It's been a bit of radio silence around here for... a good few months. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are excited for the opportunities that come with the clean slate of January (of course you can start a clean slate any time of year but there's just something that feels special about a new year, right?)
I personally spent New Years Eve at home, working hard in my living room. I had been thinking over the last couple of days what I wanted to achieve in 2014 and how I was going to do it. I don't want to call them resolutions because I feel like there are so many bad connotations to resolutions and it's like there's this big joke that we all make them and they last two weeks into January before we collectively give up. What I was working on was a plan to breathe some life back into my... uh, life. I've now been unemployed for 6 months and it's honestly starting to get really old so I wanted to take the opportunity to do something amazing.
I decided to map out some work-related goals (namely, find a job!) and some personal goals that I wanted to work on in the near and distant future. Knowing that you have to keep working at your goals little by little to have a better chance of achieving them, I also have plans of sitting down at the start of each month to take stock and think what I need to do in that particular month to get me a little bit closer. (Is my inner Virgo showing here? I'm actually a Leo but right on the cusp and I definitely think it has affected my personality!)
So, on Tuesday afternoon I had the crazy idea that I should start the year out as I mean to go on and get one of my goals live right on the stroke of midnight. This goal in question was to open my etsy shop. It's something I've been meaning to do literally for years, but especially in recent months when my cousin's husband told me that the next time he saw me he wanted me to have started my business (and then sent me a Facebook message a few months later asking how it was going!)
Now, I don't know that I necessarily consider this a business, at least not right now, but it definitely has the power to become that - I also have a crazy amount of apple stickies with plans for how I want to expand in the future. For now though I'm happy for it to be my little side venture... that I'm actually secretly (or not so, seeing as this is the internet) very proud of.
As you can imagine, deciding to launch this shop mere hours before the clock struck twelve, I wasn't exactly prepared. I'd been designing the prints that I wanted to sell for a good few months but I had never sold anything on etsy before and had no idea how it worked. I did my homework, writing copious notes to myself to make sure I understood (because I am a big nerd) and was still trying to sort everything out with five minutes to go but... I'm proud to say that I managed to get everything done and dusted and pressed the "publish" button just as the rest of the country were ringing in the new year with kisses and alcoholic beverages. I didn't even have a glass of champagne!
So, without further ado, I present to you my most recent achievement (may there be many more this year)... my etsy shop! You can either click the image below or here for the link.