On 31 December 2015, I had a long list of New Year’s Resolutions typed out on my computer – eat 5 portions of fruit & veg every day, go swimming once a week, start playing tennis again, wash up after every meal, stick to my cleaning rota, read loads of books, grow my Etsy shop and get loads of new freelance design clients.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and we’re well into January, and, erm… none of those things have really happened. One large project left me working 15+ hours every day including Saturdays and I just wanted to sleep the rest of the time! (By the way, I’m massively grateful for and excited about said project, and I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about it soon!)
So this morning I’ve been having a little re-think and dreaming some big dreams about what I really want to happen this year. For each of my ‘big’ goals – such as growing my Etsy shop – I’ve broken it down into smaller, much more manageable chunks that hopefully I can put into action much more easily. Now, instead of being a bit scared of such big tasks ahead of me, I’m actually really excited to get to work and start ticking stuff off my list!
If you read my last post, you’ll have seen that however much I plan and organise, God might have completely different plans for me this year, and I’m okay with that. But for the moment, here are some of the things that I’d love to get done in 2016:
– Launch a ‘Spring Collection’ on Etsy of various stationery and home decoration stuff. I’m not sure what this will look like yet… so keep checking back for updates! (Also on the list are Summer, Autumn and Christmas Collections!)
– Think about how to really promote my business. From little things such as how I package my orders to bigger things like what my website looks like and how I use it. Ideally I’d love to add an online shop to the Paper Cafe website by the end of the year. I’m also planning how to use this blog better and also social media.
– Grow the freelance design side of my business. Although it’s really fun having products to sell and package and post, I also really enjoy having a good design project for a client, so whether that’s print design, web design, illustration or whatever, I’m looking to expand this area of my business.
All in all, I think it’s going to be quite an exciting year! If you’d like to keep up to date with how I’m getting on, do follow me on Twitter or Instagram or like the Paper Cafe Facebook page, I would love to connect with you and say hi.