Exhausted, But Still Alive
Due to increasing health issues I found it harder and harder to maintain a job. I won't go too far into it, but between exhaustion, flat feet, pain, and anxiety it seemed like every job that was available wasn't a possibility for me. I live in a small town on the coast of Oregon, and there just isn't many options around here .
I had been making Chainmaille as a hobby for several years by the time my health issues had become such a barrier. So with the help of my boyfriend I decided to make it a business. A real one. He let me live relatively rent free while I put everything I had into launching my Brand. Sure, I throw him money when I can, but realistically it's not as much as I'd like, or the amount he's due. Honestly I wouldn't have been able to launch Rayven's Chainmaille as a real business if he hadn't helped me, and has continued to help me.
Other than the housing help, I took no loans. I had no start up money. I was broke. Luckily I had some materials in stock, but nowhere near what I have today. But I made it work. I continue to make it work. I am still not in debt. And I intend to keep it that way.
I work more than I ever have in my life. I sleep every other day. I'm exhausted. But I'm alive. My list of things to do is still a mile long, but I feel like soon I'll be able to relax a bit. All it takes is for the right mixture of marketing and a good product and I'll be successful.
I won't give up. I'll never surrender. If I fail? I want it to happen with the knowledge that I tried EVERYTHING in my power to be successful, and it just wasn't meant to be.
Today I'm taking pictures of hundreds of items never before seen online. They will take me a while to edit and post, but hopefully with fresh products some sales will come in and all will be well. I feel like it will be.
I refuse to fail. I will fly like my name sake.