December 22, 2014

a Look Back on 2014


Before we start looking ahead to the new year - and I can't even tell you how excited I am for 2015 and the new things we have planned! - I thought I would reflect back on this past year and tell you a bit of biggish news that is happening in my life. More often than not I try to keep as much highly personal emotion out of my blog as possible, meaning, I try to keep the negative silenced here and only focus on the positive. This has been the hardest year for that. I've been through a lot, both professionally and personally, during the course of 2014.

I have learned that owning a business is not an overnight sensation - meaning you're not instantly a great business owner just because you own your own business. It draws heavily on both your strengths and preys equally on your weaknesses. It illuminates weak spots in your character and in your life. You also learn so much about yourself as a business owner. I've had to answer some really tough questions this year. I have also come to realize the importance of truly following your heart, even when it means closing the door on an old dream.

And here is where one chapter closes. The mister and I have decided to close the storefront portion of A Fashionable Stitch. We are doing this in favor of something else that is to come (much more on this soon, I promise). I personally, have found that I'm not a shop girl. More to the point, I really don't dig working (or owning) retail. After an entire year of trying to suppress this inner truth it was time to let it out, let it be known and also re-design my vision of my future. You should know that this won't affect the online shop (the online shop is now closed) - we're still going to be selling fabric, notions and supplies there. Yes, the online store is still a thing and we have some really exciting new things lined up for it this year! (I'm so excited to tell you about it!!!) But my brick and mortar storefront is being put to rest (a positively morbid thought when I really think about). As of today, we're closing the doors on our retail fabric storefront. We have something new and exciting planned to take over in the same brick and mortar space beginning in January.

I'm not sad. Well, OK, fine. Maybe a very small part of me is sad because I've wanted to be a shop owner for so long and I got to and I found out that it's just not me and so, a small part of me is a little melancholy. But more than anything, I'm relieved. My soul is letting out a long, year long, sigh right now as I type. For the first time, in a year, I feel positive. That feels really, really good and dare I say, on the right track for future things. Here's to you 2014 and the many wonders and self knowledge you have unlocked. I'm glad 2015 is just around the bend.

And before the holiday gets away from us, the mister and I wish you a very merry on your holiday this year. Thank you all for reading my blog. It means so much to me! I hope I inspire and help you out on your sewing journey. I do so love this interaction! All my best wishes to you and yours this season!
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31 comments

  1. Sunni, big congrats on making a difficult decision and doing the right thing for you and your business. It must have been a scary decision to make - I have so much admiration for you for following your heart. I can't wait to see what you have planned for 2015! xx

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  2. you are right to let the shop go before it bites you! Looking forward to hear more on the new venture and sending seasons greetings to you and yours.

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  3. That was beautifully written. My very best wishes for you in 2015! I look forward to reading your blog in the new year.

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  4. I'm glad that you are following your best instincts and altering your aspirations to fit what you want out of life. That's so important, and I might add, WISE. I think owning any independent storefront is an exceedingly difficult thing to do these days. I am excited for your new plans, whatever they may be. Happy Holidays to you and the Mister. Bring on 2015!

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  5. Best of luck with your new adventures, Sunni! As you very eloquently stated, you have to follow your heart and do what's best for you, and I'm glad you're content with your decision. Life is hard sometimes, but it's how we choose to deal with hardships that defines us in the end. Your blog followers are supporting you, as always. Happy holidays!

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  6. Ah, the New Year! May it be good for you. Sometimes in life it is absolutely necessary to make major changes. I used to laugh because I have more or less lived on a 5 year cycle. On occasion someone would ask how I had experienced so many different experiences in a long career, my answer was essentially a 5 year plan. I always wanted to own a storefront but fortunately discovered that it just would not work out. Only you know what is best for you and your family. My best wishes and hope that your new venture e a great success.

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  7. I believe, Part of finding your dream is growing with it through accepting the inevitable but never letting it go. Bet you are actually sighing with relief somewhere inside yourself?
    This time next year you will look back and think ahhh that was just the beginning...lots and lots of luck to you and Merry Christmas to you and yours I am a newbie to your blog but have enjoyed reading....bestest daisy j x

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  8. Best of luck Sunni! I'm glad you were able to make the right decision for you. Can't wait to see what you do next!

