2016 archive

Craft the Launch

Craft-the-Launch

2016 will be the year I take my first step into entrepreneurship. It’s a big goal that has spent a lot of time in the back of my head, way too scary to voice.

I’ve been thinking about starting an Etsy shop for a while now, pretty much ever since I started making these gigantic infinity scarves. Once I graduated from college and found I had a bit more time on my hands, the urge to launch a handmade business got stronger. But here’s the thing — I don’t function well without tangible goals. While the idea of starting my own Etsy shop was nice, it was never going to happen unless I got serious and set some deadlines for myself.

Now, I could have written some things down in my planner and done my best to roll out a perfectly curated product line in a few months, but I decided I needed more accountability than that.

Enter Craft the Launch.

Over the course of this year, I will be planning, building and launching a shop of hand-sewn and knitted accessories for both the home and wardrobe. The catch is that I’ll be sharing everything leading up to the launch here on the blog — all the tiny victories and hiccups along the way.

The goal for this year is to experiment — learn the ropes of a handmade business, discover the ins and outs of selling both in the online and local handmade marketplace, and build an online brand. Right now, I have the bare bones of an Etsy shop just waiting to be filled. At the end of the year, I hope to have developed a cohesive line of products that I (and hopefully you!) adore.

I have to admit, I’m feeling a little vulnerable putting something out in the world that is at the moment only an idea, an intention, a plan. Ask anyone close to me and they will tell you that isn’t how I do things. In fact, I tend to wait until I’ve already been offered a job or accepted into a program before I even tell anyone I’ve applied. And yet, I know I need to change things up, step outside of my comfort zone and get nimble in order to make big things happen this year. I couldn’t be more excited to see what comes of 2016.

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I can’t wait to show you what I have in store.

My One Little Word: A Reflection on 2015 and Goals for 2016

2015 One Little Word - Dive Deep

My guiding word for 2015 was dive, and what a dive the year was. I didn’t just dip my toe into the water – I dove all in. I dove deep into my final terms of college, including a senior thesis and a spring internship doing social media for a marketing agency. I dove deep into the post-grad job search and then even deeper into the resulting job. There was no doubt that dive was the perfect word to guide me through the crazy demands and transitions of 2015.

This year is going to be quite a bit different. I’m here. I’m settled. I don’t foresee any major life changing events taking place this year. My mindset as I head into 2016 is totally different. And yet, I don’t want to lose any of the fire and drive that got me through 2015.

When I think about what life looks like right now, what stands out the most to me are all the different roles I’m filling. I’m a daughter, living at home with my parents post-graduation. I’m a sister to two brothers who are currently in the midst of their senior year of high school and their last season of basketball. I’m a girlfriend, and while 2015 was a year all about me, 2016 is going to be a year all about him as he goes through his own major decision-making and transitioning periods. I’m a digital marketing specialist (now that’s a mouthful!) and, now six months into my job, I can focus on becoming the best that I can be rather than just treading water.

2016 brings with it even more hats to wear. As of January 7, I’ve become the godmother of the most perfect little baby girl and what a joyous role that will be to fill! This year, I want to take back my role of blogger – something that’s been missing from my life for quite some time now. In addition, I hope to add a few new titles to my list: small business owner and creative entrepreneur.

This year’s word is nimble. While the inspiration behind it certainly came from the myriad of roles I’m constantly feeling myself tugged between in my daily life, I’m only beginning to discover what being nimble means to me.

One thing I know for sure is that embracing nimble will allow me to let go of the stress of finding balance. 2015 found me juggling so many roles and constantly feeling frustrated that I couldn’t find the perfect balance of family time, boyfriend time and personal time. I fell short of finding the right split between working, working out and working on the blog. This year, I want to let go of the endless search for the perfect balance and choose to be nimble. I hope to be agile, graceful and adaptable as I embrace the crazy that life is sure to bring this year.

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