onwards + upwards


The new year has begun and, like many people, I'm looking at the next 365 (well, I guess now it's only 361) days ahead of me and trying to figure out how to make the most of them. My biggest personal goal is to get all my chickens in a line, or rather ducks in a row professionally and tackle the big question, 'How I can make a living doing what I love?'. This is a daunting task as I am sure many of you know. Initially, there is the other all important question - 'What is my dream job?'. I haven't necessarily nailed this down, but here are a few options:
  1. Queen of English Muffin ie, own my own business and be incredibly successful;
  2. Freelance Illustrator/Graphic Designer and part-time dancer (for those of you who don't know, I danced with a few different contemporary dance companies in my former Canadian life);
  3. Get a 'real' job, this would most likely involve going back to school to finish my graphic design degree.
To be honest, number 3 is really not a dream at all. The idea of going back to school makes me slightly depressed. I love learning, but at this point in my life I'm ready to take the bull by the horns and wrestle out a place for myself in the money making world rather than go back to school and spend another 2 or 3 years in limbo.

Number 1 on the other hand seems too good to be true, and on my craziest of crazy days I even think it might be possible. I have lots of ideas for English Muffin, ways to expand my line of children's art, paper goods and toys, as well as hopes of selling wholesale to brick and mortar shops. I have no idea how to be a savvy business lady but am inspired by so many of them I come across in internet-land. If there was ever a time to make a go of it I think it's now. The web is full of resources, info and examples of how to do something that 10 years ago I would have thought close to impossible for me to achieve, having my own business. I also have - and I think this is the most important - incredibly supportive people in my life. I can be so critical of myself, I couldn't imagine if those around me were naysayers too, instead they are my biggest fans and are always there to tell me that my 'too good to be true' dreams are possible. (cheesy, i know, but so true)

So, I guess I have my answer. I'm looking forward to sharing this adventure with you over the next 361 days, and beyond...

Happy New Year and Monday!

(photo: Christiaan Postma)


  1. go for your dream Bess, maybe I will come and work for you. Love, mom

  2. If you're hiring I am into it. Full steam ahead on the dream boat, next stop on the manifestation passage.

    If you make toys I would love to help make that happen.

  3. what if you absorbed your sister company. Literally. Could be an english muffin empire - and I adored muffin mondays.

  4. All hail Queen of English Muffin! With talent like yours, your "too good to be true" dreams are most certainly possible.

    If you make toys I would love to help play with them.

    Love, your cheesy yaysayer bestie, D xoxo

  5. Awww, you guys are the best - thank you :)

  6. Can I post even though I'm not family/ Chelsea's boyfriend?
    I think you are a great success as is, don't ruin your abilities or...lets face it...your soul and work for the big guy. It's not worth it to just do something if it isn't something you love.

  7. Linda: agreed, working for 'the man' kinda scares me. just need to find a way to bring in a wee bit more $$!

  8. Skip #3! You don't wanna do it, don't do it! But numbers 1 and 2 go together well.

    I've admired your blog for a while, after finding you on Etsy: you've got great taste, you take brilliant photos, you're an engaging writer and your illustrations are charming.

    You DO NOT need to go to school to "make it."

    I'm a self-taught designer too -- and I've had a lot of experience in the business side of things. If you'd ever like to meet up for coffee, I'd love to talk shop and I'd be happy to give you some pointers :)

    (Creepy? I hope not. But if so, my apologies!)


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