September 19, 2014

The Shop: Creating My Business Core

I first shared The Dream Job Shop with you back in July while I was taking the free course about creating a newsletter for your business. Since then I enrolled myself in the class that teaches business owners about creating their Business Core. I really enjoyed her style of teaching for the newsletter course, and I figured if that one was free and fantastic then the Creating Your Business Core class must be even better. I was right.

You the Man mug from Lenny Mud

Without giving everything away, I want to let you know that I learned a lot about myself and what I really want and dream for my life -- outside of my business. This course has you focus on creating goals for your life and business in a way that I had never approached before, and I feel a lot better about the future of my business because of it.

Since creating my business core I have taken the necessary steps to set in motion the big goals that I have for the shop this year, and I've started making more time for myself and my family. I love Andi's style of teaching, and she is incredibly approachable if you have a question or a problem. Her blog also has fantastic little tips and inspirations that she provides for free -- I learned a lot about SEO and all that junk just from reading her blog, and it has made a big difference in the numbers I see in the shop.

This is starting to sound all gushy and like I am being paid to promote something, but I truly believe everything that I have shared with you. I am so glad that I went to the artist meet & greet and started chatting with Andi that day at Flock & Gather because she has changed my life and the way I approach my business. She is such an inspiration for me, and sometimes it takes going out on a limb and doing something you've never done before in order to find that.

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September 15, 2014

Autumn: The Corn Maze

This month I wanted to plan a fun activity for our family that we had never done before, so I did a bit of research and found a corn maze nearby that had a petting zoo -- which was basically farm animals that wandered around the property -- and other little attractions like a bouncy castle. 

There were two mazes to choose from -- one that was six-acres and the other that was two-acres -- and we decided to go with the smaller one. It was fun trying to answer the true and false questions that would point us in the right -- or wrong -- direction. We ended up making a few big circles around before finding our way, but we were pretty glad that we got lost in the smaller of the two mazes.

As soon as I saw people entering the maze it reminded me of Field of Dreams and I whispered "If you build it, he will come" throughout our entire time in the maze. I also thought I saw some aliens from Signs, and I know for certain that I would never want to be going through the maze in the dark. My imagination would go wild.

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September 08, 2014

Blogs I Love: Pen, Lens and Paintbrush

I started following Sarah-Lambert Cook's blog a few years ago when I first entered the world of Etsy. She is an amazing artist, and someone that I admire and am inspired by. She used to do the most intricate little paintings that were set on pendants as necklaces, earrings, cufflinks, etc. I have a couple of her pieces that vary in size from 1" in diameter to around 1/2" in diameter -- it amazes me that someone could paint in that kind of detail in such a small space.

She moved to Germany a little while ago, but not before sharing some of her adventures in the USA before she and her husband made their big move. She has the most amazing photographs, and I highly recommend that you go get lost in her blog. She also has the most adorable dog named George.

 A new piece available in the shop inspired by Sarah's travels.

Now that she is living in Europe, she has been sharing the most wonderful photographs, stories, and facts about the wonderful explorations that she has made of all the countries that surround her. I think that when it is my time to go on such adventures, I will be calling on her for tips and advice.

I was also excited to see that she recently opened up her shop again on Etsy, but with a twist that incorporates her new life. I can't wait to see where life will take her next, but in the meantime I am enjoying the ride that she is sharing with us all.

My little Wicket from Sarah's shop in 2012.

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