Running a Business means you make decisions on a daily basis. Some are much smaller than others, but when it comes down to it, they all impact the overall well-being of not only the business, but family as well.
Which is why for a while we thought the best decision would be to close shop. Having just picked up a job (which will transition into full-time) I didn't see how I would manage to do it all. The announcement was made, a clearance sale was scheduled....and then it happened. We changed our mind, and here is why:
1) I have worked so hard on this business, there is a huge part of me that cannot watch it die. The amount of prep, work, frustration, money and overall time that has gone into this journey is past being countable, so I don't want to just quit.
2) The community. I don't want to lose this community. There are aspects of it which are really incredible.
3) I love it. I really do. I may get frustrated with it on a regular basis, but it wasn't until I said the words "we're closing" and meant it, that I realized just how much this means to me.
4) We need it. There is a financial aspect to running a business, let's be real here, and my family needs it.
5) I don't quit. I don't. These past couple years have proven me that, and I want to teach that to the people around me, and most importantly that sweet little man who is fascinated with everything I do in a way only a 3 1/2 year old can be. I want him to see that things are worth working for, that we keep going.
Now that being said, things will change a little. Releases will move to "when they're available" versus the set every 2 weeks, which really is the biggest change. This gives me the chance to work on new product when I have the time, instead of needing to make the time and missing out (because family is crucial). This business will be much more family focused, meaning even the 3 year old will get a say, for things like which Fabrics we should release. Other changes are minor and may not be noticeable to the public eye, so I won't even bother mentioning them.
All in all, this journey has brought many ups and downs. Life has brought many ups and downs and you guys have stuck through all of that with us, so we keep moving forward, one step at a time.