Last year did not quite yield what I had hoped in the way of my opening a small bead store. We faced multiple challenges after our relocation from Arizona to Texas, several of them forcing us quite close to a few nervous breakdowns.
These obstacles included unpacking delays while working on several remodeling projects, my finishing a bachelors degree in business, my unemployment after the move, major storm damage, unexpected roofing and window replacements, sudden health issues and surgeries, the death of 3 family members and other highly stressful events.
As we enter 2016, the house issues are slowly resolving. There are just a few major projects which are currently on hold until we recover. Overhead expenses with leasing and taxes are simply too risky for my bead store dream. So my plans have changed to further evolve my website with a new eCommerce function and incorporate increased content revenue streams with blogging and craft tutorials via my YouTube channel. I continue to expand my jewelry teaching opportunities and plan to expand into jewelry parties, community events and placing my product in local boutiques. Our health is going to become more of a priority to include emotional, spiritual and physical improvements. The ultimate goal is to derail the stress train from taking further toll on us by having better coping mechanisms in place for those unpleasant experiences.
As I reflect on these internal and external factors of perceived failures this past year, I am also reminded to accept that there were slight improvements and successes. We must strive to acknowledge the good with the bad in order to understand how to achieve our goals and maintain our sanity while remaining thankful.
As long as we have breath in our bodies, we still have opportunities for success which means the impossible is still possible. I was forwarded this little video to help motivate me in the new year, so I wanted to share it with you all.
Have a sparkle-riffic 2016, y’all!