|Zara Coat |
Asos Feather Skirt
Christian Louboutin Glitter Pumps (similar, on sale sim)
t+j Designs Crystal Frosting Necklace
t+j Designs Heartbeat Ring | Pave Double Band Ring
Pink Flamingo & Stresses of the Business
I came back mid week from a whirlwind trip to Hong Kong and China feeling excited but a bit stressed. We've got some fantastic designs to come but we are embarking on new items that cost a bit more. I'm nervous on how our customers/readers will like them as well as the cost of it all.
The thing about running my own business is that I stress out a lot. I struggle with anxiety already so the added struggle of figuring out our monthly sales, how to cover costs each month and for future designs is something I think about everyday. Don't get me wrong there are a ton of rewards from my business. Seeing new things work, customers loving our designs, meeting a slew of wonderful people, experiencing the growth of my company, adding team members to t+j Designs however since I just got back from a big trip to finalize fall/holiday the other part of the business has been weighing heavier. Whenever we do a design and buy trip I worry about the investment we made; it is a natural cycle of the business. But I know that my sister and I put the pressure on ourselves to make whatever we do successful. I'm very lucky she is my partner, we think and work the same.
Late night working, blogging/taking photos, trying to organize new collections and launches, attending events to continue networking, working on tiffandjen.com, coming up with new designs, figuring out marketing each week to keep up with competitors, and trying to be a great mommy and wife . . . I felt overwhelmed last week. So this week - I'm trying to take it slow, July 4th is my 5 year wedding anniversary and my hubby and I plan on taking a day to ourselves. I cannot wait!
As always thank you, for reading and being supportive. The last category we launched tees and prints has been a success, we are just restocking tees as we sold out. The stress is worth it when I see that our customers love them. Having this blog has given me a great outlet to show the things I love (clearly clothes, shoes, and jewelry) but it is also great for me to write a little (which is not my strong suit). Things look all rosy and fashionable, but underneath it all is still me and my struggles with anxiety.