Yesterday was one of the best days of my life. I’ve been working on my Etsy store for 2 and a half weeks, and yesterday I finished, and launched it! I felt so amazing after I launched it, and then it got better, I made 11 sales.
I’m telling you, the feeling that comes over you when you get an unexpected email saying you’ve got MONEY, is purely a joyful one. I love it. Love it, love it, love it.
Then, it got better. I had a night out, getting mani/pedi’s with a bunch of amazing working mamas, some of whom purchased some of my products on the spot. Cash is nice.
I want to tell you a little bit about this group. A few months ago, a fellow entrepreneurial mama-friend and I set it up, and named it the As-Yet Unnamed Self Starting Moms Networking Group, because we didn’t feel like arguing over a name.
We did this because we have businesses to promote, networking is critical, but were tired of going to stuffy networking meetings, filled with lawyers and insurance salespeople (not that there’s anything wrong with those jobs, they’re just different than what we’re into, and those were the types who were dominating the meetings, so it just wasn’t a perfect fit) who sit around and drink wine and hope something good will come of it. We wanted to do something a little different, and limited it to self-starting mothers. My husband jokes that it’s a little sexist, and he would probably be right, but I wanted it to be a place where women could come together and talk about our deepest fears and dreams, and sometimes it can be intimidating to do that around the opposite sex. We will have specific events that men are invited to, because we really do value their perspective and input, but mainly it’s just us girls.
The reason I’m telling you about all of this is two-fold. I wanted to tell you that it’s completely do-able to chase a business venture without spending a ton of money, Etsy’s just one of the ways, there’s probably a million other great ways to do it, but this one’s good for me right now. It’s making me feel very happy and fulfilled, and I highly recommend checking it out. Also, I want to encourage you to join our networking group on Facebook, because it’s a safe place to connect with other working women and promote your business.
Lastly, I want to leave you with this little piece of graphical wisdom, because it’s something that has been a little difficult for me to grasp over the last year, because I’ve (we’ve) been conditioned to think that money=success and that’s that, but once I practiced, I did grasp it, and it’s been making me very happy, and making me feel very successful ever since.
Chase those dreams, they’re more attainable than you may realize (I’m aware that I sound like a cheeseball, and I don’t care).