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One year down

Megan Merry

We did it!

One year ago I took a leap and launched Megan + Jane. Words cannot express how grateful I am. Everything from the people I work with to the professional (and personal) growth that joined me for the ride have proven to be more than I could have asked for.

As most of us do, I set goals for myself when I set out on this entrepreneurial adventure. Every couple months I check-in to see how I’m doing. Sure, the analytics and numbers are important, but I’ve been most interested with my personal and professional growth. These check-ins are something that work for me. They help keep me focused, and appreciate how far I’ve come. When reflecting on the past year, here are a few areas that I feel most proud of:

Lesson No. 1

Find the uncomfortable.
Getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new is one of the best (and quickest) ways to grow. Before launching, I had no idea how to price my product, how to position myself in a saturated industry, how to approach businesses about possibly carrying my branded Megan + Jane cards… no idea about a lot of things. But I asked a lot of questions. I tried different approaches. I got creative. I followed-up. I introduced myself and my products to strangers. As a result, I learned. Now my cards are found in some of the most adorable boutiques and paper good stores in the Midwest!

Lesson No. 2

Find your tribe.
In the past year I've worked with some amazing people (re: paper vendors, printers, business owners and brides/moms-to-be). Providing a quality product is my number one priority. Finding and working with smart paper vendors and printers who care was key. I'm so thankful to have met people in the industry that I can trust. Meeting business owners and having my branded Megan + Jane cards carried in their stores has been terrific. I love that my cards are selling for them and that I'm getting requests for reorders. Designing custom pieces for people is always an honor. This year I was involved in a number of weddings, bridal showers, baby showers and birth announcements. I love being part of such monumental life moments.

Lesson No. 3

Find the magic.
It took me awhile (okay, many, many, many late nights and weekends) to figure out a process and design aesthetic for Megan + Jane. From the look of the cards, to the branding, to using the camera—a learning curve was involved with every piece of the puzzle. In the past year I’ve refined my craft, and am continuing to evolve the Megan + Jane brand. Most importantly, I am improving my knowledge of how to balance innovation with the bottom line. It’s good for me to tame my "perfectionist" traits in order to evolve and try new things more freely because that’s where the magic happens.

Thank you SO MUCH for your support this year!

To show my appreciation, I put together a merry-mix to celebrate. Listen here.

Plus, get FREE shipping with code ONEDOWN in my Etsy shop now through December 1. ♥

A Bittersweet Photo Shoot

Megan Merry

In case you haven't had the pleasure of staging a card photo shoot, I'll go ahead and share that there's a bit of a learning curve to it.

Recently I was going through some old photos and rediscovered these:

The photos made me laugh/cry.

Laugh, because in my head this photo was going to be epic—and as you can see, it's anything but. I was going for the most adorable shot of our Daphne Jane licking up one of her treats. Instead I had the lighting, angles, composition all wrong. Plus, she ate her treat too fast!

Cry, because it’s a photo I really wanted to try retaking, but as life (and some photo shoots prove), you can’t always plan how things will pan out. Our dog was the most patient as I learned to take better photos, made the frustrating moments fun and I miss her hard. I’ll have to enjoy the epic "fail" with these photos, appreciate the thought, and Daphne Jane’s willingness to eat her treat. :)

Note: All photos taken by Megan Merry.

 

A dedication to "Jane"

Megan Merry

Last weekend my husband and I said goodbye to the "Jane" in Megan + Jane. It's hard to put into words just how much she meant, but I do want to share what a beautiful creature she was—both inside and out.

Our English setter's name was "Daphne", whom we playfully/lovingly called "Daphne Jane".

My favorite days were those rare (and treasured) Saturdays without any real plans. We'd start our mornings with coffee, NPR, me doing art and my husband relaxing on the couch. Then Daphne Jane would grab a toy and set it beside one of us, prompting a game of fetch. Soon all three of us would be running around the house, tossing her toy around and playing. Those mornings I felt inspired, refreshed and happy—surrounded by my people, doing the things I love.

Thus, I thought it appropriate to name my stationery line "Megan + Jane" since the purpose is to fuse together my love for art, snail mail and to remember to make it a balance of work and play. Something Daphne Jane taught me to make space for.

She was supportive, a great listener and when I needed to sort something out—we'd go for a long walk until everything made sense (or at least more sense than it did).

She taught me to be unapologetic-ally me. To relax and enjoy the moment, and most of all, to do what I'm passionate about—without guilt.

She was very much loved by both my husband and me, and never failed at bringing joy into our daily lives. We appreciated every moment with her. She passed away at home, with both of us by her side. We laid next to her, saying goodbye and letting her know how much she meant to us.

I never realized how much you could love a dog until I met her. And I never realized just how much I loved her until she was gone.