Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Why I Closed My Handmade Business

I had no intentions of closing Hiya Luv Handmade. I was feeling overwhelmed by my work/day job responsibilities as well as keeping up with the marketing, blogging, social media interactions, not to mention the actual sewing and creating that goes in to owning a handmade business that it really burned me out. I was hosting #setupshop weekly and managing the logistics such as transcripts, blog, questions from tweets, and creating topics and doing research on topics so I could provide resources for topics.
handmade clutch from Hiya Luv Handmade
My personal life began to suffer and I had no time for my family and friends. I lost drive and motivation. I was so hard on myself and had unrealistic expectations of my blog and my handmade shop. It just became too much and after months of an internal struggle, I decided to take a break. I could not do it all and I was miserable.

I pretty much just fell off the face of the blogging and handmade earth. It took me quite awhile to want to get back on twitter or to even blog. After several months, I began to miss writing and being social on twitter but I have yet to truly miss my handmade business. I have been asked repeatedly by many in the handmade community when I will be re-opening my handmade shop.

I have thought long and hard about this and I do not think I am going to re-open. It took me quite some time to come to the realization that I have changed my path. I think that I am just going to stick to blogging and express my creativity through my writing. I have been able to balance my personal life and my 8:30-5 job. I write when I want to and that is all. I don't feel guilty anymore if I don't post all week or if I don't converse as much as I would like on twitter. The results of my new expectations have been fruitful and I have noticed a big difference in my overall happiness.

Thanks for reading and for being a member of the Hiya Luv community!

9 thoughts:

bravoerunway said...

I always say you have to do what is best for yourself and I know it was a hard decision but you did the right thing. I really feel like so many other aspects of my life is just falling by the wayside!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

It really is challenging to balance life and write a great blog for example. I think non-bloggers have this perception that blogging is not hard work; but in reality it is and also time consuming! Thanks for stopping by! Gina

Chemese said...

I totally understand why you made the choice that you made. I hope you don't leave the handmade community. I learn so much from you.

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

I am still a huge fan of handmade and don't plan to leave the community entirely. I'm trying to find my new niche. I love helping shop owners; especially new ones so I plan to keep being a cheerleader in that regard. I also like to feature handmade shops on my blog. Have I featured your designs? I'd be happy to if you are up to it? Let me know:)

Regina said...

Totally acceptable and don't feel bad about making that decision. You have to do what is right for you and if that's not re-opening your shop, that's cool too! Maybe one day you might sit at your sewing machine and sew for fun nee for YOU. Then again, maybe you won't. But either way, stay true to you and as my painting says, "just be you". :)

anna said...

Love the handbags, but totally understand what you mean. You have to do what's best for you. Fabulous post, love! If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest post for LaurenConrad.com. xo


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Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks for stopping by Anna! :)Gina

Alison Little said...

I totally get this. I have taken a step back from my blog, only posting when I really have something I want to say. I stopped sewing (for the shop) for a long time, but felt the desire to get back into it, and I am now in the process of revamping my shop and taking it in a bit of a new direction. We started these things because we loved doing them. If we don't love it anymore, there's no need to hang onto them :)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

So true! I used to love sewing and having a business began to make it feel like work! I still have yet to get back to sewing and really love it and for that I feel at a loss.

In other news, I can't wait to see the renewal of your shop! I know you will have some amazing things to offer! Thanks for stopping by!
Gina

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