This past year has been full of change, and the year ahead will be no different. This year was full of business shifts, growth, and adjustments, but this coming year will be full of personal changes. With Baby Faurot coming in March, I know that next year will look a LOT different both in my business and in regular life.
This year, I was very focused on growth. I added TWO new embroidery machines, shifted into embroidered apparel and customizable apparel, I invested in a rebrand, and attended a business retreat to grow in my business. I continued to schedule lots of events for Han Fuzed Permanent Jewelry. And it was truly the most exciting year of my business yet.
But I know that 2024 will not hold those things. It will not hold new machine purchases, product shifts, big investments, or lots of events. Instead, it will consist of new routines with a new member of the family, lots of snuggles, probably some sleepless nights, and lots and lots of diapers and loads of laundry.
I would be lying if I said I’m not at all nervous. I have put my heart and soul into this business, and to know that I have a slower year coming up (after this incredibly big year) is kind of scary. What if next year’s slowdown becomes the new norm? What if I can never come back to my business in the same way? What if I struggle to hit my sales goals and maintain my business?
All of these doubts are things that I have thought of, and honestly sometimes worry about. And it is impossible to know the answers to these questions. My growth will slow down when I add the new title of Mom to my plate. My business will take a back seat and secondary role to the baby. And while I’m nervous, I’m also excited! I have always wanted to be a mom and cannot wait to start this new chapter of my life.
Over the next few months, I will be doing lots of preparation and planning in my business so that I can take a few months off to soak in those newborn moments. I definitely don’t have all the answers on how I will balance all the new pieces in my life, but I do want to share the process with you! I can’t wait to share this journey with you. If you’ve ever been in my shoes (whether you’re a business owner or not), I’d LOVE to hear from you on how you made the transition!