The day I made a very important sale!
Feel free to skip my emotional ramblings if you want (I wouldn’t blame you); here’s a summary of this post: I’ve been self employed for a year! THE SHOP IS 20% off through March 20, 2012 to celebrate!
A year ago nearly to the day, I went into my job of five plus years and walked out a self-employed woman. This past year has absolutely flown by. It really feels like just yesterday I had insurance! And a steady paycheck! And a savings account! And was miserable. And was becoming a very angry, bitter, sad person.
This past year has been equally as rewarding as it has been challenging. I look back at all the hard work I’ve done to grow a business that I love, and am immensely proud (cue: me now in tears). I didn’t finish college; I don’t have a business degree – I’ve had to figure things out on my own through a lot of trial and error. I don’t have wealthy parents or anyone else to support me when things seem to be falling apart. This is something I have done myself.
Well, almost. I’m insanely fortunate to have a boyfriend who has been a pillar of support, advice, encouragement and witness to my successes and failures (not pretty, or easy…the man deserves sainthood for putting up with me). I was terrified to tell my family I took my quirky hobby of selling old stuff on as a full time business. In turn, they have been extremely kind, interested and emotionally supportive. Even Mark’s family has been overwhelmingly supportive! I’ve made some incredible friends through blogging and in real life (those lines are eternally growing blurrier by the day) throughout all of this, and sadly lost some as well. That’s been one of the most surprising things – losing friends when you need them most. True colors, as they say.
Balancing a business, domestic responsibilities, a relationship, friendship, family….shit – some days just getting dressed…it’s really fucking hard. I often fail at being a decent girlfriend/daughter/dog owner/friend/human. But this isn’t unique to me, or my situation. This is just being an adult, right? It’s impossibly hard to do ALL the things gracefully.
All this is to say that it’s been a crazy year.
Thank YOU. Thanks to every single one of you for reading, buying, window-shopping, commenting or even just quietly lurking. It means everything to me. Really.
Here’s to year two!