I'm at a crossroads, guys... and I'm not sure if I even need to be here, but I am.
For those that don't know, I opened a shop last year for Turn Peace Around
- handmade items sporting a flipped peace sign. The message I'm trying
to spread with it is that the original peace sign was drawn as a symbol
of despair, and we should be using a more positive image to represent
Peace. Flipping the 'arms' to appear raised connects the idea of peace
with many different positive symbols and feelings throughout various
While this is a great message to spread, it has come to
my attention that unless I am cramming it down everyone's throat, it
won't ever really catch on. The peace sign is over 50 years old.... who
really wants to change it now? I thought that by having a shop of
handmade items, I could help spread this message while making a little
money for my efforts.
But that's not happening.
starting to wonder if I'm not the right kind of person to be pushing the
message. I mean, I can't live and breathe it, so how can I encourage
others to do that? It's a great idea, but I feel I'm no good beyond that
So here I am, torn between trying to spread a message of
positive peace or making some money on the side. And sadly, the way
things are going, the money side of the battle is starting to win.
would love to push this idea, and focus on the concept for everything I
do (craft shows, etc), but then my pyrography would be put to the
wayside. I love both too much to neglect one or the other... and I've
put a LOT of effort into building Breath of the Dragon up so far. Again, the question of money comes up - which one will bring in more money?
know some of you might be thinking... "Why not just do both, and give
them both the attention they need?" And my answer to that is my paying
job. If I was unemployed, I would have more than enough time to devote
to each... but (un)fortunately, I have a part-time paying job to attend 5
days a week. This takes up a lot of my time and energy, much to my
Is this the part of creating a business where I have to
make sacrifices and put out 210% of myself? [In this case, it would be
more than one business (hence the extra 100%)...]
I am just not sure if I want to continue to pursue Turn Peace Around
as a business... I could use some input, if you have read this far and
have a thought on the subject. Feel free to be honest and critical - I
need that right now. That's often the difference between dreams and