Thank you thank you for all of the insta and etsy love these last few days with regard to the shop sale. It’s officially closing time over there, so don’t be alarmed when etsy tells you that the shop is “on vacation.”
I’m tempted to assure you all that come the New Year, the shop will be open again and revamped and restocked, but to be honest – I’m just not sure if that’s true. As someone who likes to keep all of her options open at any given time in effort to be prepared for any given scenario – I’d like to say that this will be a temporary close. But the reality is, I just don’t know what the future holds with regard to the etsy shop, farmer’s markets or pop-up shops, or art/craft sales.
I’ve struggled the past two years to really define what exactly I’m doing with regard to the merchandise portion of the lark collective (this blog space being the other half, if you will) – I’ve had no long or short-term business plan, I’m still not convinced that baby onesies and greeting cards are a fiscally sustainable small business endeavor, I don’t really know what my goals are, and I’ve struggled to even answer the question of “why I do this anyway?” … or even the question of “do I like doing this?”
So, I think a break is timely.
And to be honest, it felt good to gather up all of my lark supplies, products, and paraphernalia and pack them away in a Rubbermaid in the basement.
I’m moving into a new season here (that feels like a royal understatement), and I like the physical act of making space for what this new season will bring (hey there baby and all your baby gear!) and how it mirrors the internal process to do likewise.
While I’m attempting to hold things loosely and set aside expectations for these next few months, I’m also praying for the courage to examine and be honest with myself about what I really value, how I spend my time, what my/our goals really are – and to move closer to these things.
Hormones notwithstanding, I think a significant life event is prime time for reevaluation like this.
So, perhaps you’ll see the shop return to business as usual, or perhaps you won’t.
Regardless – I’m thankful for all the support and patronage over there!