We're back for another #InspiredMakerMonday! Today we are featuring Heather Kirks of Hedoe Paper, a luxury paper goods company. Heather creates beautiful paper goods, such as notepads, and personalized cards for every occasion. We can't wait to see what Heather has been up to since attending the Inspired Retreat!
When did you attend Inspired Retreat? October 2015
Where were you in your business journey when making the decision to attend Inspired? We were at a crossroads. Our business had grown on Etsy, and we were in the process of getting our stand alone website created. We needed direction on where to take it from there.
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell yourself on Day 1 of starting your creative business? Take it slow, it's not a race. Don't compare yourself to others, because you and your journey are unique.
What is one action item from your Inspired Retreat experience that has changed your business and/or mindset? Leah Remillet urged us to think big, and then act with precision. This is something I've struggled with a lot as a creative. There are so many ideas, we get distracted by them and often don't execute any of them.
With the abundance of noteworthy creative workshops offered, why would you recommend Inspired Retreat over another? Inspired Retreat is a great atmosphere. I'm a true introvert and usually have a lot of anxiety is this type of situation. The venue is gorgeous, yet relaxed and the top-notch speakers/experts really want to know more about your business and how they can help.
What is one thing you have implemented that has helped you to streamline or help manage your creative business and family/personal priorities? I hired a business coach. She really helped me focus on what's important, in actionable steps.
What things do you do to stay creative/be inspired? I love to craft with my daughter, practice hand lettering, and shop! Whenever I feel uninspired, I go shopping - there's something different about experiencing color and texture in person that makes me want to go home and create!
What is your daily routine like? I'm a mom and wife first. I start my workday after the kiddos leave for school, usually around 8am. I usually have about 5 hours on any given day to get social media scheduled, respond to customer inquiries, and create new products and process orders. Because I sell a physical product, that part of my business takes up about 60-70% of my time. I'm committed to being present once I pick my kids up from school. I believe you can have it all, but that means something different to all of us - setting boundaries is key.
What is your favorite business book, magazine, or podcast?Big Magic - “perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat,” I have this posted in my office! One of my favorite podcasts is All Up in Your Lady Business.
So, what's next for you? We're in the process of renaming and rebranding the business, so stay tuned. Our focus will be on thoughtful gift-giving, because that's who our customer is - a thoughtful gift giver that plans ahead. I'm creating a new product that I've had in the works for a long time. It speaks to the core values of my business and why I started it in the first place. I can't wait to share it!
Thanks so much for sharing about you and your experiences since Inspired Retreat Heather! We can't wait to follow along and see where you will go. Follow along with Heather and Hedoe Paper on Instagram and Facebook.