2016: Year in Review

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:

  1. Continue to grow and improve my business
  2. Go to at least one craft fair outside of San Francisco
  3. Blog more
  4. Exercise more
  5. Eat healthier
  6. Worry less
  7. Go on more adventures
  8. Learn how to play the ukulele
  9. Take more pictures
  10. Continue to make more things
  11. Keep on hustling

We'll see how it goes! What are yours? Hope everyone has a fantastic year! Happy New Year!