Busy work weekend…

I am happy to report that this was the best weekend we have had via Etsy yet! Our weekend totaled more than $1,000 in sales (from both Etsy shops combined). We have had weekends close to this, but usually our sales per weekend are around $400 total. With a few $200+ sales, it added up fast this weekend!

I have been brainstorming every way to get our word out, one of the best advertising methods has been Pinterest, yes it is free and people view it as just a waste of time, but it has been working great! Sadly, I could not create a shop account without either deleting mine or starting over with a new FB page because you cannot have two accounts linked to the same FB and our shop page is a fan page off my personal page, but I created a board for our shop under my name, and so far it has gotten a lot of traffic, likes and re-pins! I also played around with Goodgle Adwords for a bit with a free credit we had, but I can’t yet say it is worth $25+ a day after our credit ran out although, we did get a lot of clicks! I am planning on diving into Twitter for the business next, but I have a few more things to work on before I do that – the Twitter demographic is not our typical shop demographic, but I am trying to change that and pull in a whole new audience! I am just so excited for all these new changes and possibilities! I sometimes get discouraged because I can’t do it all in a day…. but I just have to remember one day at a time, one day at a time – most businesses aren’t built overnight!

While the shop is keeping me busier than ever, I have had less time that I would like to sew things for my own business I plan to start later this year. I have debated throwing up what I do have, but I want to wait until I have a full product line, website and all social media outlets covered first. I get super antsy, but I know that if I just give it more time, it will eventually all come together! Saturday is MY day – as I work Sunday-Monday (Sundays depend on the amount of work I have, but the shop is open), and the past couple Saturdays I have gone to the shop anyway to sew for me/products for my future business!

Ahhhh so many exciting things, so little time! 

Discovering…

ME!

I guess 24 is the age for me to really figure myself out, I have always had a general idea, but it is one month in to the year and I feel like such a dif. person that I was just a few months ago. All small minor/good changes, I have just noticed everyday I discover something new!

To quote one of my all-time favs..

New goal <3

I have done a lot of reflecting lately, and I have just been so bubbly and full of life the past few weeks! I have an amazing hubby, an awesome family, kick ass friends, a career I love & am good at, so many exciting things in the near future, travel plans and a few hobbies that I love as well as more to learn. I feel blessed, even when those little curve balls life throws me get me down, I always take time to look at the good!

All this happiness and time to really do what I love has made me set a new DAILY goal for myself –

Do something I love everyday! 

Whether it is going on a run, sewing something, crafting, reading, watching a fav. movie, playing a game, catching up with a friend, going to HH, shopping, cuddling with the hubby or a bubble bath, life is tooooo damn short not to be happy & this whole “I don’t have time” mentality I developed in college is FINALLY gone and it feels amazing! The past few days I have been doing this and at the end of the day I feel so much more accomplished even if it is just because I did one thing that day that I love! I hear a lot of my friends say “oh I would love to do that but I don’t have time,” and that was me all throughout college, I was so busy that I forgot to take time for ME in roughly 4 years, and while I was happy, I was never this happy – so I also challenge you – make time for yourself!

&& I am curious, what are some of your favorite YOU activities?

Happy Febuary!

I ran across this from a friend last night…

& I plan to complete it this month.. I love photography & I am hoping this will challenge me to get back into a daily habit of it!