This design came to me in two stages. I had been mulling over various phrases for a while, things like: 'Why be a princess when you can be a warrior?' or 'fight like a girl', something to contrast a stereotypical princess with a fighting spirit. It was pretty much on the back burner while I waited for a epiphany about what it would look like.
This month marks ten years since the birth of my first child. For me, this is a good time to reflect on what that experience was really like. It's time we started sharing more honestly, because maybe, just maybe, we can make it easier for those who come after us.
I feel in my bones that if we did a better job of helping women transition back into their careers after having children, that the dreadful stats about women's comparative pay and women's representation in the highest echelons' of business and society would improve. The hard work comes well before they get near the top of the greasy pole; it comes when they first have kids, more accurately the first time they return to full time work.
This is definitely the question I get asked the most: 'Lots of your designs would work on boys' t-shirts, why don't you do boys t-shirts too?'. It's a good question, especially as I have a deliciously beautiful boy.
It's hard to describe how amazing it is to have someone like my designs enough to buy one of my t-shirts. I feel a real responsibility to live up their expectations. When someone ordered a single t-shirt from New Zealand I was amazed. It was simultaneously awesome and a worry ... what if it wasn't exactly what they'd expected?
According to a quick google search, 660,000 new companies were registered in the UK in 2017. Wow. Just wow. The harsh reality is that 8/10 will fail within the first year. Starting a start-up is the hardest thing I've ever done.
While the rest of the UK is sweltering in boiling humidity, the Scottish Highlands are a balmy 26°C with a lovely strong breeze. What better time to start Scarf Monkey's blog, to talk about all the ups and downs of starting a new business, and the reasons why it's more than just a business to me, it's a project from the heart.