I had a plan when I started the website for Fiber Motel – that I would blog regularly, even when I had no important updates. As a small business owner, I think it’s important to share both your successes and struggles in hopes that it would help others.
Most of you don’t know me, heck I don’t even know if anyone is even reading this blog. The previous blog posts have been read around 150-200ish times. So I guess that’s me reading it 120 times and the rest are actually real people! Yay. So let’s see what has happened in the past (almost) 2 years.
When I first started Fiber Motel it was on a whim, I had just quit my job out of stress and anxiety. I was still living with my parents at the time, and I was redecorating. Long story short, Fiber Motel picked up some traction, which brought me to another accomplishment in my life – I became an actual business owner (dad was very proud indeed, after all this is the Chinese way).
After a year, I hired someone to help me. But then I realized I had too much free time, which made me long to have a 9 to 5 routine again. The stars aligned, and I met someone who’s company was hiring for a Head of Digital – my background is in International Marketing and I chose Digital Marketing as my specialty. I wasn’t quite certain if I wanted to go back to having a day job, but then I thought why not.
And so here we are a year later, I’m still at the branding company. I even got promoted to Associate Creative Director. Suffice to say my day job went well. But it did come with a cost – I was back to being stressed out and overworked and burnt out most of the time. I neglected Fiber Motel and when I realized what was happening, I knew I had to make a choice. I couldn’t be physically present for both, and my heart belongs to the Motel so I tried to resign, which failed horribly as my bosses rejected my resignation and instead lured me with flexibility and a promotion. I made it work. And now here we are.
But enough about me, what about Fiber Motel itself?
Well, after I realized I just had to eliminate my social life in order to keep both jobs – things turned out wonderfully. I became a secluded homebody who slept for 4 hours and worked for 20 each day. It was inspiring and exhausting, but also NOT recommended.
During those dark sleep-deprived days, I did create a few awesome works that I am very proud of. We had the chance to work with Starbucks. Not one, but TWO customized artworks. One in Jakarta and another in Bali. We also scored a project working with the Park Hyatt hotel, creating multiple customized macrames for their Penthouse Suites. So yes, turning into a workaholic zombie was worth it.
Here’s to more blog posts and updates, and of course more projects.