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Marketing is a Bitch, but I Love Her

Are you a small business owner?

If you are then you’ll be able to relate to this post. Or at least 99% of it.

Marketing is one of the most crucial aspects of being an aspiring entrepreneur. It’s how you get the word out to everyone outside of your immediate circle that you’ve got a hot product on your hands.

These days marketing has completely shifted from the olden days. And social media is to thank. Or blame.

So my Etsy shop has been doing excellent, especially considering I work a day job. I’m working on really ‘branding’ the shop — inventory, packaging, and marketing. I’ve learned it’s truly an artform.

When I was in college I took Marketing as an elective because (deep down inside) I always knew I would be an entrepreneur, not an Early Childhood Educator, but wishful thinking doesn’t pay the bills. And Early Childhood Education barely does. LOL.

I’m working towards the day when I can wake up in the morning, get my soon-to-be 3 year old up and off to school, drive or walk back home with a smile on my face because I know I’ve got some creative ideas up my sleeve for my business (as opposed to drudging through morning traffic with a glare of “get the eff outta my way you’re driving too slow” look on my face blaring my beloved Emarosa), arrive home, open my laptop and see several orders waiting in my Etsy shop to be shipped.

This daydream fantasy has massive potential. It can undoubtedly become my reality. I know this with every fiber in my being.

But first I gotta get a grip on this marketing bitch….               Um.           I mean bit!

I try to post regularly to Pinterest, Twitter, and my Facebook page and I even just bought ad space at JulieAnnArt.

But it’s still only the beginning. The beginning of attempting to market my business. And the beginning of my business period. 2020Vision Vintage (my etsy shop) is still in it’s infancy. So I’m remaining patient, yet diligent.

Speaking of businesses in their infancy, I found this kick ass site that I’m intrigued with — Brickyard Buffalo.

It’s a cool site developed by 3 women who feature small business owner’s one-of-a-kind product. Think “embryonic Etsy” without all the inventory. Brickyard Buffalo is small and relatively new. But they are already doin’ the damn thing!

So kudos to them. And kudos to me.

And be sure to swing by 2020Vision to see what new vintage finds I conjured up this week. Like these ultra-cool, never before worn, Stride Rite 1970’s dress casual shoes. *wink*
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Until next time.
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Do You Etsy?

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. A break was necessary as I was finishing up the last couple weeks of school (graduated Summa Cum Laude, bitches!!) and just really wanted to take time to find direction.

And direction is exactly what I found.

Since leaving Daydream Mom last November, not only did I obtain my much-desired degree in Early Childhood Education, but I moved to a new neighborhood, had a 4 month platonic-yet-highly-sexualized fling with a virtual love interest, hired a life coach, and found my purpose in life.

I’ve also started to work on a couple Etsy shoppes I have — Like My Body (natural, handmade body care products infused with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade doTERRA essential oils) and 2020Vision Vintage (freaking awesome vintage and antique finds)!

As you can see, I have a TON of interests, which is why Daydream Mom was born in the first place. It’s a way to catalog my ADD and make it functionable.

Anyway… So yes.. To add ONE MORE THING to my ever-growing list of ventures, I am in Life Coach training as well. I have my first legitimate, registered business — which essentially ALL my business are umbrella’d under, so to speak. Your Powers Defined, LLC is my primary business where I help spiritual women identify their soul’s purpose. You’d be surprised how much clarity and direction you’ll obtain from hiring a coach.

So that’s about it! Busy busy busy! AND I’m a mom on top off allll of that.

It may sound like A LOT going on to the typical person, but I’ve always thought of myself as a mogul in training because I was born to be an entrepreneur and I’m always going to be a Jill of all trades, and I can master a few too.

I’m sure this will not be the last Daydream Mom post as I am intent on getting this blog off life support.

Stay tuned 😀


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Weigh-in Wednesday: Time to Get My (Curvy) Arse In Gear

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Yep… That’s me. Pre-pregnancy. About 4 1/2 years ago.

Several weeks ago I made a somewhat conscience decision to get serious about losing weight. However, a day turned into weeks and I still hadn’t lost  a pound. Not one friggin’ pound!

I consider myself somewhat active. As a toddler teacher I’m CONSTANTLY lifting 30 pound children, bending down, standing up, running around, etc. Then I come home to my own 2 year old and have more cleaning and lifting to do.

So basically my life is not sedentary. By any means. But I do need to step up the workout game.

When I was pregnant I worked out EVERY SINGLE DAY! I would throw on my mp3 player, a shirt, and my sexy tight leggings and got to trekking.

I enjoyed it thoroughly. I’d keep a steady pace. And I’m pretty sure that’s why I had such an incredibly easy labor and delivery.

But once my son was born my workouts waned. And I couldn’t drop the baby weight. And I even breast fed!!! I still do!

So the problem is NOT my workouts. Not really.

The problem… My horrible eating habits!!!! I didn’t realize I was such a glutton until I signed up for MyFitnessPal.com’s free weight loss tracking system.

One of my old Torrid co-workers hipped me to the site. She has two children AND a husband and still somehow managed to lose 30 pounds. She told me her secret: MyFitnessPal AND diligently tracking her cals.

OK.

I can do this! I’ve lost weight before. Granted I was 25 and not a mom. And I was a starving artist so I pretty much lost weight because I was poor and worked out 2x a day.

I don’t have time for that mess now.

But I am very serious about losing this weight because I miss my flat tummy. I miss my smaller waist. I miss being able to wear my jeans UNDER my love handles!!!!

I miss me.

Here’s to day one. To eating better. To being active. To pushing myself. And setting goals. Here’s to weight loss success!

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Sinful Sundays: I’m SO Over School

Hey Daydreamers!

It’s been A WHILE… I’ve been very busy. And I’m trying to not use that as an excuse. Because realistically, we’re ALL busy. There are plenty of mamas that work full time, parent full time and STILL make time for blogging. Full time.

Ideally I’d love to be one of those mamas. Who am I kidding?

I’d love to get paid for putting my ideas and creativity out there. Full time.

But life has to be lived. And life is busy.

Since the last time I’ve blogged I’ve moved, finished up a term at school, celebrated my son’s second birthday, and gone through enough emotional bullshit to drive anyone to drink. And I’m not a drinker.

Nevertheless…. the show must go on.

My confession for this Sunday is I HATE school. I’m SO over it!!! I know it’s November — the month of thanks, right? And I am thankful. I am grateful that I don’t have to pay for school out of pocket. As of right now. I’m grateful for maintaining a 4.0.

I’m grateful that I graduate in exactly 2 months! But that’s just with an associates.
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And that’s where the disdain for school seeps in.

I don’t know if I want to go BACK to school to complete a bachelors. I don’t necessarily know if I want to be a teacher in a school district. I know I don’t want to be confined to daycare for life. But I have dreams. And they don’t ALL revolve around being confined to a contract in someone’s school, capped off at the highest salary possible in 10 years, working on a Doctorates because a Masters is no longer good enough.
Fortunately, I enjoy my job. I love early childhood education. But I just have big visions.
Bigger.

So there… I admit it. I’m over school. Thank God I’ll be finished in 2 months because Lord knows I need a break.