Since I know the holidays are going to be busy, I am getting into the “new year, new me” mentality a bit early. 2018 was an interesting year. Flights to Michigan and the Philippines for family ate my vacation days, so I traded my random weekend domestic flights for road trips like Austin and Houston. It’s made me really miss my friends and exploring new places, but it’s also helped me focus in on my side hustle. Now let’s see if I met my 2018 goals!
Card Collections: I didn’t make any full collections, but I did make a few new designs this year. I tracked down my favorite paper and started printing at home. The process is a lot slower so I only made enough to sell in person. I will do better!
New Product Types: I now offer stickers, art prints, and pouches! I have been dragging my feet on my enamel pin tags, but hopefully they will drop in 2019!
Wholesale: The numbers and terms are in my head and in my notes, but the actual catalog doesn’t exist yet. Definitely going to keep this goal for 2019.
Website: No revamp yet, but still on my short list, especially after Etsy’s fee changes.
Womp womp. I set these goals not realizing the everyday upkeep my shop was going to need, so some of them were definitely swept under the rug. On the bright side, I grew my business in ways I didn’t expect! Looking back at my 2017 wrap up post, I was at 100 sales and 400 Instagram followers. This year I am at 380 sales and 1700 followers! I know numbers are not everything, but they are definitely motivating. Getting into the pin game has really supercharged my shop, and staying home has saved me a lot more energy to maintain it! I even started to do in person events, like the Dallas Pin & Patch Show and Decent Market. This was a gigantic step for me, and I definitely want to do a bunch more in 2019.
Oops. My scrapbook is pretty much in the same place as it was a year ago. I blamed it on my crowded workspace, and I still do! Luckily that space is about to change, and I would love to make room for this mood-boosting hobby.
I do still take photos (because of course) and I have been mega engaged on Instagram. Remembering the little things is important to me, and I plan to continue that in 2019 through photos, scrapbooking, blogging, vlogging, and more!
Speaking of vlogging, I started a studio vlog this year! Of course, I fell off the wagon right away because I’m just way too bashful. I am going to try to continue in 2019, because I have a lot of big things happening..
Last year I also mentioned painting - I did end up buying acrylic gouache, but can’t bring myself to learn it. I still love my iPad. No change there!
I think 2019 is going to be really exciting! I’ve already got more “for fun” trips planned than I had this year. I’m also going to be moving into my very first house, and I think it’s going to inspire me a lot! It’s gigantic and full of projects and natural light - literally my favorite. I can’t wait to share!
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