Progress - Final Thoughts?

April is wrapping up. Tomorrow a new theme comes to School of Home and we say goodbye to progress. But can you really ever say goodbye to progress? I ended our first post of the month with a Federick Douglass quote - "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."

Well, April has been all about the struggle. 

Lean into the struggle...right?

Lean into the struggle...right?

It will come as no surprise to basically anyone who has started a small business, but this shit is HARD. Some days its one step forward, two steps back. Some days is a giant leap back. Some days its treading water for dear life.

Part of it is bureaucrazy (misspelling intended) - we chose to get into the booze business and lord knows Every. Single. Damn. Government. Agency. needs to have a piece of that pie. But part of it is also just the fact that we're still climbing the steepest part of that learning curve, figuring things out as we go, knowing that we can do everything we can and still come up short. 

But we progress, because regression is not an option. And there have been bright spots. We received our federal importing permits for Vinotopia this month! The windows of the bus were removed and we're days away from raising the roof! We're working with a wedding coordinator in Croatia and taking the first steps toward planning our 2018 nuptials! (If we forgot to tell you we got engaged, we apologize, we've been otherwise, well....engaged.)

Cheers to engagements! And to Lake Bled, because seriously...that view!

Cheers to engagements! And to Lake Bled, because seriously...that view!

They say April showers bring May flowers. Seeing as North Carolina saw as much rain last week as we usually see over the course of months, I'm going to go ahead and take that as an omen that come May the universe will smile upon us. We are getting ready to leave on a whirlwind month-and-a-half-long trip to Europe that is intended to solidify our business and launch us into being full-fledged wine importers. We'll also be celebrating one of my best friend's weddings in Florence AND scoping out our own wedding venues, so this is anything but a casual trip.

Back to Croatia!

Back to Croatia!

Perhaps the ending lesson is this - you can make progress even when swimming against the tide, all it takes a slight adjustment of angle. Acknowledge what you're up against. Accept the losses. Seize the successes and make them work for you. Every day won't be a win, but that doesn't mean you aren't winning. We progress not only because we must, but because we can. 

Stay tuned for May's theme, but in the meantime leave us a comment - what did you progress on this month, big or small?

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Moving forward. Advancing. Growing.

Sometimes it seems the entirety of human existence can be summed up in one word: progress.

We strive to progress as a culture, as a nation, as individuals. We look for progress in our educations, in our careers, in our mental, emotional, and spiritual lives. 

It's been pretty quiet here at School of Home over the past two months. Harper and I have been struggling with our own ideas and visions of progress. There are moments when we've felt swamped by everything we are trying to accomplish. There are moments when we've felt elated at the prospects that lie ahead of us. And there are moments when we are honestly just treading water, embracing the status quo and not really moving in any one direction.

For me, personally, one of the things I have missed has been the creative outlet that SOH has provided. A chance to write truly for myself. An opportunity to build a brand that embodies what both Harper and I hold dear - living through learning.

In an effort to give ourselves a bit more structure around here we are going to start exploring new themes each month. April's theme is progress. Over the next 30 days we'll be sharing what progress means to us through a variety of mediums. We'll also ask for your thoughts on progress, so please join in the conversation here on the blog, on our Facebook page, and on Instagram.

In the meantime though, I'll leave you with a quote from Frederick Douglass that seems to sum up a lot of what I've been experiencing lately:

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."