I also stepped away from Make Tulsa this week. Another ridiculously difficult decision. Just a few weeks ago I was running around in the woods with my fellow makers, talking about the future of the group. Why in the world would I leave? Well, I had a bit of an epiphany that weekend. I realized that I was wanting to stay because of the friends I had made within the group. Then I realized that those friendships can and will continue without my membership to a group. My creative time has been so divided among MT and Alliday that Bifftastica was getting my leftover, creative energy. I have spent SO much time coordinating others and appeasing others that I've ignored my own creative business and this year, I want to focus on that, as selfish as that may sound to some. I want, and need, a break from trying to organize and appease so many other people.
All of that being said, I sat down the other night and wrote out goals for my creative business. I've never done that before. I believe that by sharing them publicly, it will hold me more accountable for achieving those goals. I really want to focus on improving my online shop. I have been very encouraged over the past few months by random people buying my stuff online! This has motivated me to up my game and triple my online sales this year. Right now I have 14 sales (I know, small, small potatoes for some but that's where I am and I'm proud of it!) so by the end of the year, I hope to have at least 56 sales. You can see some of my newest listings in this post. In order to meet this goal, I have many mini goals - I will do a treasury a month on Etsy (I'm behind a month but I'll make up for it!) to be more involved in that community. I will also up my game in the product photography department. I want to photograph some of my creations outside of our home/backyard. For new product (and old jewelry that I have been rephotographing and listing) I have already changed my shooting set up and am LOVING the outcomes.
Finally, I want to learn to use my darn darning foot! Brent bought me one for Christmas several years ago and I have NEVER even messed with it once! This is the year.