I have struggled to find the words this year! However, I have been experimenting with filming a series of short videos of work in progress in the studio. Now I loathe being in front of a camera! The solution? .. filming in quick speed to help remove the discomfort. They have all been filmed on a tablet or a phone and then edited on my laptop. I have enjoyed editing the videos and finding music from the license free choices on my laptop to go with the short clips. This video is of some of the making process for the face masks.
It has taken me seven months but I am finally writing a Blog post in 2020!
In 2010 I was on the verge of shutting down Deco 22. I had tried so many different versions of my business and I felt I was not getting anywhere. Luckily a Business manager at now renamed “Launch It” believed in me when I did not and convinced me to enter Deco 22 for this award. I was shocked when I won as I thought I was a failure. (Forever grateful for you push Adenike!) Sometimes you are so focused on everything that you are doing wrong you do not notice your successes. Yes, the business models were unsuccessful, but each failure led me on to something better and I was learning and developing lots of new skills along the way.
A year after winning this award I got accepted into Cockpit Arts (Deptford) and many more things have happened since. You can read more on my journey here
Yes, I still make lots of mistakes and I am sure I will continue to make many more. I have had to be brutally honest with what was not working and make lots of changes. It has taken a long time to evolve Deco 22 to a business model that works for me. Ten years after I was about the give up, so glad I kept going. Imagine how many people who have given up as they do not have someone believing in them when they are full of self-doubt.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie
Nearing the end of a challenging 2019, reflecting on how grateful I am for the all those who have been rooting for Deco 22 in one way or another. Sometimes it is the challenges in life that help you to realize the wonderful people that are around you. Turns out this year’s half full glass was priceless!