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I cannot believe we are celebrating our 4th anniversary this month! This sounds ridiculously corny & I'm ok with that but, where has the time gone??
I started Love Struck soon after college when I was working part time & had fallen in love with sewing. I didn't have a real plan or a real vision though. It was something I figured I'd start because I had the time & I was hungry to make a million things. I had always known owning my own business was a dream of mine, but never did I think that this was the type of business I'd own.
But now 4 years later and I couldn't imagine not having Love Struck as a major part of my life. I still don't have the most crystal clear vision or perfect plan & that's something I actually kind of love. I have learned that being a business owner means you need to be open to everlasting changes & compromises- even if those compromises are with yourself.
Without being open to change, or willing to make drastic changes, I would have never adapted my business to become solely custom order based. That was such a huge transition for me to make last year. I eliminated creating & constantly stocking inventory and trying to find shows and events to set up a table at local events.
Being a vendor at an event has so many pros and so many cons. I loved getting out there, meeting customers & talking to them. That in person conversation & interaction is something that I enjoy doing. But being a vendor has its risks too, what if nobody comes or nobody buys anything?
It was such a relief when I made the change knowing that I can spend more time on personalizing my orders & expanding the things I create. I enjoy not having to try to figure out what items I need to restock & how many I need to restock them with. The relief is when I knew that a custom based business was perfect for me.
I’m super proud of where we are right now, all the things we have accomplished, pushing outside of our comfort zone & there have been many days when it hasn’t been easy. I’m so happy that we’re celebrating these happy years & are continuing on better than ever!
To celebrate this awesome year, we’re having a crazy month filled with awesome sales! Check it out because every few days the sale changes at our online store here on our website! At our Etsy shop, all month you’ll get free shipping if you use the code! Happy shopping & thanks for being Love Struck!!
First off, let's begin with the update on my measurements. I do need to get a little better with taking them on a more regular basis, but regardless there have been improvements over the past few months. I've lost roughly a total of 10 inches between all of my below measurements! I'm definitely proud about this but I know I want to continue with focusing on eating better, which some days is difficult, and keep on running!
I do feel a difference in my clothes, especially my jeans. I'm exited to keep working towards fitting back into my size 8s which is still a ways to go but I know it'll happen! I'm feeling better, I have more energy & I just feel good compared to the end of last year. That to me is huge.
Last week was not a stellar eating week. PMS took over & when I'm PMSing & feel like I need to be fed, you better feed me! So this week I really need to focus on what I'm eating and next month, I need to be stronger than my PMS! ( Ladies, you know what I'm talking about!)
I also, experienced my first real runners stitch last week. I had gotten to the track & was just so frustrated with things outside of running. I had so much on my mind and really took to my run to get all of my annoyance off my mind.
And this proved to be great in some ways. I mean, I rocked that first mile. I hit an awesome stride & ran my quickest mile for me, 11:17. But because I was so focused on what was going on outside the track, I wasn't focusing on what I was doing on the track. I was breathing, but not well; honestly I wasn't even focusing on breathing.
Then it hit me. That intense pain on my right side. I mean, it was painful. I had to stop and google what I should even do. I stretched it out, I breathed deeply and it started to go away. So the rest of my run alternated between walking and running every lap or so. It was that kick in the ass that I do need to focus on how I'm breathing & focusing when I'm running. I don't want to have another one of those babies again!
Last week, I also decided to make the switch from running on the track to running in the neighborhood. I was starting to get bored running around in circles & I began to felt like it was hindering me. I knew I could run about 1.25 miles without stopping & on the track, I could easily track this. But I stopped pushing myself to see if I could run maybe 1.5 miles without stopping.
Moving into the neighborhood was nice but it was an adjustment. My first day was awful, I really felt like I had regressed. I could barely run, I was so out of breath & I have no idea what happened. But each run got better. What I found about running on the road compared to the track, is there are so many other factors to think about. There are bumps in the road (literally), at times I was running on a slight incline which really makes a difference and I had to worry about cars! But I liked this so much more!
On my latest run, I was even more proud of myself. I'm still figuring out how to make the run in the neighborhood 3.1 miles, I'm getting closer. But what I like about running on the road, is I have no idea how far I'm running, unlike on the track. I stopped for a moment on my last run to catch my breath & to look both ways before crossing the road, and I checked my Map My Run app too see where I was at, and I had run... wait for it...
...2.2 miles! That was a light jog, without stopping! But my time per mile had improved from the days earlier!
My goal for the 5K in May is to run it without stopping & to run a 10 minute mile. I'm definitely improving from when I started training in January. I mean, just 2 months ago I couldn't even run a quarter of a mile & now I can run roughly a 12:30 minute mile. I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm excited to do it!
Here's to another week! Especially with the weather starting to feel like spring!
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!