Happy April!

March is done with.. finally. Normally I like March, but this year.. it was just full of ups and downs… and more ups and downs that it has left me utterly exhausted. I don’t even really know where my head is right now, however I have the need to just write it out. So here it is…

Some of you may remember that I wrote a blog post about how I was going to be working with and purchasing my own horse. I never wrote a full blog post on this, but this was a life long dream, with so many emotions attached to it. However, this is no longer happening due to reasons I can not discuss here. It was something completely out of my control, and had nothing to do with me or my family. It just ended that is wasn’t meant to be I guess. However this has weighed very heavily on me… and even a month later after finding out, I am still having a hard time accepting it. And that is all I will write about that…

At the begging of the month we also had Birthdays. Endless birthdays. Mine, Elisabeth’s, friends, family… so many birthdays that we were really business for a couple of weeks just celebrating birthdays.

Elisabeth has also dropped her after school program, which as her home 2 hours earlier than before. That itself is not an issue, just a new arrangement in work schedules to figure it out. She also started dance one day a week. We also had her annual school party this month, and Sean and I attended dinner and a comedy show with his work. Also somewhere in all the busy chaos we added a new member of the family:

This is Emil, our new puppy. He is a Doxie, Biewer Terrier mix. More about him another time…

So the middle of the month was busy, but full of mostly happy things. However March ended quite stressful for me, as my business Mini Backdrops, took an uncharacteristic dive in sales. I should mention it did not do poorly in general, however compared to the month before it did worse. There are issues with this, as some bills don’t come up until the month after, and if sales are not equal to or better than the month before this causes quite a bit of a headache as far as money goes. Currently I am not sure what to make of it. Realistically, my sales were slight less than what the should have been for March, if my business grows at a proper, manageable rate. However the last 5 months my business was growing at a stupidly high rate, which sounds awesome.. however it isn’t if things slow down too quickly, like it did this month. This has me super stressed, and all I can really do is see what happens in April. Perhaps it is just the business balancing out.. perhaps spring break had something to do with it. There seemed to be a bit of bounce back at the end of the month.. so we will see.

I was also in the midst of launching a new Instagram consulting business… however endless issues in getting the design work finished, and then getting the tax issue set up and costing money to do so, in combination with a crappy month in sales and left me deflated with it, and ultimately deciding to scrap it. It is a difficult decision to make, as I put quite of bit of money into it, and it could have been a good thing.

But that brings me to something I have been considering over the last couple of weeks. I have been considering restarting the photography business again. If I am going to be honest…. I miss it, and I miss the customers. I did look into what it would cost to rent a place downtown… but after much consideration and discussion with Sean, that just isn’t an option right now. However, if I do relaunch, then I want to do it properly, which means a proper re-do of the studio here at the house to make it work better. That means I need to come up with some money, which means a loan of some sorts. So that is what is on my mind at the moment… If I want to loan the money… it feels like a risk since money is always an issue. But I don’t think I can launch the photography business without it. But I do think having Mini Backdrops and the photography business running will put us in a better spot financially in the long run… Decisions…

So that was March… I also forget to mention that for the last week and a half I have had a soar throat/fever and a wisdom tooth coming in, making me feel just splendid…

Here is hoping for an upswing in April.