2016 / A CHALLENGING YEAR


It’s been quiet on the Man Mail 'behind the scenes' this year and I thought it was time to check in.

The second half of this year in particular has been the toughest 6 months of my life. It has been full of grief, shock, loss, heartache and sickness and while it is not over yet, there is light at the end of the tunnel and I have never been more excited to see a new year roll over.

This year has taken me to a whole new level. I could write a book about it.

I don’t think I’m alone on this though. Many people I know have had a very rocky year.

Why am I sharing this with you?

Because I am a one-woman show (with the occasional back up help) and have never pretended to be a huge faceless enterprise. My business is personal, because it’s just me.

There is change on the cards at Man Mail as I tap into what I love doing most. 

I have enough experience now to know what works in my business and in the industry and what doesn’t. And oh man have I learnt the hard and expensive way! 

If you choose to follow along with me, I think it’s only fair that I keep you in the loop.

 

Here is what I’ve learnt this year:

/ I can’t be everything to everyone

/ It’s ok to say “no” 

/ Family and loved ones come first and I could not have possibly gotten through this year without mine.

/ Health and wellbeing is a priority

/ I have tapped so far into my masculinity that I lost my femininity and I need to get the balance back

/ Just because I started Man Mail off in a certain way, doesn't mean I can't change the way I do things

/ No one can prepare you for whats involved setting up an e-commerce business 

/ I don’t want to work 16 hour work days ever again

/ I took a few months break from social media and I didn’t die. Actually, I preferred it. I especially haven’t missed Facebook (and am yet to reappear there) 

 

Here’s what I’m looking forward to next year:

/ Mixing things up - of what, why and how I do things 

/ Transparency

/ A new chapter

/ Putting smiles on lots of peoples faces 

/ Making life easy and stress-free - for myself and my customers

/ Honesty

/ Sharing more

/ Collaborating

/ Not working 24/7

/ Creating a work life for myself that I LOVE. I want to be one of those crazy people you see (and secretly envy) who say things like “I can’t believe I get paid to do this – it doesn’t even feel like work”.

 

So there you have it - a very honest check in.

If you decide to come with me through the next chapter of Man Mail, I welcome you with very open arms (you can keep in the loop here). I hope to continue inspiring and helping you.


All I can do, is work, live and share from my heart and intuition and that's what 2017 is going to be all about. 

Kate x 

Posted on November 25, 2016 .

Man food

I realised recently, that one thing I don't like about buying a book online, is the fact I have no idea what's in it! So I am combating that with the books that are sold in Man Mail boxes

Posted on January 20, 2016 .

My bestie and branding

A lot goes into the branding of a new business - tonnes of time, research, brainstorming, planning and that's before anything is even created. Brand identity is so important in business. It represents what the entire business is about. It does the communicating before you even have a chance to talk about what you do. It's your calling card, so it has to be good. 

Posted on September 23, 2015 .

Father's Day / According to Mike Campbell

FATHER'S DAY!

This often means a phone call, maybe hanging out with your dad if you're fortunate enough to, and a card and/or gift.
Maybe you are the father, and your get the gifts etc.

Let me ask - what are they like? Sometimes it's hard to buy for guys, right?

I think that's in part why many dads end up getting socks and undies. I mean, it;s a cliché for a reason, right?

Posted on September 3, 2015 .

Simple ways to impress this Father's Day

Father's day is fast approaching (Sunday 6th September in case you want to put it in your calendar) and it's time to think about how to impress your Dad or husband. It doesn't have to be extravagent either. At the end of the day, the whole point is to show him he is valued and loved. 

Posted on August 20, 2015 .

3 things to consider when buying for a man

Choosing a gift can be difficult, especially when it's for a man. Us women are very vocal about things we like and hinting (subtly and sometimes not subtly) at items we would love to own. Men? Not so much. Which is why these top 3 tips will hopefully be of assistance next time you have to make a selection...

Posted on August 6, 2015 .

Man of Many | Interview about Man Mail and Me

I love that I get to share my week to week Man Mail behind the scenes with you on this journal. This week I had a chat with the gents from the incredibly popular and cleverly curated website, Man of Many. This site really is a go-to for any man, about any topic, so to say I'm thrilled to be on their esteemed pages is an understatement! 

Posted on June 22, 2015 .

Why Mike Campbell's book was the first product I bought for Man Mail

When deciding what to include in the curated boxes of Man Mail, I had a really good think about some of the best mens products that had crossed my Designer Man Cave path. I also thought about if these products would make a good gift for a gent. The product that ticked both these boxes is Mike Campbell's Unleash Your Alpha Book.  

Posted on June 11, 2015 .

6 reasons I created this business

I have to admit, I got some funny looks when I started telling people I wanted to set up another business (2 businesses!? Am I crazy?? Yes). Following the success Designer Man Cave, I noticed there was a massive gap in the online market place. It's always been in the back of my mind to set up some type of online store component linked to what I do, but it was last December that it went from the back of my mind, to front and centre. 

Posted on May 27, 2015 .