Through much contemplation I have decided that it is within my best interest to take a breather and stop trying so hard to make the shoe design business work. I have come to realize that sometimes the harder you try the more you miss the reason you enjoy it in the first place. I have learned through this process that there are more important things in my life and none of them have to do with getting anything more than I already have.
These are some of my visions and I know just how they should look. I find the ideas come naturally, the drawing and specifying a little more difficult, but the execution well; this is the difficulty. I am well aware that the execution is what makes or breaks them. Through many lessons that I could share one day, I have learned that I alone do not possess all the necessary elements to make this work at the level to which I aspire.
I am finding that although I know it is possible for me accomplish what I wish, it comes at a cost I am unwilling to pay. I would love to see these shoes come to life but, in order for that to happen I would need the right team around me.
If someone wishes to steal the designs, so be it. I know better than most what it takes to make this happen and not just anyone can do it, regardless of the money spent or the willingness to learn. I am at peace knowing the designs are mine.
The way I see it, they will either become a bad knockoff and will not look as intended or I will find the person(s) who can turn them into reality. If the latter were to happen without credit to me, I will still be at peace.
Should my drawings find their way to the team of people who can make this work and should they think I have enough talent to invest the time into developing the designs and the designer that would be one dream come true. If not, I accept what is and what will be.
In any case, I am taking the time I need right now to gain balance in my life. I will gladly share more of my drawings when I have the time and inclination to do so.