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Photos From Our Holiday Gift Exchange!

The holidays are always such a whirlwind so I love it even more that so many of you slowed down to create and send a package to another creative this year! I still have photos coming in and will add to this post as they do but here are a bunch of fun ones!

gift1I loved seeing the progress of this custom watercolor painting from Maat Silk for Plumeti Joli!

sneakpeekSneak peeks from Rosy Toes Designs and Hug A Tree With Me.

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Pretty photos and packaging from Ma Petite Valisette and One-O!

gift6Triangles and circles form Blackbird Bags and Broken Winged Bird.

gift3Fun and festive packaging from It Just Flows, Rosy Toes Designs, Broken Winged Bird and Berry Sweet Treats. (clockwise from top left)

gift7Bright colors from Joyful Linens and Saluda Farm Girl!

gift4Stationery and a coveted scarf (so cute) from Blondies Shop to A.J. Wear Jewelry.

gift5Batches of goodies from Berry Sweet Treats, Little Gold Fox Designs, Cats Eat Dogs and Plumeti Joli,  . (clockwise from top left)

gift8Packages from me and a heart pillow plus a handmade paper necklace from Dream Tree Crafts.

Thank you for all of the amazing photos! I can feel the love shared during this exchange! Now I am wondering if you would interested in doing a spring or summer one when it is not the crazy holiday season. Let me know your thoughts!

Pinterest Playlist: Best Day Of My Life

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With all the talk of goals and resolutions this time of year, I thought you might like to build a playlist to pump you up! So I created a group board on Pinterest where we can start sharing songs that do just that!

Today I am sharing a song that has become our morning anthem in the car ride on the way to school. We play it on weekend mornings too. It came out in 2013 but singing about never looking back, never giving up and having the best day of your life is just a great way to start your day. It’s called Best Day of My Life by American Authors and you can play it below.

I thought it would be neat to discover what each of you listens to to get energized and to get you pumped up about a project you are working on. Share below in the comments or on Pinterest! (This is my first group board and I believe we have to be following each other for you to pin – if you have tips for this let me know!). You can pin from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify or elsewhere. If you share here, I will pin the song to the board later.

It can be new or old – cheesy or classic – don’t hold back! I can’t wait to hear what you love listening to!

Happy weekend + happy listening!

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How to Make it Happen ALREADY in 2015

Make it Happen in 2015 by Lisa Jacobs

Are you ready to make the most of the New Year? I love a fresh start, and I know so many of you feel the same. Today I’m going to share a few tips and prompts to review 2014 that will help you kick off 2015 with better perspective and clear goals. This exercise is an excerpt from Your Best Year 2015: Productivity Workbook and Creative Business Planner.

How to Perform a Business Review
  1. First, you need to set goals! You can’t check your progress without something to compare it to. I know that there are people who are against goal- and resolution-setting, but I can’t imagine life without them! They’re my blueprint to success. If you’re new to this type of work, you will absolutely love my annual planner, Your Best Year 2015. You can also check out my 7-day series, A New Year for a New You – on my blog.
  2. Create a system to track your progress. This is my main source of motivation, and I have many tools to help me track my progress. Creative business are personal, and as their owners, our perspective is always too close. Even when the business is succeeding, it often feels as though you’re constantly giving without return. I track my progress with monthly income reports, in addition to the progress log myself and other members keep inside The Luminaries Club.
  3. Adjust your goals accordingly. What you set out to do in the new year may change within a few months. Jack Canfield said, “You don’t want to get to the top of the ladder only to find out you had it leaning against the wrong wall.” As soon as you realize you’re headed for something you don’t actually want, it’s okay to redirect.
  4. Cross off finished goals. It’s such a rewarding feeling to go back on your goals and cross off what’s complete, even if it’s eleven months later, as seen here.
  5. Scrap or determine an end-time for unfinished projects. This is one of the most beneficial parts of the review: it empowers you to let go of unfinished business that no longer serves your plan. Your business will naturally evolve as it grows, and as the months pass your focus will shift. That’s natural and healthy! Hold your vision loosely and allow it to lead the way.
Be the CEO

Next, you have to put on your CEO hat to get a clear perspective. As creative business owners, our product or service is personal. As a result, our perspective is always too close. YOU need to be your own non-objective CEO when determining what is and isn’t working in your business. Ask yourself:

  • What was clicking this year? In what ways was my business running smoothly?
  • What areas of my business are feeling out of sync?
  • What results would I like to achieve in 2015?
  • What activities, products, actions or ideas worked this  year?
  • What was your best creative payday this year?
  • How can you create more results like that next year?
  • What didn’t work for you this year? What do you need to stop doing?
  • How can you eliminate those activities next year?

