BIG LIFE UPDATE + AN ETSY SALE

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If you’ve been following my blog at all for the last few years, you’ll notice there was once a really fruitful season of Rebekah Disch Design with lots of DIY blog posts, weekend trip recaps, design and decor posts, launching of new products, free printable give-aways, fun design collaboration opportunities, and more. Those days were really fun. Those were the days I grew to really love blogging. Then I went back to work full-time and pretty much have been doing the 9-5 for the last three years, leaving little time to work on my creative business much at all. I’ve still sold prints and cards in my Etsy shop, participated in craft fairs, and took on occasional custom design work, but due to having to devote most of my life to working for the man (and I’m thankful for those opportunities for sure!), I had to say bye bye to the prospect of focusing on RDD in a way that the business really deserved. So, I worked. I put in the hours, worked hard, resolved to stay faithful where I was planted, and embraced my job(s) God has graciously given me over the years, and we were always taken care of and were never in want.

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THE BACK STORY
When we moved to Virginia a year ago, our pace of life went from zero to 60 almost immediately. We got plugged in to our amazing church, started new jobs, and we were happily overwhelmed with the amount of people, friendships, community, things to do, and places to see that were put in front of us… the experience of moving from small town Texas to the nation’s capital is no joke! So many good things but so much change with little time to rest or process in between.

Almost immediately after moving, I accepted a graphic design position at a local design firm. This job was a God-send and provided a great space for me to learn, grow, and produce some really fun design work. It pushed my brain creatively in ways I would have never been pushed otherwise. I had a very gracious and kind Creative Director. I made new friends. I learned a TON. But the hours were long, the days were stressful, and our personal/family time suffered, as well as my ability to really give my time to the people in our lives that we love and the things in our life that really matter to us. I was tired. Stressed. Spent. And hungry with the desire to grow RDD again and to do work that I really love. The creative itch continued.

A few months ago, Chris and I started having conversations about how I could possibly make my design business work. In addition to wanting a pace-of-life change, I was becoming more and more inspired to explore the idea of running my own business instead of doing work for someone else. We spent lots of days reflecting, evaluating, and brainstorming what it would look like to slow down a bit, have more flexibility in our schedules, and dream together of what RDD could be, if given the chance. I started thinking of all the things I love to do, all the ways God has gifted me and the avenues I could take with those talents. And I wondered… why not? Why work for someone else doing work they want me to do when I can work for myself and do what I really love while at the same time giving me more life flexibility? My business already has a foundation, why not continue to build on that?

THE EXCITING NEWS
So after weeks of anticipation, here I am, over-sharing on the internet about my journey, and I am excited to announce that as of this week, I’ve officially ended my previous job and am now pursuing RDD full time. Hooray! We are super pumped about this new venture and are excited and ready for the joys and challenges along the way, as well as the time we will get back as we slowly but diligently seek to live life more purposefully together.

WHAT I’LL BE DOING
I am planning to initially focus on doing some freelance work, mainly logo design for small, creative businesses as well as some other fun, creative things coming down the pipeline (can’t wait to share!). I’ll also be giving some time to my Etsy shop, creating new art prints and cards and building my stationery business with a focus on weddings and events. And did I mention… blogging? I am super pumped to give this little corner of the internet some tender lovin’ care and keep this blog more updated on a regular basis.

SO…WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
As a celebration, I am having a store-wide sale in my Etsy shop. Everything is 30% off from now until June 30. Just go to my shop, fill your cart with goodies, and use the code HOORAY30 at checkout.

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Thanks for your continued support in my journey and for your interest in this little business of mine.

Cheers!

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RECAP: HANDMADE HARVEST

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Two weekends ago, I took part as a vendor in the Denton Independent Maker’s Exchange (DIME) Handmade Harvest. The past few weeks have been jam packed with sketching, designing, printing, ordering, assembling, planning, rebranding, and preparing like a maniac to get ready for this event. This is my second official craft show, but having my own booth, setting up my own products, and selling them myself was a first for me. It was a lot of work, but SO worth it. I learned much about organization, prioritizing, managing multiple moving pieces at once, as well as trying to keep the big picture in mind while remembering all the little details.

Other than a couple of glitches on the front end, I quickly got in my groove and enjoyed every minute of it.  I loved meeting so many new faces, talking to customers about my process, getting to tell stories behind the products, and seeing people actually buy them. It was so fulfilling and reassuring that what I’m doing is meaningful to other people.

My sweet, servant-hearted mom stayed by my side almost all day. She helped set up my booth, let me borrow props for my products, offered creative advice, brought me lunch when I was so busy that I couldn’t leave my post, and was just a great support, willing to spend hours serving me. My sister was also a huge help in keeping me laughing all day and helping make a couple of sales while I had to take a break for a few minutes. My girl, Sally, even came on the back end of the show to help tear down and pack up my car, then joined me for dinner and drinks to finish off the day right.

From the time the doors opened, the day was busy busy busy, and I hardly had time to get enough photos and visit other vendors’ booths, but I am SO grateful for a fun, fulfilling, and very profitable day and can’t wait for next year. Here are a few snapshots I was able to sneak in, along with a few from my proud mom.

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Make sure to stop by The DIME Store’s Facebook page – these ladies are workin’ hard over there.