Photo Friday: Grateful for New Beginnings

I think I can, I think I can...

It's been a pretty momentous week around here.

After nearly twelve years of business, I am moving on from Winters Distributing. Plus, my new pattern, Just Plain Mittens, will finally be released tomorrow! *happy dance*

Remember in January, when I said I wanted to be writing full-time by October? Well, I am writing and teaching piano, but as far as working myself out of my other business selling saddle pads?

I did it! 

Even as late as the end of September, I didn't know if it was going to be feasible. When I ran the numbers and realized it was, I was still terrified of taking that risk. After all, Winters Distributing has been my job for almost as long as has being a mother. It's come with me through three major moves, and I have rarely ever closed the doors even to go on vacation.

During the past week, as the last orders were filled and I no longer had to spend the first and last parts of my day doing "business stuff" for WD, it's been a strange (and wonderful!) feeling. Honestly, I am so excited about how much more productive I will be as a writer without having to deal with "left brain" stuff first thing. (And probably a better housekeeper, too! Lol.)

It's also gratifying that all my years of hard work will not be lost into the ether. 5 Star Equine Products, my supplier for all these years, has purchased the business from me and is in the process of getting the stores ready to re-open under the updated brand and information. They will be keeping the "Winters Distributing" business name for now, so my little contribution to the equine tack industry will stay alive in some way.

And now, I get to focus on my writing and knitting design careers, just like I wanted. Plus, I am really enjoying getting to teach music again. All in all, this is a good change for me.

How about you? Are you still moving toward your goal? Did you do something to get you closer today? Are you facing a risky move? If so, I hope you take the wisest, but not necessarily the safest, course. Dreams are seldom achieved without taking risks.

Happy Friday, friends! May your weekend be filled with joy and adventure!