Grateful for 2014, and hopeful for 2015

Hi there, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Yes…truely a long while.  I do apologise, as I am a little rusty with my blogging for it has been 3 months since my last post! I did attempt to draft a little memento to 2014, but as things occurred Christmas, New Years and the long days of endless sunsets…I never actually got around to posting.

The reason for my disappearance is that I have been dragged away by my growing hand made business, I’m really glad to say that I am now taking it slowly…after all I MADE IT through the onslaught of Summer & Christmas markets.

It’s so important to start the year refreshed, relaxed and with a clear mind set to start planning for the 12 months ahead. So I thought I should come back to my centre, the Simple Chic, the place where it all began…my blog, and reflect on a year that has passed.

It was the year of  exciting happy moments, sad moments and also hard work and exhaustion asI put my heart and soul into SELF Organics. It is slowly growing at the pace that I can still manage solo and I haven’t gone too full on into my marketing. I like to still keep the reins on it while the kids are still young. Spending time with my babies is on the top of my list, there were times especially when I was torn between the family and the business. But I am learning  how to keep this balance in check as I go.

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I met so many new friends and faces this year, just by putting myself out there and not being afraid of the challenge that markets can bring.  The network of handmade creatives in Perth is just astounding, there is such a wonderful, talented bunch of artists that willing to share their knowledge and support each other by shout-outs on social media and collaborations.

As a side note – Etsy is also offering budding entrepreneurs the chance to turn their handmade passion into a business. If you are thinking of doing something new in 2015 like opening your own online shop you should join the Etsy Resolution, hosted by Jess Van Den of Create & Thrive, and Clare Bowditch of Big Hearted  Business. Find out more details here on how to sign up. It starts 27th January and you can get 20 free listings upon opening your new Etsy store.

Business aside, I am enjoying being surrounded  by the people I love and who believe in me. If not for them, I wouldn’t have the courage to go forth and do what I am passionate about. In 2014 I have discovered a lot about myself, my strengths and weaknesses and how to turn negative thinking on its head. We all talk ourselves down sometimes, but we have to stop doing that and recognise more of the wins than the losses.

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I’m excited for my little man will be attending kindy this year and my 7 year old, Lil Miss S who I can’t believe is in year 2 (already!). It’ll be nice to pick them both up from the same school. The older one is already telling her brother all the ‘cool’ things to look forward to in school…like the canteen! As my my lil Moon, she is talking so much now…a little character of her own, imagination at its best. I’m just so happy and thankful to be surrounded by their faces. My hubby was also such a pillar of strength last year, he has really supported me all the way with whatever I wanted to pursue. 50% of the growth and success of SELF Organics in 2014 was his.

Now there will be another project coming up very soon, that I am involved in with a close friend…something BIG, absolutely massive and one I have actually dreamt about since I was 19. Can’t wait to reveal more details to you, it is completely left of field but hey…opportunities in life are very few and far apart, so when they present themselves you just have to grab it with two hands!

Happy New Year to all, may it bring you all the joy you have ever wanted and more.

E-von

 

Head & Heart Series: June 2014

I can’t believe how fast the month of June has flown and it has now come to another segment of ‘Head and Heart’. I feel it is really that time in my life where I have to physically stop myself to smell the roses and enjoy the true, blessed moments of my life. Being a busy parent can make it quite difficult to do that. But I hope with my monthly installment of ‘Head and Heart’ it will make it easier for me to think about how I spend my 30 days in a month.

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Discovering an orchard nearby our home

What I’ve been grateful for:

Helpful souls who do not asking for anything in return. I have been busy putting together the accounts properly with a family friend who has offered her time and services to assist with the newsagency account. I have been racking my brains on all this accounting stuff, that it’s hurting my grey matter! So I was really beyond thankful that she came to us to lend a hand in sorting out all the numbers…which is obviously a weak point of mine.

Winter sunshine – As much as I love the rain that has been watering my garden and keeping it look alive. I am loving the sun that takes over during the day. It reminds me to look forward to Summer days and it makes me feel alive and energetic to get on with what the day throws at me. I have always a sunny disposition so it is quite normal for me to react to the sunshine!

Exploring new places with my kids, it can be tricky at times to take the whole family out as there is the worry that the kids will get over tired and throw a hissy fit. Hence we seldom go out and stay home, plus going out for a family of five isn’t exactly cheap anymore. Every where, it’s like spend on food, petrol, entertainment and something else. I tend to take my children to new places that don’t break the budget and the family has the chance to take some happy snaps and enjoy the day. I am grateful for those places, and these moments.

 What I’ve been thinking about:

Painting a black board wall in my kitchen area. Lil Moon has been busy practicing her artistic skills on the kitchen wall with my whiteboard markers, however it isn’t a whiteboard! So I have bought a can of Chalkboard paint from our local hardware store, Bunnings, a couple of small sized brushes so she can show off her artistic flair that way. Once it has dried I shall offer her a new set of chalk to draw till her hearts desire.

