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I have a beautiful granddaughter who was born with Down syndrome. She has enough challenges to face in her life and I want to make sure that finding appropriately fitting clothes will not be one of them.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Downs Designs is Back on Track!

Now it’s the middle of July and still nothing is in production.  Since returning from China in May, I expected to be farther along.  I’m NOT!  But now I know why…I lost my focus and my positive energy.  But guess what?  I found it again.

I have been a strong believer in the “Law of Attraction”.  I have practiced positive thoughts for years and always reached my goals.  When I began Downs Designs, everything I did fell into place as if I was being guided along by something bigger than myself…and it was true. 

Then a few setbacks came along and I got caught up in negativity and then more setbacks happened and then more.  Duh!!!  I let myself get trapped into negativity and forgot all that I had believed in regarding the “Law of Attraction”.  How did I let this happen?

Well, a few weeks ago our good friend came to visit and we got into a conversation about this subject matter.  He was also a great believer in positive thinking.  He suggested I purchase a series of CD’s by Dr. Robert Anthony who is the author of “Beyond Positive Thinking”.  This series of CD’s is called “The Secret of Deliberate Creation”.  So I spent about $200.00 and took his suggestion. 

When the package came it contained seven CD’s so I downloaded them onto my Ipad.  When I saw how long each CD was, I thought to myself, “when will I have time to listen to all these?”  But, after I listened to the first one, OMG, I realized what was going wrong in my life…I’d lost my focus.  I had let myself fall into the trap of negative self talk.  That was not me; I had never been negative or had doubts about Downs Designs or anything else for that matter.  But after several disappointments, I’d lost my way.

Well, I’M BACK!  My fears and doubts are now gone and once I got rid of all that negativity, everything turned the corner.  Almost immediately changes started taking place.  I decided that we would go back to basics and make our own samples as we did in the beginning when it was Jillian and I and our models, fitting after fitting until we got it right.   Why hadn't I thought of this sooner?  But, because I was stuck in negativity, I couldn't move forward.

Here's what has been taking so long...having the factory make the samples, takes too long and we can’t make the proper corrections when the fit isn’t good.  When a sample would come in after 2 or 3 weeks of waiting, then we would have to call in the models, which took more time.  We would make adjustments to the pattern instructions, send them off to the factory again and have them make another sample.  Then we waited!  Another two or three weeks would go by and we would start over again, still not getting a good fit.  In the meantime, weeks turned into months and still NOTHING!

So after listening to these CD’s and getting my head back on my shoulders, my thinking started to change.  Then, with a clear head again, I made the decision to go back to the beginning and do our own sample making and guest what?  It only took one week to make two pairs of jeans for our little girl model.  That would have taken about 6 weeks using the factory sample maker.  What had I been thinking???

But that’s behind me now and Downs Designs is back on track.  Things are going so much smoother now and nothing is standing in our way.  We will have these kids clothes completed very soon now and our youth sizes will be our next project to get under way.

Doubt, fear and disappointment only attracts more doubt, fear and disappointment and that’s exactly what was going on.  I couldn’t get past my own self.  But turning those thoughts back into certainty and excitement has put me back to where I need to be.  Whatever was going wrong is now going right again.  I’m more sure and confident than I have been for months and it feels great!