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Why I Decided To Start A Store

I am terrible at self-promotion.

I never want come off as aggressive or sleazy, although my bank statements suggest doing something strange for a lil’ piece of change.

Just kidding.


I’ve been going on about my shop on Facebook (mostly my personal account), the newsletter, and Instagram, but I hadn’t made an official announcement here. Primarily due to being swamped in deadlines, then there was fear, and not being sure if I would continue the shop past the holidays. I had planned to still have a shop under a new name, but not one linked to this blog. I’ve been brainstorming on changing things up around here. Each year, I always find myself at a crossroads where I struggle with what I really want to do in this space vs what the bills make me do. And usually, the bills win and I lose focus. In 2017, I cannot lose focus.

For the past few years, I’ve found myself missing being a shop owner. Before the kids were born, Daddy G and I had an eBay store and I absolutely loved it. More on that here. After doing this blogging thing for fourteen years and finding myself burnt-out and uneasy for the past nine, I decided that it was time for me to get back to something that I absolutely loved.

Truth moment.

Anxiety is a beast and it’s something I’ve struggled with since childhood. In the past two years, anxiety has had a recurrent role in my life manifesting in more debilitating physical symptoms. My biggest trigger? Too many commitments relating to this blog. It’s hard to admit this because I’ve felt that doing so would lead to the demise of my sponsored partnerships and readership. Why work with someone who has these issues? Why read or follow someone who’s almost always stressed while writing and sharing pretty bits of her life?

I’m also a real person with real emotional needs, connecting with real people. So there. It’s out. I’m not loving this blog life and I have to find my way back to enjoying it again. There’s no fun in always having to do this (when my brain is already fried), worrying about that, and having zero time for hobbies or free time. I’m tired of feeling trapped, worrying, and being a grouch. So in an effort to come up for air and also breathe more fun into this blog, and connect with you all… I’m doing less sponsored stuff and pouring into the shop instead.

Noooow on to the fun stuff.

Get yours, now!

Hide ya kids, hide ya wives, she’s trying to sell us something! Ruuun!

Being that winter’s a tough time for many of us (SAD anyone?), I want to have a little fun. Winter is so not my jam. If I could have my way, we’d live in Florida or some sunshiny island. But that’s not happening right now, so I want to send you or a friend some happy mail – a Surprise Care Package! This project will allow me to exercise my creativity and hopefully put a smile on your faces! Let’s kick the winter blues, together!

In this surprise care package you’ll receive a fabulous bag at a discount and five or more surprise goodies that I know you’ll LOVE!

I’ll be placing a bulk order for the totes and supplies THIS FRIDAY (1/20). The original cutoff date was 1/14, but I wanted to give you ALL a chance to order. As soon as that shipment arrives, I’ll mail off your beautiful bag along with your surprises! I’ll be documenting what I can on Instagram without giving too much away!

What you get in this package:

  • Essential tote (5 colors available) at $10 off!
  • 5+ additional surprise gifts (you’ll love them)!
  • 15% off for sharing a photo or quick video of your package!

I’m doing this for a few reasons:

  • I want you to experience a uniquely wrapped Sophistishe order.
  • I want to build inventory and supplies, so that I can hand pack and ship as much as possible – because I love doing it!
  • Social proof will help me grow and offer more products and special discounts!

Help me beat the winter blues and grow by ordering a Surprise Care Package! I can’t wait to spend a weekend putting them all together while binging on YouTube videos!

As a reminder, everything ships FREE at Sophistishe! You can always come back and order additional items without worrying about an additional shipping fee. If you’d like for me to include additional items with your care package, let me know and I’ll see what I can do! I can also include a custom note if sending to a friend.

Thanks for your support!

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