For the first time in many years, I made absolutely no resolutions this New Year. Maybe it's because of it being an election year, and I'm already tired of listening to all the political muddlings. I realized New Year's resolutions are a lot like campaign promises. They sound wonderful, you almost want to believe they're really going to make a difference, but in the end, you have to be naive to think that they can realistically be put into an action plan that won't get sabotaged by something in the end. When that inevitably happens, everyone else gets all "I told you it wouldn't work" on you, and you wonder where all that wonderful support and promise that you started out with went. Oh wait - you say you expected me to just magically make things happen? I'm sorry, I seem to have filed that with the address for the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny... you know, in Fantasy Land.
Yes, I've got a new attitude, and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you!
Here are just a few of the areas I'll be evaluating and/or new concepts I will be actualizing that you'll see on the outside - but there will be a number of things going on behind the scenes as well. Busy, busy, busy!
January 15th will mark the first edition of my newsletter - Mystic Wynd News, Reviews, & How-to's. This monthly newsletter will contain news about my business, interesting tidbits about the world of handmade and independent crafters, a look at the world of gemstones and the mystery and lore attached to them, introductions to some great shops and the creative energy behind them, tutorials, product reviews, marketing and business tips for the small business craftsperson, a touch of humor, and of course some super special promotions for subscribers! Be sure to sign up so you never miss an issue - you'll find the sign up form in the menu bar by clicking on "Newsletter".
You'll also see me focusing more on the metaphysical properties of stones, and offering more designs that take these properties into consideration. In addition to this, if you've visited my shop on Etsy since the beginning of the year, you'll notice that I've gone back to sectioning my shop by theme - you'll be invited to browse by such themes as fantasy jewelry or tribal jewelry - and of course the traditional goodies will be there too.
I've also made a decision to share some of my other explorations into the world of crafting with the world, but since I'd like to keep it varied and completely spontaneous, I'm planning on opening up a shop towards the beginning of autumn that will showcase what will be a hodgepodge of items from greeting cards to paintings, crocheted goods to kid's clothes, and whatever floats my boat between now and then. Why wait until autumn? Well, we have a grandbaby on the way (#8, woohoo!), and I want to make sure that I've had my time to ooh and ahh, and goo and coo... and since he or she is due in mid June, early autumn seems like a good time to officially get a start on a new venture... that, plus my numerology guide tells me so, lol.
So, there you have my Reader's Digest version of my goals for 2012... at least as far as my business goes. On a personal level, I have the same last goal - and beyond that, I want to turn our two car closet back into a garage. Back up the truck, boys... I'll be waiting!
PS - Thanks to my teamies on the Blogging Business Artisans Team on Etsy for the inspiration for this post - and for all your support and friendship. What a great bunch of ladies (had to mentally go through the list, but yep, all ladies!) you all are!