Finding my Passion and Making it my Business

hustle_printThe other day I was reminded by someone close to me that every successful person goes through a difficult season in life before they can achieve their success. I found this comforting in this time of doubt and change. I’m two weeks away from holding a Bachelor of Arts degree and I still have no job lined up for after I finish. I’m the type that likes to plan ahead and panics when there’s no plan set in stone. As you can imagine, this time in my life is driving me crazy.┬áIn my time of indecision though, it has come to my attention that there are two kinds of people in this world: the kind that complain and the kind that change.

I am the latter of the two. I’m a do-it-all woman. The best thing I can do for myself is to seek out opportunities. I can’t go anywhere if I’m not trying to move. The same goes for you. Are you seeking the life you want or are you tweeting about how much life sucks right now?

Figuring out what you want in life isn’t hard, but finding a way to make it happen is what stumps most people. For me, I’ve always known I wanted to be my own boss but the thought of opening and running a business didn’t sound like something I’d enjoy. When I started this blog, it was actually for a school assignment. A few months after the project was over, I came back to the blog and kept writing. I realized quickly that bloggers can make a profit from blogging if they become famous enough. I also became fascinated with how really good bloggers style their photos and sell things on their Etsy stores. Boom! I figured out what I wanted and how I could be my own boss and enjoy it.

Planning to become a great blogger isn’t exactly a science. Good content, expert opinion, and marketing seem to be part of the formula though. Consistency is also key. I write almost everyday and then market it so others know it’s out there. This takes about 2-3 hours out of my day at least. I know that it’s worth it though because the best bloggers started out just like me.

The successful Etsy store owners also started out with a dream and vision for their online stores. I absolutely love styling photos focused on a specific item like stationery, for example. This interest led me to the idea of producing my own line of stationery and prints. Knowing that I would need Photoshop to design these things, I began putting money aside so I can buy the programs and other things I need to make this business venture successful.

I’m doing all of these things and more to set myself up for a future full of prosperity. Right now, it feels like I’m stuck. However, I know I’m doing what I can to make sure I end up where I want to be. My motto right now is “#hustle” and it should be yours too.


Causes to Celebrate!

icecream_cakeHappy Thursday everyone! Today I’m using my time to be productive! Or just trip over things and say “um” a lot. Maybe a little both actually. Anyway, this week has flown by yet again and frankly I don’t know where my autumn is going but it’s going too fast! Stores are putting up Christmas decorations and bringing out wrapping paper. I’m not ready for this.

But I am ready to share an exciting bit of news with you! This past Sunday evening my very talented dad launched his online Etsy store Diamondback Military Graphics! My dad loves military art and he enjoys target shooting so he found a way to make money doing what he loves. He learned how to use a graphic design program to draw images of military rifles and then turn them into bumper texas_longhornsstickers. He has several designs available from the latest military issued guns to models that are no longer used but are considered “classic.”

To commemorate this special day, my mom and I got him a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake! Every milestone is important and this is a big one for my dad. Eventually, he would like to take these designs and put them on t shirts, hoodies, and coffee mugs. I’m trying to convince him that something done in pink would be great for ladies so here’s hoping he will get around to it.

Check out his Etsy shop and share with friends who might be interested!