This is something that I think every time that I am in the midst of following another dream! But it is so true! Recently I am in the beginning stages of starting a t-shirt line and it seemed like a relatively easy thing to do when the idea came about. Just find some shirts and a screen printer and you are good to go, right? Um….ya….not really! First of all I want to use organic shirts, that is important to me, if I am going to sell t-shirts I want them to be eco friendly. Well, apparently designing organic clothes does not attract very many fashion designers, because the clothes (t-shirts anyway) are terribly unflattering! I am shocked at the giant men’s style t-shirts that they try to pass off as woman’s t-shirts. Then there are the ones that are so short that they stop right below your belly button. Who even wears those anymore? Organic companies get an D- for effort in style. I found this whole thing very interesting, and kind of sad that if you want to be eco friendly you need to look like a slob!
Anyhow, I refused to believe that this is true with all of the companies out there who sell organic t-shirts, so I begin my two week long search for a decent organic t-shirt. I find a great company in Canada! Yay! Until I find out that it takes as much money to ship the shirts as it does to buy the t-shirt, therefore, doubling the cost of each piece. Well, not a good idea unless I want my t-shirts to end up being $40 a piece, so again with the hunt.
Then there is the simple task of finding a screen-printer. Now that should be easy! After calling about a dozen screen printers and getting either no return phone call or a really high number because they do not like to do small runs (anything under 72 pieces for each design is considered a small run). The thought of doing the screen-printing myself became more and more appealing. Well, not really appealing, because I want to sell the shirts, not make them. But it was beginning to look like my only option. Turns out, though, after my faithful pursuit, that I did find two different people who gave me some decent pricing. Each of them seem to be more than happy to take me on as a client, even with small runs.
This is just some of the things (I like to call them mini hurdles) that I have come up against with my new venture. Some of the things have gone this way and other things have gone very, very smoothly! But isn’t it always the "hurdles" that we focus upon or get really stressed out about? So it has been a good lesson for me, and it always is. When I wrote my first book, that project had it’s own set of temper tantrums. But I learned to ignore them and release control of everything having to go one way, my way. When I learn to do that I always see another way, the Universe’s way and it never fails, it is always better!
So yes, your dream’s can become a reality, and yes, the Universe will work with you in order for it to happen. But never for a minute shy away from putting some blood, sweat and tears into your dream! Because that is a very important “ingredient” that many people miss when whipping up their Universal formula for success. Following your dreams is a lot of work, but I promise you, it is time not wasted!