{Handmade Business in 31 Days — Day 19, My thoughts on moving a business across the country.}

Day 19// This story is definitely mid-process, but I think it will be good for me to share even though we aren’t 100% settled here in Los Angeles.

So earlier this summer Zack + I had one of those after-dinner conversations that ultimately led us to leave the table a couple of hours later knowing we’d be moving to California soon. With a baby on the way. And no job lined up for him. We felt very confident in this decision and any uncertainties we had formed at that table, we knew they were only from the Ultimate Discourager himself. We knew this was God’s plan for our family… very much so.

But that doesn’t change that we felt discouraged at times, we’re human — it’s going to happen. Right?

Moving Gussy Sews has added a whole new dimension to our giant, nearly insane, so crazy hard that YES I have cried about living in California {do you hate me or what?} move. OK, so we are going to be raising a child four miles from the Pacific Ocean. I thought, We can do that! And, we have extremely downsized our home + belongings. Then I remembered, My friend talks about this so openly all the time, it has been a comfort to know I’m not alone in doing this sort of thing.

But changing the dynamics of our handmade business? Thank goodness for an editorial calender and Cambria, my super amazing assistant that helps with nearly all aspects of this business. I don’t think I fully accepted the realization of moving the business. BUT –> I think that’s always been His plan. If I knew I’d have struggles with moving a business, would I have been so quick to tell Zack I was on board? Perhaps not.

Moving Gussy Sews across the country has made me realize how important having patience is.

It’s made me realize how important it is to have goals, to stick to them, to work on them even when my head is spinning and I don’t quite remember where we live. Nearly everything in our life was new again and so working on my goals seemed absolutely overwhelming, not at all energizing. {Re-reading that doesn’t even make sense to me but that’s how I feel.}

Moving our business has made me realize I need to challenge myself to keep the momentum we’ve built, not slow it down. I was so sure I would do all the sewing once we moved to Los Angeles. I haven’t sewn in years, which is something I love about handmade… having a team + being able to work with other women who are so incredibly talented. Gosh, it really is an amazing thing. One day Zack looked me in the eye and said, “Why would you backtrack with your biz? You’ve worked so hard and have such a great team, you can re-build that in LA. I just don’t know why you would slow down your momentum.”

Ouch.

And so I’ve come to realize this cross-country move hasn’t only changed the big things in our lives, it has changed every small thing, too. I look at our home and I hardly recognize anything in it, which is part of why I’ve struggled with how to re-build Gussy Sews. We were able to bring a small collection of our favorite items, but for the most part everything is new to us. A few materials remain unpacked, but each day brings a little window of grace that shows me what moving a business across the country is really about: patience.

I certainly don’t have all the answers with how it’ll look later this year — or even in six months, but I do know having a ruffly shop and documenting it through this blog will remain the same.

For now, all I seem to know is this business exactly the way it should be because He makes no mistakes.

{And when in doubt color your hair because it’s now safe {hello, second trimester} and change is fun and most importantly: why not? It’s just hair. BIG FAT GRIN!}

Homework// What about your business looks different, compared to how you thought it would look, and how are you processing that?

so much to discuss ~ read the whole “31 Days” series here!

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    I have to say that I follow you from my business page facebook.com/pdstudiosstore, from my personal page, from my personal instagram and my business instagram; conclusion = I don’t want to miss any of your posts! (teehee). I know to move is hard – but as you said is HIS plan, and I’m sure you’re going to reach all your goals and your family is going to grow happy and healthy. My homework, I got to be honest my business started as a hobby ( I think 80% of the hand-made business start this way, right? ) I did ONE Hair Clip with some scrap ribbon for my sister (back in 2009) I didn’t put so much effort on it until February 2012, when out of the blue I started doing Baby Onesies :P – I think I have grown 200% in this past 7months and hope to grow even more; my goal = to quit my day time job and be PDS1/13 100% <3

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    Melinda T. says

    Hello Cute-Hair Girl :-)

    I just want to encourage you. I have made more than one cross-state move in my 23 years of marriage. The first was when our first born was 3 months old. So I have a sense of what you are feeling. But I want you to know that if you are being open to His leading and being obedient to His call, it will all work out. Every time I have moved to a new place it has drawn me closer to my family and “forced” me to rely on Him all the more. I recommend you rest in His timing and don’t put any time tables on your self. Just be faithful with what He has placed before you each day and know that He has it all under control. Enjoy this exciting time of your lives and cherish each day. Someday you will look back and marvel at all He did for you. I know it.