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  9. I think 2014 has been a hard year for a lot of people, but I'm very glad to hear you have positive plans soon to come to fruition. Take it easy on yourself, rest, rediscover the joy. You have been a brave woman. Life has shown me time and again that the seeds of happiness are often unwittingly being sewn in the midst of misery. I look forward to seeing your happy face in 2015!

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  10. I love your site, your shop and your honesty. I just got done writing a post on how I need to reevaluate my business plan. It's tough to face down the fact that what you wanted may not really be what makes you happy. It's just part of the journey I guess. I still love sewing but tweaking my business is important so I remain happy. Isn't that why we are doing it in the first place?
    Best wishes in your new adventure, can't wait to read about it!

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  11. Think that at you had the chance at trying that. It's ok if you didn't like it as much as you expected. You can focus now on new dreams :)

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  12. Don't be sad. You gave a dream life which is a good thing. Think of all the wonderful things you've learned about yourself along the way. Some dreams don't feed us the way we believed they would and drain us instead. You never would have known that if you hadn't given it a try.

    Now go put those creative talents to work and find the joy in your life.
    Ramona

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  13. So glad you were able to accept that you aren't loving a retail shop and are moving on....and I'm quite curious to see what is coming next!

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  14. Following what's truly in your heart even when it's different than expectations - even your own - is so important. I'm so excited to see what's to come!

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  15. I'm reminded of that Dalai Lama quote: "Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck." Have a great holiday, Sunni. Looking forward to what's in store for 2015!

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  16. Best of luck to you in 2015! I'm not sorry to see 2014 go either. I'm excited to see what is in the cards for you next!

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  17. Because the internet doesn't have overhead like a retail shop, it's hard making brick and mortar successful. I admire your ability to know when to close one door and open another. It takes guts and courage. Wishing you and the mister a prosperous 2015!

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  18. It's good to make difficult decisions and know you've made the right one! Well done and good luck in 2015 with your new venture. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  19. Sunni,
    This is my first time commenting and I have already been a customer of your shop. I want to thank you for sharing your wisdom, for inspiring new sewers, for selling awesome fabric that is just beautiful to behold. Thank you for taking the time to write insightful details of the products you sell, they help so much. Thank you for being honest and above all thank you for following your dreams! Merry XMas!!!

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  20. Thank you for your honesty and for sharing. I think sometimes the best way to find out if something is right for you is to give it a shot. I'm so glad you are keeping your online store open, and I look forward to whatever you are up to in the future!

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  21. Best wishes to you in the new year. I have a feeling that 2015 is going to be an epic year for a lot of folks. I am looking forward to what you will bring to us as I know it will be grand

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  22. Best wishes for 2015 as you follow a different path! Can't wait to hear your new plans.

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  23. Hi Sunni,

    I am so happy to hear that you are setting your sights to something you will truly love doing. Excited to see what you have in store!

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  24. I'm happy you're following your heart and super excited to see what the new year brings for you Sunni!

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  25. I had the pleasure of stopping by your shop a few months ago and it was a beautiful little place. I'm sure you are turning it into something equally as beautiful. Happy Holidays!

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  26. I don't post comments nearly as often as I should, but I wanted to say that I LOVED this post! No matter what you do, just know that you are inspiring others (*raises hand*) as we follow our dreams along with you. Happy New Year!

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  27. Sunni, I am so relieved for you. Even though you didn't say anything overtly negative on the blog, I could tell that the stress of owning a retail store was really getting to you and sapping your energy and joy. I grew up with my parents owning a business and I've seen the mental and emotional toll it takes. It's not worth hanging onto something just because it's what you *thought* you wanted at one time.
    I'm so excited to see what you have in store for 2015! I don't live in SLC, but I'm still dying to know what you'll turn the shop into! I hope you have a relaxing break over the next few weeks.

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  28. I'm glad you're not sad Sunni,but I am as your shop looked so nice!
    You are so talented and a great teacher as I saw from your Craftsy class, I know your new secret venture will be great.
    Wishing you the best for the New Year!
    J

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  29. Kudos for following your dreams. You never know til you try. All the best.

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  30. Good on you for making a difficult decision and lots of luck and success for the new venture in 2015!

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  31. Hi Sunni! I know it takes a lot of patience with yourself and guts to make those kind of radical choices. And yet there is a sigh of relief. I have always loved your blog and style and wish you all the best in your new adventures!

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