AvantGarb has been a growing, productive business for a really long time.
I started AvantGarb in my Berkeley, California garage when my youngest daughter was about 3 months old.
Month after month AvantGarb has made a profit and those dollars have increased through the years.
AvantGarb is a real, ongoing operation.
Even though we get grow each and every year, get more marvelous clients, are able to hire extraordinary people, and have moved to jazzy new digs. Even though I've been paying my mortgage, clothing my children, going on vacations, buying shoes, getting my hair done and my eyebrows tamed, I still think, it could be over tomorrow.
This is crazy thinking.
When I am sitting with a curved needle, stitching yellow muppet fleece to green fur, I have taken to counting my blessing.
Here are some of them:
- I have a really grand family. They keep me involved and interested in their lives. My husband is funny, handsome and sexy. My daughters are gorgeous and glorious
- I love my biz - making fuzzy critters that add a great dollop of fun to the landscape.
- I've traveled everywhere--okay, not everywhere, but a lot of places - Kenya, India, China, Mexico, Mexico, Mexico, Taiwan, Egypt, and oh yeah, Europe. I feel fluent in the world. I like to be places where I can't speak the language.
- ... however, I can speak Spanish, stutter through French and be polite in Swahili
- Every Monday I look forward to the week ahead.
- I interact with a wide and varied creative community of mascot people, art people, writers and imagineers.
- Every Friday I come home to a really good martini.
- I love going to church on Sundays, singing hymns w/ the congregation, listening to the sermon and being blessed for the coming week with the benediction.
- I love reading the New York Times and napping on couch on Sunday afternoons.
- I have gotten bit of fame for doing what I do.
- ...and I have magnificent friends. Some I've had for most of my life, some I've only just met
I am truly blessed. I have imagined my life, and it became real.
I suspect the story of other small biz people is similar.