I started talking to myself about retirement last year. I started talking to my family and a few friends last year. Then Marie Kondo with her ‘what sparks your joy’ revolution hit January 1, 2019 and although she is talking about one’s closets and stuff, I felt it about my business. I wasn’t feeling the ‘spark of joy’ any longer from my company.
So the rub of course is that it is MY Company. I just can’t give a 2-week notice. I can’t just quit!
So my action on closing down is in the process. I am not producing any new products, I am not hiring a summer intern and I am not having our annual photo shoot.
There were several reasons that lead up to my discontent or no Joy even before Marie Kondo came into my life. My pattern maker retired and moved. My production sewing company raised their prices. My fabric costs went up 20% and of course Amazon is killing small on line retailers. The nail in the coffin is the new law that says I must collect sales tax!
The above problems of course could be mitigated if I was feeling the joy, but I am not. I have enough inventories to be in business for the rest of the year. 2020 I hope not to be the CEO of Haralee.Com. It has been 15 years and a good ride but all good things do come to an end.
I sew some craft items and sell them at shows. This is giving me joy right now! I up-cycle cowboy shirts into aprons. I up-cycle fabric to tooth fairy pillows and doubled sided napkins and microwave bowls. Organic catnip grown in my garden goes into up-cycled infant socks for a cat toy. This company I call, ‘Cowboy Kitty Creations’. It sparks joy in me!!!
Have you thoughts on retirement? Is something sparking joy in you?