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Monday Motivation for the New Year

Mantra MondayMelissa Corkin1 Comment

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.

Live now, worry later. ✦ Quote of the day ✦ Monday motivation, New Years Motivation  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
It may not be home, but it is an adventure ✦ Quote of the day ✦ Moving Quote, Military Life Quotes  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live - Albus Dumbledore✦ Quote of the day ✦ Monday motivation, New Years Motivation  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
book. coffee. sweater. repeat. #mood ✦ Quote of the day ✦ morning feels, New Years Vibes  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
You don't do Magic, You Are Magic - Rainbow Rowell #bookquotes ✦ Quote of the day ✦ girlboss life, #mood  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
for they shall have adventures. and coffee. lots of coffee. #mood ✦ Quote of the day ✦ travel quotes  // ✦ mkkmdesigns
this girl runs on coffee and oversized sweaters. #mood ✦ Quote of the day ✦ morning feels, New Years Vibes  // ✦ mkkmdesigns

This year, I’m most looking forward to getting out and exploring a new country! What are you looking forward to??

Mantra Monday ✦ Motivation for Mompreneurs & Boss Ladies

Mantra MondayMelissa KayComment

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.

Mama, you get better everyday - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs  // Quotes from MKKMDesigns

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. 

Don't Just Want It, Go Out and Get it - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs  // Quotes from MKKMDesigns

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.

Starbucks wasn't built in a day - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs  // Quotes from MKKMDesigns

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.

In the midst of chaos, make work your calm - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs  // Quotes from MKKMDesigns

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.

Love your business and it will love you back - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs  // Quotes from MKKMDesigns
Even small victories take time - Monday Motivation for Boss Ladies and Mompreneurs // Quotes from MKKMDesigns

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.

Monday Motivation for Milspouse's, Quotes for PCS-ing

Mantra Monday, Military LifeMelissa KayComment

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.

I've got 99 Problems & this PCS has caused all of them. Milspouse Quotes // PCS Quotes✦MKKMdesigns✦

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.

It doesn't matter where you're going, it matters who you have beside you. Milspouse Quotes // PCS Quotes✦MKKMdesigns✦

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!

And then I realized Adventures are the best way to learn. Milspouse Quotes // PCS Quotes✦MKKMdesigns✦

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.

You can keep up with my survival personally on instagram @melissakay_15 and keep an eye out for new posts on our Facebook page.

Monday Motivation for my Military Mama's

Mantra MondayMelissa KayComment

Oh man you guys, this past month was a doozy. You may have noticed, we've been practically non existent on Social Media since January. I spent most of January preparing for my husband's deployment and then all of February trying to survive said deployment. He'll be gone for a few more months, but I think my tiny humans and I, finally have some sort of a routine down.

This weeks Monday mantra's are mainly for myself. A little reminder that even though life is a little rough right now, sometimes you just have to suck it up and keep going.

Don't Count The Days, Make the Days Count | Monday Mantra, Motivational Quotes

I'll be trying to get back into a Social Media routine this month and have a bunch of goodies, I've been working on in my very limited spare time. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks!

It never get's easier, you just get better | Monday Mantra, Motivational Quotes

If any of you other military mama's have any advice on surviving running a business and keeping little one's occupied while daddy's away, let me know! I'd love to hear it!

You can keep up with my survival personally on instagram @melissakay_15 and keep an eye out for new posts on our official insta page @mkkmdesigns

Picking Your Word for 2016

Mantra MondayMelissa KayComment

Over the weekend I finally chose my word for 2016. I was so excited that I ran downstairs and told my husband who proceeded to say "You have to have a word? Is it like a hashtag or something"? Talk about anticlimactic. Sorry my dear instagramhusband, but yes this year I feel the need, like so many others of you, to have a "word". 

Have you picked your word yet? Share it with us over on twitter! For me/us, 2016 is the year to Create

Create, our 2016 word.

I personally spent most of 2015 focusing on keeping a business going while having a newborn and a toddler at my feet every second. There was a whole lot of surviving, (both in business and in life) and not very much creating. This year, that will change. Kara and I both have a ton of fun projects planned for this year, and hope that you guys love them as much as we do.

Always be creating


This weekend I also sat down and read Big Magic finally. It was everything I was expecting and so much more and has me so fired up to dig even deeper into my creativity this year. This book is a must read for creatives. Although as stated in the book "If You're Alive, You're A Creative Person". Really, go get it. Now.

 

Also super exciting, Kara's been busy getting her creativity on and is rolling out some new city prints to add to the collection. First up Portland! Get it here. If you haven't checked out her prints in the shop, you need to. They inspire some serious wanderlust.