It's NOT April Fool's Day here!!!
April already??? Where has the time gone???? It seems like we just did March's blog hop! If you're here, you probably just came from Jill's blog---thanks for joining us!
This month is all about taking action---committing to our word and actually choosing an action during the month that represents your word. For those of you that have been following the blog hop, you may remember that my word is "Opportunity".
I chose to take several actions this month---the opportunity to spend time with friends, the opportunity to be creative, and the opportunity to grow our online business (http://www.scrappindealsnsteals.com/). My hubby is still participating & helping me with the prompts and he agreed these were the things that made me happy & that I enjoyed doing. Unfortunately, I don't always get the time to do them so since he's helping me, he helps make them happen.
I made a point this month to spend time with friends. Because of my health issues & taking care of my mom, I tend to become a recluse when I have a little free time. Socializing is so important for our emotional health that I knew it was something I had to conciously work on. It worked!! I was able to do some garage sales with one friend, craft with another, and visit with a friend/neighbor several times.
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My second committment was to have the opportunity to be creative and recharge with ME time (one in the same!!). That one has REALLY happened!! LOL Not only am I doing this class, I did Soul Restoration, She Art, Picture Inspiration, Write Down to the Nitty Gritty, and now Sew Easy----phew!!! Of course, they're not all at the same time so it's not like I'm on overload!! But the concepts are so different---they have made me take the opportunity to step outside of my box. I've learned to make an art journal, dig into my self for emotions and mental health, do fun canvases with cool backgraounds & cute girls. Now I'm actually writing in my journal, taking more pictures, and actually using sewig machine! I haven't done that since my 7th grade HomeEc class making a skirt with an elastic waist & a pocket -- woohoo! I don't know about you, but creativity to me IS relaxing & helps me recharge.
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Last, but not least, I wanted to have the opportunity to grow my business. My goal for March was to do some additional advertising to get more people informed about my company (& hopefully they will buy!!). With that in mind, I was able to do a major email blast with a publishing company and permanently advertise on a website & their weekly emails. The first ad just about doubled my customer base (we're a small company!!) and we're waiting to see how the website/newsletter ad works out. I'm very thankful that we have this opportunity---with so many small businesses going under, we're actually growing!
Love these papers from the new Webster's Pages Madeline line----just got them in for the store & I couldn't wait to use them!! They are so gorgeous--I just want to keep using them on more projects! ;)
Can't wait to see what our April prompt is going to be--Ali is doing such a great job!! And so is Margie---organizing & coordinating this fun blog hop. With that, your next stop is over at Kathryn's blog at www.katlodesigns.com. Enjoy & we'll see you next month!!
April list of Blog Hop blogs...........