Grateful

Today was a tough day.

These past few days weeks have been tough.

But I’m getting through it.

One thing I’ve learned from my children is how to be resilient. How to pick myself up and move on. It’s hard, but I’m doing it. I really haven’t another option. I could give up, but what purpose would that serve? What would happen to all my hard work? It would all go to waste, and we simply cannot have that.

This week was a big week for me. Krysta Marie Designs celebrated Two Years in Business! Very exciting! That wouldn’t be possible without all of you wonderful people. I appreciate each and every one of you, so much, that I’ll never fully be able to express it. It’s because of all of you, you who support me, who have believed in me, and who have purchased my products, that I have gotten here. (I also have to thank myself for being crazy enough to think I could do this, but ultimately, it’s you!). I didn’t think that I would see six months, let alone Two Years! I’m so excited, but scared at the same. Two years is a long time…

Two years of 18 hour days, missed lunches, too much coffee, too much worrying & stress, triumphs & failures, and so much more. Two years of being scared shitless of whether or not this crazy plan was ever going to work.

It’s working.

I am so grateful.

I am also grateful to all those who told me I couldn’t. Who told me I would fail. Who told me that this will never work. Thank you for being my inspiration. Thank you for making me strive for success. (although success is scary). Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I am grateful to all of you, because you’re each helping me to provide for my family. For my children and myself. It’s just the three of us. It’s just my income. I am grateful to all of you, because *this* is my full time job (aside from being the best mommy I can be). This is what I do for a living, and it’s because of all of you, that I am able to do this. Without you, I’m sure I would be stuck working for someone else, in a job that I may or may not enjoy. And that’s definitely not the life I had planned. Because of you, I can be there to pick my kids up from school. Because of you, I can eat an afternoon snack with them as they tell me about their day, and we do homework. Because of you, I get to set my own hours, so that when “life” happens, I’m there.

I’m grateful for that.

Because of you, for the past Two Years, I have been able to be with my children every single day. Every sick day, every school event and function. Every classroom meeting, every Christmas, Easter, Hallowe’en and Spring Production.

Thank you.

The end of November is upon us. I’m so excited for December. Christmas is coming. I love Christmas. It’s always been my favorite season. Yes, I am one of *those* people who believes that Christmas is a season within a season 🙂 I’m excited to spend time with family, and to make gifts for my friends. I’m especially excited for this Christmas, because my parents have stated that everything must be Handmade. (I totally have this one in the BAG!!) 😀 I’m excited that everything must be Handmade because that means that several small, home-run businesses will benefit from my family’s choice. I’m excited because that also means another little boy, or little girl, will get the one “super, most awesome, present in the world” because their parent was able to make a little bit extra. I’m excited because I completely understand what that “little bit extra” can mean. I’m also excited because I’m proposing (gasp!) a challenge to each of you; to follow in the footsteps of my family; make all or part of your Christmas handmade. 9 10 times out of 10, the quality is SO much better than the stuff available in stores. Seriously, you’re already going to be spending the money to purchase your dad (uncle, brother, etc..) a scarf; to get your mom (aunt, sister, etc…) a knitted sweater or wrap; find a handmade seller. Not only will you make their day, you’ll love the product, and you’re helping your local economy. Everyone wins.

Wow – this post was longer than I intended… No seriously, I just wanted to briefly update you all on the BIG Two Years and tell you that I will be at the Collingwood YMCA this weekend selling my wares, and that you should stop by and get some uber awesome $5 earrings… and it just took off on its own. LOL

Thank you.

I am forever grateful for making it to Two Years, and for all of you.

Your tremendous support means the world to me (and to my kids).

Happy end of November.

Lyenne*

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Things have been crazy insane here at Krysta Marie Designs.

I have been running off my feet trying to get everything organized for the upcoming Christmas Craft Shows. I’ve also been working on my website: http://www.krystamariedesigns.com, updating the Etsy supply shop, putting together my Online Booth for the EZCraftShow AND putting together a Christmas Sale Album for my Facebook fans. All of that, and trying to run a household with two school-aged children.

Can someone please pass me the wine?

I’m really happy with how things are coming. I’m working on making more time for the most important things. For me, it helps to have a list. I make up my list each night with all of the important things that *need* to be accomplished the next day. It helps me to make better use of my time, because we all know that I can be a procrastinator. But most importantly, it helps me to have more time. More time for my children, more time to play with them. That to me, is most important. They’re only little once, and most of us are far too busy with mundane, unimportant tasks to truly appreciate how wonderful children are. As they get older, they’re not going to remember the cool stuff that you bought for them; they are going to remember the times that you tossed all of the paperwork aside to play a round of guitar hero, or a game of go fish, or to read that story they’ve heard a million times.

I’ve learned that balance is key. Being a small business owner is hard. Being a single parent is also hard. However, I am both a small business owner and a single parent. And that is by far one of the most difficult things that I have ever taken on in my entire life. It’s also one of the most rewarding. I get to watch my children grow, and I get to watch my business grow. I get to pour my heart and soul into everything that I do (which is so important!) and I get to watch it all flourish.

I guess the purpose of this post is to let you know that it’s okay to take time out to play; to have fun. Whether you have kids or not. It’s important to go and have that glass of wine with a friend, that you’ve been putting off for weeks, because you just can’t make time. Make the time for the important things. You’ll soon realize that all the stuff you “worry” about; isn’t so important. Worrying solves nothing; planning and goal setting – that’s what solves things.

Have a wonderful day, folks!

Lyenne