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A Quick Way to Get Productive

Set a timer and  determine a reward. It's important for me to set aside specific time and to have a small reward in place so that I can mark my accomplishment for whichever task is at hand.

1. Putting a timer on helps me stay focused. I usually work in either 30 or 50 minute intervals depending on how long I need to do something. I'll take 5 minute breaks in between. I use my IPhone as a timer, and sometimes use apps like, 30/30 or Weple Today. Setting the timer, and putting away all other distractions for a scheduled amount of time helps me to focus tremendously. It's important to take 5-10 minute breaks every hour, get up and move around, get something to drink, or get some fresh air. If you just power through you're more likely loose steam faster, and it's not very healthy to stay in one position for too long.

2. Rewards motivate me immensely. I have noticed that if I determine a small reward that I can treat myself with, I am more motivated to follow through. It could be as small as a cocktail at the end of the workday, a magazine, or it could be as big as a pair of fair-trade designer shoes. The important thing is that my accomplishment is acknowledged and I can mark my progress. The treat is just symbolic and fun.

I'm writing this post for you as much as I am for myself. 

It's a new year. A new chance to really do what we have been wanting to do. Let's get shit done.

Thanks for reading.



my office space.
I finally got around to tidying my workspace.  This week, it was one of the priorities on my To-Do List. Oh My, it feels good to have checked it off. I set the timer for 30 minutes and almost made it in time, just five minutes over! haha.  Before it looked a bit like this.

Now it looks and feels much better!

 I have my items hanging that I need to measure and post, all my shipping materials, water, business/blog planning materials, and art supplies.  Plus I have an ever growing wall collage of inspiration and memories.  I want to feel at home and inspired in this place.

 But It is also important to have the wall in front of me mostly blank because, as I list items in my shop and blog, it is important to stay on task.

What is important to you when it comes to work/office space?

I'd love to see yours if you have photos of it!

Have a good one.


New Business planner
 The German Etsy Team send me this great planner for the new year!  It has inspired me to do some thinking about my business. 

I hope to spend some good time these next few days, penciling things in for the early months of 2013! 

I love the time when the New Year comes.  It is a fresh start, a chance to really think about and plan the near future. 

Thanks for reading lovelies.

Have you been thinking about the new year?  Any exciting prospects?


Hello Etsy 2012
I had the pleasure of joining this year's Hello Etsy event in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  I was incredibly inspired and encouraged to carry on with my dream.

"Hello Etsy: Small Business In A Big World, is a day-long gathering for small business owners who want to connect with their peers, learn new skills, and be part of the movement to build a better world." 

  There were some really great speakers, including, Janine Vangool (Uppercase Magazine), Diana van Ewijk (Mama Marketing), Satish Kumar (Resurgence Magazine), and many more.  It was an inspiring day full of food for thought and action, and a real sense of community with like minded people.  

 Some of my favorite notes from the conference were:
-make things that you love.
-there is always room for quality!
-there is value in inefficiencies, (they give the personal touch).
-share more stories and resources.
-the press is not scary (they are a human, just like me).
-"An artist is not a special kind of person, but every person is a special kind of artist." Satish Kumar

I was super inspired by the etsy conference and would love to join the one coming up in March in Brooklyn.

Thanks for reading lovelies!