Although 2017 is time to move forward, I wanted to reflect on 2016. 2016 was a tough year with lots of mixed emotions besides that in politics.
Running a business and working full-time is really rough, but I'm not making enough to support myself yet, so for now I just have to keep hustling.
Design + Happiness has definitely been a crazy ride this past year with many tears shed. It's been tough to navigate all the parts of running a business. Designing is the fun part, but working with manufacturers and printers I think has been the toughest part for me. I've gone through many different places trying to find one to settle with. I don't know how people do it. I've definitely wasted a lot of time and money with companies that have created inconsistent products or just bad products for me. I'm hoping 2017 is the year that I can figure out my production process so I can get back to focusing on designing.
On a high note, I got my first wholesale account this year and got a total of 4 by the end of the year. I attended 2 additional craft fairs this year, Renegade Craft Fairs, that I didn't get into the prior year. And 10x'ed my sales on Etsy. So things are looking up, slowly but surely.
Additionally, we got to go to some fun adventures including a couple trips home to LA, a trip to New York, and Dillon Beach. Boba turned 1 this year and is continuing to brighten our day. I got to go hang out at Camp David as part of my work, which was a chance of a lifetime that I will never forget. I ran another half-marathon. And had a great, white Christmas and a fun New Year with my family. Those were some of the highlights of the year.
Here are my resolutions for the year:
- Continue to grow and improve my business
- Go to at least one craft fair outside of San Francisco
- Blog more
- Exercise more
- Eat healthier
- Worry less
- Go on more adventures
- Learn how to play the ukulele
- Take more pictures
- Continue to make more things
- Keep on hustling
We'll see how it goes! What are yours? Hope everyone has a fantastic year! Happy New Year!