Merry Christmas everyone!

Yes, its nearly time for the big day to arrive and for us to kick back, relax enjoy some family time and eat well probably way too much food!

But before that happens I wanted to do a round up of all the incredible things that have happened with Born to Thread this year and the lessons/ business lessons I have learnt because you know self employed life isn’t just a walk in the park.

Let’s kick off with the fun stuff.

This year I have had some incredible orders for me to make  jackets and personalised leather jackets, they have really tested me in a good way but have been so much fun to make.

Honestly I cannot express how much I love making them but what is even better is seeing my amazing clients rocking them.

I’ve had jackets worn in New York where I also made my final wedding dress (more on that later) for a kick ass bride to wear, matching jackets in Las Vegas, check out the badass couple here and I even got to make a Kiss inspired design for a silver jacket.

Not sure what that would look like then read all about the handmade Kiss jacket here.

It’s not all being about jackets though, I feel like I have really grown into my business this year and found clarity on how I want to go forward into 2020.

This year I have really invested into learning new skills not just with in sewing but more on a business side.

I always used to shy away from learning because I didn’t think I was good enough which I know now that it stems from being put down at school but over the past couple of years I have really enjoyed learning and especially about business.

I really geek out on it now and love taking courses. This year I have learnt about the finance side which was a biggie for me but really went for it head on and it wasn’t a bad I thought! One of my favourite books I have read was Profit First – eye opener for sure and highly recommend. 

Have you guys heard of the No Bull Business School, no? Well, you need to check out Sarah’s courses, she really knows her shit when it comes to business and the courses I have taken have been a real kick up the bum, they have made me look at my business in different way so much. Also if you are looking for a bit of personal development I’d highly recommend her Money + Manifesting course.

Another amazing lady to follow and invest in her knowledge is Maddy Shine – she is like the queen of SEO and I have learnt so much in terms how focus more on my website and figuring how it all works! Honestly I am so happy I took her course because SEO doesn’t seem so scary anymore and to learn how it works is like one of these ah-ha moments.

Towards the end of the year I decided to work with Leah from The Fashion Cultivator. Leah has incredible knowledge of the fashion industry and has over 10 years buying skills.

I stumbled across Leah through a Facebook business group and when I found out she worked within leather jackets when buying I knew instantly that we had to work together. We’re currently working on a new collection which I’m hopefully gonna drop at the end of February – watch this space!

Phew just looking back on that has been a real opener for me, It’s amazing how much you forget over time but writing it down really helps to see how much you have done.

Even just on a personally level too, this year I have really found more confidence in myself too, as a person who has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks over the years I have worked hard to over come them.

I mean they still sneak up on me a times but I know no to be afraid of them and it’s just my body telling me I need to step back and relax a little.

Which if your self employed yourself then you know that it can be hard to do, but I’d highly recommend to avoid burnout?

I think its actually better to take breaks because it can fuel your creativity so much more.

As 2020 is coming up strong have a little think of how far you have come over the past 20 years or 10 years and be proud of how far you have come.

Write it down be grateful for the lessons your learnt and growth you have achieved.

One last thing

I’m proud of myself is overcoming my fear of showing my face on video, Instagram stories – I actually love it now and I have met so many fun people through showing up and talking.

I talk all about different areas of my business to fabrics, products and everyday rambles so come join me if your intrigued.

As 2020 is coming up strong have a little think of how far you have come over the past 20 years or 10 years and be proud of how far you have come.

Write it down be grateful for the lessons your learnt and growth you have achieved.

One last thing

I’m proud of myself is overcoming my fear of showing my face on video, Instagram stories – I actually love it now and I have met so many fun people through showing up and talking.

I talk all about different areas of my business to fabrics, products and everyday rambles so come join me if your intrigued.

So know the lessons I have learnt through all of this:

  • Stepping out of your comfort zone is a good thing, fear helps you grow.
  • Saying yes could lead you to amazing outcomes
  • Stay strong and know your worth… This has helped me so much over the past couple of years
  • Take breaks! I am human and I can’t do everything
  • Stay in my lane, don’t compare myself to anyone my journey is just as incredible as theirs is.
  • Not everyone is gonna like my work and that is OK
  • Strategy in business is key if you wan to grow
  • Social media is not real – but awe should all know this. Using it in the right way can be so beneficial but using it in the wrong way will just see you spiralling into comparison – Don’t do it.
  • One thing before I forget is I learned that some of my services are not for me anymore. Like earlier I mentioned about the wedding dress, well this year I decided to stop making them not because I don’t like doing them its because my passion for leather work and making jackets is so much stronger that I decided to focus on them. I was a big thing for me to do but you know what I really feel like it was the right decision.

So I think that concludes my lengthy post about 2019 haha. Woohoo I feel good for writing this now as I can see that 2019 was a kick ass year but I’m so excited for 2020.

I can feel it’s gonna be a prosperous year for us all.

Mantra: 2020-You do you always

Bridie x