I know you’ve probably been wondering about the online shop, and what the latest is with everything. First, let me apologize for not mentioning it, or sharing any recent updates. Today, that changes.
I am happy to report, we are still opening the shop. I have received so many questions, comments and concerns regarding the status, and timing, and I want to alleviate any concerns about the online shop. It is definitely happening! In fact, the first stage of getting the website ready, was a new site design. It’s here! Our new branding, new pictures, new everything! 🙂
This blogging journey has been completely unexpected in the most wonderful ways. I have experienced accomplishments I wouldn’t have ever dreamed possible, new opportunities knock on my door daily, and I have made some of the best relationships with people I have never met in person. My cup runs over.
All this to say, you, my readers, get a front row seat to watch me grow, change, shift gears, and wander. You have had a front row seat to watch my hobby blog turn into a growing business. I am forever grateful to each and every one of you who has, and is, supporting me. I sincerely mean that.
With a growing blog/ business, there are always ups and downs. There is fear, regret, uncertainty, sacrifices and tremendous amounts of growing. Normally, you may not get to see that side of a small business, but with blogging, you have a front row seat to every step I make. And while I wouldn’t change having you along for the journey, in some ways it absolutely terrifies me.
Fear is a huge setback. And if you let it control your life, you’ll never accomplish anything.
This online shop has been a huge sense of fear and worry for me. I’m stepping into a new territory I know nothing about. I am constantly learning, embracing the things I didn’t know with open arms, and praying my way through it. A lot of praying!
But, fear set aside, I want to do this. There’s nothing I want more than to see the items I’ve created, the items we love and adore in our own home, loved by others in their home. I can’t even tell you how important “home” truly is. It’s vital, and if I have the opportunity, the joy, the honor of being a part of your home, I want to give you, and my products, 100%.
And that’s where we’ve had the slow down. As you may not know, this blog is created, managed, written, and operated by me. Only me. Anthony helps with projects and we build new items together, but other than that, this blog has been only me.
I often come down hard on myself for not responding to every comment, not answering every e-mail, or not posting new projects as much as I would like. But, one thing I do know, is I am only one person, and I can’t do all of this alone.
This blog has grown more than I ever would have imagined, and it’s an absolute blessing. But with growth, comes change. I have been stretched to my ultimate breaking point. I have had health problems that I am still working through (I really am fine, but am paying more attention to myself), emotional worries of failing all of you, and the unknown of how I am to keep growing when it’s only me behind the scenes. I still need to be a great wife, daughter, aunt, sister, friend, etc.
Honestly, the thought of hiring someone to help has absolutely terrified me. I didn’t see myself becoming an employer, or having someone I would trust to help me. This blog, this business, is my vision. Letting someone else in to help, someone to delegate duties to, was a hard thought. But, after much thought, prayer, and more prayer, I knew it was the right thing to do.
Ironically, after I made the decision, and hired a very dear friend, the weight on my shoulders raised up, and proves happy to leave. My heart feels lighter and I feel as though I can walk through this huge step of opening an online shop with pride, knowing I’m doing it right. And not letting YOU down.
I have had so many irons in the fire between the blog, freelance projects, opening this online shop, managing a local booth of our items in my small town, a new and very exciting project that I will share more about later, and trying to maintain and restore my health, all while still cooking dinner, cleaning, doing laundry… and enjoying life.
Growing is a part of life, and I am embracing it with full arms, and an optimistic attitude. I am so happy and proud to say, we are opening the online shop. We have so much of the work already done, and should be opened beginning to middle of October. Get ready, because you are about to hear more about it!
I want to sincerely thank you. THANK YOU for your patience with me. I know so many of you have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting. THANK YOU for being on this journey with me. It means more than you will ever know.
Stay tuned, so many great things to come! 🙂
And P.S.- If the site looks slightly wonky, give it a bit of time. It’s still uploading to all the new designs we’ve been busy creating! 🙂