    Melinda

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    says

    We haven’t move several thousands mile but we had severe hail damage to the house & flooding in the basement July1 of this year. My shop is in the basement & we had to take carpet out. It had to get dried out. Nothing was damaged, just carpet & drywall (2 feet up) . We are still dealing with finishing it. So we are getting dust from drywall. Painters coming in to spray the ceiling (not in my studio though), carpet to be laid soon. It’s an inconvenience for sure! It’s all in disarray and trying to keep things moving is tough when everything is covered in plastic for a few days!

    You will regain your footing as life settles and living there becomes more real. You will gain a routine & a rhythm as life begins to find it’s beat day to day! Keep your head up high and allow everything to start to fall into place.

    Have a great weekend!

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    says

    Hello Gussy,

    I have followed your blog for some time now. I am so proud and excited for you. I lived in Los Angeles for 10 years before recently moving back home to Little Rock. Like you, my business is in transition. About four years ago, I started putting diy videos on Youtube. It was just for fun, but I realized I wanted to take my sewing more seriously. I went back to school to Los Angeles Trade Tech. Eventually, I received a certification in Fashion Design. This year has been really challenging for me. For the most point, my Youtube viewers want to me to still putting up Free diy videos. I am 100% self-employed. I am finding it hard to find time to do free videos, start a handbag line, and work side jobs to keep the bills paid. I have decided to focus only on the handbag line. I feel like I am letting some people down. I am just one woman striving to do it all.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It has given me so much inspiration. I wish you and your family many blessings in Los Angeles. I am sure you are going to love the Garment District. I miss shopping for fabric on 9th street.

    Be Blessed
    D.Gulley

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      says

      @Dee, Oh you hit it right on the head: we’re all just one person striving to please too many. Imagine if we re-focused our perspective, what would life look like for us then? xoxo

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    says

    I have to say I really appreciate your openness and honesty about your feelings. Your sentence that you thought didn’t make sense, made perfect sense to me. Moving across country can be really hard, in normal circumstances, and new climates have their own “culture shock.” Especially not having your “comforts of home” around. I’ve lived in Cali for 8 years and still struggle with having only one year-long season! You have it exactly right, patience is key, and enjoying what your new area has to offer as much as possible. I don’t know how much furniture you’ve collected so far, but putting familiar bedding on your bed, a throw over the davenport, maybe even pictures of your old rooms can help you feel more at “home” in your new home. The bottom line, incorporate what you did bring with you into your new home.

    It’s funny that you ask how my business looks different from the way I imagined, because I thought I wanted it to be booming and busy in the first 6 months. But what I realized, through having to PATIENT with the growth, was that I actually WANTED it to grow more slowly, and needed it that way to bring down my stress levels! God knows what He’s doing! : >

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    says

    I know some I what you are feeling having just moved from Washington to Florida last month with my husband. I didn’t have business though and am not pregnant. Either way, hold tight, tight, tight to Jesus. His grace will be all you need. Praying for you with this transition and your recent on out of SheReadsTruth. I’m so excited to see how God works all this for good in your life.
    Alesha <3
    P.S. Do you mind me asking why you and your husban decided to move to LA? Just curious because my hubby and I did the same thing (but to FL). <3

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    says

    My business partners and I just had a discussion today about how things weren’t coming together like we expected. Our logo and website are just not feeling right, and we really need to re-think our business ethos, our who-we-are esthetic, because we’re not who we thought we were! Ha. It’s good to question things and re-think things sometimes, but we definitely need patience in the process!

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