Well here we are. Another "New Year's" post where I set my intentions for the upcoming year. I have absolutely NO GOALS planned for my blog or my jewelry business. Neither are closing, but I am completely burnt out. I think about improving my running more than what I should make or blog about.
Since Fall 2015, I have been wondering what I was going to do with my business? I thought I would lay low over the Summer but then I never quite resurfaced. All the work involved in promoting my shop has tired me out. I started off 2015 pretty strong and then it stopped.
Four local stores I consigned with closed. Maybe I should focus on Wholesale orders and the occasional craft fair? I wonder if people are over the whole "Handmade" thing. I think people still like checking out handmade markets if they are a special event like Renegade, Bust, Art Star or even a local Holiday craft fair, but as far as little local shops that sell handmade items 365 days a year, their time may be over.
I picked up a Freelance gig back in October for A Little Beacon Blog which I really like doing. Between this and my regular job, I haven't had much time to work on furthering Pulp Sushi and I'm okay with that.
I plan to keep my Etsy shop open and let my listings renew automatically. Other than that, I don't want to think about it. I have friends on Facebook talking about their businesses, books they're reading, plans they're making and I'm like "Yeah, I remember when I was excited to make my business grow" and it didn't quite happen. Maybe I didn't want it bad enough? Maybe not being able to figure out why others are succeeding while I'm stagnant has made me stop caring.
My 30s have been nothing but work hustle work hustle work hustle make money pay bills work work hustle work hustle hustle work. My 30s flew by SOOOOO fast that looking back, I don't think I have much to show for it and if I think about it too long I will get depressed. My shop may have been a little successful for a minute but it is time to step away from all the hustle and just be Marilyn. I can't let my 40s slip by me like my 30s, I really need to enjoy my life more. I want to enjoy my life more and do the things I want to do and not second-guess things because money is an issue.
Like I said, I don't plan on closing my shop but I smell an Etsy sale coming soon!