2013 has been such an interesting year!
Here’s whats happened so far:
At Wise Wife Soaps: I started selling soap, registered for a business license, developed new products, became a registered aromatherapist, and began setting the framework for a new kind of career. At the very end of the year, I worked harder on my blog than ever before. You can stay tuned for more DIY recipes, aromatherapy tips, and natural living articles. PLUS: An awesome giveaway is coming very, very soon!
As a Person: I’ve done quite a bit of soul-searching, growing, and changing. I’ve always felt a deep pressure to succeed in life, to be the best, to push forward and not stop, no matter what the cost. This year, I tried to quash that nagging. I always feel that people look at me and think: “That Katie, she was so smart, she was going places, then she just settled for less.” But this year, I realized that I DON’T have to follow the path that everyone thought I would (get an awesome teaching job (using my degree), make lots of money, go see the world, buy lots of nice things for our house, etc.). I realized that I am just happy doing the things that I love. Additionally, I want to do more of the things that I love!
I feel that God is pushing me toward a different path, and I couldn’t be happier letting him guide me where I need to be.
What I’ve Learned
- Soap making and pregnancy don’t mix
- To be a successful blogger – you’ve got to put in a lot of work and blog more!
- Giving away recipes is not going to hurt business
- Listen to those who are more successful than you are. There is a reason for that
- If you have beeswax and coconut oil – you can make pretty much anything!
- Don’t use aluminum molds to make soap
- Not all essential oils are created equal
- Experiences shape you. Be tolerant of those with different ones, because you never know when you will understand them or when they will understand you
- Babies change everything. When you’re expecting your first child, you learn so much about yourself and your partner. Even though ours isn’t born yet – my whole mind has changed. My world will change when he’s born, and I couldn’t be happier about it!
- Doing what you love is not settling. When you’re in high school, everyone tells you to go to college, get a good job, and make a good life. However, I did all that and it STILL did not make me happy. Let God lead you to the life He planned for you, because whether you want it or not – you’ll end up there. Save yourself the frustration, student loans (or not), and time. Trust me, you’ll be all the happier for it. I know I am.
- Love everyday. You will never regret showing love and not anger.
What’s to come?
- Develop a line of all natural baby products (1/3 products already done!)
- Increase sales by at least 20%
- Attend at least 10 craft shows
- Blog at least twice a week
- Increase Facebook fans to 200
- Increase blog readers to at least 30/day
- Deliver our son! (hopefully without medication)
- Stick with cloth diapering
- Plant a successful garden (that does NOT get destroyed by deer or groundhogs!)
- Pay off 1 student loan
- Commit to memory at least 100 verses of the Bible
- Start each day in the Bible