Happy 2017 everyone!
This past year has been a journey for sure, and I thought we could take a quick look back.
I did tons of flea marketing and picking during the warmer months. That is definitely the time to buy and stock up inventory for the cold winter months ahead. I have a blast pulling items from boxes that I've put away for later. I forget about everything I've bought and it's like Christmas morning going back through it all.
I count my blessings that I am able to do what I love. My job mostly consists of picking and finding treasures that fit in with the theme of my shop, cleaning and sprucing up those items when needed, researching and educating myself on their value and history and then photographing, listing and packing. Yup, lots and lots of packing and shipping....
My husband has thankfully taken over the sometimes daily trip to the post office. It's the rural Cedar Mountain post office we use most of the time. They all know him by name now and ask about what's new our etsy shop.
Sometimes, I think I couldn't afford to pay myself for the hours I put in. Many days it's 10 hours a day, but the norm is about 5. I'm free to take as many breaks and days off as I want, though. I know some etsy sellers follow a rigid work schedule, such as Monday through Thursday 9-5. Honestly, I would work less hours if I did that. I've been on the other end of the spectrum though, and I never want to go back to a job where I am forced to be somewhere at a certain time while I clock watch all day long.
I also fit in jewelry making this past year. I've picked up some wholesale accounts and have stepped back from doing so many shows. I may do more of those in the future, but what I'm doing now is working for me; so we will see.
On a personal note, this is where I spend a lot of my downtime. In the mountains of NC there is hardly a need for air conditioning during the summer and a screened in porch is the place to be. We eat almost all of our meals out here and it's a great place to just chill at the end of the day with a glass of wine.
I started doing Bikram yoga in March and I'm still at it about 4 days a week. It's an amazing practice that works the mind and body and now I can't imagine not doing it. We are so lucky to have a studio in town with wonderful instructors. These people have become like family to me.
We were able to get back to Hawaii in 2016, most likely for the last time. My husband's son is stationed at joint base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and they will be leaving in a few months. What a perk to have family living in Honolulu! It was fun while it lasted, but we probably won't go back if they are not there.
So, it's been a great year with no regrets. Happy 2017 and thank you for checking in on me here at my little blog.
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