It’s been way too long since I posted anything here, and for that, I apologize. Those that follow my personal Facebook know that this first half of 2013 has not been very kind to me. My husband and I have both spent at least half of the time sick. His car has needed some work, each time blowing all the money we had hoped to spend on other things. I’ve been struggling with school and feeling overwhelmed as I try desperately to get caught up. My studio is a complete disaster area and has absolutely no workable space. I haven’t created anything new in months.
All the plans I had to post more products and introduce new product lines have fallen at the wayside. Weekly themed posts for this blog have not been written. I haven’t even been able to squeeze in the time to post my daily gratitude lists, even though most days it seemed like my list consisted of 1. We’re still alive. 2. We still have each other. 3. We still have our friends.
Even that last one was besmirched a couple weeks ago when I heard that my friend, Tre Chipman, had died. I’m planning on a memorial post here but it’s been difficult to write. Soon™.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. I have health insurance now, and drugs that, maybe for the first time in my life, allow me to BREATHE. It’s kind of amazing to not constantly feel like one of those alien face-huggers is getting friendly with my nose. I have a CT scan scheduled for next week where they’re going to see if anything else is going on in my sinuses and what they can do to fix them. Isn’t modern science wonderful?
Speaking of modern science, my husband got sick soon after my friend’s death, which led me to no end of worry. Especially when the doctor sent us to the ER because she didn’t know what was wrong with him! They threw around scary words and did a CT scan where he frightened us all by having a bad reaction to the contrast they used. But thanks to the miracles of modern science and drugs, they had him back to normal (well as normal for him + being sick is anyway) and figured out the problem, which they never would have guessed without those scans: pneumonia. Who the hell gets pneumonia in June? My husband, Mr. Special Pants, that’s who!
So we’re both finishing up our antibiotics, him for the pneumonia and me for the CT scan they want to make sure doesn’t show any infections, just chronic problems. We’re both feeling better and on the road to recovery, and hoping that we’ve met our quota for the year and don’t have to get sick anymore.
I’m done with Spring Term and classes for Summer Term don’t start for another week. My grades aren’t the best, but they’re not the worst either. I’m still on track to graduate at the end of next Summer. Just one more year! Then I’ll be entering the MLIS program at San Jose State.
I’ve been pretty worried about my business, since I haven’t been able to add new things or implement any of my plans, but things have been going okay. I’ve done three live events so far this year, and put in my application for one this month. I’ve been getting a few orders here and there from my Etsy shop. I’ve been selling my duplicate and unneeded sewing patterns on eBay. The money has been trickling in while the business has basically been on autopilot. I’m taking that as a good sign.
But what’s really a good sign is if you compare the numbers from my first six months of business last year, to these six months, just one year later. I’ve been keeping track of my Etsy numbers, so this data is only from Etsy, but as that’s my primary selling outlet, I think it’s a good litmus test for the entire business. My total amount of views is up 177%, while my total amount of favorites is up 125%. Nice, but look at this one: my total amount of sales is up 518%! Holy cow! What’s even more interesting though is that I’ve already made more than I did in all of 2012 not including December, which had about 60% of my total sales for the year. In fact, I’d hit that point before May was over. So if that’s how my business runs on autopilot, just imagine what will happen when I get the chance to really take the wheel again!
I think this calls for a celebration! And since I still can’t drink because of the antibiotics, I’ll just have to do it by offering a discount in my Etsy shop. If you’ve been eying something there for a while, now’s your chance to snap it up at HALF OFF! Just use the coupon code CELEBRATE when you check out. I’ll be running this special through Independence Day, as this business is a celebration of my own independence.
This week I’m tying up some loose ends and working on getting my studio back in order. Then I can really jump into the business again. I really need to start making things again, it’s been way too long since I let my creativity out of the box.
I’m getting there, slowly but surely. If there’s one thing people know about me, it’s that I don’t give up easily. Okay, okay. they call it “stubborn” but really, it’s the same thing!