Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Really, I don't mind staying up late, I always have been a night owl, and I just have to finish printing one more calendar. It doesn't seem like it would take to long to print just one calendar, but even though I love my printer, my printer doesn't love cardstock, and seeing as that is what I always print on, well you get the picture, lets just say I've gotten really good at removing paper jams. Anyway, I give it about another half an hour before I can crawl into bed.
I really did get a lot accomplished in the last two days. I finished three custom orders and I prepared two calendars and two wedding books for binding, I should be able to list everything tomorrow, and all of my custom orders will be delivered friday.
I should feel good about all of my hardwork, but I still feel like i'm playing catch up. Every time that I finish one item I think of four more that I have to get started on. I'm just a little overwhelmed, and this is even more difficult because the items that I sell are dated. I don't want to have a ton of left over academic planners after school starts, but I do want to have enough to get through the back to school season, but I have no idea what enough is.
I could babble about this forever, but let's be honest, we would all get bored, and my printer is about to be shut down for the night so I am off to bed!
I am absolutely in love with the book that I am working on right now. It is a beautiful creme and baby blue wedding book, the cover has green and gold accents, and features machine stitching embellishment. All of my divider pages have blue or creme borders with machine stitching embellishment. I still have to finish attaching the ribbon tabs and then I have to sew all of the pockets but it will be gorgeous when it is done.
The accent papers are all from Martha Stewart's Craft Collection, which is probably why I love them so much. I love her designs, they are so simple, but that makes them so elegant. I could (and have) spend hours on her website! But really that has nothing to do with what i'm trying to write, can you tell I haven't been able to focus today?!
Ok, ok, I really do need to get back to work, tabs don't attach themselves, unfortunately, but I just had to share my pretty project with you. Check my etsy site http://obsessivelyorganized.etsy.com soon for the finished product, and while you are waiting check out some work by two of my favorite etsy artists: http://pinklilypress.etsy.com and http://michelesessentials.etsy.com
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Take a minute to make your own list, 10 things that you really truly enjoy doing. Feel free to use my list for inspiration, and don't forget, taking time to make the list is great, but you can't just think about doing the things that you wrote down, you have to actually do them!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
As much as I love the work that I am doing right now I have the same doubts as anyone else in my situation. That little voice in the back of my head that says "are you sure this will work?" and "Can you really make enough money doing this?" But the question that I ask myself the most is "do I believe in myself?"
I was having a conversation about this particular subject with one of my very best friends earlier today. Brooke and I are in a similar place, we both just recently graduated from college, and neither of us have been able to find jobs (even though we were both very good students with very good resumes). She told me that something would happen for me when it was supposed to happen.
Now I have said this very same thing to myself numerous times, but it really helps to know that I am not my only cheerleader. And I have gotten completely off subject...
Anyway, Brooke told me that something would happen for me when it was supposed to happen. Now this saying is extremely vague, and a bit cliche, but sure enough, I made a sale that very day. Now I am a huge believer in signs, and if that wasn't a sign, then I don't know what would be.
So, here I go, I'm going to do it. I'm going to take that huge leap of faith and give this my all. And most importantly I am going to believe in myself (well, that's a process, so I'm going to work on believing in myself, really, I am).
Mother Teresa said "Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and let your wings grow on the way down." This is my reminder that no matter what I happens, I will absolutely learn something from this experience.
What quotes keep you going? I would love to hear them!