I received some rather exciting news in my email today. But you know it’s good for a story attached, yes?!
As many of you know, my little blog started out of need. I was broke at the time, and just fired up a blog in order to showcase the junk I was collecting off the side of the road to decorate with. To my knowledge, repurposing was not a thing… for me, it was a need that turned into a creative, fun thing to do.
You can read my full story HERE.
All the while, I had been running my sign company Graphic Impact… for 20+ years.
Over the years, my light went out with my ‘dayjob’ work. I did it to pay the bills, but dashed home at the end of my long days in order to create at home with my hobby. Or… free job.
This little hobby kept me sane. It felt effortless to work all hours of the night to create a project, then a blog post around it. Compare that to 6 hours of day job that had me dieing inside? No competition.
Passion always wins.
Once I started learning how my passion thing could earn, I bravely threw up a few blinking ads, but kept doing my thing. Sponsorships knocked as well. I took on a few, but as you well know, I don’t do many. If it doesn’t chime well with what I love, I just say no.
But the pressures of burning all these hours into two jobs started to take its toll. Time to read a book or watch TV was unheard of. My gard-en turned into a weed-en instead. (unless it revolved around a blog post of course!)
I played around with the thought of leaving my day job, but how could one possibly leave the earnings behind? It was a dream, but way too scary.
But one day, the knock was so loud and hard for me needing to be at home, I handed back the last work order, and said I ‘had’ to go. I had no choice.
I walked out of the parking lot in a complete daze… what had I just done? But I also felt like I was walking on clouds.. what HAVE I just done?
The next day I woke up as just Funky Junk Interiors. Elated but scared to death, I went to the computer, and scanned my email.
And that’s when I noted something… I had been so busy turning away my dreams due to no time, that I had never taken the time to add those dreams up, seeing that they’d more than make up for the dayjob income.
From that very day, I hit the ground running and quite simply got to work. I even got a little more daring with accepting scary exciting opportunities, such as a keynote speaker in Toronto.
But that was meant to be more also. That’s where I met Jennylyn Pringle from Fusion Mineral Paint. We hooked up and she helped me along with our pal Joanne, launch my first test run of Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils.
And on it went. I now had a small line of products that serviced the desires of readers, a blog I could take with me on even my travels, all because I just followed my heart.
Here is why I’m sharing this with you today.
I just received an email that my little hobby is now an official incorporated company! My blog has always been run legally, but it was under Graphic Impact, my sign company.
Well, I no longer stripe firetrucks thankyouverymuch. Hello… I decorate with JUNK!
My reasons for becoming an inc. are due to my accountant’s advice. When you make a certain income, this move will save you taxes. But know, there are also more fees applicable, and more diligent bookkeeping involved. You are also protected legally in other ways, but what’s still most important is getting the right kind of insurance. I’ll write more on this topic once I learn a little more.
That said, I desired to protect my name as mine, due to a product line. It was just the right thing to do.
When I first picked out Funky Junk Interiors as a blog name, it was suggested to be careful with that name… as it would likely be my next forever company. I tried renaming it, but it always stuck. Why? Because it made me smile. Isn’t that what a job ought to do?
When I recited the name to my incorporation lawyer, any guesses what he also did?
And I’m so very grateful I get to smile every day I work, because there is nothing sad about turning your passionate hobby into your life’s work.
I’m so proud of my little hobby that grew into a grown up company. I’m not rich. But I’m able to support my son and I through this thing we call life, in the most creative, enjoyable way for me possible.
Creating something from nothing, writing from the heart, gardening, travelling, inspiring… this crazy little blog has quite simply allowed me to become…
With an INC on the end!
Thank you Graphic Impact, for my start in a creative career.
But Funky Junk Interiors INC just makes me smile BIGGER!
Trust your heart, and the one that gave you that heart. It will never lead you wrong.