Wow- can you believe August is almost over? Hell, 2014 is almost over! I started out this year with a lot of goals, and I bet you did too. As fall is just around the corner, I’m getting ready for some big changes, and putting off buying fall clothes or Halloween decor as long as I can. I’m looking forward to new clients, a new site launch (more to come on that very soon!) and a new home. Some of my beginning of the year goals have changed- but not for the wrong reasons.
Sometimes goals change, and sometimes that’s for the better. Tweet this
Over the winter I got like- really really into knitting. I started a knitting blog, with the intention of making sales on patterns that I created. It turned out I was pretty good at making patterns. So My goals were to offer free patterns, and video tutorials on my blog, get affiliate advertising sales from yarn companies, sell my patterns on my blog & on Etsy, and eventually create a pattern e-book.
The crazy part? All these goals- were just a side hustle to my (rapidly growing) design business. Pattern development, getting patterns tested, correcting said patterns, then photographing, editing said photos, advertising, listing, writing a blog, making & editing videos. A bit much? I thought so too. So I decided to take it easy on those ideas and focus more on my design. I knit now for peace of mind and relaxation when I have time. And I enjoy it more that way.
It’s good to have goals for a side hustle- but keep in mind that it’s just a side hustle and you need to have a life. Tweet this
I easily get caught up in “the next big idea,” and fail to take into account those silly little details like how there’s only 24 hours in a day. And like how sometimes, you need to shower, eat, and see friends & family. As a creative- I’m sure you can relate. So I put my knitting needles down and put my fingers to work on my keyboard. Blogging, designing, improving my website, and promoting myself. I got clients, made sales, and took on a new project.
Through growing my network on Twitter, (you can follow me @eyesofstyleblog!) I made some great connections and friendships. I brainstormed a new project with a couple of friends, and then another goal came into play. That goal is what I’m working on right now. And yes- I’m being intentionally vague. I can’t tell you much- but I can say that building friendships, networks, and collaborations online is about to get a whole lot easier- and funner. Yes funner. It should be a word.
A little flex room for your goals is a vital part of the creative process. Tweet this
And that’s something I’m realizing as 2014 flies by. Making room for new goals is essential to my creative potential. I can’t wait to share more about this project with you soon, for more updates, follow me via email in the comments below, or facebook or twitter.