May 2, 2018

Our Beautiful Mess Shop

I have been thinking about this for some time now and after about 2 1/2 years of owning Our Beautiful Mess Shop I have decided to close the shop. What it comes down to is that I don't enjoy it like I used to.


When I first decided to open the shop I was looking for some creative outlet and a way to maybe make a little extra to help out with money around the house. And I did enjoy it quite a bit. It was a lot of work and a lot of planning. I formed an Instagram and a Facebook group to have a social media presence. I worked hard and really enjoyed it and enjoyed it even more when I started making sales. At first they weren't constant but they definitely picked up around the holidays and it kept me pretty busy.

But as time wore on I found the enjoyment I once had was gone and now it was just a bit of a pain. I don't know if that came from having to make an office space to put all my supplies or if it was just having an active toddler on my hands and my lack of motivation wanting to deal with the shop. Although we weren't dependent on the money from the shop, I didn't want to lose money each month so I had to make sure I was working on making a social media presence in order to make a difference each month.

But this thing that I started as something fun for me to, that I once enjoyed doing, was just becoming a task I didn't look forward to each day.

So I have decided after those two and half years of having Our Beautiful Mess Shop that I plan to close it on June 1. The entire month of May, I'll have the entire shop at discounted prices in order help get rid of some of my inventory.

It's something I have been thinking about for awhile now and finally came to peace with making this decision. Actually I feel good about this decision.

I will say that I'm not done being a shop owner however. I also own a planner sticker shop on Etsy which I opened back in November and it has been going very well. I find that it's a great way to express myself creatively. I enjoy all aspects of it.

Rob tells me that opening Our Beautiful Mess Shop and having this shop was a stepping stone to get me to find planner stickers. I'm actually pleased with my decision and I look forward to what's coming next for me. It's bittersweet with the closing of this chapter but I'm ready for it, so here's to one more month of Our Beautiful Mess Shop.

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