Preppy & Pink

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2012: A YEAR IN REVIEW

I know that the blog has been a proverbial "ghost town" these past couple of
months. The dust is just starting to settle from the holiday RUSH and the aftermath
of what we can now put in the history books as "Christmas 2012". 
 
Our little company really took off this year in an amazing way, but with rapid growth
 also comes some major "growing pains"!  As 2012 came to a close, we realized
that we needed to reflect back and make some {BIG} adjustments that would be
beneficial to us in the coming year.  We did some things right, but there was {and still is},
room for improvement.  We would have never believed back last March when we really
got started with this endeavor, that things would have transpired like they did.
I was, {still am, & in a lot of ways always will be} a little clueless when it
came to starting, owning, and running a small business.  I just dove in head first and
decided that I would have to figure it out along the way. You see, that is tough for an
OCD girl like me who likes everything planned, structured and organized.  This past
 year has brought about many sleepless nights, many an anxiety attack, lots of tears shed,
and unbelievable amounts of tedious and time consuming work. There were many times
(and still are, I cannot lie) that I have wanted to throw in the towel and go find a
"real" job. However, when that feeling strikes and I start on my job hunts, etc., it
seems that something inside of me knows that I am right where I am supposed
 to be.  My head (and all that OCD logic inside of it) tell me that I probably need
 to give up, go find a job with a paycheck (boy, I sure do like nice things), I have bills
 to pay, I need to be responsible and sensible, surely this is big waste of time and whole
 lot of hard work and how many little start ups ever make it anyway, right?!?! I have the
same fears as everyone else, the "what ifs", etc. It would be easier, (oh so much easier), to
 stop worrying myself sick over this little business of mine and just go to work for some big
 company and when the day ends at 5pm, work is over with and when the weekends or
vacations roll around, I can just relax and have fun and not worry for one little minute
 about the constant, non-stop barrage of things that come with owning a small biz. 
 BUT.... my {HEART}says.... "YOU CAN DO THIS", this is your
 passion, you love lots of things about it, you feel a sense of accomplishment with
each little milestone, look at all your successes, you are a fighter, you WILL be
successful, you can scrap and claw your way through, and if you love what you are
doing then the rest will figure itself out!  I truly feel that the Lord keeps bringing me right
back to this place.  I know, as hard as I have prayed, that if it wasn't His will for me to be
 right where I am at, that He would have already opened another door.  My faith has been
and still is being tested to the core.  No one likes insecurity.  This year I have tested my
 personal boundaries, I have stepped out of the box, I have done things that a just a few
short months ago I didn't think that I could do.  It is not all pink peonies {my fav}
and sparkly cupcakes {another personal fav}, but is it worth it????
I truly believe that it is!  It may not be paying the bills right now, but one day it will. 
Perseverance and hard work {and a boat load of prayers} will pay off just as it
always does and one day I will stand on the other side of this mountain
completely amazed that I was able to make the climb! 
 
With that being said, I am excited to introduce one of the big changes that is taking place
over here at Preppy & Pink! Very soon, we will be launching "Stacy Brown Designs"!
After lots of thought & careful consideration, we have decided to rebrand the
business and we couldn't be more excited about it. Here is a sneak peek
at what is to come...
 
 

 
We are super excited about the brand re-launch and can't wait to share more with you
in the coming weeks! 
 
 
 
What's holding you back today?  Are you letting doubt and fear stand in the way of
accomplishing something great?  Maybe it is time to step out on faith and go for it!
The path to your {BIG} dream may not be smooth, but the reward that is waiting
 for you may be greater than you could ever imagine!


Good Luck!
 


5 comments:

  1. Yippee!!!!!! Can't wait to finish everything and show the world all of this amazing design goodness! xoxo

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  2. I have loved watching your business grow! You are extremely talented so "feel the fear and do it anyway"! I love where your new look is headed and I think Stacy Brown Designs will do BIG things! Can't wait to see what's in store! :)

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  3. Love-love-love this post, your candor is so refreshing, especially the "it's not all pink peonies" sentiments. As a fellow small business owner, we've been through similar things, I know the agony of those middle of the night cold sweats over things I often had no control over, it was *awful*. (And it still happens, some of it will probably never go away for me.) Congratulations on the re-branding and re-launch, Stacy Brown Designs is going to be awesome!

    Sending you a smile and good luck thoughts,
    tp

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  4. SO SO excited for you!!! Congratulations!!

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  5. This is fabulous! Love your passion and I am always cheering for your great success!!!
    Hooray on your re-branding! Can't wait to see all the details. It will be amazing!
    Best wishes and here is to making 2013 sparkly and bright!

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