When the idea of RainCityKnits came to me, I was excited. Excited by the prospect of designing yarn in colors that I loved. While I hoped that my products would appeal to others, I knew taste was a very personal thing.
Too often there was a nagging voice in the back of my head wondering if RCK was going to be viable. "After all, there are already so many people making beautiful yarn out there - why would people choose to support me?", I wondered.
Cue my big sister Rena, of The Red Fox and Gown and The Vintage Design Shop. While she and I share many similar interests, there is an area where we differ greatly. Confidence. Rena doesn't ask "Why me?". She asks "Why not me? Why shouldn't I be successful?". Granted, she doesn't expect overnight success, she works very hard. But she doesn't doubt herself in the way I often do around business decisions. She inspires me to believe in myself and my products, even when I'm not feeling it. Thanks big sis!
I received further affirmation this week when Wet Coast Wools - a brand new LYS in Vancouver's Kitsilano area - agreed to carry our yarn! The shop features lots of beautiful yarn, including fibre products from other local artists and I am very happy to be a part of this group.
All this is to say that I have learned a very important lesson about self-belief. Even though my default setting is to doubt myself, I am learning to push back against this. Self-confidence is a journey, but one well worth embarking on. And I'm pleased to be making great progress.
Do you doubt yourself? How do you deal with nagging thoughts?