First, I went for a huge promotion at work.
Then, while I was waiting to hear back about it, our realtor called us. We’d been wanting to sell out house and move to Minnesota for several years. He told us that we had three weeks to get the house on the market, the neighborhood was hot.
I withdrew the application and started looking for jobs in Minnesota. I pulled Spiraling Forward down off etsy completely because I had to pack it up.
We put our house on the market the first week in July. We sold it 10 days later. The next week, we came to Minneapolis, looked at 30 houses, and bought one. 6 weeks later, we closed, Lily started Kindergarten, Austin started a new daycare and I stared working at a new Whole Foods.
It was a whirlwind.
Then, because, why would we ever want things to stay normal…we decided that the retail life wasn’t working for our family anymore. I’ll probably do a post on my personal blog about the decision sometime. At the beginning of November I put in my notice.
I’ve been officially a full-time writer, maker, mother and wife for one full week now. I thought I would get a lot more done this week. For one thing, I still have that LONG to-do list from The Maker’s Summit.
- I want to re-write all my listings
- I want to take all new pictures
- I have at least a dozen pieces that need to be finished off and listed.
- I want to write how-tos and make videos for the blog
- I want to pitch to media
That’s just a sneak peak. I’ve kept the shop “On Vacation” until I can get all of these things done.
And then I realized: Yes, the shop can be better. My titles and keywords and tags need to be improved. I have a great new mannequin and need to do new pictures, especially of my longer pieces.
But as long as there are no available listings, no one can see any of the cool stuff I have.
The jewelry is done. It is what it is, and I love it all, or I wouldn’t be selling it.
So, I reopened the shop, with the listings as-is. I don’t know when I’m going to have time to make all the changes I want to make, but I am working on them, slowly and steadily.
Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your support. This shop is a constant labor of love and under construction, so if you have suggestions, I’m all ears.