Well for starters, I have to apologize for this delayed post. I really meant to write it, but life kept happening. 2015 was a very exciting year and had its ups and downs. SimplyStout.com launched on January 1, 2015. We hit new milestones on all of our social sites. You can find Simply Stout in not one, but TWO retail stores. We started selling bow ties and bandanas! It’s been a pretty wild year.
The start of a new year is a good reminder to keep moving and growing to improve yourself, and in this case, your business and your passion. I'm lucky to have such a great support network of family and friends, and most importantly, more puppy cuddles than I know what to do with. Reflecting on the past year reminded me of all the amazing things I've learned, both good and bad. I hope these resonate with you, too.
5. Don't be bossy, be the boss. Even if it's only of your own life. Own it. If you can manage it, be your own boss and start something new. 2015 marked the second year of Simply Stout and while this isn't my only job, it's the most fun and I've learned so much from it.
4. If you can't change a situation, change your mind. Sometimes things happen beyond our control, and while I like to be a little control freak, sometimes things just don't work out like you want them to. Change your mindset and move on. Negativity doesn't do anyone any favors (and will only make you wrinkly).
3. PURGE. Every month I try to purge something new. My purse, my closet, my pantry, my friends list. Why keep something around that's only creating clutter? Clean nightstand, clean mind.
2. Do something scary. This year I had an amazing opportunity to sell Simply Stout goodies at the One Of A Kind show at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago this past December. Four days, about 60,000 attendees. Holy sh*t. I had no idea what I was doing and I felt in over my head. Fortunately or unfortunately, I underestimated myself and sold out of a lot of items in two days! I didn't get any sleep for about a week staying up until 4 or 5 in the morning making more toys and bows, but it was the best experience. I met some killer artists, great customers, and got awesome feedback for the year ahead to continue to grow Simply Stout and make it even better.
1. Life is too short not to jump in the mud. I can't tell you how many times Stout and I would forego a park trip because the weather is crummy or the park is flooded and muddy. Our favorite four-legged friends are only with us for too short of a time, which is something I was reminded of recently when one of Stout's littermates passed away (RIP Cuba). Go ahead, jump in the mud...that's what baths are for.
I hope you all have learned some valuable lessons in 2015 and are already geared up for this new year ahead. Hope it's the best yet!