Do you know that saying, the days are long and the years are short? That is so true. I can not believe how quickly the time is passing at the shop, yet there is so much work that goes into the shop each month that the days are so long. It is hard work. A little more than I thought.
When I started this business, I had a different business concept. It was not an original business concept, but one that isn’t traditional. I left myself open to possibilities, and I love what it has evolved into over the last year. The furniture has always been part of the business model. It remains a staple in the shop because it is part of that design house feel for our monthly open houses. Like the farm table, it was one of my favorite projects that we actually built and painted.
Some of the things that I didn’t really plan on being such a big part of my business, like the signs and candles, have become staples.
So, what were my top three take-aways of the year?
1. Business isn’t just about selling a product. It is about selling things or something, but for me, it is also about making connections with people. I like it, and I think you like it, too. I think we all like that personal connection. Sometimes that is why I let those lines between my personal life and my business life blur . . . because my business is what makes me and my life is what drives my business.
2. There is no harm in trying new things. You never now if something is going to work or not work. I’ve had some hits and some misses this year-
- One of my misses- The New Freedom Fest. It was a lot of work and a lot of stress. It wasn’t a complete bust, but for the time, energy and money, I am not so sure it was worth it. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good experience. I learned some good lessons. I am open to the experience, but maybe a different venue. I was very proud of my space, and I don’t think that I did anything wrong, I just think it wasn’t a good fit. See isn’t it cute-
- One of my hits- My homemade with love soy candles. I did not expect my candles to be so popular. It was just something I wanted to try and they have found a little niche in the cutest little shop in Shrewsbury. I very much enjoy making them.
3. We all get by with a little help from our friends. I don’t know if this really a new lesson for me, but this year was a good reminder to me of how people can come together and support each other. Not just support from friends and family, but from local businesses. And, most importantly from you all. Not only do you continue to come to the shop, you tell people all about it [insert bursting heart here!]
I am so excited for this next year. I have been doing some brainstorming and I am excited to share those ideas with you. And, I am starting to plan further into the future than the past year and half because I think I am going to be around for awhile.
Happy New Years, friends!
Lots of Love,