It has been forever since I have blogged so I wanted to update you all on what's been going on around here.

Work has gotten crazy busy, there have been photoshoots, filling orders, and getting new designs ready to list! There is so much more coming up that I cannot wait to share with you! 

 

My husband and I just returned from a great week in Cancun, Mexico. We stayed at the same resort we spent our honeymoon at five years ago, read lots of books, took naps on the beach, and for a good part of the time just did nothing. 

It was our first time away from the little guy (special shout out to awesome family and friends who took great care of him for us!) and I was surprised at how much I wished we could have brought him with us. But the truth is, as much as we missed him, we needed that time for just us. Life has been crazy here in the Coats' household for the past two years. My husband was just one and a half semesters into a very intensive Bachelors program when the little guy was born. Between his full-time school, juggling sometimes two jobs, and a clinical rotation, my adjusting to this new life as a mommy, and running a creative business, we rarely saw or had time for each other. This trip was a little of a stretch for us financially, but we wanted to invest time back into our marriage after his graduation. We are firm believers that even the strongest of marriages need a little bit of romance now and then, so we went for it and had a blast. 

The time away was not only good for us personally, but it gave me a chance to unplug from the day to day of running a business. My husband kept his phone on so that we would be available to our babysitters, so I was thankfully able to remain tech free for nearly the entire week. With that bit of freedom, I was able to focus and reflect on my goals for Beloved Paper and my short and long term goals. 

I have a few more things to work out before I share my upcoming plans, but I am so, so excited about them. These new goals really encompass both my and my husband's hearts. And although my fear has, as it so often does, hindered me in the past from running with this, we have prayerfully decided to move forward and trust God in a huge way.

I cannot wait to share more! But, until then, look for the blessing in today and be that blessing for someone else.

Blessings!