It’s July already! Yikes! When did that happen?? The summer needs to slow down. I haven’t got my fill of sunshine and warm weather yet! But, before we head into the next month of summer, I’d like to review the past month to celebrate the wins and reflect on what I learned.
- I started the month with some serious goal planning. A friend of mine introduced me to the Cultivate What Matters Six-Month PowerSheets and I was instantly hooked! It has been exactly what I’ve needed to get my priorities in order. I’m learning how to take baby steps to achieve my long-term goals and it has been so freeing for the all or nothing type of person I am!
- I finished all the art for my new book, Ephesians: A Hand Lettered Devotional, which will be released in November 2018! Join my mailing list to be notified when the early bird pre-order opens, where you’ll get free shipping and some other special freebie I haven’t decided on yet!
- My Etsy shop exceeded 600 sales! Thank you ALL who placed an order this month! You are keeping my shop running, helping me pay my bills to just do life, and also helping my hubby and me make a big donation to a cause so important to us, which leads me to my next win…
- I started a Nearly Perfect Pins sale to raise money for Crohn’s research! Read my blog post from a couple weeks ago if this is the first time you’re hearing about it. Luke and I hope you will be inspired by God’s goodness to us through Luke’s journey so far with Crohn’s disease. We are already halfway to our $1,000 goal and we are so thankful for all of you who contributed and bought a pin and hope the rest of you will feel led to join us!
- Speaking of Luke, I shared in last month’s blog post that his surgery was a big win for both of us – that has still been a big win this month, because he is just about fully recovered and we are finally experiencing what normal life is like after months (and really, years) of physical pain, dietary restrictions, and unknowns for Luke. All the glory to God!!
- And on the very last day of June, my Instagram profile hit 10k followers! This is a huge milestone I’ve been working towards for over a year. I still firmly believe the number of likes and follows aren’t everything and they certainly don’t define your worth as an individual and/or business owner, but having 10k followers opens up the opportunity for others to visit my shop more easily (yay to having the “Swipe Up” feature!) and it does bring a level of professionalism to my profile. All things to celebrate!
- I heard over and over again from my online business friends that the summer is slow, but no amount of warning could prepare me for how slow. This is my first summer as a full-time online shop owner, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was hoping my business would grow more quickly, but it hasn’t grown much financially in the past two months. I know some of that was due to me taking off a couple weeks in May when Luke was in the hospital, but a lot of it has been completely out of my control. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t discouraged and negative at many points throughout the month, but I am slowly creeping out of this plateau and will take that over a decline in business any day! I’m doing my best to stay positive and push myself to work, even though I’m not seeing a whole lot of payoff right now. I still LOVE my job, but I’m in a season where I have to push myself more to get things done and work feels like work. I’m really excited about my new book and other fun new things coming in the fall, so that has been my light at the end of the tunnel!
- I had a lot of family events and had to take some time off from work. I cannot express fully how thankful I am to have the flexibility to be able to decide for myself when I take time off. But, it can also be tricky to manage. This summer filled up so fast with weddings, parties, family coming into town, cabin trips, a trip to Oregon in a few weeks… I’m learning that just because I can be flexible, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea for my business to say yes to everything. I’m learning to say yes to the big, important things I’d hate to miss out on and no to the things that I’d still like to do, but gotta show my business some love so it doesn’t suffer. Again, I’m learning. I haven’t figured this out yet, but this summer has been a really good learning experience so far!
Thanks as always for reading! These posts are like journal entries for me. I’d probably write them even if no one was reading them, so I’m always flattered that so many of you are interested enough to keep coming back to read about how things are going in my life each month. I love my community! You all are the best!