We’re only 12 days into 2016, and we can already tell it’s going to be an interesting year. We launched our business Letterfolk at the end of October, and life hasn’t slowed down since. We still haven’t even had a chance to get to our New Year’s resolutions! Isn’t the whole point to start them on January 1st? But no, we refuse to believe that. And we actually do have several resolutions, financial and otherwise, that we’ve talked about, but we just haven’t gotten them down on paper yet. So that’s still to come!
In the meantime, we wanted to give a little update on self-employment, life, and where OFB fits into that mix.
So first, self-employment! Whew, it’s a lot of work! It’s definitely more work and stress than we imagined it would be. On the flip side, it’s been really fun to watch our business grow and receive such a great response. We’re doing all we can to manage it all, which has meant hiring some part-time help and looking into warehouse space for our little biz. Even still, we’ve been kind of surprised by how steep the learning curve is for starting your own business. There’s just so much to balance and so much to look into to make sure you’ve got your you-know-what together. Johnny’s in almost-daily communication with our accountant, and we’re just trying hard to run a business that would make us happy if we were our own customers.
The days kind of blur into each other, and most weeks we’re averaging 4-6 hours of sleep per night. And then there’s the crazy rush nights when we restock where we’re up until 3 or 4am, which leads to major caffeine binging. Right before Christmas, we were getting so little sleep that I kept falling asleep during the day as we packaged stuff. And at night sometimes I’ll be talking to Johnny as we’re both sitting on the couch on our computers, and he’ll just suddenly be asleep. It’s kind of funny in an unbelievable way. In short, we’re working hard right now. And we really wouldn’t have it any other way. We love looking forward to Mondays, we love calling the shots, and we love that we’re doing it together. And if being tired is the price we have to pay right now, so be it.
With two young kids, there’s never a dull moment. I remember hearing people with multiple kids talk about how they never got an uninterrupted night’s sleep, and I’d inwardly scoff and think, “Well, when I’m a parent, that will never happen.” Well, it’s happened! And it’s still happening! Winnie just finished cutting her first tooth, which meant she was waking up several times a night for over a week. And before that both girls had terrible colds that had them coughing for two weeks straight. And before that Sally was really into waking up at 1:00 a.m. for a bathroom break. Last night was the best night I’ve had in a while, and I still woke up once at 4:30 because Winnie wanted an early morning snack. So nighttime is rough! During the day, both girls are watched about 10 hours per week, and we try to fill the rest of the time with at least one of us giving them our undivided attention. Sally recently turned three, and she’s really into playing pretend, especially reenacting Christmas morning dozens of times a day. Winnie is standing up, holding onto furniture and is even beginning to take a few steps while holding on. Between keeping our girls fed, clothed, and well-loved, we’ve definitely got our hands full in that department.
And finally, OFB! We plan to continue posting regularly and getting in a good groove this year that works with our schedule. We’ve talked about where OFB fits in or whether we have time for OFB right now. And while our time is limited, we can’t imagine a life without OFB. And, let’s be honest, it’s a great way to keep us on track financially and hold us to our financial goals, especially now that our income is so unpredictable with our business. So for mostly selfish reasons, we’re gonna continue to update and post helpful financial information on here. And hopefully we can finally get around to figuring out our resolutions (financial and otherwise) for 2016 and share those.
So that’s us 12 days into 2016. How are the first few weeks of 2016 looking for you?