Real Talk

Today let's just chat about some real life stuff.  My mind has been on overload lately so let's pretend we're sitting down for a girl chat and this is what I would tell you.

Not everyone is going to understand your dream.  Some people are going to think you're crazy but it doesn't matter.  Your dream is for you and not for them so it doesn't matter if anyone else understands.

We are finalizing academic planners and moving on to 2019 calendar year planners next.  It's crazy how far in advance we have to work!  It's been a learning curve on how to time design, ordering and cash flow as a brand new company to make sure we are good on all fronts.

I want to expand our wholesale side but am not sure I want to invest in going to market yet because it's a weeklong time commitment and a significant financial commitment.  We're trying to be creative with getting our brand out there.  Currently, I'm writing cards and sending samples to hundreds of stores across the US hoping they'll want to carry our line.  If that doesn't work, then off to market it is!

I've learned that being an entrepreneur really doesn't come with a pre-paved path.  I can't tell you how many times I've wished I could just pay someone to tell me exactly what to post, write, or say that will make our brand grow faster.  It's so much trial and error which is exciting but also really challenging all at the same time.

I'm at my absolute heaviest weight ever.  No joke.  After getting into the best shape of my life 2 years ago, I really let myself go when dealing with health issues.  When this year started, I was determined to get back in shape.  I dabbled off and on with my eating and workouts and ended up gaining 5 more pounds.  So defeating.  I have recommitted to Pure Barre, walking & Weight Watchers though and am really enjoying it.  I feel 100% committed for the first time in a while so I'm hoping that holds and I can get back to my goal weight and just be healthier. I took my horribly not-fun before pictures and measurements so that I can share my progress with you all!

I hate everything in my closet!  I'm working towards a capsule wardrobe and a complete closet overhaul but I can't really do that until I get back to my normal size.  I wear the same outfits on repeat and I'm ready for some pounds to come off so I can go back to wearing the rest of what's in my closet.

I've been really struggling with focus and productivity. I have so much going on at work (tax season), with my company & at home and am just trying to get a handle on it all.  I've noticed that I almost freeze in the mornings because I don't know where to start and that's 1. not healthy and 2. puts me even further behind.  I'm trying to just pick one thing, do that and then ask myself what the next thing to do is. 

I hired help!  I realized that I cannot work a full-time job in 4 days a week, run a growing company and keep my sanity all by myself.  I'm trying to focus on the things I'm good at and hire out the rest.  For example, I was going to take a graphic design class before realizing it would take a year to learn enough to do my own graphics for our website, newsletter and social media.  I found a wonderful local graphic designer to help me out a few hours a month (and saves me all the time and expense of that class!).  My friend Lauren is now helping me as well.  She helps me stay on task, take care of planning blog posts/shooting photos, business planning and more.  I can't afford a lot of help but it's totally worth it to my business budget to outsource a few things that allow me to be more productive with my time.  There are so many things I want to do with my blog & company and I finally had to realize I can't do it alone. 

There is a business & life coach in our town and I'm seriously thinking about working with them for a few sessions.  I have heard that they are amazing at helping you figure out how to be more intentional and productive with your work time.  Have any of you ever done this?

I feel like God is really pushing me to put my faith out there on my blog & social media accounts.  This can be scary and bring a lot of judgment but I'm trying to lean into this push and share the real, messy and faith filled moments.

We have a fun trip planned for next month and I'm counting down the days. 

I chopped my hair off but am now ready for it to grow back a few inches.  I definitely want to keep my hair on the shorter side but I need a few more inches to work with!

  This was probably the most random blog post ever but I want to be super transparent and authentic in my online space and this is where my brain is these days!


  1. I can't wait to hear how the wholesale marketing goes! I love the idea of sending samples to stores with a hand written note, you'll definitely have to keep us updated! Hopefully things will slow down once tax season is over

  2. YAY for hiring help! Good for you for admitting that you can't (and don't need) to do it all! I've never hired a life coach, but I did start counseling a few months ago to sort out some of the things I've been struggling with (grief and work-life-balance). I think it's helpful to talk things through with an objective outsider - so I'll be interested to hear how it goes if you decide to do it! Hang in there - no one understands the life of the entrepreneur - I know that's true - but you're doing an amazing job trying to make it happen for you. Excited for your trip next month so you can recharge and refresh!

  3. You have so much going on, I am so glad that you have gotten some help! And yes - let's be accountability buddies, haha. I need someone to tell me to just put down the carbs and back away. ;)

  4. I would totally try that business and life coach. I worked with a job coach a few years ago and it was helpful and lifted my spirits sometimes. I also have a therapist that I see. Sometimes it just helps to talk to someone outside of everything. I hope that things slow down for you too and that you have some time to relax. Perfect timing for a trip!!! Sending positive vibes your way too in terms of the working out etc. It is hard but you can do it! :-)

  5. This is me on so many (different) levels, and gives me so much hope that I can retrain my brain, begin to focus on the positive again and push forward!! Thanks Kelsey for sharing what’s on your heart!

  6. Girl, you have got to take care of yourself! Your health comes first, so I'm really glad you've rededicated yourself to being healthy all over. I'm really looking forward to that once I am done with all of this fertility medicine. Happy Weekend!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts