I posted a confession over on Instagram this morning that I know some of you fellow business owners and makers can relate too. The confession?
Happy New Year everyone! 2018 was a doozy. A military move to yet another country (Hello Germany!) and the struggle of starting all over again. Here’s to hoping 2019 is much less of an emotional roller coaster. I’m starting the year off right with a little motivation and a part of my personal #designdaily challenge.
This year, I’m most looking forward to getting out and exploring a new country! What are you looking forward to??
Happy Monday guys! This past week has been a DOOZY. Those of you stationed on Okinawa with me, know what I’m talking about. Typhoon Trami just ripped through our little island and has created so much devastation. We didn’t have internet for a couple of days, and hundreds of thousands of people still don’t have power. The entire situation is terrible. To top it off, my kids haven’t been in school since Thursday, and we have another typhoon headed our way later this week.
My business life got put on hold over the weekend as I couldn’t check on anything without the internet. I’ve been so anxious and ready to get back to work so I’m sharing a story and some motivation from over the summer when my biz life also got put on hold.
Have you ever been in a total business rut and just felt lost and unmotivated? That was me a couple of months ago. My boys had been out of school for a couple of months and my business was STRUGGLING.
I was unmotivated and barely spending any time working on my biz. My stats were in the toilet, sales were few and far between, and I was spiraling into an anxiety hole. My husband sat me down and talked to me about needing to "do the work"( A fav sayings from the podcast of the Boss ladies over at Being Boss). I realized I was expecting everything to stay the same, even if I wasn't putting in any work.
In August, I started building my biz again. I put in hours upon hours of work. I started blogging again, and using Pinterest on a daily basis, and making sure that I was checking in everyday, even if I didn't have time to sit and create. The results started to show. In the past 2 months, our Pinterest has gone from 200K views to over 500K monthly. Our sales are almost back to normal, and as a boss lady, I feel confident in my business again.
The biggest change I made was making sure I was setting aside time for myself. Because my kids were home all the time, I had major mom guilt if I left them to fend for themselves for too long. I had to learn to find a balance. Play with them first, and then work for an hour. Make sure we had story time and outdoor time in between answering emails. It’s ok if you only get part of a project done, it’s ok if you get 10 projects done. As long as you are doing something that makes you feel good at the end of the day.
The more time I spent working on my business, the more I re-discovered how much I LOVE what I do. I had started to think about shutting down, and finding a “real” job. After a month of putting a little love back into my biz, I realized I was just being silly.
I’ve been working hard on a ton of new party themes, and putting together blogs of all our past parties, and can’t wait to share it all! Follow along on our NEW instagram page, we’d love to hear from you!
✦Hang in there boss lady, I promise it gets better.✦
I'm back with another round of Monday motivation for my military mom's, and wives because we are in the midst of another overseas PCS and I'm about to pull my hair out. If you've been through any PCS, you know what I'm talking about. If you've had to try to get 2 dogs and 4 people and a household of stuff from Japan to Europe in the middle of a school year, then girl, have a drink, and know I'm right there with you. Here's a little bit of love to get you through the week.
Ok, I've got 99 Problems & this PCS has caused all of them. This is in fact a true story, TMO I'm looking at you. You have caused about 90 of the 99.
Now that my kiddos are back in school for a few weeks before we head around the world, I've been working on a ton of parties to blog! Keep an eye out in the coming weeks!
If any of you other military mama's have any advice on surviving running a business and moving around the world, let me hear it! Heading to Japan wasn't this hard.
I am SUPER excited to show my enthusiasm for PCSing with the shirt I just ordered from one of my favorite Milspouse businesses, The Rosie Project Apparel. They have a bunch of really cute military themed shirts for the whole family. Click the pictures below, to check them out.
Happy Columbus Day. How on earth are we already a week into October!?! Here's a look at what we've got going on this week! Keep up with us on social media and let us know what you've got going on! We're always ready to chat on Instagram.
Fall is in the air! We've got some fun, rustic party themes going up in the shop this week. As well as some additions to our most popular themes (like our Camping birthday party). Checkout all the new fall additions here!
What we've been reading! We're always looking for good reads, tag your photos #mkbookclub on Instagram so we can add new books to our lists. Temperatures are starting to drop, and we're cozying up with some of our favorite reads. Check out our Pinterest board for more great reads.