Creating a 365 book. I recently bought a 365 notebook from Kikki K and have thought about capturing my daily inspirations, motivations, thoughts, dreams etc all in one book. I have been writing in diaries since I was 8 years old and I hope to collate a personal journal with photos, drawings and so on….so that I may hold onto to the little fleeting moments that are so important in my life right now. That I may like to sit down and read once again when the children have all grown up.

What I’m excited for:

Taking SELF Organics to the Made on the Left Markets at the end of the month. I feel this is going to be a highlight of my handmade year! It’s all happening on the 27th July at the State Theatre Centre of W.A. There will be heaps of fellow handmade artists, so it will be a great day of shopping unique finds!

My Lil Man starts at a new pre-kindy, he is almost 4 and he is already switching schools. But not because the reason you might think, the centre he was at shut down! So we had no choice but to find another pre-kindy. He is so excited and I love seeing his enthusiasm for changes and new experiences. This is the age where resilience building begins.

What I’ve been doing:

It’s the end of financial year so I have been putting the books together ready for tax purposes. Sounds pretty boring huh? Well for me it is something I don’t enjoy and is not my specialty. I have been sitting with an accountant and see their face light up with excitement when they balance the accounts. I just can’t relate at all…

Doing a bit of online shopping for my upcoming market and making  more stock…which means lots of fun soaping and pouring candles.

What I’ve been reading:

Natural Beauty Bible – finding lots of tips on how to keep skincare natural and simple, these days I find that it is the most important thing to do for myself is reducing the amount of chemicals I interact with on a daily basis.

Anti-ageing beauty Bible – I have hit my 30s and definitely a lot more interested in anti-ageing products. I started using them in my early 20s and they have been helping my skin so far. This is a great book with reviews on the industry’s best and most  products that help with anti-ageing.

What I’ve been spending money on:

Birthday parties for my Lil Man and Lil Moon, they will be turning 4 and 2 years old respectively and at this age I feel it isn’t such a big deal when they have a combined party. Money has been going into the planning of it all and the presents. So I’m looking forward to the day coming around now.

Stocking up on my organic oils, butters and new packaging for my soaps. It’s been almost two years with the old design so I decided to change it up a bit and create a new eco-friendly look to my packaging. I’ll have to show you more details in another post.

Apologies…it took me longer than expected to write this post up! The computer screen has actually been up all week, after a number of logins and I have managed to finish it now. I can also blame it on my ability to be distracted by a hundred things at once…I tend to walk away then come back to a task and I can also blame Facebook and Pinterest.

Anyways, hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. I have another new post coming up on a small business in the spotlight, hear the passion and motivations behind this budding entrepreneur.

Till next time, Ciao!

E-von

 

 

 

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Discovering new adult friendships

Lately I have discovered something about myself, I know I am easy going, friendly and open person but I also found out I am still shy, cautious and I have been saying no to the potential of making new friends as an adult. Can we all agree – Being an adult is so complex, I never knew that it would be this way when I was a teenager who couldn’t wait to spread my wings and fly. I have been lucky in my life that I have kept friends from my childhood, my best friend is still the person I met when I was 6. We grew up but still grew into individuals who respect and love each other. As we move into adulthood, the element of trust is difficult to have with a stranger…therefore adult friendships appear so complex.

As much as I love my tight knit group of school friends, I feel that for so many years I have closed the opportunity to connect to others and meet new people. In a way, I guess I kind of felt I was betraying them with new friendships made outside of the circle. Or not being able to express my personal thoughts and trust someone to understand them. As an adult it can be tricky to make those close connections with a another adult…because it is a whole different playground. Being a kid in the playground was easy, friendships were made over sharing a bag of chips or laughing at the same cartoons. With adults it’s about emotional connections and similar experiences. Developing a friendship in adulthood, is when you can share something that you wouldn’t normally share with a wider group.

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I am a naturally reserved and private person, so without being aware of it, the way I would go about avoiding making new close friendships was to say no to outings or activities that was outside of my ‘comfort’ zone. So this time, I decided I want to change that way about myself and make an effort to connect.

So far I have begun to meet up with other mums from Lil Miss S school and started seeing my work friends outside of work. I am enjoying it very much, breaking free from my shell and not being shy about being social. It’s quite liberating and my confidence is growing day by day. I am learning so much more and life is enriched by different interactions.

If you are feeling a little lonely and need to find a friend to share common interests with, don’t be shy, I encourage everyone of you to reach out and give new friendships a chance. By allowing yourself to become ‘available’ again and share your likes & dislikes you may find another alike human being. We get so bound by the ‘busyness’ of it all, life and especially the interference of social media that we forget how to interact like humans and regain that emotional connection again with another person. It is such a beautiful and refreshing thing to care for another person, to smile, to enjoy a moment. Something that is completely different to passionate love, or filial love…friendship is such a gift.

Friendships is not measured by the number of people who you have on your Facebook. It’s about how many will stand by your side when you are in trouble or when you need help and a listening ear.

Have a great Wednesday! Wow…only 1 more day till a 4 day weekend. Wootwoot!

E-von