For me, exercising as soon as I get home from work is the way to go. I can do something at home or go use the eqiupment at Planet Fitness. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I schedule the workout before my Copaxone injection. It’s a system that works. Even if I’m feeling a little fatigued or under-the-weather, I can at least get on the floor and do some stretching. I need to lose about 35 pounds and I plan to lose it the way I gained it, slowly. My eating habits are pretty good, but I’m not as active as I need to be. If I don’t make progress in the next couple of months, I’ll have the doctor check my thyroid function. I’m pretty sure it’s a lifestyle problem and not hormones.
In other food news
I got an Instant Pot for Christmas. Now I have to learn how to use it and find recipes that don’t call for 15 ingredients.
Art for sanity
I want to revisit art journaling this year. The book I’m altering is turning into an art journal. I had a thought that I could turn books into journals and sell them on Etsy.
I don’t like how messy the art journal process is. Things would be so much easier if I could quit my job and do art and jewelry full-time. That is something to put on the vision board. That’s another to-do!
I could focus more on digital art, but I like working with real objects. I want to add digital scrapbook paper and embellishments to my Etsy inventory. More to-dos!
It’s time to stop being casual when it comes to my various so-called ‘side hustle’ endeavors. I relaunched my Etsy shop several months ago and hoped that my bracelets were pretty enough to sell themselves. That’s not how it works.
In my job as a social media specialist (whatever that means), I have been tasked with learning how to buy advertising on Twitter and Facebook. It’s a little confusing, but in the end, it’s not rocket science. It doesn’t have to be expensive either.
I made a little video featuring the bracelets in my shop using Quik. I made it a promoted post on Instagram. You have to switch to a business account to do this. Traffic to the shop increased only slightly. Then I spent $50 to promote the video on Twitter. I did this with the “Quick Promote” option, so the run was short and didn’t do much for me.
My next effort was to do a promotion directly on Etsy. I got one sale, but I’m not sure what did it. I’ll need to do some research before spending any more on advertising.
Next, I downloaded an audiobook called How to Sell on Etsy with Blogging. The book mentioned an Etsy plugin for WordPress. I’m going to see if I can get that installed.
The next thing to address is my inventory. My bracelets might not be trendy enough, so I bought a few magazines about jewelry-making to see what’s going on in that world.
I have a lot of work to do if I want to have a successful jewelry business.
I”m pretty sure no one has been asking, but I’m going to say anyway. I’ve been up to lots!
I’m still in grad school, but getting closer to finishing. I took the Management of Public Libraries course this spring. I have confirmed that I don’t want to work in or manage a public library. I’ll be learning how to evaluate information resources during the six-week summer session. This will be more “my thing.”
My used book sales on Amazon have picked up! I sold seven books this week. I even got a message from Amazon saying that I should fill out tax information because it’s likely I’ll sell 50 books this year.
I finally added merchandise to my poor little Etsy shop. Got some “likes” and “views,” still no sales.
I tried Beezid.com and won some items. I also lost some money and learned that it takes time and commitment to do well in the penny auction world. It’s not for me.
I’ve been making a lot of digital art,
Made with Sketch Club on my iPhone.
Made with Sketch Club on my iPhone.
and I’ve finally started a junk journal. I can only find one book on junk journals, but there is a ton of stuff on Pinterest
Here’s the start of mine.
Lately, I feel like I’m figuring out just what I want out of life. It’s a good feeling! Kind of scary, but good!
…and I just got an eBay sale while writing this post.