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Guest NYE post: Suze Writes!

I invited (or challenged really) my mom, Suze, to write a guest post:
I don’t do journaling, I’m not a writer, I don’t pontificate at length in my head either.  I’m a touch typist; the delete key is my favorite key. Trust me, I’ve used it a lot already….

This guest posting gig is tough. It’s meant to be I think.  The topic: New Year’s Eve

We, mud and I, take stock all the time of where we are, the direction we’re headed and where we’d like to go. We do this as a pair – as mother daughter, as biz partners. We do it as individuals too.

Taking stock, recapping, looking back, moving forward, which direction? how fast, what next? As a pair, this happens spontaneously, we do it while we’re working, walking, eating, cooking; it happens as a natural extension of living and working together. It’s a pretty glorious thing we do.

This New Year’s Eve, we decided to do something a bit different.  We made a list of all the things that we accomplished this year as individuals, as partners, as a small business.  If we’d made a wish list last New Year’s Eve of what we wanted to accomplish this year, we wouldn’t have dreamed big enough. Seriously. The list is amazing.  So next, of course, is to write a list of dreams and intentions for 2011, individually and for RAGGEDedge.  Lesson learned? Dream big. Real big. This year was phenomenal, next year can hold anything and everything we want it to.


If you really want to know, here is the list:

Started our first veggie garden

Bought freezer and filled it with local food

Made an effort to be locavores

Canned food!

Moved to Floyd

Bought Alice- cash

Got professional packaging, made locally

Doubled our gross sales from 2009

RAGGEDedge is out of debt

Bought second sewing machine

Shipped more then double the amount of orders from 2009

Mud did her first MTB race

We all went sledding in our own backyard

We make our own dog food

Mud learned how to use a chainsaw

Mud restarted blog posting regularly

Suze started quilting again

RAGGEDedge got featured on Uncrate

We learned when to say NO and stick to it

Designed, made, and sold backpacks

Mud got her first tattoo and her ears re-pierced

Suze is a free woman

Suze became a grandma, Mud became an aunt

Suze has her first will, ever

We started to believe in good karma

Alice in Wonderland is our theme of the year

Red is Suze’s color of the year

We shipped something almost everyday

We hired and fired our first real employee

Mud started getting a paycheck

Etsy featured us on their blog

We have professional studio pictures

We made CHEESE

Suze makes our bread

Suze went to her first music festival

RAGGEDedge is gonna have a bag in a movie

We went ziplining

Maggie died

Suze started making her own beauty products (lotions and shampoos)

We have FABULOUS workroom tables

We have a separate shipping department and stockroom

We totally revamped RAGGEDedge website and marketing tactics

We have  a web wizard on our payroll

We have the USPS shipping module on our website

Mud learned to sew on a commercial machine

We designed and launched 13 new products

Revamped Quickbooks and started better bookkeeping practices

We have UPC’s




About mudly

Mud is main blog writer extraordinaire, picture guru, and the garden and adventure instigator. She loves to cook, but doesn’t much like following a recipe. She also loves typewriters, the color turquoise, and wearing tie dye with stripes. And she dorks out on while dreaming up and planning her next garden.

5 comments on “Guest NYE post: Suze Writes!

  1. Julie Gibson
    December 31, 2010

    I am so proud of both of you! You have truly come into your own in 2010 – congratulations on each and every accomplishment! I have no doubt that 2011 will be even more fabulous for you as a company and as individuals. You more than deserve every good thing that comes your way on this wild and wacky ride thru life. Enjoy each moment!

    • mudly
      January 1, 2011

      Julie- Know that your encouragement is sincerely appreciated. Together, we roll on…. And rock on!

  2. susan
    January 1, 2011

    🙂 oh we have fun, that’s for sure. while not all of it has been up, the trip has been and is an experience to savor, and that, we do in a big way. while the list was a list of accomplishments, it didn’t touch upon all the folks we’ve met along the way are a part of the journey, thank you! happy new year – suze

  3. Meka
    January 8, 2011

    I have so much admiration and respect for the two of you. I feel so fortunate I got to see some of those things happen. Into the great wide open ladies! Dream big and make it happen. You know the Taulbee tribe supports your every move and SAILFIT supports RAggedEdge! WE love you guys! Happy 2011… what an amazing year it is going to be!

    • mudly
      January 9, 2011

      ditto my love, ditto ❤

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