Dear 2018

Dear 2018,

New year new me.

Physccccc.

How many times have you heard that and its only 4 days into 2018? Too many, right?

Lawd.

These last two months I’ve felt very overwhelmed and anxious. I usually get this way right after Thanksgiving till the new year. Every year I think I’ll be fine so I pack my schedule full and then Thanksgiving comes and I go into full on physco, anxious, stress mode and break down.

I’m sure I do this because I think it will help distract me.

Some times it does but most times it does not.

I get uber anxious these last few weeks of the year because there are a ton of family obligations, my corporate job gets hella busy, the shop gets tunrt and then there is Tracen’s birthday.

I put so much stress on myself because my brain automatically goes back to the day he was born and the days spent in the NICU following. Having a baby in the NICU is stressful, having a baby in the NICU over Christmas was the worst.

Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year” they say yet all I do is automatically flash back to our life 7 years ago. I tried doing Vlogmas this year and I failed. I got one of the worst migraines I’ve ever had and it was the first 4 days of Vlogmas so it was all down hill from there I suppose.

I’ve always told myself that if life ever gets overwhelming and my family life starts to suffer I will drop whatever I can to focus on that. This meant videos and blogging came to a halt.

As soon as I woke up on the 1st I literally could feel a weight lifted off of me. Like I could really breath again. In fact we came home and I went into full on physco cleaning, de-cluttering, minimizing mode. #classicchelsea

Let’s talk New Year goals

Last year I had my hand in so many different things but I was doing any of them well. I have so many dreams and ideas however trying to do it all half ass just isn’t me.

So.

A goal this year for me is to stop trying to do everything. Cliché, I know.

This past year the store did good, almost double what it did the year before. I want to do better. Better with marketing and advertising. Better with sales, promotions and giveaways. Better at managing the money. Better all around. Last year I transitioned it from a t-shirt shop to a curated clothing store. I can tell you that the traffic I get to my stand alone website is NOTHING compared to the traffic Etsy drives.

This is the whole reason I didn’t stop using Etsy. I’m ranked so high in Etsy I see no reason to leave it. However I had more dreams and ideas to expand the store into something bigger than just a t-shirt shop so I did.

It’s been hard. I actually told myself I was going to do a huge sale and then go back to just doing the tee’s. I had a realization the other day though, and if I quit something after less than a year of doing it I’m a scared little betch.

And I AM NOT A SCARED LITTLE BETCH.

So we’re going into 2018 full force and I’m so fucking excited. That scared bullshit is gone.

Other New Year Goals

Something I want to experience:

Pay for a project/trip with cash- We have been lucky to travel more every year however we usually put it on a credit card and Jerek figured out a plan on how we can pay it off before actually going on said trip. While this has been amazing I want to pay for a whole trip up front, with cash.

Something I want to learn:

More/better videography editing: I’ve learned a lot over the last 4 years but I always want to learn more and improve my skills

A habit I want to break:

Stop comparing myself to others: to other store owners, videographers, bloggers, moms, etc

A habit I want to start:

A steady workout schedule: I go in spurts and I want to stay consistent working out

Something to accomplish by next year:

Read/listen to 6 books: I don’t have much time to actually read but I drive a lot so listening will probably be best. Last year I listened to 3 which is not a ton so this year I’m doubling it.

I found this through another blogger and thought these were great to do and share. I’d love to hear what your 5 answers would be!

After 2 months off it feels great to be back writing! Stay tuned for our travel video from the Bahamas coming soon!

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