"It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end."
As 2017 comes to an end, I reflect back on the year we've had. Both in the Hattast-ique business and in our personal lives, we have seen a great many changes this past year.
For Hattast-ique, the greatest change has been expanding the team. We have the whole Malabad family working together. Between the five of us, Luke, Lisa, Charity, Zack and myself, we handle it all. As Hattast-ique expands, so do the responsibilities, and the different tasks that come along with that. Charity is the newest team member to the Hattast-ique family. She started with us back in March, testing the waters to see if this was right for her. She jumped right in and got straight to organizing social media and working on the website. She has done a wonderful job making sure our online customer experience is the best that it can be. Not only that, but has also started making some incredible wristwraps and braclets. We are so thankful to have Charity be apart of everything we envision for Hattast-ique. And I am excited to see all the new ideas she has for the year ahead of us.
Every year we set new goals. For 2017, our goals were simple; expand the booth space for all the events we know work well for us, and try as many new events that we can. We stuck to our goals and succeeded in more ways than we expected. We did several new shows like, Bikes, Blues and BBQ in Fayettville, Arkansas and Street Vibrations in Reno, Nevada. Not every event has been worth it. There have been a few unsuccessful events. But we always learn something. We always walk away with a positive thought. And with every new event and adventure, we gain experience. We are all thankful that the roads were kind to us. We always got to where we were going safely. We are thankful for every event, both the good ones and the rough ones. And we have lots to look forward to in 2018.
For us, 2017 has been a great year; a year to remember! As we move forward into something new, we take with us all the good we have gained.
To all of you, every customer, every reader, all of our friends and family from across the country, thank you! We could not do this without your love and support. It is because of you, we are able to live the life of our dreams.
May your joys be as deep as the ocean,
May your troubles be as light as it's foam,
And may you find sweet peace of mind,
Wherever you may roam.
Have a happy and safe 2018,