Thursday, January 28, 2016

Goal Setting 2016: Tools to Keep It Fun



What I Didn't Know I Didn't Know
I’m am the creative entrepreneur behind theruthlesscrafter.etsy.com, where I sell memory quilts, baby quilts, and t-shirt quilts.

When I first opened my shop in 2014, I had no plan, no goals, no idea what I was doing! I basically made an item, took a quick photo of it with my phone, and listed it to sell, waiting to see if it might sell.

This was my first year and, as you can imagine, it wasn't very successful. It wasn’t until the next year that I decided I wanted my hobby to grow into a business. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do though or where to start in terms of goal planning and organizing myself to take this next step.
I started with brainstorming a new product line to give my business focus. My new ideas were good in theory but I really had no idea how to implement them. Developing a product line is apparently a little more work than just making a quilt and throwing it online!



Getting Organized
To figure out where to start, I decided to follow someone who knew more than I did; someone who had actually written a book about goal setting.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Declutter Your House: FREE Challenge

Before we get started, I want you to know that it is 5 days until my wedding collection is released!!


I don’t know about you but I tend to think clearer when my home is organized.

Part of my 2016 goals are to get my home decluttered so that it looks and feels larger and I don't feel the stress of all the "stuff" surrounding me. I find that, especially in the winter months when I’m stuck in the house, it seems like there’s a bigger mess. The walls start to close in on me and I respond to it by purging everything. I look in corners and think, “How did we accumulate all this stuff?!”

Do your 2016 goals include decluttering the house? What is the area of your home that bothers you the most? 

Today I'm going to share with you my process for decluttering.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Smart Ideas for Living Room Storage

Thank you to today's blogger, Patricia Cornwell.

The living room is a central place in every home because people spend most of their time lying on the couch, listening to music, reading a book or watching a TV program. Despite its size, you need to figure out clever ways to store your stuff so that it looks and feels bigger. There are a variety of options. Stores are fraught with shelves, cabinets, coffee tables and furnishings that do a great job at beautifying your living space as well as providing enough storage space. All you have to do is consider all the options and find which things will work for you. Let us give you a hand. Read our clever ideas for living room storage to make the best decision.



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Creative Entrepreneur 2016 Goal Planning


I am a creative entrepreneur. I make special occasion custom quilts. Today I would like to share an invaluable tool I use to create my business and personal annual goals and plans.

I am very good and planning - it is so easy to come up with numbers and plans out of the air but how do you qualify them and track them? That has been my downfall to date.