Day 1 of my journey to self sufficiency and I'm actually feeling pretty darn good. I received a FedEx today, my final paycheck.
Luckily, they decided to be ever so kind and pay me, also, for any float days and vacation time I had left. So generous. Oh well. I basically have a paycheck and a half to live on until I get a waitressing job so, that should be alright. As much as I know unemployment is available, I have a hard time leaching off the government if I don't absolutely have to. The way things are going, government will be telling me when to eat lunch and brush my teeth pretty soon, too. I'd like to remain in a democracy as long as I can and fend for myself if at all possible.
But that is neither here nor there because, after all, I will not be depending on paychecks for too much longer anyway.
I'm applying around to restaurants and I'm actually more excited about that than I have ever been about a corporate job. Shocking, I know.
I'm in the process of getting together all of my Etsy shops. I will have about 8 of them, and one website. The website will be a gateway to all of my shops. Why so many shops, you ask?
Well....I can't decide on just one. And why should I? I love creating items in various themes, so...I"ll have a shop for every one of them. At least there will be ONE website to send people to. This website will have pages, one for each Etsy shop I own, with a gallery for each one of what I have there. Then a link to that shop. It's a streamlined way for people to see what I have and find what they like without having to give them 8 business cards.
As for craft shows, I can't even think about them until January unfortunately. I love doing them, but...right now I just can't. Hey I never promised that I'd be able to do everything I wanted on day one. There are clearly things I must do to prepare, but overall I'm feeling really great about it.
Oh...as a side note...this blog is also for women who HAVE made their own way in life and are running their own business and/or being their own boss and supporting themselves. You women are what we aspire to be, and your wisdom and lessons learned from having completed the journey I and probably many of the followers of this blog are on is invaluable. So please, follow and comment and lend us any morsels of wisdom or advice you see fit! :) Or just read and follow, that's great too!
Speaking of which, 2 followers and 2 comments in one day! You guys rule! I'm so glad there are already women out there who connect to this.
Plans for the day:
Drink lots and lots of coffee.....because for one thing, it's better than that office coffee anyway, and for another thing, I won't survive without it.
Sew and create like there is no tomorrow. With nothing to sell, I won't have much of a store, so I plan on creating and creating. A visit to my wonderful grandma is in order, who will show me how to line a coin purse! I'm pretty excited about that.
Listen to some good music, because what is life without a soundtrack.
Plan, draft, create, and plan some more for my shops. I already have a banner and avatar for my one of my shops. I purchased it from skyfiregraphics.etsy.com who is an AMAZING graphic artist for anyone who is looking for one. Ajoyfulstudio.etsy.com is also phenomenal. I usually work with ajoyfulstudio. The woman can literally create anything you want. I mean anything. She's phenomenal. These 2 women are the best graphic designers I've seen yet and I use them both religiously. =)
Go Here for SkyFireGraphics
Go Here for AJoyfulStudio
From time to time I will be posting treasuries I'm in, new items I have, and other items I just love on Etsy.
I am currently working on a coin purse for my shabby chic seaside-themed shop called Seascapes and Shorelines. If you love shabby chic style, my dear friend and wonderful craftsperson has a shop you might like called The Shabby Chic Cottage.
For now, I'm off to create. I'll be back tomorrow!
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I may post again later today, but for now, enjoy the photo below. =)
This is my autumn wreath. I hope you love it! I'll be posting it to my website soon!
:) More to come!
Have a beautiful day, ladies!