Shop Talk | The month of February went by even faster than I had prepared myself for and so as we enter into the third month of 2018 I am feeling slightly unprepared.
It felt as though a fire had been light under me this month as I felt the sudden inspiration to begin making new products for the shop.
Now I know that I talk about this in every monthly update it seems, but this month new products began to take tangible form as all of my ideas on paper became something I could hold in my hand.
I don’t want to go into too much detail but there is at least one new product coming to the shop in March and several others are already made with further testing or I’m still waiting for ingredients to come in the mail.
Overall it has been an amazingly productive month for all things concerning Etsy and some of my soaps will be included in something very exciting next month so keep your eyes peeled for a special announcement on my instagram.
Slow Moments | Though this month was a very busy one that seemed to go by far to quickly, I still was able to find time for a few still, moments of calm.
A pretty unexpected few weeks of cold weather and snow blew through where I live and it was a pleasant surprise after a very mild winter.
Being the lover of all things cold I have been soaking up this unexpected delight with long baths and plenty of time in bed with numerous amounts of tea and an ever-present heating pad for added coziness.
I also have taken steps towards picking up old hobbies that I seem to quickly abandon amid all of the work required as a business owner and blogger.
Sketching being the hobby I am most focused on at the moment.
I have way to many hobbies that I enjoy but sketching is one of those mindless activities that can silence my thoughts like nothing else, so this month I have tried to spend a little more time with pen and paper and hope to give it even more attention in March.
Thoughts | The beginning of the year is always a time of contemplation for me, as I am sure many others would say the same. It is a time where I try to reevaluate my life to see what is missing, what could be removed, and what could be improved.
Over the last few years I have neglected many things in my life that I want to reconnect with as well as collected a few things that do not need to be there.
Recently I listened to a podcast about how some people reach success and others do not and what really separates the two kinds of people.
It inspired me because as someone who is still in the beginning stages of their self-made business it can feel like your not going anywhere and all your hard work isn’t adding up or paying you back.
One of the biggest things that separates those who achieve success and those who don’t is perseverance and the ability to keep going even when there are no current results.
So this new year I want to focus on perseverance and on simply focusing on the goals that I have set. Supporting others who are making a similar journey and celebrating the little successes.