You know what they say about rock bottom? That you can only go up from there. Well, in the spectrum of money making and career-wise I’ve been pretty fricken low. I’ve been working really hard to figure out what it is that I actually love in life and what the heck do I want to do when I grow up. Then I read some business and self-help books, like you do when you’re on rock bottom (you can even do this while playing video games if you’re listening to the books on Audible.)
My self-help book cocktail consisted of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson first followed by a blend of Get Your Sh*t together by Sarah Knight and She Means Business by Carrie Green. It was a wonderful cocktail, I started letting things go (thanks to the giving no fucks), I learned to take scary giant tasks and turn them into small manageable chunks (thanks Sarah), and She Means Business came with some worksheets and a 28 day plan that had me really digging and trying to make some goals. When I was making my dream board (go ahead and laugh, I would laugh at the idea of me making a dream board too,) I realized I want to make a stationery line.
I want my pretty little notebooks in stores someday.
Now diving in and making a line of notebooks to sell would cost well over $1,000 for only a couple of options. So I have to take my goal and break it into small manageable chunks. I’ve started an Etsy store where you can buy prints and cupcake toppers handlettered and illustrated by me. This will help in two ways, I will hopefully make enough money to pay some of my bills and store some away for those notebooks I want to sell, and I get my designs out there and the popular prints will be my first that I turn into physical products.
I’ve also gone for the rebrand, you might have noticed two of those books have fuck or shit in the title. Now I’ve been blogging for a lot of years, and people like me for my voice, but my voice isn’t authentic the way that it is in real life. In real life I’m not always cheery and I don’t say frick all the time, nope I give no fucks about my filter in real life, and I think that needs to transfer over here at least a little so I stop feeling so restrained when I write. It’s definitely translated to my Etsy shop, I have a whole swear like a sailor category. Here’s a peek at my Etsy store.