I know I say stuff like this often, but I truly can’t believe it’s already December 11th. The first 10 days of the month have been a complete blur, filled with packaging up Mindful Budgeting 2016 Planners, shipping them all over the world and sending out tracking numbers – all while trying to keep up with my freelance work. On both Monday and Tuesday, I worked 15-hour days… and I don’t say that with a point of pride or to make it sound like I’m “busy” (I hate that word). I’m sharing that because it was the first time when I really felt like I was operating a business – and understood the commitment and devotion you have when it’s yours (and has your name on it).
There shouldn’t be many more days like that in 2015 but, honestly, I wouldn’t complain if there were. I’m learning so many lessons throughout this process – about both myself and this business – that I wouldn’t know, if I hadn’t turned this dream into a reality. But I can’t deny that I’d love to find a few more hours in each day, so I could do some writing! The good news is I think I’ll be able to take at least one week off freelance work, over the holidays… and then the new year will be here!
Anyway, since we haven’t talked much this week, I thought I’d take us all out for a virtual coffee date today. I published a post like this exactly 10 months ago, when I was travelling to New York City to spend a week with Shannon, David and Leanne. Today, I’ll just be hanging out at home and then at the post office – not quite as glamorous, but still exciting nonetheless. If we both had an hour to spare, though, I’d say we should meet for coffee and this is what I’d tell you…
If we were on a coffee date, I’d ask if we could go to Starbucks so I could order one of their new holiday spice flat whites. I used a free drink coupon I’d been holding onto for a while, to get one last weekend, and it was such a delicious treat. I love cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Mmm mmm. :)
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you I’ve sold 264 planners (and only have 36 left!). Your first assumption might be that I’ve made $10,000+ – and that’s true, I suppose. But with the printing and shipping costs, I’ve also had big expenses to cover and won’t be making a huge profit. I’d tell you that I’m going to write a post in January that outlines all the costs and lessons I’ve learned, in case anyone is thinking of doing a similar project in the future and wants some tips. (I’ll need them for next year!)
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that one of the things that has kept me… well, calm… during these past few weeks is the Calm app. I use it to meditate in the morning and again before bed, and sometimes I’ll just open the website during the day for relaxing white noise.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d show you the picture of the generous gift Penguin Random House Canada sent me this week. I knew they were sending me something, and figured it was going to be 2-3 books, but I never expected a stack this size. I’m already halfway through Love in Lowercase, and am really enjoying reading fiction again. Sometimes, I feel like I should constantly consume non-fiction… but a good story is a good story, whether it’s real or dreamt up. Thank you again, friends at PRH!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you I got another surprise in the mail this week: an adult colouring book from my friend Kayla! Seriously, what more could I ask for this Christmas? Not a darn thing. I am so lucky to have the friends and support system I do. <3
If we were on a coffee date, I’d ask what your favourite thing about the holidays was. I’d joke and say my answer was penguins, hehe. That’s partially true… I do love seeing penguins everywhere! But my favourite thing has to be the buzz of magic in the air. The holidays are full of loving moments and surprises; bright lights and nights around the fire. Now if only it would snow here… I don’t think we’ve had a white Christmas since I was a teenager!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d ask if you had any goals or plans for 2016 yet. I’d tell you I don’t have many plans for the first half of the year, because I’ll be having / recovering from hip surgery… but that I’m planning a big trip for the fall!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you my other plans for 2016 are all blog and business-related. I’d tell you I’m publishing a free resource for anyone who is starting a shopping ban in 2016 on January 4th; Carrie and I have recorded the first 8 episodes of our new podcast which we are launching on January 5th; I’ll be teaching A Simple Year in July and want to create a course of my own; and I’m definitely going to launch a 2017 planner!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d also ask what your favourite podcasts are right now. I’d tell you I’m currently devouring old episodes of Death, Sex & Money as well as the Unmistakable Creative. I also listened to the first episode of Season 2 of Serial yesterday and am addicted all over again.
Finally, if we were on a coffee date, I’d ask if there was anything else you wanted to accomplish before the end of the year. I’d say I want to take at least one week off of everything: freelance work, the blog, everything. And I want to write an epic recap of the entire year, in a new format that I can use for years to come. Then I’d probably take my last sip of coffee and say it’s time to get back to work! But I wouldn’t say goodbye without a big hug. :)
What would you say if we had coffee today?