Friday, January 23, 2015

January Goal Updates: Reselling, Making, School. Success, Failures, Trucking Along

This year I'm sharing monthly business and personal goal updates. It holds me accountable and it gives you a behind-the-scenes on a free-spirited soloprenuer (and naturally, broke, ha!) student's lifestyle. It's been a crazy, but rewarding month full of new experiences. Behold!:

January Business Progress:

  • Lost $$$ on my antique mall booth. No time! Downsizing to a tiny one next month.
  • Excitedly doing Web Marketing for two local natural living indie businesses. 
  • Copyeditor and designer for a quarterly local natural living magazine!
  • Testing for our organic body care line going amazingly well! Soft release soon.
  • Raised item prices, earning more without slaving. Win/win/win. 
  • Teaching bi-monthly raw vegan cooking classes. Merch/books to come. 
  • Less blogging cured my sleep deprivation woes! Cognitive ability level-up.

Been making and playing with kombucha flavorings. Post to come!

January Personal Progress:

  • Now a full-time student studying herbalism and nutrition. Dream come true!
  • Increasing weight & challenge with each gym visit. Making future torture-plans. Gym=torture.
  • Sold more house clutter for $200, will sell the rest next week. Less clutter=clear mind.
  • Let myself work/stress less and sleep more. Feeling much healthier for it.
  • Streamlined/beautified the home. More progress to come; ongoing.
  • Started beautiful seedlings, will start more and get gardening this year. 
  • Taking lots of creative/craft classes.
  • Corrected my calorie/protein levels. It took another fainting spell (in class; pathetic) to force change. I'd forget to eat + didn't realize how much more I need to eat as a now active person.

A few of our soaps and products, curing. They smell INCREDIBLE. All testing going well.

Some herbalism homework. I happily sharpened my prismacolors for the Botany book!

January Fails:

  • Need more blog posts finished well in advance. 
  • Antique mall income fail. Income drop in general.
  • I didn't get outside daily as intended, even with my challenge
  • Client work took over, need to balance time better.
  • Didn't set aside daily meditation/reading time. Must rectify.

Can't wait to order herb seeds and plant some more babies. Our body care line will have organic, home-grown, healing herbs infused within!

February Adjustments/Goals:

  • Soft opening for my body care line
  • Fill up editorial schedule
  • 5 photoshoots/interviews
  • DO DAILY: Get Outside/Explore, Read, Meditate, Work on eBooks
  • Re-shoot ALL current merchandise for Etsy. 
  • Use a timer to get client work done faster. Focus!
  • Entering a Feb. daily workout and class contest. 
  • Make a better schedule/system to fit everything in!
  • Get progress on my art lines, move along to the next step.
  • Move focus make to profit in February, will share the results.

Our hot water heater heater was out for 22 days straight! Suffering from a cold and desperate, I heated water for my bath on the stove! Also, washer/dryer literally burned out and we had to call the fire department! Got laundry to catch up on as soon as this post is done, it's piled on my couch...

I NEED YO HELP: I'd love your articles for my blog and magazine project! I'm looking to post home tours, collections, business interviews, artist interviews, DIYs, and interesting informative posts. Please e-mail me, I'd love to interview and share your home. If you're local, my camera longs intrude on my life. Contact me

My mom and niece making bath bombs in one the many creative classes at Green Lotus Studios

A small peek at my first cooking class. Was fun to buy some colorful cutting boards for it.

That's a wrap, January. One more week to go.

I could have done better, but overall, January was a success. Yesterday I completely mentally and physically exhausted myself; it was awesome to finally feel that way again. I've needed to really challenge my mind to work those creative brain muscles and my new classes and gigs have re-booted my system. 

How has your January been thus far with sales, personal life, goal following up? And seriously, if you're lurking and want to collaborate/have me write about you/have questions, let me know! I want to work with you.
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  1. Wow, girl, you keep busy! I'm actually trying to do less. It's sounds funny, but I also struggle with some health/food issues. My doctor has recommended I make my life a little less stressful and take time to prepare healthy foods and work out. So that's my big January plan- extract myself from some commitments, cook and eat well and work out 5 days a week.
    (Thanks for stopping by my blog, btw!)

    1. Yep, I took time out to do the same. Your doctor is right, you really have to take time our and remove tasks to get better when you're unwell. I hope you feel better soon :)

      I'm forcing myself to do less too, like downsizing my booth and stepping back from different projects.

  2. Ooh! I love the idea of an organic body care line. Can't wait to hear more about it. Good job on keeping track of your goals and being honest with yourself about the fails. By the way, I tried doing an antique mall booth a few years back and didn't have any luck either. Lots of lookers, but no buyers!

    1. I've been in there for eh, 4-5 years now? :O I did well for a while but lately I haven't had the time to add new merchandise and keep it profitable.

  3. Sounds like you made great progress with your goals, Van. Congrats! Looking forward to reading and further being inspired in February :)

    1. Thanks Kim. Was literally just thinking of some more inspiring biz words to share :D

  4. I am trying to do more....mostly because I am normally so lazy and unmotivated. I love those soaps...any Patchouli? I want to hippie it up!

    1. We'll be making loads of different stuff. Will fit patchouli in. I love hippie stuff, too. Yep the inertia gets me. Once you get the ball rolling the momentum keeps you rolling beautifully. :) you probably needed a break.

    2. I have a patchouli soap for $3.00 now if you're game, lemme know :)

  5. wow.. you are doing good.. and are upbeat and positive about the things that didn't go so well. which is great.
    i am busy trying to sell my clutter too

    1. Same same Hena! Will be working hard and selling more tomorrow.


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