Saturday, December 2, 2017

Happy Holidays and Taking a Break

It is with mixed emotions that I am sending this message out today.  I have struggled with this decision and prayed for guidance on what to do.  I am not sure that I have gotten a definite answer, but with dwindling sales,  growing number of people unsubscribing from e-mail updates, a drop in customers coming to the shop, and just the stress of seeing the business struggle, I have decided to take some time off to take care of some things and really take a look at how I want to proceed in the near future.  I am going to take a hiatus from the business from December to April.  I plan to de-stress the best I can, get my health in order, get my house in order, devote more time to my aging parents and family, and then in April, re-visit what I need to do with this business.  Do I put more time and energy into it, do I go another direction with it or do I accept defeat and close it down?  Believe me, I understand that at some point, we all get to that realization that we do not need one more die or one more stamp...not to mention PAPER!!  It is amazing how it grows and grows!  Plus, as a small business, I cannot compete with places that offer coupons or huge sales on their products.  I am a one person operation.  I take the orders, place the orders, check in the orders, pull the orders, ship the orders, invoice the orders and post all the new stuff constantly being released.  I am pretty much a prisoner to my office 24/7 or so it feels sometimes.  That is the stressful part, but the most rewarding part of this business has been YOU.  I have loved getting the opportunity to talk to you on the phone, meeting you at my shop, and thru e-mails.  I have made such wonderful friends over these past few years and this has truly blessed me more than the monetary aspect of the business.  I have been able to use Joan's Gardens as a ministry many times.  Praying for people, encouraging people, helping people how ever I could and I in turn have been blessed and encouraged and prayed for also.  Thank you for all the cards that many of you have sent me over the years....I love that!   You have all been so kind and to all my loyal and constant customers, I am truly sorry.  Again, I do not know for sure what I am going to do, but just felt the need to fully enjoy the holidays and definitely get some things in order.  Many of you know that I have Type 2 Diabetes. Well, stress, lack of proper sleep, etc. have allowed it to wreak havoc on my health in several different areas.  I simply must address this and get it under control!  I have been researching and feel like I can reverse these effects through focus, diet and exercise and that is what I plan to do.  So with all that being said, may I ask for your prayers once again?  I feel a peace about this now, that I have not felt in the past, but still get a little emotional when I really sit and think about it.  I hope my dear friends will still keep in touch.  I will still keep the shop open for any that want to stop and shop  (just call ahead to make sure I am available), and I will  still have periodic SALES to try and move merchandise. May you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
And stay tuned for updates from me now and then,


Terri Urban


RitaR said...

Thank you for your wonderful Christian witness! May the Lord richly bless you and encourage you as you take this break. May He grant you improved health and much peace and happiness as you continue your journey with Him! Merry Christmas!! Love in Christ!

Unknown said...

Dear Terri,
I am so very sorry to hear that the stress of the business has affected your health. Do not feel bad about needing to take a break. We all need to do that once in a while and regroup or we would go nuts. While i personally would feel bad and miss you if you decided to go in another direction I would understand. It has been my pleasure being your customer and talking to you on the phone. You have helped me on more than one occasion, for which I am extremely greatful. Your Faith in the Lord will keep you strong ans He will lead you in the right direction. Please know that I will be thinking of and praying for you. II wish you and yours a joyous Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

I hope that the hiatus will re-energize you. I am so glad that I got to meet and talk to you on the phone and how you made it seem that my WI home was so close to you, if only in spirit. Have a Blessed Christmas. I can totally relate to your stress as I am facing my first Christmas without my dear husband, since he passed away last January.
Karen Knegten

Rebecca Ednie said...

So sorry this is happening to you. I hope you get everything sorted out really soon. The only thing I think that might be a factor is that the site is very hard to search. This may deter people from buying from a store that uses a blog to list merchandise. Hope to see you back healthy soon.

Catherine Kraft said...

Terri, so sorry to hear all that is going on. There are times to take a sabbatical. And it sounds like this is your time. I understand how hard it is to make a decision like this. I too, am praying about a decision, not knowing whether to continue with classes in my home, I use this as a ministry. Many times I have students that can't afford class or supplies and I share classes, stamps, supplies, etc.... allowing them to create.

I will be praying for you, for a healing touch with your diabetes, for a sweet Sabbath rest. And that you will be able to just concentrate on our Father. He'll direct you as to what he wants you to do. Taking time for family, especially parents. Treasure those times, take time to write stories they will share. I lost my Mom, Mother-in-law and my husbands biological Mom all in 5 months. There are so many times I wish I had asked my Mom things, written things down to treasure and share with my kids. Same on my husband's side.

All in all, don't feel guilty - feel free to heal, to treasure this time. I'll be praying and looking forward to seeing all our Heavenly Father has for you.

Blessings~~ Catherine

Eldora said...

The Lord will give you direction. Sometimes we have so much on us that we do need to step back and take a break. I think you're doing the right thing. You have beautiful things to offer. I wonder if ordering could be changed? I always felt like I was bothering you when I had to call in my order. Just a thought. God bless you and give you rest. Please come back in April

Chelsea said...

May God bless you with refreshment and a wonderful peace about His plan for your future. May your heart be full of His presence and may He grant you wisdom and joy for the things He has planned for you.

"Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you." Psalm 128:1-2

Camille said...

Some years ago I was as a point of desperation. Going through mail one day I saw a pocket calendar and tossed it to the "throw away" pile. When I did it flipped over. It read, "God gives the very best to those who leave the choice to Him." It gave me such a sense of peace. I hope this helps you, too. I will keep you in my prayers. You have been so very kind to me.

Karen in Florida said...

I'm sorry to hear about your health issues. I believe you are making the right choice to take some time off, since your health and your family are the most important. I wish you all the very best and hope everything works out the best for you. Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

terry said...

saturday is the 9th not the 8th for your sale