Happy 3 Years! How it all began...

Well, yesterday was the 3rd birthday of my company, although I was doing a few bits before then, dabbling a little bit, it was on the 27th October 2010 that I thought to myself 'I can actually DO this!' I stopped job hunting for a nice stable admin job and put my heart and soul into growing my business. You might think 'so?' but for me, at that time, that was a huge deal. At the time, I was as down as it's possible to get, certainly as down and out as I've ever felt, I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel and I actually remember saying to mum on the phone late one night 'if this is my life, I don't want it' I had recently gone through an awful lot of bad stuff and was in severe depression, most days I couldn't even leave the house - hard to believe knowing me now, right? Even I don't recognise the person I was back then! Now I realise sometimes you have to fall apart a little so you can put yourself back together a better way.

I'm sharing this because I want anyone out there feeling the same way to know that you CAN do it! You can achieve anything you set your mind too. It may take longer than you'd like, there will be setbacks (just because I haven't shared them all doesn't mean they haven't happened! I just try to keep my blog positive) not everything goes perfectly, there will be disappointments and rejections, some days you will still feel down and miserable and wish you'd gone for that nice steady job instead, you might feel alone and sad, there will be days when you feel noone understands you or everyones against you - in my 3 years, I've been let down, I've been copied (lots!) I've been ripped off, I've been bullied and slated and had rumours made up about me (had to check I wasn't still in high school *sigh*) things that were promised haven't worked out BUT it all came good in the end, I've achieved more than I ever thought I could, these things still happen, but you develop a thicker skin and learn to ignore the bullies and copiers and haters (who said let your haters be your motivators? do it! it's true!) and your success cushions the disappointments, you learn from your mistakes and build on them, people judge you by what you do in the end, so get the dream moving, prove yourself, be kind, work hard, take a risk and put yourself out there - one of the great things about starting from nothing, is you have nothing to lose! I'm so pleased I took a risk, because if I hadn't, I wouldn't be where I am today, and today, I'm happier than I ever thought possible, my company is growing amazingly, I'm working on super exciting projects, I get to write, draw, create and imagine all day long, I work with fantastic people and have the daily support of my lovely OH (and Fuzzybutt too of course!) it truly is my dream come true and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it.

I'd love to hear how you made (or plan to make!) your dream come true, I wish you all lots and lots of luck and success - you can do it!

Thank you for dropping by today
Sarah x

p.s. a big thank you to my lovely friend Di who gave me the courage to share this, she's a fantastic motivator and encourager and just a lovely positive person! :o) x


  1. A huge congratulations and I totally agree with all of the above. It's such a good job you didn't give up or let the negativity get you down because today you're a massive success and stronger for it. Here's to all the future successes and I'm so proud to be a small part of it. xx

  2. ive followed your blog since the first time I saw you on create and craft, your so talented and so nice with it too, it was great meeting you at donnington (you probably don't remember, I was with my daughter, we brought you the teddy) I love everything you do and look forward to following you for many more years, keep up the great work, looking forward to seeing you on tv again soon.

    p.s. im looking forward to my order coming this week, I ordered lots of sewing kits to keep me and my daughter busy for a while, we need more lol

    sue x

  3. I'm so excited for you Sarah and glad you told this part of your story. It's important to "get it out" there as it's part of who you are and what motivated you. You're a true inspiration. We need to organise that Christmas lunch get together! Talk soon xx

  4. Congratulations on 3 years- hope you continue going from strength to strength. Thanks for the inspirational post- I'm thinking of 'jumping' and starting too. X

  5. Massive congratulations hunni and here's to many more years of achievements and growing as fantastic company ;)

    You keep your head up high girl because that's where is deserves to be and so you should shout from the roof tops and tell all...if anyone turns to a green eyed monster over this, it's their loss and they don't deserve to have you as a friend!!

    Remember you are very inspirational lady who deserves to have all the happiness in this world and also who is very kind and sweet too :)

    Happy Birthday!!
    hugs and xxx

  6. Congratulations Sarah, you have achieved so much in these three years.....amazing.
    Thank you for sharing your story, it is inspirational and makes us believe that we can achieve our dreams.

    Claire x