Control what you can. Let go of what you can’t.
That’s one of my big goals for the year of 29. I wrote it down while I sipped a latte on my birthday and felt so wise and peaceful. Look at me go. I’m going to be such a great person for the last year of my twenties it’s not even funny. Maybe I’ll start teaching yoga even so I can show others how to be as peaceful and happy as me.
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And then I got the email.
The email from a loyal reader politely tipping me off that a few more stores were “borrowing” my shirt designs. After a quick search on Etsy I saw 26 stores selling my stuff… Now before I dive into this, if you’re sitting there thinking holy shit Taylor, you are a broken record, trust me, I know. You should try living in my head for a day. It’s exhausting.
People steal t-shirt designs, we move on. It’s life. Except I don’t. I don’t “let it go.”
Ask my mom, I’ve been angrily trying to protect my intellectual property since the late 80s. It’s just who I am.
But I have gotten smarter. Since I have my copyright licensed (*I’m aware you can’t copyright a shirt/phrase, it’s an entire brand/concept) I am able to turn stores into Etsy, at which point they take the other knock-off listings down. And as soon as that happens I actually say Tick Tock out loud because then it’s just a matter of seconds before those other store owners email me. And here’s the real kicker, they’re mad at ME!
Every single day I get nasty emails from people stealing my stuff who tell me I’m in the wrong. They tell me over and over “you didn’t create this.”
Corresponding with these people is like talking to a brick wall. So what do I do? I let it go. Lols. Jk jk jk. Hahahahahaha. Instead what I do is have about 100 fake conversations/arguments in my head with these people until I’m so worked up I’ve wasted a good hour of my time.
Truthfully, I don’t like turning other stores in. I don’t get sick jollies from it or feel excited. I feel like shit because it fills me with anxiety and bad energy because I know what comes next. I have thick skin and can take a lot, but day in and day out dealing with so much negativity takes a toll.
And it’s a freaken t-shirt. (Saying this to myself here more than anyone else.) If I could just follow my mantra, let it go. let it go. let it go…
Instead I’ll blog about it because it feels oh so good to get it off my chest, thank you once again for indulging me.
If I can’t handle the heat, I should get out of the kitchen. That’s how that goes, right? This business will not change and as I grow this will only happen more and more. So what do I do?
Push on. Keep creating. I know it’s silly but I like making funny shirts and seeing other people wear them. My favorite part is when a customer includes a gift note to someone and I feel like I’m actually sending presents to strangers all over the world. That’s the fun part.
Until I write my book and star in my movie and create my sanctuary for abandoned dogs (*small goals) T-Shirt Town is where I’ve taken up residence. So I’m about to blow it up next and will be releasing five new designs.
Reader poll: if there’s a shirt/tank top you’d like for summer, let me know! I’m looking to add one more and would love the opinion from the people!
Thank you and good day.