New Year, New Goals

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Starting the New Year with this inspirational journal from The Trendy Sparrow!

It has been quite the year for me personally and professionally, so it’s a little bittersweet to be ending this chapter of 2015 and moving on to the scary yet shiny and new 2016.

I don’t know about you, but I feel that if you write down your goals and share them you’re held a little bit more accountable for if you achieve them or not.

1. Ask for help

I am the worst at asking for help. I’ve always taken great pride in doing things myself, and a little part of me feels like asking for help is a sign of weakness. I full on know that is not true, so I really want to make next year about getting help whether it is in photography, web design, or whatever else.

2. Collaborate more 

I think deep down I am an introvert who just wants to sit at my desk and make jewelry all day long. However, when I am not being a hermit, one of my favorite things about being an entrepreneur is meeting other entrepreneurs and hearing their stories. I love learning from other people, and it’s really rewarding to not only learn from others but to also teach others from my own experiences. I really want to make 2016 about learning from others and collaborating on projects, so if you’re an entrepreneur, blogger, writer, artist or whatever, reach out and let me know if you want to collaborate 🙂

3. Re-Design the Etsy Shop & Website

Another rather large goal on the docket is to revamp the Etsy shop and the website. I want to make both the Etsy shop and the website look more cohesive and not like two totally different stores. I love the community of Etsy, but I also love the autonomy of having a standalone e-commerce site. Running both shops can be difficult since pretty much everything that I need to change needs to be changed twice.

4. Time management

In addition to running SSD, I work full-time. I also just got engaged which means I am now wedding planning too. I think next year will be a bigger challenge with trying to balance everything, but I really want to make it a priority to feel content with the amount of time I am spending on SSD, my job, and my personal life.

I really want to utilize my calendar more and set up specific dates for tasks such as writing blog posts, reconciling the books, designing new pieces, researching new materials, working out, and having date nights.

5. Be mindful of my budget

This should probably be more towards the top, but I feel the fact that I am admitting this needs to be improved upon is quite the feat already, right? I feel like I am always making budgets and just not sticking to them. I think it’s especially hard as an entrepreneur because I can justify every purchase as an investment. Since I work full-time, the lines can also get fuzzy when I lump my salary and small business income together. That is a huge no-no in the small business world, so I am going to try extra hard this year to budget for myself personally but also for SSD. It also helps that I am planning a wedding now which will hopefully force me to save way more than before.

6. Be in the moment

I’m the type of person that’s always looking forward to/dreading what’s coming up. I feel like I’m always looking forward to my next big vacation or dreading an upcoming deadline. I really want to make it a priority this year to really appreciate what’s going on right now. I want to enjoy wedding planning and not see it as a chore and I want to celebrate any little victories I accomplish with my jewelry. Since my twenties are nearing an end, I think it’s more important than ever to really enjoy life with my loved ones in the moment. Maybe I should just call this my YOLO goal?

What are your priorities for the upcoming year? Do you have any tips on how you accomplish your goals? I am all ears and would love to hear what you think. I am wishing you all the best in the new year, and I hope you have a happy and successful 2016!

Tied with a Bow

I just absolutely love bows. I grew up with bows, and I have always had them incorporated into my life in one way or another. My mom and aunts are professional bow makers (yes, that is a profession) for my godmother’s company Bows Arts. They sell handmade children’s hair bows to retailers like Brooks Brothers and Neiman Marcus. Bows have always been a part of my life, and they’re pretty much a symbol of my family and childhood.

Some of my favorite pieces from the See Song Designs collection are the bow bracelets. My mom and I work together to make these bracelets, so the process of making them is really special to me. It’s great to work with my mom, and it’s fun to see the end result once we’re done. My mom knows a lot about colors and what colors will be in season, so it’s really great to incorporate her knowledge into my jewelry collection. The bow bracelets are one of my best sellers, and it makes me really happy to know that people enjoy something that is a product of our collaborative hard work and creativity. Here are some of my favorite bow pieces for the holidays:

Sparkly glitter bow bracelets are perfect for the holidays and New Year's Eve

Sparkly glitter bow bracelets are perfect for the holidays and New Year’s Eve

You can never go wrong with a basic red bow

You can never go wrong with a basic red bow

Tis the season with festive bright green

Tis the season with festive bright green

You'll be the talk of the party with these red glitter bow earrings... coming soon!

You’ll be the talk of the party with these red glitter bow earrings… coming soon!

New Look!

Welcome to the new See Song Designs blog! I want to share my journey in this creative endeavor of running a handmade jewelry business as well as any inspirations that come along the way. I started See Song Designs in April 2012, and it has grown so much from just being a hobby. I’m really excited to grow my business and see what opportunities come in the future, and I thank all of you for the love and support. I hope this blog will provide you with a nice break from your daily duties and give you inspiration to do what you love and follow your dreams.

-Liz