Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Story of Our Little Organic Shop: Pros/Cons of Owning a Store after a Year

We opened our first brick and mortar shop late November 2016. This means we've been open a year and 3 months now! It's been amazing to look back at progress so far with AJ. We have a long way to go of course, business is fluid and ever-changing especially in the early years, but it's transformed so much from the start.

So some positive facts:

- Last weekend we made more in a day than we did January 2017
- 3-5 Markets & Events per day or weekend isn't uncommon anymore
- We keep breaking sales goes left and right it's honestly kind of status quo now
- We consistently have more events and requests than we can keep up with
- We actually 1.5 shops, now (as we call it, haha) we're renting a space with another shop nearby
- By now we've collaborated with dozens of markets and people by now, still rounding up those numbers
- We have products in 4 stores and we're working on more actively
- Sometimes I get to travel and go on neat business trips
- We're helping LOTS of people find natural products that -really- work well
- I meet awesome artisans, hippies, creative business owners and just generally interesting creative people and get unique invitations often :)

Some struggles:

- We also have to spend a LOT (SO much, OUCH) to scale and grow and this is hard to accept as a frugal soul

- I also never know how far I should "let myself go" with making things, expansion, and adding new sections and fun products. It's a tough balance because I want to go for it but on the other hand we're already doing so much.

- Time for traveling is rare and nearly impossible right now, or just seeing people. We get some free time during the weekdays when most people work and our weekends are packed full. - Although stealth bonus our hours are flexible and we sleep in more days than not which is awesome!

- Just general life balance amid the chaos and managing my stress and overwhelm.

At the moment we're actually actively looking into yet another location (eek!) although with the acceptance that this could be now, later in the year, or next year, and we're busy enough that it's totally okay no matter what time. I'm plotting some interesting new curations beyond body care. Every day we're learning, growing, and getting so much better. I look back at Spring last year and how I struggled to do my first solo market and how I now can handle one on my own with little sleep and break previously held sales numbers while I'm at it. I know when we look back at this time now we'll be amazed again and how we've grown from the time we're at now.

I just wanted to brain dump some honest progress and feelings about our new business. Honestly it's going AMAZINGLY well and we are living the dream and getting to grow and do so much we've always wanted to, now we just have to add some more structure and learn to cope with the stressful parts, haha. :) I'll of course follow-up on ways how I've overcame on the organization front.

*For behind-the-scenes check out my business & personal Instagram feeds. 

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*For behind-the-scenes check out my business & personal Instagram feeds. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Your New Years Resolution Super Post (Keep Going!) A Multi-Year Round-Up

I hope your new years is going well! I've charged through January keeping resolutions and holy hell, organizing the HELL out of my home and business, taking it all to another level of productivity. Like, there were tears and fighting and pain along the way, it was that thorough.

I take my organizing dead seriously, as you know. 

It was all worth it because SO much is getting done and so beautifully, too!

I'm sharing this round-up of tips for keeping your resolutions and general new years tips goodness here on January 31st. I'm not sure if it's a worldwide problem but here in North America we tend to stop talking about resolutions and setting goals to be our best-selves as soon as February 1st hits.

But that's nonsense.
Because self-improvement is a daily thing, forever!

Let's keep going for the rest of the year! Here are some of my favorite posts to keep you going:

My KonMari Journey + FAQ/Follow-Up (Still my FAVORITE method ever, I use these it DAILY in my home and shop)

Organized Home Checklist: Transform Your Messy Life Into Streamlined Efficiency

Speed Cleaning Checklist

Perfect Picture-Hanging Secret: Hang Your Art like an Art Gallery Owner

Short-Cuts for Achieving a Healthy, Minimalist Life

Simplify Your Life in 5 Steps

10 Top Whole Living Tool and Solution List, Great Ideas for Improving Health into the Year

Detailed Small Business and Household Accounting Methods Early in the year is a great time to get started on this!

How to Methodically Plan and Write Blog Posts Consistently Over Time

Envelope Budgeting Method

Weight Loss Tip They Won't Tell You: Don't Make it About Weight Loss

Why I Won't Shut the Hell Up About Veggies: My Weight Loss Journey

My Giant New Years Weight Loss and Healthy Recipe Round-Up

5 Action Steps for Transforming Your Health

Why I'm Glad We Started Our Store the Broke No-Money Way

And don't forget to stop and remember you're exactly where you need to be.

And if you're just lost this year, here's an exercise to help you find out what you want to do with your life.

If you have any questions or are nosy for behind-the-scenes check out my business & personal Instagram feeds.

Happy New Year! (How is your year going so far?)
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Friday, December 29, 2017

New Years Resolutions for 2018: More Minimalism, More Living, Grow Creatively

What. A. Year 2017 has been! I am so grateful our shop venture not only worked out but is thriving more than anything either of us has created on our own. We have huge business plans going forward into 2018, there's more than I can even catch-up with here! That part of life turned out well, mission accomplished on the career front.

My view right now, our refreshed store office with a huge vision/design board

Yes, career life is optimistic, but we took short-cuts to get here at the expense of our personal lives. I have made my mantra for 2018 and it's all about making myself delegate and be more streamlined and organized than EVER so I can give AJ and myself the gift of free time! My resolutions for 2018 include:

MORE Minimalism

This isn't just about having less things (though I intend to continue to slash the amount of possessions owned) but about eliminating extra tasks, "ingredients", and steps from our business and life to make it run more efficiently.

MORE Living

Hopefully with our lives more streamlined we can leave more work to employees (eek!) while still profiting and go on breaks and trips more often. I need to start visualizing it (I can't imagine my life not overloaded with too much work right now) and making it happen!

FINISH essential tasks first-thing and FAST

I want to finish essential tasks IMMEDIATELY so we can just get to living! I sometimes mull over something too long or torture myself over stuff, no more, I just need to finish things fast so we can live more.

KEEP Growing Creatively and Otherwise with Classes and Groups

This is in regard to business but also importantly, keep growing creatively, work my hardest with my blog, my business, my creativity and connection with others. Take creative classes, develop photography, stay in that growth zone! I want to do this by taking as many creative classes and joining as many craft and creative groups as possible this year. I already bought one for our local Gem and Mineral society.

Bonus, Project 365

Project 465 requires you to take a photo a day, every day for 365 days straight. I stopped using my SLR entirely after being burned out on it when taking hundreds of photos a day became my day-job. But now I *NEED* to take beautiful photos again, I'm excited for the challenge of a fresh new year to practice.

Happy New Year! /Comments Off   - While I catch-up on stuff. I'll be updating on my store and personal Instagrams
See you with new content and things in 2018 :)

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