Thursday, September 11, 2014

LONG TIME NO BLOG // Update + discount code

Whoa. It almost feels unnatural to be back on here. Like forever has passed since I've paid any attention to this place I used to consider my safe haven. I feel the urge to apologize, as I know so many of you followed my blog regularly, but feel quite silly actually doing so. 

If you follow my personal Instagram account (@radandrebellious) then you're well aware of the fact that I finally took the leap and created an apparel line. What started as a silly dream I never thought stood a chance, has truly exceeded my expectations as well as many others. In a short two months I've gained a following of nearly 4,000 incredible supporters. 4,000 people from across the globe that are helping my dreams come true more and more with each passing day. 4,000 people that believe in me and all that I can accomplish. As I've thanked them all numerous times, I still feel as if I owe them SO much for helping Rad and Rebellious Apparel get to the place it's at today. 

I posted a photo earlier today of Jonah and myself, laying cuddled in our bed. I mentioned how those moments are so very rare these days, and that I hope one day he grows to know that everything I do is for him. For us. 

I jumped into this whole owning a business thing with no knowledge whatsoever of how tough it would be to keep it afloat. To do it ALL on my own. From emails, to designs, marketing, to listing the items, purchasing tags, packaging, labeling, shipping. ALL of it is being done with my two hands. I don't have a business degree or any experience in graphic design.. Heck, I don't even own a computer at the moment. I'm building an empire using only my tired frazzled mom brain & iPhone 5s. Most days my head feels as if it'll explode into a million pieces, and to be quite honest, I'm a little afraid that the chances of putting it back together will be unlikely if it does. Today I took a shower that lasted longer than 2 minutes and it almost felt like a luxury. I've completely forgotten what it feels like to get dolled up and feel pretty. With my mind racing a million miles a minute all day, everyday, it's hard to dedicate any time to myself and to Jonah. 

I see Rad and Rebellious succeeding and can't help but be overwhelmed with joy, but as I too, see my everyday life being compromised so drastically in the process I can't help but feel guilt. I'm at a point in my business where I can confidently say it's going places, meaning I can no longer put off learning how to juggle my time. 

With everything going on, can you see how blogging got put on the back burner? I contemplated doing it all, but quickly realized it would lead me to insanity if I did. My mind is tired. My body is tired. I'm just, tired. But even if given the chance to, I wouldn't change a thing. Feelint tired is natural, and I would much rather be dead tired from doing way TOO much than to be tired from doing nothing at all. 

At the end of the day I can say that despite the struggles I've faced and the ones I've yet to face, I do what I love and I love what I do. Below is only a small handful of reasons why. 

If you read through this extra lengthy ramble + update, thank you. You're all SO appreciated & trust me when I say, no kind comment, order, follow, repost or well wish goes unnoticed. xx

If anything in the shop catches your eye, enjoy 10% off with code, "STAYRAD" at check-out.