arse of to move my family from the very bottom to getting to somewhere were we no longer have to worry where the next meal is coming from.
It will be a place where I can pay off our debts. Don’t get me wrong. I am not expecting to create a few t-shirts and then all of a sudden become rich and successful. But what I am expecting to do is use the knowledge I have gained and the skills that I have learned to open up an online shop which will cater for a wide range of audiences and occasions. From that I will be able to take my children on days out. We will be able to get off all benefits leaving them for other people who need them.
In 5 years time I want to be able to sit and write and tell you all about how I was in a place where I felt like I had no future. Where I was hitting brick walls and was completely stuck. Where I was that stereotypical single mum living on benefits with 5 children. But I refused to see that as my life and I used my initiative. I worked hard , gained skills and knowledge and I moved away from that stereotype to secure a brighter future for my family and how different our lives became in just 5 years of hard work and determination.
I want to become an inspiration. I want people to see that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
Gareth and I
Ironically since Gareth moved out we have started to spend time together and to see each other for the people we are rather than just a Mum and Dad. We enjoy each other’s company again. I think when you are parents you sometimes forget why you fell in love with each other in the first place. It somehow gets lost amongst nappy changes and exhaustion.
The future for us is looking extremely positive. Sometimes you need to step away from each other to see just what you had and what you don’t want to lose. We are both hopeful that one day soon our family will be complete again 🙂
So as you can see. Things are looking pretty awesome right now!
It’s amazing what can happen when you refuse to just sit back and let everything swallow you up!