Friday, February 27, 2015

Year in Review: 2014

Okay, so I'm a bit late to the New Year's party. It's pretty much March now, I know. But I can't let 2014 go flying by without taking the time to comment on what a MOMENTOUS year it was for me and my little family. So I'm going to share a few photos from 2014, and just point out a few changes that took place last year for us.

Probably the biggest event of 2014 was when I quit my traditional desk job and started my online shop. HOLY COW. This was a scary, scary decision, and even though things have been tough lately I have to say I think it's the best choice I've ever made. Working for myself has been so freeing, and at the same time, soooo hard. You have to really be your own motivator when you're self-employed, and there's no safety net if something comes up. If you make a mistake, you're the only one to blame! But you also call the shots, have full creative freedom, and set your own schedule. To me, that's really worth it.

I also took a cross-country road trip last year! I had never visited the Western United States before and this trip was really, really amazing. It's hard to believe that this country could be SO different from one coast to the other. The landscape is totally different, even the air, the plants, the animals. Plus I spent a ton of time with my mom and 89-year-old grandma, as they were my tripmates! We definitely became closer, which is wonderful in of itself.

We adopted our second kitty, Aengus! This is kind of related to our road trip, since I actually got him from my second cousin in Missouri (whom I had never met before!). He's been an amazing addition to our family, albeit a rather feisty one. He's a lot of work! But we love him, and it's hard to imagine our lives without him now.

We moved from our previous rental home into a townhouse, which has actually been an amazing blessing in disguise. At the time we were very upset when we found out we would have to move. We loved our house, especially our nice spacious yard and screened-in porch! But our current home is definitely a better fit for us. It's smaller, which makes it easier to maintain, and we went through an intensive de-cluttering stage right when we moved, so we really only have things we need or love!

There were some sad events in 2014 as well, of course, but I think it's important to remember what things we have in our lives to be thankful for. My husband and I are very fortunate. We might not have a lot of money, but we really want for nothing essential to life. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in 2014, and life just has a pleasant glow of hope to it. Here's to another great year!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fancy Pineapple

WOW-- time got away from me there! Like I promised earlier, in an effort to be more transparent and open, I'm just going to tell you the truth. Things have been STRESSFUL. My husband's hours at work have been temporarily slashed, and since we live paycheck to paycheck, I have spent the last few months scrambling to rake in as much supplemental income as possible. Basically, it's felt like standing on the precipice of a cliff from morning 'til night. We're definitely not out of the woods now, but all I can do is have faith that God will carry us through this too.

I've started a few part-time work at home jobs to get a little more money coming in, but my first priority is still my SHOP! You may have noticed it's solely eBay based now. I found that's where I was doing the best, so I moved everything over there. Please check regularly, I'm constantly adding new things! As always I try to keep prices very reasonable and have a selection of larger plus sizes available whenever possible.

Pretty soon I'm also going to start selling some hand embroidered items via Etsy! Nothing has been stocked yet, but here is a link to my shop there if you want to keep checking back! If you follow me on tumblr or twitter, you'll have seen a few images of stuff that I'm working on. I definitely want to put some fat positive pieces in there, so if you're into it, keep your eyes peeled!

Also, I just have to slow down for a second and say this: I couldn't have made it this far without the help of my readers. YOU GUYS. You are amazing and I appreciate you all. Please know that every kind word reaches my heart and stays there. :)

These outfit pictures are actually from November-- eek! They have been sitting on my laptop that long. I know, for shame. But still. That fancy pineapple sweater is pretty amazing, right?

coral jeans, lys c/o kmart. fuzzy pineapple sweater, thrifted. floppy fedora and wedge booties, kmart.