WOW!! It’s been a long time since my last post! Almost a year in fact. But I’ve been kinda missing blogging lately, and so I figured I’d do another post. This one to sort of fill in the gaps of where we’ve been in the past 9 months.
Well, for starters, I launched a photography business, The Lovely Days Photography!
The Withers’ for The Lovely Days Photography
It’s been a lot of fun and a great way to combine my love of families and photography. I was blessed from the beginning with some really great clients who’ve passed on a few nice referrals. Although, it hasn’t morphed into a full on replacement to my day job, it has been profitable, and, even better, has given me some great exposure into what it’s really like to own and market a small business.
Also, James and I developed and sold a brand new product on Amazon! It’s called the Precious Tummies re-useable food pouch.
Boy! Talk about an adventure! We did everything from research the market for them, to find the manufacturer, manage the design of the graphics & the packaging, do quality control and inventory management, create the website, launch the product, perform constant customer service and follow up (both good and bad), and manage our own the accounting. Unfortunately, in the end, we had some quality issues with the pouches, and so we had to take the listing down. But wow! We learned so much both professionally and personally, that it was definitely worth it.
James lost his grandmother, uncle, and father. I didn’t write much about it on this blog, but with the loss of Grandma Mary in August 2013…
We Love You, Grandma Mary!
… Uncle Wilson in October 2013…
We Love You, Uncle Wilson!
… and his father, Ollie James Williams in November 2013…
We Love You, Mr. Williams!
… it was a tough holiday season for us. In a lot of ways our family is still healing from the losses, but we know that each of them is smiling down on us and sending blessings from above.
The biggest of those blessings being, WE PAID OFF OUR HOUSE!!!
It’s OUR Home!!
It was a goal we’d been working toward for a while, and every opportunity we got we put a little more into the house fund. Then, with the help of Precious Tummies and James’ internet marketing business, we walked into a bank one afternoon, and got the last check!
It is still just sinking in, and there are no words to express how grateful we are to GOD for this and all of His blessings on us.
Finally, I got a promotion! Originally I was doing sales and customer service a the flower shop I work at, and that has since transformed into a position in Outside Sales. I now manage the creation of the new website and all social media and email marketing, in addition to networking for new business and managing the wedding department. Most days it’s emails, phone calls, meetings, and posts, but some days it means getting to dress up like this and go to parties, which is fun.
Ready to Work!
So if you were wondering where we’ve been, that’s it in a nutshell. Also, below is a gallery of more photos from the past 9 months to get you fully caught up on where we are now. Enjoy!