12 months. 12 updates. 12 times I publicly reflected on this sweet lil thing called Snoots in Cahoots. A whole year of acknowledging the goodness, the difficulties, the confusion, the patience, the adventure of owning a small business. I want to use this final update to re-introduce myself, more than I have in the past months. Think of it as an invitation to a virtual coffee date. Except there’s no coffee and I’m controlling the entire conversation. So this is also an invitation for you to comment after you’re finished reading, lol.

December did not have much to share, in terms of business advances. We did not have the best sales month, I slacked on advertising, and I wasn’t even in the office for a large portion of it. I tend to get overwhelmed around this time of year and it expresses itself in my motivation or lack thereof. Anyway, as I look back on the year and what has been accomplished, I feel proud. And excited. And I want to triple that in 2020. I want to be able to take ownership of the words “hard work”, and see the results. I used to be all into choosing a word for the new year and sticking with it, but in all honesty, I usually forget my word by the time April comes around or I find something else and think that’s my word for a few more months. So, not a word for 2020, but a lifestyle adjustment. Actually, that’s just it: action. Taking action. This doesn’t just apply to Snoots, but to my life in general.

I have big, life-sized dreams. I love to dream. I imagine myself in different futures all the time, with all of my hobbies and aspirations floating around, creating and doing and living and thriving. I get stuck in my daydreams, sometimes. But dreams are not reality, because reality requires action. Dreams soak up all the rewards of accomplishment and growth without actually experiencing the strength, determination, and perseverance it takes to get there. But if I’ve retained anything from the past 21 years of my life, it’s that the best things take time and patience, as well as honest, good work and a grateful heart for the highs and the hardships. Going through inventory this year has kicked my butt, but being organized has given me a deeper appreciation for our business and for the world of retail. Several times over the year I found myself getting carried away without regard for the time while doing inventory, seeing a huge accomplishment unfold right in front of my eyes. It’s a boring concept, sure, but the little things add up. They remind us of why we do anything in the first place. Why we started a business. Why I work part-time. Why organic cotton and healthy living matter so much. Why conscious commerce is founded in love with innocent undertones of striving to save the world in something as simple as a bodysuit. Even writing a short blog once a month has consistently left me with so much joy, putting into words exactly what has been going on, or what hasn’t been going on sometimes, lol. Each day is special and brand new. Taking a half-hour to slow down and recognize the life that’s been lived and explored in just 30-ish days welcomed an unusual peace to my heart. I really recommend it to anyone.

The Lord has given me so much. He has placed the opportunity right in front of me. He knows exactly what’s going to happen to Snoots, to me, to the future. And despite my lack of motivation sometimes and my inability to conquer my frequent faithless thoughts, He gives me chance after chance to keep this baby afloat. I believe that I am exactly where I should be. I believe everything at this moment is as it was always intended to be, in the struggle and in triumph. Perfectly chaotic. Beautifully broken. Hopeful and bright-eyed.

I want to thank those of you that have kept up with my monthly updates over the year, or if this is your first one, thank you for being here. Life gets crazy, it is crazy. We assume everything will always work out, and it will, but it’s not from anything we can concoct. I want to take action this year because I think it’s one of the best expressions of gratitude. I’m so grateful for Snoots in Cahoots and I’m so grateful God chose me to be a character in this story. I’m grateful for my parents and their unconditional support, through all the tears and anxiety and the excitement and wins. I’m so grateful for Danielle and how our personalities complement each other’s, our business knowledge has grown, and how our friendship has become something I will cherish for the rest of my life, even though I know I drive her mad like a little sister who won’t grow up. I’m grateful for the flexibility I have with both of my jobs. As someone who can’t ever know exactly what she wants, being able to make my own schedule gives me the freedom that I never knew I needed. The good more than outweighs the bad.

And I am so grateful for all of you. I’ve learned a lot over the past few years, and my twenties are going to benefit from it. The community, the new connections, the reignited friendships, any and all forms of encouragement, every little bit of it. Thank you. I pray for wisdom in my future steps, big and small. God’s plan for my life is far better than one I could devise and it’s time to take action and live it. Ask. Abide. Act. Here’s to a decade of high anticipation and goals, and a decade of blessings to you, your dreams, and God’s plan for you. Love you guys. Happy 2020, happy new year, happy everything. See you in a month !!

XO,

Marianne

(In true MJ fashion, I have to end this year with a deuces. Please enjoy my best selfie from 2019. Over and out.) 

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