January 2, 2020

Welcome 2020

2019 was a bit crazy. I feel like I grew a lot as a business and as a creative. I found what I really want to do (spoiler: reusable items) and my focus. I love what I do and I even went out of my comfort zone and grew a bit doing some new vendor events. Those are always scary and rewarding.
It is now 2020. I honestly believed that there would be flying cars by now - remembering the Jetson's when I was a kid. Things may not be that way now, but I feel like I can make my own small part of the world better by focusing on a word for the year and having some goals.

Okay, sidebar - I haven't made any new year's resolutions for many years. I also don't feel like if you miss the first few days of the year that you can't do something positive in your life. That's why I've changed to a focus and achievable goals. The worst thing you can do is set yourself up to fail. Don't do that! It's not fair. Also, if you want to grow and change for the better you need a win every now and then. One of the goals I had early on was to smile more. Now it's second nature - even when I don't really feel like it. But smiling does put me in a better mood. It's also simple. Look, now you can have that one. :)

So here's the big reveal. I struggled a bit with what I wanted to focus on . I've actually used "focus" before and last year I had the phrase "be intentional" as my motto. I feel like I have been pouring myself into things to make life simpler (focus) and only do what is needed for me and my family. This year I'm going to take a step back and breathe:

I feel like I have been putting in a lot of leg work over the last 3 years into myself, my family, my makes, my products, and my business. This year I need to trust that it will all pay off. I need to trust myself instead of be super critical about what I'm doing. I don't buy much for my business because I don't make a lot. That's okay. I make enough that I stay afloat. I was able to buy my business license again this year without fear.

I saw this cute equation online and had to show it. Trust is consistency over time. If you just keep going and making good things then you can gain trust. I believe that social media is important to a very small business, but it's not the only thing. I want the people that buy from me to trust me. Trust that I know what I'm doing. Trust that I've been using these same items for years and that my kids have tested them.

I also need to trust myself. This equation speaks to me as a mom. I am not the best at remembering who has homework due on Tuesday vs Thursday. I'm not the best at sending things to the school for them. I do know when my kids need hugs vs laughs. I know when they need me to sit and talk before bed. They are all growing so quickly and with a bit of that time under my belt I hope that with being consistent with my kids they will trust me when they are older.

That went on a bit longer than I expected. But no worries because the other thing that I have been doing for a long time is blogging. I know my own voice and one of my goals (coming soon) is consistency. More to come on that front. It's going to be wonderful to have something so achievable.

I truly hope and pray that this will be the year that people will buy from me. I know I've said it before but that is what a business is. I love making things - that's why I do this. I also have become very fond of being a vendor at events. In order to do that I need to be a business and it would be great if I could sell things. Because then I could do more. I don't want to make my brand go completely global or anything - I do love making things myself. I just want to be able to do what I love. I want people to trust me.

So there you have it! My word for 2020. It's always fun to think about what one word can really mean. This time it was to trust not only in other people but in myself and in God's plan for me. This year is going to be epic! I trust that will be true - but plan on also doing a lot of work to make it so.

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