Heather’s Ramblings

Archive for December 2007

I just put a new coupon on my website and thought now would be a good time to do a little pimping.  For anyone who doesn’t know, I am a hot glass artist and jewelry designer and I sell items on my site at http://www.squareonebeads.com.  I also sell on Ebay, JustBeads, and Etsy.  My work on Ebay and JustBeads can be found on my site via the auction links but the Etsy store is not up there yet.  If you are interested in my Etsy store please click here.

If you would like to make a purchase thru my site use the coupon code FreeShip and get free shipping from now to January 15th.

Thank you, we now return to your regularily scheduled blog.  🙂

I don’t know why I did it but yesterday I hopped on the scale, the most evil household device known to woman (note I didn’t say known to man because we all know most men don’t care about their weight).  It told me I weighed 207lbs, UGH!  So I decided I had to do something about it.

I’ve tried tons of diets and they work as long as I follow them to the letter.  Unfortunately they are also boring so I tend not to follow them that strictly for long and then they stop being so effective.  I don’t eat a ton of bad foods so changing what I eat isn’t going to do much for me.  My main issue is that my life style is very sedentary.  I either sit in front of my torch, sit in front of my easel, or sit at the table making jewelry.  So getting off my butt more is going to be my main focus.

I am hoping that having total strangers read about my efforts will help me keep up my exercising.  I own an eliptical and spent 20 min on it yesterday and 20 min on it today.  I will try to blog at least once a week on my current efforts and how many days I spent time on the eliptical or in spring/summer on some other exercise activity.  I am in Wisconsin so this time of year outdoor activities aren’t fun for me as I don’t like skiing, sledding, or other winter activities.

Wish me luck!  And if anyone else is working on losing weight or getting fit and tracking it via a blog please put a link to your blog in a comment so we can all keep track of each others efforts.

Today’s Flaming Hot topic is our goals and objectives, how do we track the progress of our business and how do we go about growing/expanding the business.

I consider myself an informed plodder.  I work at maintaining my site and keeping up with my auctions and that is the majority of where I spend my time.  However, I also make sure to take some time to expand my horizons.  I spend 10-15% of my time researching new ways to promote my business such as advertising and getting my work into galleries.  So far I have lots of ideas of what I want to do when I have the money for professional photographs so now its mostly just a matter of earning the money by selling my work.

My main way of tracking how my business is doing this year as opposed to last is my shipping file.  Each year’s shipping gets its own file folder and as long as the current years folder is thicker than the previous years folder I am happy.  The second way I look at how my business is doing is even less formal than the first way.  I will take a look at what sort of shows I’ve done, and what new equipment I’ve bought for the business.  If my business has paid for most of the shows and the equipment then I see that as a good sign.  This year my business paid for me to advertise on JustBeads and a Top 100 site, take a fusing class, buy a ring saw, and paid for several of my show entry fees including my most expensive entry fee to date for a show in April 2008.  So by using these two methods I have decided that my business is doing better this year than last.  Its not enough to provide me with an income yet but maybe in a few years it will be.  Right now, I am keeping my fingers crossed and I hope you’ll keep yours crossed for me too.


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