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1.15.2015

making a list

1.15.2015  at 8:00 AM

I'm not going to lie, December kicked my butt. I caught a really bad cold, maybe the flu, just before Christmas. I didn't even get around to baking and creating annual Christmas ornaments with the kids as we have done for years and years. And I missed it. I missed the tradition and memories that could have been made. 


But during the haze of trying to feel better for weeks and weeks because the cold just hung around, I did some thinking. 

Quite a bit of thinking about different areas of my life, personal and professional, and it has me confused. Confused, but it's clear to me that I need a vision and a plan and it's time to treat what has been a fun "little" thing that I do while the kids are at school more seriously. 

I have to take me more seriously. I am a business owner. There, I said it. I am really terrific at building others up, but am not good about building myself up. Sure, I believe in myself and have a pretty good sense of self worth, but I don't like to market myself. 

I always knew this. I always knew that I should do the right thing, but shied away from it thinking that a day-to-day plan would suffice. From the beginning of the idea of I Love It All. I've always had the nagging feeling pecking at me, time and time again, that that's exactly what I needed to do. 

There's been that little finger jabbing me on the shoulder telling me what was right, but I ignored it, I resisted because I wanted this thing I do {playing with paper} to be free of stress and worry. Not a job. Something fun.

It's been some time since I graduated from college, I have a BBA in Marketing and have been schooled in the right way to conduct a business, so I know what the right thing to do is. I am not proud of myself for flying by the seat of my pants for years and years and not using my skills to do what I know is the right thing.

So, I'm making a list, you know I love lists, and I'm going to do the right things. I'm going to kick it up a notch, I'm going to learn, I'm going to thrive, I'm going to organize and reshuffle, I'm going to feel uncomfortable doing things that I don't really like to do because they're things I need to do and I'm going to hold myself accountable.

And along the way I'm going to love it all, because it's a good thing. And the right things can still be fun things, right?

NOTE | I shared this photo on Instagram, where I post more photos than I probably should, of a project that I finally completed. I have project supplies that I've purchased that are stacked up and cluttering my studio because I've not actually gotten past the supplies...the projects are incomplete. A big cheer for me for getting it done. And here's to the future of more completed projects in 2015!

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10 comments:

  1. Wow - how did you get in my head?
    I am my own worst critic of what I do. I don't see what others see. I know I have the talent & gift, but I never take myself seriously.
    Thanks for the kick in the pants!

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    1. Let's lift each other up and encourage ourselves to go places that aren't easy...it will all be worth it and we'll be better for it!

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  2. Awesome, Monika! I'm excited to see how you grow and thrive this year! I've never once thought of your business as "little" - I've seen what you do, girl! Your attention to the smallest detail. The fact that you love what you do makes it fun - it's your passion, not just a job. Cheers to 2015!!

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    1. I DO have fun doing what I do and I feel so lucky to love my job, not everyone can say that. But, in my head I know that I can do more to make what I do easier, more efficient and maybe even grow in areas for more exposure. Here's to making it a reality. And thanks for always encouraging me!

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  3. Little is not how I would describe your business either ;) You go girl!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, for the encouragement. I guess I still see it as the little shop I first opened with a few sales each month. I am very blessed to be where I am now!

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  4. Go, Monika, go!! I have no doubt you will accomplish all you set out to do! Hope you have started THE list :)

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    1. Oh yeah! During Isabella's ball practice last night, I was organizing my Blog and Etsy notebooks and trying to wrap my head around what needs to go where and what needs to be done first. I feel energized and hope that it last longer than a day or two, ha!

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  5. I think that post was the one thing I needed most today... Thank you! :)
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  6. I am feeling like this, too. Like I haven't quite found my real spot yet. Good luck to us both!

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