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The End of 2014

I was thinking the other day that I missed blogging. The last month has been a tough one and even my presence on social media has been a bit lacking. The truth is that I was having a hard time finding anything worth sharing.

My days have been not been the happiest lately. My thoughts are stress-ridden. Any time I tried to post on Twitter nothing positive came out. So I would delete my drafted tweets and just keep trying to truck on.

I am thankful that business is good but there’s a lot going on in my life that is making it hard to feel happy. The most recent thing (the straw that broke the camels back) was that we are being forced to vacate our house. It is a long story but I am in complete shock that this is how that story will end.

J and I have made this our home for the last four years and I am absolutely heart-broken that we have to leave. I have never had such an emotional attachment to a place I have lived before. It feels like a break up.

We have until February 15th to find a new place. The thought of trying to move during my busiest season makes me want to start crying all over again. It will all work out right? It’s just a house. It is what is inside it that makes it a home.

We decided to stay in on New Years Eve. It was the first year we didn’t do something to celebrate, and the first year we didn’t mind doing so. The saying “all you need is love” comes to mind… I don’t know if I completely believe that saying but right now I do feel like J and I will get through these grey skies because we have each other. Him and Penny are what make this my home. Regardless of where we go, and what we face, I’m thankful I have him to see us through it.

I think I’m close to the end of my ‘grieving’ period and ready to look forward to what is next. Not just in where we live, but what is next for my business. I’m getting ready to kick off my Valentine’s Day line  and then I’d love to take some time to learn something new. Maybe crochet? Any crocheters out there? I miss hobbies. A new hobby should be one of my 2015 goals.

Do you make new goals at the beginning of each year? On the plane ride home from our Christmas trip to Michigan I took some time to make a list. I never really took New Years resolutions seriously, but I think that is changing due to getting older and running a business. I made both personal and work goals and hope I make progress on all of them in 2015!

Happy New Year you guys! Hope you’re doing well! xo JA

Join the discussion 11 Comments

  • Katelyn Neil says:

    So sorry about your home and struggles. Here’s to hoping your home search is fast and you find something wonderful. Looking forward to your Valentine’s Day line and hearing about your new hobbies. Sending warm thoughts your way and wishing for positive changes in your future.

  • I love to crochet! I learned from my grandma when I was 10 🙂 Sorry about your rough spot. Hope it gets better soon.

  • ElleSee says:

    I get what you mean about leaving your house. It can be hard to leave a place that you have built your life in — especially as much change that has happened for you, J and Penny. Don’t feel bad about the emotions. I know that you will find a kickass new place, though, in which you will create even greater memories!

    As far as resolutions go, I don’t make them because I’d break them. I do make goals for myself and my business, though. The business side of things is already on the road, but I haven’t decided what to do for myself. I do like the idea of learning something new. Let me know what you’re interested in and maybe we can learn together 🙂

  • Bev Feldman says:

    Oh I feel your sadness on moving! My husband and I had to move out of our place this past summer–it was the home we were living in when we got engaged and married, where we found out we were going to become parents, and then brought our daughter home to. We also lived there for four years, and I was really sad to go, and was super worried about finding a place since we were looking to buy and had put in about 8 offers in a year. Magically, we found a place three weeks before we had to move out, and now we are so happy with it. Obviously it is stressful–the not knowing where you will live, the move–but it will all work out! Good luck 🙂

  • Ana P says:

    Oh I’m so sorry you have to move! That is never fun. But new year, new start, right? And you should crochrt!! It’s so much fun! I don’t go anywhere without a hook and a ball of yarn.

  • So sorry to hear about your house! Moving is never easy but just remind yourself that home is definitely where your loved ones are:) And I am crocheter! I am making a blanket right now and will hopefully be learning how to crochet a chevron/zigzag pattern soon.


  • gina says:

    good luck with the house hunt. Let me know if you need any help! xoxo

  • Get yourself crocheting! Youtube is the motherland of tutorials and finding that essential time, for yourself, to switch off and unwind is super essential- especially for a busy business gal, as yourself. Crochet, in your jammies with a hearty dose of netflix can solve all manner of sins. Trust me!

    I hope this shiny new year picks up for you. You really never know what is around the corner.

    Good luck with the oncoming smushy romance season ; ) and I wish you a wonderful 2015 : )

    Faded Windmills

  • Emma Deer says:

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear this but life will get better. I promise. It will all work out as intended. Super excited to see your Valentine’s Day line, by the way! Here’s to 2015!

  • Dawn says:

    Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that you guys are going to have to move in a month! Have you found a place yet? That really, really bites. I’ve been in a similar situation before; when I first moved to Indianapolis, I lived in an apartment in an 1860s Victorian (I love historic properties). Six months into my lease, I was forced to move out because the home was full of … black mold. Though I wasn’t at that particular apartment for very long and was not as attached to it as you are to your current residence, I understand the overwhelming frustration and hopeless that comes with having to move practically immediately. Best of luck finding a new place! And you’re right … no matter where you go, you will still and always have Jordan and Penny.

    When it comes to hobbies, crocheting sounds like fun. It’s something that my grandmother is really good and has done for years and years and years. She made each one of us grandkids a crocheted blanket of our own, among scarves, hats, and that sort of thing. I wish I had picked it up when I was younger.

  • Kelsea Echo says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your house. That super sucks, especially when it comes as a nasty little surprise. 🙁 Hugs and good luck with finding a new place to nest!

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

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