Enjoying The Journey

Welcome to “The Beauty is in the Blooming Blog Tour”

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Awesome Picture Created By Melissa @ Print Therapy

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”
― Bill Watterson

 

Melissa Wert at Print Therapy wrote a wonderful blog post recently about enjoying the day to day journey and process of life.  We are so consumed by how much better life will be once we reach our goals that we never appreciate the steps we take to get there.  She summed it up very eloquently: “The Beauty is in the Blooming”.  Her beautiful words inspired me to create this free printable for you (I have it hung in my office):

 

 

The Beauty is in the Blooming

 

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Since starting my creative business I have definitely noticed a shift in my priorities and that needs to change.  I taught myself to crochet, began creating some awesome stuff and decided I wanted to turn my hobby into a business.  It is something I enjoy and do well.  Once you make the leap to creating a business everything changes!  I can’t tell you how much time I spend reading and learning about creating a successful creative business.  On top of that I have to set goals, market, promote, and connect with others.  I spend much less time actually creating my items than I do selling them.  (I really do love the business side though).  I am so focused on having a successful shop and blog that I forget how much I love crocheting and writing.  From now on I am going to stop and enjoy each step of the journey!

Please remember to stop in over at Melissa’s blog and read her wonderful post (I know you’ll love it)

 

Are you rushing towards the finish line?  Do you wish you were enjoying the journey more?  How can we make sure that the joy of our hobbies doesn’t get lost in the pursuit for success?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

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5 Things My New Etsy Shop Has Taught Me

Since I wouldn’t have started a blog if I didn’t open an Etsy shop I felt it appropriate to describe the learning curve of the past few weeks. It has been about a month since I opened my Etsy shop, The Happy Couple shop. One of the reasons behind the shop is that I was laid off from my job. So for the past month I have spent A LOT of time learning how to promote my shop and at the age of 27 re-learning the social media scene. I consider myself to be relatively young and feel that I should know all there is to know about the way people interact on the internet. I couldn’t have been more wrong….
5 Things My New Etsy Shop Taught Me
1. The first thing I learned from opening my Etsy shop is that you can’t just throw some items up on a website and wait for the money to roll in. It is about building a shop that has a presence all over the web.

2. I learned that I needed to start a blog!! Although I did learn this early on in the process I also have been procrastinating this step out of fear, public humiliation, failure, the list keeps going. But here I am so please give me a chance before you tear me apart (I hope if you are reading this you are not here to rip my ideas apart though).

3. SEO is very important but no one really know how it works… I have read tons and tons of articles on this topic and they all stress the importance of using the “right” keywords in the “right” way but they also say that the “right” way changes so often and the search engine robots are so sneaky that there really is no cut and dry method.

4. A view on my Etsy shop does not equal money in my bank account. This has been one of my most frustrating first lessons. I am addicted to watching my “shop stat” and I get so so excited when someone views my shop or my listings but then I still have to stare at that big fat zero under orders. It is still a bit of an ego boost to know that someone I don’t know somewhere in the world is taking the time to look at something that I so proudly put my love and time into and created!

5. I was completely on top of social media when Facebook first came out. Now, so many years later, I am learning everyday about new websites for social media and a lot of new expressions and terms. I am currently reading 301 Ways to Use Social Media to Boost Your Marketing by Catherine Parker (look for a review in the near future). This book has been invaluable to me so far in teaching me about social bookmarking (which I had never heard of) and the ins and out of the sites I already knew something about.

So while this has been a learning process I am very much enjoying it and can’t wait to see what comes up next.
What has your creative business taught you? Please leave a comment below.

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