Monday Musings ~ What Being A Scullery Maid Has Taught Me About Business

The Scullery Maid

No, I have never actually been a scullery maid but as a mother of four, there are plenty of moments when I feel like one!!  There is a lot of time spent cleaning up muck from different places around the house.  Chores that must be repeated day in and day out to maintain order and any semblance of cleanliness.  {And keep the smell of lovely little boys at bay!}

What, you may ask, does this have to do with a millinery business?  Well, a lot actually.  Setting out to accomplish any endeavor takes huge amounts of work, commitment, and effort.  In building up the bones of a business there is inevitably much toil to be done and yes, even a little bit of muck of it’s own.  {We don’t have an official shop girl to clean up after us…yet!}  While waving a very busy hello to Olive and Jane Millinery’s one year anniversary, I’ve been pondering this topic…a lot.  There have been many moments of almost giving up this dream of striking out on one’s own into new creative space.  Extremely tired nights of finishing projects or perfecting a new design.   Learning the ropes of the technical aspects of business, when all I really want to be doing is reveling in feathers, has just about driven me wacky! {Talk about the Mad Hatter!}  However, through the ups and downs, I’ve come to realize that even the living out of a “beautiful dream” requires a certain amount of “get down on your hands and knees and scrub those floors” scullery maid kind of work.  So, I find myself thankful for my years of “scullery maid” training ~ down in the trenches with beautifully messy, little munchkins.  Those experiences are the reason I haven’t given up when the going has gotten tough here in The Shop!  Why I’m treasuring all the sweet victories, accomplishments, set backs, difficulties, beautiful creations and major learning moments that have gone on in the world of Olive and Jane this past year.  So…

Here’s to you old Millinery shop, old pal!!

May this next year be just as grand!!!

~Olive and Jane

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4 Responses to “Monday Musings ~ What Being A Scullery Maid Has Taught Me About Business”

  1. wendy says:

    Well, you are definitely the prettiest and happiest scullery maid I’ve ever seen! Happy Anniversary and hats off to Olive and Jane!