Happiness is…

I’ve been running this phrase through my head a lot lately. It’s the perfect time of year for thoughts to get completely jumbled as we are stressing about getting work done, making sure things are together when guests arrive, making sure we have the perfect gift for every person on our list, and making sure we don’t run out of money while getting those gifts all while trying to remember the “reason for the season.” In the hustle-bustle, it’s easy to forget what happiness is.

I’ve come up with a few thoughts on this one. First and foremost, happiness is doing what you enjoy doing and realizing sometimes it doesn’t go the way you planned for it to go, but if you stick with it, everything will work out in the end. I have one more jewelry show scheduled this winter, it’s the first weekend (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) in December. The kicker is I have to set up for it a week before. This wouldn’t be an issue except for the fact that here it is 4 days before set up time and I realized this evening how little jewelry I have left. This is bittersweet. I’m thrilled that I have nearly sold out of most of the necklaces and bracelets (and sold a lot of earrings) that I started the year with and made throughout the year, but I’m also wondering if it’s going to make my stand look bare come next weekend. At the end of last year, I was wondering if I should continue with the jewelry, now I’m looking forward to seeing what shows I can get into next year and how much I can grow the business.

Happiness is also being grateful for every little thing. I wasn’t so sure as to what Maggie thought about being woken up early and spending all day in the heat, cold, rain, etc. for jewelry shows (talk about true sibling love!). Last weekend, she was insistent on learning to write the receipts and she wants to eventually learn the credit card machine. It makes me so happy to know she wants to be a part of my little dream.

All that said, happiness is also a good night’s rest and that’s where I’m headed. On your way to bed tonight, think about what happiness is to you. If nothing else, they say going to bed in a positive and happy mood helps you sleep better. Thanks for reading!


Holiday Home Show and Happiness

Yesterday afternoon my mom hosted a home show with my jewelry (and some blankets made by my sister) at her house. Sadly, my camera batteries and the backup batteries I had were dead so I do not have any photos to show for it! We sent out 100 invitations, so we thought we would at least have one or two people. In the end, we didn’t have a huge crowd, but we had a comfortable number of visitors. It was nice because their timing was spread out just enough for me to be able to talk to each of them and get to know them a little. I’m so thankful for all of the ladies who showed up and really had a wonderful day.

Before I left to go to my parents’ house yesterday morning, I was really concerned about having enough jewelry if 100 people actually showed up, but at the same time, I was concerned about people actually showing up, period. My wonderful husband, Ethan, kindly reminded me that it shouldn’t matter how many people show up as long as I have fun. He said “if it stops being fun, then you need to stop doing it.” You know, most women hate to admit their husbands are right, but I know mine usually is and he was. If nothing else, I had an excuse to spend the day with my mom and my sister. Even if we had not had any visitors, we had some great conversations. Because we had visitors, Maggie learned to write up a sales receipt (I’m a little OCD so I have a system and she got it right!) so it was a positive experience, a fun experience, and a learning experience all in one.