One Year Ago (A Love Letter to You)
In 2017 I was working a job that I hated and was literally making me sick. It was stressful. The environment was unpredictable and hostil. Everyday was a crapshoot and I never knew what kind of day it was going to be or what I was going to walk into each day. At the start of 2017 I had been at that job for almost two years and it had gotten worse and worse as time went along. I guess the honeymoon phase was coming to an end.
By the middle of 2017 I knew I could not keep working that job. My stomach was in knots everyday. Every morning on my way to work as I got closer and closer to the office my stomach would feel worse and worse. I had to leave. I knew it. But how was I going to tell my husband and what was I going to do?
In August I did tell my husband. I told him I needed to quit and I just couldn't deal with the hostile environment anymore. And then I told him about the crazy idea I had. I didn't want to get another job working for someone else. I could have. But I also knew that wherever I went there would be issues. Maybe not to the extreme as what I was currently dealing with but every place has its issues. You just learn to deal with them. But that was the thing; I didn't want to deal with them.
I already had this little side business going and it was doing ok (as a side business). But I dreamed of making it something more than just a part time hobby. I knew what it could become if I only had the time to nurture and cultivate it.
So, on October 31st. I drove to that hostile office for the last time. At 5:00pm I said goodbye and never looked back. Did I know what was ahead of me? Not really. But I knew there was potential and possibility. And a dream.
Now, one year later, I'm still here. It hasn't all been peaches and cream. There have been bad days. There have been bad weeks and bad months. But there have been good days, weeks and months too. There have been more good ones than bad.
And I owe a lot of those good days to you. Without you I wouldn't be here. Without you I couldn't live this dream. Without you I would be stuck back in the horrible office with my stomach in knots. So I just wanted to say THANK YOU. For every follow, every like, every comment, every email subscribe, every purchase. For everything.
When you make a handmade product it can be so scary putting it out there into the world. And to know so many people like what I'm doing and creating means the world to me.
So again...thank you.
Until next time,
Carry a little joy wherever you go.