It’s a very special day.
Today marks the five year anniversary of Colette Patterns, an incredible milestone for our little company and for me personally.
It’s all thanks to you.
I’ve grown so much and learned more than I could have imagined in the last five years. Sometimes this involved discovering talents I didn’t know I had, like time management, business development, and storytelling.
Other times, it’s pushed me to face my weaknesses, like fear of rejection, confronting people who disappoint me, or assuming any sort of authority whatsoever (ugh, still so hard).
I could list a thousand lessons learned, mistakes made, and small triumphs achieved.
But there’s one discovery that rises above all of that, that informs everything I do now, and that has transformed the way I run this little ship. It’s the importance of sincerely, deeply caring about the people that I work for.
I started this business because I thought the idea was interesting, because I wanted to create something that I’d want to use, and because I wanted to change my life for the better.
All of that happened, but in the end, it isn’t what drives me anymore. Sure, I want a business that sustains me and my crew. But I believe the way to do that is to create things that sustain you.
I want to be a force for good, even in a small way, in your creative lives. I want to spread the joy I feel in making and learning, because I know what a powerful force it is. I want just a little more happiness in the world, and I think making things with your hands is a path to that.
So please raise a virtual glass to the last 5 years of Colette Patterns, and here’s to the next 5. I anticipate many adventures, new ideas, and great conversations along the way.