Exactly one year ago today, Paper Ave went live as a business and showcased a few gift wrap embellishment items in the form of a wreathe and gift tags. The focus was mainly on craft paper flowers, with a small selection of crepe paper peonies. When we rolled around to 2016, the business began to evolve and started focusing more on crepe paper flowers. Peonies, ranunculus, cherry blossoms, wild blooms, billy buttons, roses, colors, techniques, bouquets, arrangements, styling and photography.
Today marks a milestone both for the business and for myself as a girl boss and I wanted to dedicate some time to reflect on this 365 day journey thus far. From Samantha Dunne's Wrap It (Festive Edition) project with 50 of my gift tags that were individually created, wrapped and packaged that made it through all parts of the world as well as becoming a sponsor of the Wrap It project, to markets at the Old Town Night Market and the Festival of Arts in North Park with The Bash Boutique and most recently 2 wedding projects that I hold near and dear to me. Not to mention the upcoming workshops and the Holiday Fair with Makers Arcade that I am ecstatic to be a part of these next few months. I've poured my heart and soul into this business of mines and could not be more happier and prouder in what it has grown into and am equally excited to see where it will go.
I thought I'd share a few things that I have learned throughout these 12 months -
- The scariest part is often getting started. Don't be afraid of all the what if's. Have faith, be persistent and trust in what you do. When you do something from the heart, it'll show and grow from there.
- Always be true to who you are.
- Owning a business will have its ups, very ups, downs, and very downs. Know that you will get through it and the ups will be so rewarding and worthwhile of every bad moment you've ever had.
- Always remember to make time to do what makes YOU happy and nurturing your own soul. Take those extra breaks. Grab happy hour! Ride a bike! I promise you'll come back feeling so much better and become that much more productive afterwards.
- Practice gratitude. It's something that I've grown up with in my family and I definitely carry it through my own personal life and as a business woman.
- Set goals for yourself and be proactive. Dream big, then dream even bigger.
- Networking and building a group of friends who are also entrepreneurs in one way or another has made such a positive impact for me. Even if our business may be completely different, the amount of support from one another is priceless.
Thank you to all my family, friends, Tuesday Together San Diego group and fans for all your continuous support. I'll say it time and time again, that I would not be able to do this without you. Love you all. Cheers!