I know.. it’s really late for me to be posting this kind of entry, but I just HAVE to do it. I need to have some kind of reflection, and a closure to the year so I have something to go off of this year.
December was a crazy month for us. We went to Japan (Josh’s first time), and then we came back for a few days, then traveled to Utah to see the in-laws, and somehow managed to keep my shop open with limited items. Both experiences were amazing, and I will write more later in another post.
2013 was a year of growth for BluefinWorks. I opened my shop in August, 2012 but even by January, I was not making enough sales to have a good prospect for the year. I wasn’t sure if what I’m doing was working, or if it will ever pick up. In fact, it was slowing down if anything because my items are all event decor etc., so Holidays are actually the slow season for me- A fact I wasn’t sure of back then.
Start up costs were taking a toll on finances, to the point that I hesitated buying fruits or anything that I don’t need to survive! I was full of uncertainty, and doubts about my shop. With encouragements from family, friends, and my lovely customers, I kept going, increasing the number of items offered, and slowly but surely the sales started to come in. Every customer that made a purchase from my shop gave me courage and assurance. Soon, I knew I was going the right way, and was realizing my shop’s identity for the first time.
By the time event season rolled in, I was really busy with orders, and I had a blast working with AMAZING people to create their special events with them. I absolutely loved every moment of it, and I feel very blessed to have met many of them, who have been an extreme pleasure to work with, and just great people overall!
In November, as if to reassure me, my christmas trees luminaries were featured on the December issue of InStyle Magazine, and our apartment quickly because a Santa’s workshop!!! It was an amazing feeling to see my item featured on a national magazine!!! I got a taste of what my shop could be like in the future, and I knew I wanted to continue what I do in 2014.
I came a long way in 2013, but I know I still have lots to learn. I want to continue to grow this year, and achieve many more things, while still remembering the people that got me here.
I’m thankful for everything, everyone in my life, and my amazing customers.
If you are reading this– THANK YOU! Your presence, feedback, and encouragements are the reasons I am able to continue what I do 2014.
And finally…. Happy New Year!!!! May this year be full of happiness and Joy for all of you!