Hello! Welcome to my blog! I’m ecstatic that you’ve decided to join me on this journey and I can’t wait to tell you all about me and learn more about you.
I always find it’s best to start at the beginning. After I graduated college, I started a typical nine to five job with a large company. It was a great job and I was so excited that I was going to follow my dreams and do something meaningful in the world! I was a software engineer and wanted to change the world by designing smart and efficient code for software that makes a difference. When I started my new job, I was also dealing with some other things. My mother was terminally ill and I had moved home to help take care of her. I was juggling a new demanding job, a sick mother, a long distance boyfriend, and trying to handle it all at a young age.
Fast forward a few years. My mother had passed, my boyfriend was now my husband, and I decided I needed to move on. The job I had was great, as was the company and software, but I wasn’t loving the work the way I thought I would so I figured it was time to move on. I was offered a job with a small company and figured it would be a much better fit. And it was.
My new job was for a small company. I got to wear many hats and learn many new skills. Last year I got a promotion and stepped out of development. Finally, I let my dream go and found that my skill set could help my company in other ways. I became a project manager and operation manager. And then I was asked to help with marketing. Yeah, they kept me pretty busy!
Once I had my daughter, I realized that I needed a better work life balance. Working 10 hours a day and weekends wasn’t cutting it anymore for me. I missed my time with my daughter and I felt like I was juggling too many things at once. After a lot of reflection, we decided that I would move to part time work. I was fortunate enough to have a company that would allow me to make it work and I started spending two days a week at home with my daughter. It is the best thing that could have happened to me!
While being home a few days a week is fantastic, I started to realize that I still wasn’t 100% where I wanted to be. I love working and I love my job. I love having my own identity outside my family. And I love being home with my kid during the day to do fun things together and to experience the world through her eyes. But once nap time would hit, I’d get restless and felt lost. So I decided that I would look to my mother for inspiration (as I do many days).
My mother and I used to craft together all the time when I was young. She worked part time and filled some of her time while I was at school with crafts. I decided that would be a fantastic thing for me to do. So I started crafting. And then I got to thinking. Pretty soon, I had finished all the crafts on my list. And I was running out of room for things. There was only so much I could do. But a friend online had an Etsy shop and was doing well with it. Could that be an option for me?
Lost cost of entry meant that I decided to give it a go. And I set up shop and started making items. I got a few sales here and there, enough to get me hooked. But nowhere near where I wanted it to be. I wanted to cover the cost of my craft supplies, and I was nowhere close. Yet in the all the Facebook groups I was in, there were people making 100 sales a day! What gives?
So after a long talk with my husband, we decided that I would make a real go at it. I wouldn’t just have a hobby that I sometimes sold on Etsy. I would try to have a business, where I would create products that fit a need, and the profits would benefit our family. And thus Libby & Lu was born.
I’ve only recently started this journey, but I’m getting there. I’m meeting goals and I can’t wait to share with you as I continue down this path!