I’m wishing you the brightest future + much success! If you’re ready to make it happen already in 2015, join me in review and reflection by working through Your Best Year 2015: Productivity Workbook and Creative Business Planner. Share your review with me on social media using #YBY2015. Until next time and all the best, Lisa Jacobs

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Lisa Jacobs — Marketing Creativity

Lisa Jacobs writes Marketing Creativity for fellow creative spirits who aim to build a career with their own two hands. She leads group webinar programs and offers one-on-one coaching designed to help you get paid to be … you.

Would you like an accountability partner?

accountabilityHappy New Year! I know we are all looking forward to an amazing 2015! First of all, I would like to say that you are exactly where you need to be right now. There were lessons and triumphs that you experienced in 2014 that helped shape you and your business. Those experiences also helped you create goals and visions for this coming year.

I learned some lessons myself. I sat down to work on 2 different planners/workbooks over the holidays and realized that I had already had similar worksheets on my computer that I had created. About 2 years ago, I had an idea for a workbook and started creating the pdfs and saved them on my computer. I have spent a lot of time here and there fine tuning them. I told about two or three friends about it and showed some of it to one of them. I didn’t give myself any sort of date to get it finished by. I have had some self-doubt about sharing it with the world.

I will admit that I had a moment of feeling disappointed in myself when I realized that other people are helping others using similar content and mine was just sitting on my computer. So like I said above, I do believe I am right where I am supposed to be but I think I might need help getting me where I want to go. I need an accountability partner. Someone who I can share my goals with and know they are going to check in to see if I have gotten them done.

I am assuming you have tons of ideas and goals especially since it is the new year. Are there ideas you had last year that you didn’t bring into fruition for your business? Would you like an accountability partner?

If yes, you must be willing to share some goals with your partner and agree to check up on their goals at least once a month. I will be sending out an short questionnaire tomorrow to email subscribers to help pair you up with a partner. This could be something that lasts the month of January or 3 months or the rest of the year. I will try to match you up based on business size, social media that you prefer using and the possibility for cross-promotion.

I have a gazillion things I want to do on this blog this year and I am realizing that if I am the only one holding myself accountable then they will not all get done. I am excited about the prospect of having to tell someone how far along I am or what steps I have taken to reach a certain goal. Let me help find someone to help you reach your goals too! If you are not on our list, sign up below!

 

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Reflections and Resolutions: One Small Business Owner’s To-Do List for 2015

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With the end of the year looming and the official one-year anniversary of Crusoe Jewelry just around the corner, it is naturally a time for reflection. There have been many highs this year, including opening new accounts, receiving great press and hearing wonderful compliments on the designs, but there have also been quite a few lows and a few many more tears. But the most important thing I have learned is to continue to stay positive and that this is a journey, a learning experience and a challenge. With that in mind, I have put together the following resolutions for 2015. Resolutions that I intend to keep in mind for the next year and the many years to follow. Resolutions that I think apply to all small business owners that are turning their passions into careers.

Say Yes, to Everything:

  • Whether it’s a night out with friends or the next networking event, you should take every opportunity to get out there and shout from the rafters about your business. You never know who you are going to meet, that person might help you get to the next level.

Criticism Really is Constructive:

  • Hearing criticism is never fun, especially when it is about something that you have put your heart and soul in. As hard as it may be, do not take it personally. It is not a personal attack on your creativity. Use the critique to learn from it, what can you do better? How can you improve?

Take a Moment, and Be Grateful:

  • You are lucky to have so many amazing people in your life, whether it is your friends, your family or your partner that have been so supportive. People that you haven’t thought of in years have come out to commend you on what you are doing. Be thankful for those people and find a way to return the favor any way that you can.

Be Proud of Yourself:

  • You did it! You have done something that most only just dream about. You have taken the giant leap to shape your life and career to be exactly what you want it to be. Applaud yourself for all of the accomplishments that you have done, big or small.

Give Yourself a Break:

  • Creating your own schedule to run a small business has many perks, including taking a mid-day break to hit the gym or go for a run, but it can also lead to the pressure to work round the clock. Treat yourself like your best employee and give yourself a break. Take the time you need to relax, put the phone away, turn the computer off. It’s ok to not be working all the time, you will still have a successful business if you aren’t working at ever opportunity.

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Maya Ahluwalia – Crusoe Jewelry

Maya Ahluwalia is the designer behind Crusoe Jewelry, a fashion jewelry line inspired by nautical motifs, but interpreted into stylish designs. Crusoe Jewelry is created for the fashion-forward consumer with an appreciation for quality with an artisanal approach. Each design is hand-crafted in her Brooklyn-based studio.

In addition to creating Crusoe Jewelry, Maya is a marketing consultant with expertise in jewelry, fashion and luxury. Clients include Michael Aram Jewelry, Shawn Ames Fine Jewelry, Wells House Bed & Breakfast, and the LOU Lookbook App.