It has certainly been a while since I updated you all on our progress, but it’s been an intense time. I can now say with much pride that we have a fully functioning Lucy Rose prototype in the form of the LR4. I can wear it (albeit gingerly as it’s slightly too big!) and it does the job that nearly eight years ago I wondered for the very first time whether a shoe could do!
So the past few weeks have been incredibly exciting for Lucy Rose! I finally feel as though I am breaking through the walls I have been banging on for so long.
I’m going to be honest with you, not a lot has happened in the past week. I went to London for a meeting on Thursday and visited the flagship stores of Chanel and Dior to dream and imagine my own brand one day having a store like theirs. The attention to detail is unparalleled and the grandeur is something that only decades of knowledge and vision can conjure.
I want to do a blog post this week on the magical coincidences of life. That space in between fate and proactivity where progress manifests. I’ve often been told, especially from my Dad that you have to meet chance halfway – you have to be in the right place at the right time for a magical moment to happen.
I’m going to try and describe a feeling. It’s a feeling I’ve had for quite a while now and I’m sure many entrepreneurs will understand, providing I articulate it properly.
So this week I wanted to highlight a disappointment that I had in regards to Lucy Rose. I am documenting my journey and I think it’s only right to take you through not only the highs, but the lows too. Over the summer, I applied for an Innovate UK Grant which are highly competitive. I found out last week that unfortunately, I didn’t get it.
Do you remember when you wanted to be where you are now? Do you remember being stressed that you wouldn’t find the right job, that you wouldn’t get the result you wanted from Uni? But look at you, you are here now in a job you love with a University Degree. One of my biggest problems is I do not look back to see how far I’ve come. I’m always longing to be in the future.
As you all know I am a highly motivated individual with a desire to bring my product to market. So what happens when it isn’t quite going as you thought. Don’t get me wrong, I am still extremely excited about what the future holds for Lucy Rose Ltd but I feel as though I am not in the driving seat as much as I would like. A plan is still very much in place, but my patience is being tested.
Somebody once told me, there are two types of people in this world; entrepreneurs and wantreprenuers. If being an entrepreneur was easy, everyone would do it. The idealistic notion of working when you want, where you want and earning millions of pounds a year sounds pretty good right? Well today I am going to bust some myths around “working for yourself” and give you a glimpse into what my day really looks like!
“Lying in a gutter aiming for the moon, trying to empty out the ocean with a spoon” Those are lyrics in a Coldplay song called Up & Up. I listened to it recently and it really struck a chord.