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2015 2nd Quarter Goal Review

We are officially half way (plus a week) through 2015! How did that happen?! I found my 1st Quarter Goal Review post to be helpful as I was reflecting on my 2015 goals several months ago, so I wanted to share my progress through the 2nd quarter of this year as well.

My overarching goals for 2015 are listed first and if you click them, you can read my original posts that outlined the mini goals I would be pursuing over the course of the year. The “successes” and “areas of improvement” listed below focus specifically on my progress in April, May and June. 

Sunflower Paperie blog 2nd Quarter Goals

2015 Goals:

1. Growing my business

2nd Quarter Successes: I collaborated with one of my favorite bloggers, Tina from Carrots ‘n’ Cake for her sons 1st birthday party. This collaboration helped drive some traffic to my shop, plus Tina was super fun to partner with! I also launched a new “Party in a Box” line of products.

Areas of improvement: I am at a point with my business that I get enough orders to stay busy (which is awesome!), but it also means that it is tricky to carve out time to develop new products. Starting a digital product line has been at the top of my “to do” list all year. I have several items started, but I need to focus on finishing and launching them. I also need to start consistently sending out and promoting my “weekly” newsletter. Sadly, these last two items are identical to what I wrote in my 1st quarter review. My first digital product is slated to launch this week (!!!) and then I am going to focus on finishing and launching several other digital products that are almost complete by the end of July. Hold me to this, o.k.?! 😉

2. Getting healthy / taking care of myself

2nd Quarter Successes: Weighing in here weekly. Although now that I am looking back, I realize, with the exception of June, I only weighed in monthly this quarter (eek!). Let’s call this a half success.

Areas of improvement: Making sure I weigh-in here weekly, the accountability and reflection does help me (even if I am not always posting losses). I also need to stick with my low carb eating. The summer heat makes it difficult to get outside for exercise, so I need to come up with a new indoor plan to get more activity into my days. My current “mini-goal” is to lose 20 pounds by mid-August (I set this goal in June and am currently on track to do this.).

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2015 1st Quarter Goal Review

Hello friend! Can you believe that the first 3 months of 2015 have already passed? I want to take this chance to look back and see what progress I have made towards my 2015 Goals so far (and to look at what I need to focus on over the next 3 months).

A quick note before I dive in… My overarching goals for 2015 are listed first and if you click them, you can read my original posts that outlined the mini goals I would be pursuing. The “successes” and “areas of improvements” sections are my recaps of the progress made towards my mini goals.

Sunflower Paperie blog 2015 goal review

2015 Goals:

1. Growing my business

Successes: Product feature on Sage Grayson Coaching and participating in the Bonnie Christine Ribbon Tour. I feel like both of these items helped me reach new audiences and I loved getting to work with other creative entrepreneurs. I have also been posting regularly here, so I am happy with the community that is developing in this space.

Areas of improvement: Starting a digital product line has been at the top of my “to do” list all year. I have several items started, but I need to focus on finishing and launching them. I also need to start consistently sending out and promoting my “weekly” newsletter.

2. Getting healthy / taking care of myself

Successes: Weighing in here weekly.

Areas of improvement: Well, basically everything. I have been weighing in here each week, but I haven’t made my health / wellness a priority (thus I haven’t seen any results!). I have a whole list of excuses that I could share, but the bottom line is that I need to get focused (and stop making excuses, haha). I have been thinking of some additional tracking tools that will help me focus and plan to share those with you next week.

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If it Makes you Crafty

“It can’t be that baaaaad…” I figured since this is the last in the unintentionally lyrical 2015 goal posts, “crafty” was an o.k. substitute for “happy,” right?! 🙂

Let me tell you a little secret. When you open an Etsy shop, everyone automatically assumes that you are super creative and / or very crafty. As a History / Higher Education Administration degree earner, I can tell you that this isn’t always the case (sadly!).

While I LOVE making paper party items and could spend hours looking at paper supplies at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, my creative talents are somewhat limited to paper crafting. I want 2015 to be the year that this changes!

