New Year, New You!

I always like the idea of a fresh start.  I mean, first of all, who doesn’t like being able to put off a change until the next year: “I’ll start working out January 1st” or “I’ll stop stalking dogs out in public in the New Year”.  That way we can continue our little bad habit for just a while longer.  But now, here we are, into a new year and it’s time to start making some of those changes that I’ve put off.  Admittedly, I am already failing on the stalking dogs in public thing (you should have seen me staring at a chihuahua in the airport yesterday, desperately waiting for the owner to say it was o.k. to pet her; it never happened and I’m pretty sure I scared the chihuahua mommy a bit), but I am working on another change which is being ok where I am and knowing that things don’t happen over night.  Lately, I have had a few people ask me if I am so proud of myself and my answer has been, “no”.  In my mind, I am not to the point of success I wanted to be at.  I thought for sure, by this point, we would be in a store or on Shark Tank.  I get down on myself because I see other brands with huge Instagram followings and I still don’t know what I’m doing on social media.  Sometimes, my thoughts get the best of me and I start to think that maybe not enough people like the idea or that I’m just not good enough at running a business.  These thoughts can be destructive and actually goes against all advice I give to my daughters.  In order to reach the next level, you can’t compare yourself to others and you have to have confidence in your own uniqueness.  Wow is this so much easier said than done.  But not wanting to be a hypocrite, I need to follow my own advice.  Truth is, I am proud whenever I see someone wearing one of our bags.  I am proud that I took the next step on an idea I had.  Am I where I would be in a perfect world? No.  But am I further ahead than last year?  Absolutely.  And hopefully next year I can say the same.  Hugs to you all!

xoxo

Val

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