With the New Year on my heels, deadlines looming and a very long to-do list, it's been a challenge not to feel anxious and nervous about what 2016 will be sending my way. Balancing courage and fear isn't always easy, and you can't have one without the other, but when you're just starting out with something new, even the smallest task can feel like a challenge the first time around. These moments call for focus, perspective and a large dose of gratitude.
The past month has been filled with website building and learning, logo production, registrations, pricing, photos and facing my giant "What if I screw this up?" inner BEAST! I'm realizing that the best way to shut that beast down is to pause, breathe and to look around at all the crazy beautiful and amazing treasures that I have sourced and collected over the years knowing this opportunity would one day be here.
Just a few minutes spent looking at the full shelves and bins and a moment playing with some of the shiny, pretty and handmade things, reminds me of why I wanted to do this in the first place. Of course I don't like dealing with shipping rules, coming up with terms and conditions or trying to figure out why my website margins (I mean 'padding') are not cooperating. So what if I'm no code writer, website developer or IT guru and still don't get the whole SEO thing. What I do know is how to make things pretty. I know about shiny things, floral things, textures, colors, lighting, sparkle, curating and how to make a home beautiful. I also know that I have an eye for details and compositions and I know that I want to continue sourcing and sharing these treasures and ideas with others.
So I had to take this picture tonight, New Year's Eve, even with bad under cabinet lighting, as a reminder to myself of why I'm here and to give you a peek at some of the pretty little things coming your way soon. Oh, and I'll definitely have to do a separate post to tell you about my love affair with all things blue and white, especially when they're mixed up and from different times and regions.
Until then, Happy New Year and I look forward to chatting, knowing and meeting many of you in 2016.