Thursday, April 5, 2012

TLC for yourself

When's the last time you did something nice for yourself? Considering how busy we are day to day, how we fill our days with everything and still feel like we didn't get everything done, we often put ourselves last. I know I do!

I did a couple searches for ideas on how to take better care of myself and put ME first and the funny thing is the ideas I came across are SO simple! Remember whether you're running a shop, have a day job, have a family to look after or have a lot of other stuff going on, you can't be of much use to anyone unless you take care of yourself first.

Here's some ideas to get you started on giving yourself some TLC today. Best part? They're FREE!

* Find and notice something beautiful every day
* Write thank you notes to those who have touched your life and inspired you
* Dance around your house
* Eat something unhealthy AND enjoy it without self-criticism or guilt
* Schedule a day of no schedule
* Watch cartoons
* Lay in the grass and watch the clouds
* Sit and people watch
* Say no
* Listen to your favorite music
* Naps
* Draw a picture like you did when you were a child
* Try out meditation- no pressure
* Start a journal – gratitude, your personal story, an art journal, use prompts, whatever works for you – get writing and creating

Sunday, April 1, 2012

SF Etsy Business Group Meeting

I've been sadly neglecting my blog. So sorry! I've been busy with everything going on. Plus this weather's throwing me off, oh and then there was the time change ... crazy!

One of the things I started in my shop was adding prints! Yay! So not only will you find photo greeting cards, but prints. I also made a small version of the toilet paper roll (which ended up on last month) in case folks want an unframed version of the print that can fit in any tiny bathroom or a small space. I'm looking forward to adding more prints and possibly listing those photo magnets I had started on about a year ago.

In other news, today I hosted an SF Etsy Business Group Meeting at my apartment! I reconnected with 2 previous members (Eko & Korie) I had met when I first hosted the crafty afternoon event a few months ago. I also met 2 new SF Etsy members, Terrie and Conor which was fun. Korie discussed SEO for our shops and it was really informative. She went through sorting out our keywords and then how to use them throughout our shops. Can't wait to start trying out her tips and suggestions.

We're hoping to make our group a monthly event and hopefully tackle topics such as photographing products, promoting through social networking, how to sell outside of etsy and just even checking in to what people are doing right now with their work.

I have to say it's extremely helpful getting to meet other local members. It really keeps me motivated and inspires me to keep working on my shop and creating new products. Can't wait till our next meeting!

What keeps you motivated and inspired?