Like so many others at this time of year I like to look back over the last 12 months and give it some thought. I'm that sort of person. Sometimes I berate myself on my mistakes or cringe at my regrets, but more often I am astonished at how God has worked when I wasn't realizing it.
Since I have talked about a lot of this over the last year I'm going to keep this simple and brief, a kind of conclusion to the year, before talking about my expectations for the new year.
This year held a lot of unknown for me. After quitting my job in October of the year before I wasn't sure where I was headed, I just knew that I wanted a change. My plans for the last new year were little and undefined. Throughout January I had my thoughts set on entering a contest from the Master's College in the (somewhat) hopes of winning paid tuition. I was not too optimistic about actually winning but I knew entering the contest would be a good experience. But unfortunately they were unwilling to extend the prize to online tuition as well so I'm afraid I had to let that idea go.
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In February I had a slight breakdown over not knowing where God intended for me to be. I have always had so many interests, narrowing it down to something solid has been insanely difficult. I finally committed it to God and let go of my future. While waiting for Him to show me where He wanted me I decided to focus my attention on upgrading my blog. This ended up taking a lot more time than I expected.
For many months my main focus was on my blog. I made so many changes: name, design, purpose, goals. I designed my own header and background, rebranded, and much more that I can't even remember now. The list seemed endless for so long that I still have a few awaiting the new year. During that time I researched ways to make money with my blog. And let me tell you, there are many.
But just because there are options doesn't mean those options are for me. I've often tried to make myself conform to a type of business only to end months later strained to the max and at my wits' end. If it is not for me then I can't make it work, at least not in the manner I have been trying. I dismissed many of the ways for making money with my blog, but a few of them seemed a little plausible, such as affiliate work.
By the last half of the year I was working on affiliate programs with Knit Picks and Joann's before finally getting accepted by Leisure Arts. There is still so much to grasp, I haven't even begun to reach my full potential.
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Then I discovered Ravelry's option for opening your own shop and took off in that direction. In no time I had myself an Etsy too and from then on spent my nearly every waking minute building it and understanding it.
At the beginning of this year I never would have guessed that I would end up in this direction, owning my own business and managing my own craft blog. I have a lot of options for the future in this new direction, we'll see what comes of it.
With only a few remaining days left in the holiday season, I've been endeavoring to restrict myself from actually doing any business related work. I began planning to finish and post one last holiday pattern earlier this week but checked myself and let it go. The next pattern I share will be a puff stitch cap and scarf set sometime next week.
Now for the new year. I don't make resolutions, I set goals. My theory on New Year's resolutions are: if you can't do it the rest of the year then you most likely will not in the new year. No, I prefer to keep a list of expectations and try to meet them year round.
|Poinsettia Shimmer Garland|
Business wise, this coming year I hope to start selling physical crochet products as well as their patterns, such as actual hats and scarves, garlands, bags, and anything else that finds its way onto my Etsy. I have been hesitant before about it for various reasons, but I think it is time for me to step it up to the next level.
As I said, I have a few things left in my blog design that I will do in the new year, and I plan on getting more involved in affiliate work. And once I get some of these things under control I'm hoping to begin sculpting again. I have some great ideas, a few of which I shared some posts back. We'll see how that turns out.
But I still haven't forgotten about taking online college courses. I am especially interested in Answers in Genesis science courses and I love how God's Bible College is including it in their programs. Money is obviously short due to being unemployed for a while. I didn't make a lot before but then again my "bills" have been few since I live simply and still at home. I have further thoughts on the subject of business but am not ready to specify just yet. Ginger Peachy Store is obviously slow-going, as all beginning businesses are. I'll just have to wait and see what God has in store for me this year.
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Will Amy succeed in building a successful online business? Will she finally discover her purpose in life? And will she eventually find the schooling that is right for her and the money with which to do it? Tune in after 12 months to find out!
Thanks for reading everyone! You may not believe it, but frankly, I hate talking about myself. I can't help thinking I bore my readers. But then again, if you've gotten this far then maybe you aren't as bored as I feared.
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