Resolution Redo

It has not been a month yet and already I feel that I need to skew my New Year’s Resolutions. To quickly recap I set goals to send birthday cards to friends and family each month, follow a money make-over, and build my businesses. While my intentions for all are very good I haven’t quite gotten into the swing of things.

January has been a month of transition for me. I haven’t been able to schedule my time as well as I would like to which has left some gaps in my goals. I am making a decision to stop the out of control spiral RIGHT NOW!

February 2016 starts on Monday and I will plan my time better to allow myself to achieve my goals. I will be more realistic about what I can accomplish is a given period of time and celebrate when I can accomplish more than I expected.

I still plan to send birthday cards and other greetings each month, but I must plan those ahead of time. On Friday of this week I will be sitting down at my crafting table to make the 2 birthday cards I know I need and a few Valentines I would like to send. If I am able to finish those I will make a bundle of thank you notes to use during the month. I always think I can get more done in the time I have than I really can which sets up a pattern of failure.

I have set a budget, but I’m not happy with how unrealistic it seems. My income has also been transitioning during January and won’t be set until February. So I’m using January as a trial and error month. In February I will redo my budget to be more realistic while still paying down debts.

Business is booming! Occasions catalog and Sale-a-bration have launched for my Stampin’ Up! Business and I have held two workshops with excellent attendance. I polled the classes to see what types of events they like and when they like the events so I could better schedule workshops and classes. My goal over the next 2 months is to hold at least 4 more workshops.

I have three weddings coming up that I am making the invitations and stationary for. I am super excited for this! Currently I have almost all of the pieces designed, printed, and cut for the first wedding! Unfortunately, I haven’t even begun the other two. My goal for February is to complete the first set of invitations, meet with the other two brides, and be at least half way done with each set by this time. I also need to get samples of my work online…sounds like a good March goal!

I have decided that I am going to hold off on building the Etsy shop. I am maintaining a few supplies and accessories, but I am not going to focus on building…yet! When I begin to build the Etsy shop I will have new branding and new merchandise, but right now I need to focus my efforts in other areas.

I will follow up again at the end of February or beginning of March to see how these slight changes have affected my resolutions.

It’s Here!

Starting today shop the Occasions Catalog online at www.carolinepeck.stampinup.net by clicking shop now!

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This catalog has so much to offer for all of the upcoming occasions this year! I especially love the birthday suites!

Also, starting today take advantage of Sale-a-bration! SAB is the best time of the year because with every $50 in product you order you get FREE product!

See the current catalogs section of my blog to see PDF files for all of the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs and the SAB brochure.

Want a physical copy of the catalog or brochure? Contact me today or comment with your email below!

Join Us Tonight!

Join us tonight for an Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration Open House at 6:30pm. Pick up your copy of the catalog and brochure. Make and take cute cards using brand new Stampin’ Up! products!

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Can’t make it to the open house? Contact me today for a physical copy of the catalog and brochure or review the PDF version under the current catalogs tab on my blog.

Order online starting Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at www.carolinepeck.stampinup.net by clicking shop now.

New Year, New Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! The New Year brings change and reflection on the past. Today I’m going to list out my new year’s resolutions and how you can join me! For me there a many exciting things happening this year! Let’s get started:

Last year one of my favorite resolutions was mailing birthday cards! I was diligent and made a months’ worth of cards at the end of the month before so all I had to do was address the envelope and ship them off to the recipient! I’m going to keep this up, but add too it!

Next, at the end of last year I read Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover. Many people use some if his techniques for “Living like no one else, so you can live like no one else”. I was on track to being debt free this year, but I suffered a setback when my almost paid off car was totaled in an accident this summer. Thankfully no one was injured, but another car was necessary. In the next week or so I am going to re-read The Total Money Makeover and get back on track to being debt free by the end of 2016. Which unfortunately means paying off some student loans, but fortunately that means I’m graduating in April!

Finally, I’m going to work to build my business…read businesses! I currently work a full time job, go to school part time, have a Direct Sales business in Stampin’ Up!, make invitations and other stationary on the side, and I want to open an Etsy store devoted to planner accessories! This is an ambitious resolution, but I have plans in place to conquer my goals! I’ve set aside dedicated time for each of these 3 projects and have individual goals for each that will be easily measured for success!

To recap, my news year’s resolutions are:

1-Send birthday cards to friends and family during the month of their birthday. Send thinking of you cards to two people each month. Share handmade kindness!

2-Complete my Money Makeover and become debt free in 2016!

3-If you build it they will come! Build my businesses. Focus on SMART goals and remain consistent and vigilant!

In about a month, I will follow up with how I am doing with my goals/resolutions, but you can follow my journey to success in my 3rd resolution by subscribing to my blog. Each week I will post at least 2 posts about what’s happening with Stampin’ Up! and everything that I can offer as an independent demonstrator! I hope you will follow along!

Join Us!

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What: Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration Open House

Where: My Stampin’ Workshop (contact me for more details)

When: Monday, January 4, 2015 at 6:30pm

RSVP: carolinepeck@Comcast.net or on http://www.carolinepeck.stampinup.net under the events tab!

Important Info:

All RSVPs will earn at 6″x6″ sample pack of the Limited Edition Perfectly Artistic DSP available only during SAB.

Bring a new friend to the open house and they will also earn the sample DSP pack! You will earn a sample of the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum stack (1 6″x6″ sheet of 8 designs).

Place your Occasions Catalog order tonight and be entered into a drawing to win FREE shipping on your order!

Book your own Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration Party today! To earn all of the FREEBIES I am offering plus many more rewards! Contact me today!

Happy Christmas!

One of the cards I made this year and sent out to some of my friends and family said “Happy Christmas”. I thought it was a great twist on the traditional Merry Christmas, because it doesn’t matter how you wish someone well on a holiday as long as you mean it!

Wishing all of you a very Happy Holiday season! Stay tuned for a few changes in the coming year. On the first on January I will be laying out my goals for the coming year and how I’m counting on you to hold me accountable to those goals!

Hope to see you again soon!