I always feel this way, and I have probably said this in the past, but man, it has been too long since I have written! I know I am so long overdue. I have handled many a curve ball in the last several weeks, and I finally feel like I am back to being myself!
One of my curve balls is I found out I had a vitamin deficiency. It doesn’t sound like a big issue at all, and in some ways it isn’t. When I saw my doctor about my symptoms I was honestly praying for something along the lines of a vitamin or micro-nutrient issue because it would be the easiest thing to fix! However! The symptoms I reported were constant fatigue, poor immune system, random shaking and weakness which were occurring more and more often, every single day. To try to keep this short and sweet, I have these two little lovely girls running and bouncing all around me, needing me. I am needing myself not just to be a standard housewife, but a mom, a teacher (because we are homeschooling this year), and not only a wife, but an army wife whose husband is unfortunately already preparing to leave again less than a year after he got home from his last rotation. I need to be more for myself. I need to be a hell of a lot more for my beautiful daughters, and I need to feel better for my husband, with whom I only have so many days to make lasting memories. This is my life, and while it isn’t easy, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just was not physically able to keep up with my surroundings. Even though I felt puny and minuscule, seeing my doctor is the best decision I have made in a long time. I finally feel like the fun mom at 25, not the grandma who is only able to sit and watch the children play. & It is truly wonderful!
Aside from that, now that I’m feeling better, it’s almost as if I’m making up for lost time. My 5yo and I are kicking butt with this home school thing, and I am putting together curriculum so that in January when 2yo becomes 3yo right after Christmas break, we can begin some early Pre-k work as well. We already read, oh, about a million and two books per day and she verbally can tell me all her shapes and colors, but she is ready to move on to more fine motor skills like tracing and drawing. We are just adding more hands-on fun for this babe!
Lastly, I am trying to transition from stay at home mom to work at home mom… sort of. & potentially a go to school at home mom, also. We’ll see. I’ve had an Etsy shop up and running for some time now, but I have only ever had a handful of items in there at one time. I crochet and I am addicted to making baby items! Seriously, unless I get a request for something bigger, that’s what I am always working on! I make everything: hats, diaper covers and blankets. I’ve been playing around with patterns trying to find one versatile enough to crochet little stuffed toys because my Etsy shop vision has always been to offer collections. I sell everything individually, but lets say I make a woodland camo blanket (which I am, wink wink) I would also offer a set of hat & booties that match and a little stuffed deer or something as a toy. How freaking cute it that?! However, I don’t use machines or any outside help, it’s just me and my own two hands so I can only crochet so fast. Just about the time I’m wrapping up a project, I get a custom order or life just hits so that my crochet gets set aside. HOWEVER! In the last few weeks, I did get a few hits on some of my items. I sold a blanket and a few of these little pumpkin hats. Aren’t these adorable?!
The shop is now in vacation mode though. A friend of mine commissioned me for a rather large blanket order that will take several weeks to complete (it’s 2 child size throws and 2 twin size bed covers), so I didn’t want to fall behind by still offering custom-mades on Etsy at the same time. THEN! In addition to Etsy, I’ve always dreamed of running my own business. I said it while I was in school for esthetics, I said it while I worked as a salon and beauty retail manager, I’m still saying it now. Not only am I currently looking into picking up college classes so I can earn a degree in business management and marketing, but I may or may not have just started a Facebook boutique selling fashion jewelry and accessories… I’m loving it though! 1) You don’t know if you don’t try. 2) I’ve always dreamed of doing this but there is no way I would ever open a brick and mortar shop while my husband is in the military. We never know when they could tell us to pack up and move! 3) Even if sales are low, which I will admit they are since I have literally been opened for a week now, I need to start slow and take baby steps. I am figuring things out as I go and I know I need to also make time around this for my daughters’ and my education! Regardless, I am gaining experience and earning a little bit of an incoming without taking time away from my daughters. So fingers crossed & prayers said that all works out and I can handle all of this on auto-pilot once my husband leaves again very very soon.
I think that raps it up for now! I sort of treat this blog as a diary. The things I write may be interesting. Or they may not be. That’s okay sometimes. But all things here are real. I am learning and growing as a mom, a wife, a student, a business owner, and overall as a PERSON. I am always striving to be genuine and down to earth and I hope that shows! I hope this has been at least a little bit interesting to hear this blurb about my life lately. If you want to hear more, following me because there is BOUND to be more. Especially on the mom & small business topics. & if you happen to be on Facebook and would like to check out the boutique, it’s currently in an open group called Just A Small Town Girl’s Boutique. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2124159434276446/
((Yep, that is really me. I shouldn’t have because I knew I’d want to keep it, but I tied up one of my boutique scarves and put it over my cami as a cover up and fell in love! And now it’s hanging in my closet instead! ))
If you check it out, leave me a post and let me know you found me from my blog! That would be amazing! & My last note for the day: I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! 💜