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Mini goals for becoming more creative:

Create a digital line of products for my Etsy shop. See also: Taking Care of (My) Business post. My super scary (because I have a lot to do before then) goal – list my first digital product in my shop by February 1 (of this year!)! Eeek! I have no formal design training, but I would like to use the Adobe Creative Cloud to make these items, so I have a lot of learning to do.

Learn how to use my sewing machine. My sweet Mom (Hi Mom!) is a talented seamstress and graciously gave me a new machine several years ago. It is still in its box (so sad!). I want to learn how to use my sewing machine and create something useful.

Learn how to sew paper. I think paper garlands that are sewn are simply darling. I want to make lots of them.

Learn calligraphy / hand lettering. Again, I have all the supplies, I just need to sit down and practice. Think of how pretty all those letters I am going to mail will be then! 🙂

Now that all of my goals have been written out for the world to see, I am going to continue working on them! As I work on projects and finish them, I will post updates. I also plan to post a more comprehensive check-in each quarter of 2015, so stay tuned! 

CreativeLive – Part 2

Welcome back! Make sure to check out my post “CreativeLive – Part 1” to learn about how I landed in the studio audience of 2 (TWO!) CreativeLive courses led by April Bowles-Olin.

As I have mentioned before, I am a life long learner who has always enjoyed school. Since opening my Etsy shop in May of 2013, I have read business books and blogs and streamed a couple of CreativeLive courses live. However, I hadn’t participated in any in-person or online courses. When I first read April’s call for applications, I was SO excited (and a little nervous) at the potential of attending a course in-person and networking with other creatives. Imagine my surprise when I was selected to be in the audience! I immediately started planning and trying to get my business in order.

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Our wonderful teacher, April Bowles-Olin & I at the conclusion of the 2nd course.

A big takeaway from April’s first course was “starting where you are.” This theme was present in her subsequent courses and has been something I repeat to myself (and anyone who will listen!) frequently. When I left for CreativeLive, I had pending orders; products that were created, but weren’t listed; and a baby blog with no content. Honestly, those items were stressing me out, but I tried my hardest to “start where I was.”

Below are my biggest “A-Ha!” moments from my time at CreativeLive. My goal is to publish longer posts about each concept throughout 2015.

1. Develop multiple income streams.

2. Create a yearly calendar for all marketing goals.

3. DO WHAT WORKS 🙂

4. The importance of building a network of similarly minded business owners and creatives.

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Sage Grayson (http://sagegrayson.com/) and I up on stage during a filming break.

If you are interested in any CreativeLive courses, I would encourage you to check them out NOW! They are running a holiday sale with some courses up to 50% for lifetime access. I tend to gravitate towards the “Craft & Maker” focused courses, but there is definitely something for everyone. Check all the courses out here!

My final review of CreativeLive, focused on what it was like “behind the scenes” will go up a little later this week! Thanks for following along as I document this awesome experience!

Edited to add: click here for CreativeLive Review – Part 1 and my CreativeLive Wrap-up

Starting Now!

Sunflower Paperie blog - Starting Now!Hello and welcome to the Sunflower Paperie blog! I have dreamed of starting a blog for YEARS, but didn’t know where to start or what I would write about. In the spring of 2013, I opened an Etsy shop and continued to fall in love with the idea of building an online community of people who were interested in the same things that I am passionate about.

This past summer, I watched an online course on CreativeLive facilitated by April Bowles-Olin entitled “Build a Successful Creative Blog.” April’s enthusiasm and knowledge convinced me that a blog related to my creative business was the next logical step towards growing my business. One of concepts that resonated most with me from this course was the idea of “starting now.” I tend to be a perfectionist and want to have everything in order before starting something, but April insisted on starting now. Where ever you are, whatever your talents and whatever your goals, just start now.

Fast forward several months (clearly “now” can be interpreted several ways!), and here I am! I plan to have an official blog launch soon, but in the meantime I wanted to tackle an obstacle that has seemed daunting for almost a month now – my first post.

I am currently in San Francisco participating in April’s newest course, “Create Digital Products That Sell While you Sleep.” I am feeling motivated, challenged and excited about this new blog space and new products for Sunflower Paperie. A full review of my experience being in the CreativeLive audience along with many other exciting topics are on tap for the upcoming weeks, so stayed tuned!