My New Year.

Well, that was a tough year, am I right?  

Not sure why that seemed to be unanimously such a rough year for so many. I mean the amount of meaningful celebrity deaths was high, politically this election was a disappointment (to say the least), but it was beyond that for me.  And seemingly so many.  

I think personally it was a year of growth - which can always be tough.  I was trying to figure out what exactly I want to do, what I am good at, and what I want my future to look like.  Sound overwhelming?  Yes.  Yes, it was.  

Fortunately, I am lucky enough to have a wonderful support system.  I have a truly wonderful husband, the best family who believes in me, a best friend who supports me and listens to me, and a wealth of friendships and relationships that constantly inspire me.  I learned a lot from a management stint I've had the last few months that has helped me figure out the final piece of the puzzle - that helping people find something that makes them feel beautiful and unique is important to me.  If I can add in a level of sustainability and purpose with my wares, all while working with my hands, then I know exactly what I want to do.  And it's finally the right time and I am 100% confident I can do it.  I'm taking the leap of faith.  

I'm jumping in to NestingDoll full time.

The last two days have been my first official days "on the job" - so far, well... I love it!  I make my own day, I plan, I think about when I will create and how I will market.  I have so much to learn and I know that every day will be a learning experience, but I cannot even tell you how exciting it is to feel like I'm on the path I should be on.

All my past jobs and experiences have helped me learn so much about business and about time management, and ultimately about myself... which has made this just the time. 

I'm starting this year out with my very own Happiness Project (a la Gretchen Rubin - based on her book!).  

First, I wrote my manifesto that I would like to live by at all times - or as Gretchen Rubin says, my core personal truths.  

In case you can't read it - they are;

1. Let it Go.

2. Let Myself Love What I Love, and Be Who I am.

3. Food as Fuel.

4. Give.

5.  Be Here Now.

6.  Be Active - in Every Sense.

7.  Finish What You Start.

8.  Be Authentic.

9.  Avoid Overanalyzing.

10.  Be Kind, Especially to Myself.

11.  Be Proud of My Achievements.

12.  Enjoy the Ride.

Then I made a plan for every month, based on different things I wanted to accomplish and things I know make me happy.  I made 12 resolutions, broke them down by month and made a couple different tangibles that can help me accomplish these goals.  My first month is to focus on NestingDoll.  In every single way.  My tangibles for the month are to make a weekly plan, to put in 40 hours every week, to organize my business, to post 5 items a week on Etsy, and to blog more!  Lucky you guys!  You're along for the ride!

I tell you all this for a couple of reasons.  One - I only do well with outward expectations, so you know, I am making my inner expectations, outward.  And two, I want this year to be the best for all of us, as it seems last year was a doozy.... so hopefully this will inspire you to follow your dreams, even if just a little, and maybe make your own happiness project.

Oh, and let's all try to Be the Leslie Knope of Whatever you Do.