Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017! A Year in Review

After its many unforgettable moments, we’ve officially gotten to put 2016 behind us. For some, it was a year of triumph, for some tragedy. For most of us, it was filled with highs and lows, much like we should expect 2017 to be. Rather than simply moving forward without looking back, I think it’s important to take a moment to express my gratitude for all that 2016 taught me and for how much we at Therapy Threads have grown in the past year. That perspective reminds me that through the challenging times come opportunities and reasons to celebrate this beautiful journey we call life!

A Look into My Personal Life

Though I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions (given that studies show only 8% of them are achieved!), I am a strong believer in goal setting. In 2016, I set two large goals for myself and am so happy to have achieved them!

After a great deal of hard work and perseverance, I am proud to announce that I received my clinical license. As a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist (LCMFT), I have the ability to function as an independent practitioner without supervision. This was an important step for me in ensuring I’m providing the highest level of care to those I see in my psychotherapy practice.

Additionally, I earned my Registered Yoga Teacher 200 (RYT 200) credentials by completing the Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training program. As I’ve talked about in other posts, my yoga practice is a critical part of the self-care habits I am committed to following in order to maintain a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance that positively impacts both my personal and professional lives.

This week, I’m working on finalizing my goals for 2017. Have you thought through this process and created measurable, achievable milestones you can track for making the most of the New Year?

Threading Together a Meaningful Business

In addition to the accomplishments above, I’m so excited about the momentum we’re building with Therapy Threads. This business is a true passion of mine, and I love to see our customers utilizing the benefits of aromatherapy to improve their well-being while looking fabulous in our scarves.

For the first half of the year, we focused on refreshing our brand and rebuilding our website to make it more user friendly and better tell the Therapy Threads story. (If you’ve had a chance to use the site or have seen the brand evolution, we’d love to hear your thoughts!) While doing so, however, we were slow to post on our blog. One of our goals is to do a better job of that in 2017, and to be sure we’re providing you with insights and ideas about everything from self-care to aromatherapy benefits to fashion tips.

We applied for and received a provisional patent this summer on our pocket design for the aromatherapy scarves, and hope to know more about our patent-pending status soon. Then, in October, we had the privilege of participating in Kansas City Fashion Week where we gained great feedback from customers about our product and overall concept as a booth vendor.

In November, we officially relaunched our brand to market and had a very successful holiday sales season. Finally, in December, we were approved to be an official vendor for Uncommon Goods. We absolutely adore the fun, unique and useful items available on their site, and are so pleased to be in the same company with other brands we love. Look for both our Black Knit Therapy and Blue Knit Therapy scarves to be available there soon!

Again, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for following my story and the Therapy Threads brand. We’re on pace to have an even better 2017, and we hope you’ll stick with us as we grow our company and expand our mission of eliminating the stigma associated with mental health issues one thread at a time. Wishing you peace, love, and scents of style and purpose in the coming year!

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