I have written in the notes section of my weekly planner “write blog post” literally 52 times in 2016. No lie, you can check. I actually updated this blog, I would approximate, around 6 times. But that’s neither here nor there. I just felt like it had to be said. I think there’s a deep part of my soul that yearns to write a mom blog, but that might have to be in the next life.
Anyway, a new year isn’t a new year without some wild resolutions we know we’re never actually going to stick to. Am I right? This year, I’m using the Leanne Baker Daily planner from my Australian bestie, Leanne Baker. And it doesn’t even have a space for me to jot down my unrealistic blogging goals, so I guess I’m basically off the hook. But, what it does have are spaces to write things like monthly goals, daily self care (yes, daily), and family goals. Now that’s more my speed.
2016 was a year of stretching and growth for our family. It started off like any other year. Me, Tyler, Paxton, our little newborn babe Jace who had us fooled up until recently that he was really chill and easy going (ha!), in our little gray house in Price, Utah. Tyler was working at the hospital while I was raising babies and, you know, not blogging. I hit the ground running pretty hard with my business this last year, and I’m kind of proud of how it all panned out. I set some (what I considered) big goals for myself, and with the patience of my ever-so-saintly husband, we crushed ’em. It was in 2016 that I started treating my business like a business, and magically (with approximately 982430251 hours of hard work) …it became a business! That is the single best piece of advice I’d give to any new entrepreneur.
Treat it like a business. Put in the work. Bam! It’s a business.
Even if your distant relatives still don’t understand how you make a living doodling on the computer. There will be someone out there who gets you. Pinky promise.
Anyway, back to 2016. Ever since my brother passed away in the fall of 2015, I felt a pretty strong pull to get closer to what has always been home for me in Idaho. So, we did that thing that married couples do and started making grown up plans. Tyler applied for a few jobs, and when he got a call from the Idaho National Laboratory, we for reals jumped over the moon and barely landed our feet back on earth. We were so excited!
And of course, I bawled my eyes out for like a month before we left and three months after we left because, as it turns out, all of the world’s best people live in Price, Utah. We met many friends there who treated us just like family, and we miss them soooo much. We miss our tiny gray house and all of the sweet, sweet memories we made there. My heart has ached for that place more than I ever knew it would. We also left behind Tyler’s parents, which was rough, but we also made sure there was room for them to move into our new basement whenever they’re ready. 😉
We found a darling navy blue house in Idaho Falls that seemed like a little bit bigger and better version of our first home and after some long hard thought, we decided it was suitable for making memories for the next 20 or so years. We moved right before Christmas which I wouldn’t recommend to my worst enemy, but all in all, we had a pretty magical December in it. Paxton’s eyes lit up and his feet really and truly came 16″ off the ground when we put up our Christmas tree. He was so excited. We dubbed him “the holiday kid” this December, because not one single lit Christmas bulb in the entire state of Idaho went unappreciated by the boy. He was the taste tester of all hot chocolate, the present wrapping inspector, the Christmas book connoisseur, and the daily tree re-decorator.
Jace learned to walk right when we moved into our house. It was a much debated topic by family, each of them offering their educated opinions with comments like, “oh, I give him a week and he’s running alllll over the place.” Which went on for weeks and months, when, in all reality, the crawling thing was working our pretty well for him. Deep in my heart I knew he was waiting until we moved into our new home though, so that someday, far into the future, when Tyler and I retire on the island of Kauai, we can reminisce on our navy blue house on Yates Avenue and proclaim that our babies really did learned to walk on those floors.
Oh, and I also opened another business! You’ve heard of Little Mama Shirt Shop, yeah? No? It’s alright. Only a few people have. Anyway, I told Tyler in the middle of our move that I thought it would be fun to design and sell t-shirts. I mean right in the middle. As in, when I told him he was writing “Misc Junk” on a box of our stuff. He kind of laughed that gosh I love you but I really hope you’re kidding sort of laugh, but the guy’s a trooper and of course he spent countless hours listening to my pros and cons lists of opening another business. In the end, we decided what the heck, and set up shop. It’s been such a blast! If you’re a mom and you’re raising boys or girls or a combination of the two, check it out! Maybe you’ll find something you like. We are really excited to see where that takes us in the new year.
This is all way more than you ever wanted to know about your graphic designer, isn’t it?
Anyway, if you’ve made it this far into the blog post you’re really a champ and a loyal friend of mine. Let’s have a girl’s night!
I just wanted to give you a little sneak peek into the plans I have for my businesses in 2017:
More affordable, premade branding options available in the Chynna Hansen Designs shop.
A quicker, easier, and more exciting branding process is in the works.
An easier way for my clients to provide feedback throughout the logo process, so they don’t just receive files and think what the heck am I supposed to do with this?
And, a new website for Little Mama Shirt Shop! Etsy is near and dear to my heart, but there are a lot of factors that play into being successful there. One of them being that when you come up with something fun and original, there are 100 people ready to copy you and undercut your price. It’s a total bummer. That’s basically my shameless plug to convince you to purchase one of my original designs and not a knockoff, if you were intending on purchasing a mom shirt in the near future.
You know how people all over Instagram and various places are proclaiming their #wordoftheyear? Unlike most trends these days, I found this one to be, well, not dumb. So I drank the kool-aid on that one and have landed upon BALANCE.
Balance. (n) an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
Ohhh I like that. And boy, do I struggle with it.
When I’m mommin’ it’s all I want to do. A 6 hour marathon of Paw Patrol in our pj’s, suuuuure. Let’s bake cookies, too! The emails can wait!
And when I’m working, well, that’s all I do, too. I’ll admit that I missed a fun family memory or two or five in 2016 because I felt like my clients needed me more than my littles.
But I determined that if I actively work on that word this year–balance–that maybe, just maybe, I could juggle all of these balls better than I have in the past. If I distribute the weight of motherhood + business a little more evenly and purposefully, maybe I’ll remain steady. Maybe I won’t feel that pressure to answer every email within a day, and maybe I won’t be thinking about work as much when I’m with my family. #Goals.
What is your word of the year? What goals are you setting for your home, family and business this year? Really, I mean it, let’s be cyber besties and tell me!