Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

"What's in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  

Of course, we have Shakespeare to thank for that iconic phrase and they are the words that continue to ring through my mind as I continue down the journey of being a business owner.  For those of you who follow the blog you know many of the Red Thread original Red Thread girls, added Red Thread girls and Red Thread moments I have been honored to attend (but really, is there any event that is not a Red Thread moment in one way or another?)

A couple of months ago, I had someone contact me about the name of my business and they asked me to stop using it.  Of course this caused me lots of angst and I wasn't sure what to do at first. Here I am - an owner of a business whose name means something to me.  (Yes, Romeo, there is something in a name!)

What I discovered is that while I had been asked to stop using the name, I had good grounds for fighting the request too.  What I also discovered is that I am not a fighter and that as I (very messily) try to live out the words of Jesus, "do for others as you would want them to do for you", I knew I needed to make a scary business decision.

So the question arises again..."What is in a name?"  And the answer is A LOT!!  But the truth of "that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is larger!  Over the next few weeks I will be transitioning the name of Red Thread Photo to Red Thread Images.  (Not a big change I know, but there are a lot of little details that need to be figured out!)  Please bear with me as we try to make this switch as smooth as possible for you - with website, blog and facebook presence!

Hopefully, you will find no difference...other than a name change.  The flowers will smell just as sweet, the images just as full of love, laughter and connection!

As silly as it sounds, this really was a frightening decision for me.  All the "what if's" ran (and still do) through my mind.  What if I can't do this smoothly?  What if people can't find me?  What if I could have just kept the original name?  What if...what if...what if??  But I can't live in the what if's...I can only live with what is.  And so I let out a big breath as I hit "publish post" and I am reminded once again to take my own Wednesday advice and...

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

**by the way, there is a beautiful interview with a song writer who wrote a Red Thread song here.  A family I photographed sent it to me and I thought I'd share it with you too!  Enjoy!!

1 comment:

Erin McFarland said...

you {and your work} are awesome Tara. and so, even with a name change, people will still find you. xoxo