New Year and Fresh Motivation

Crochet hoooks and cottonWell happy new year to everyone. Are you making a host of resolutions, writing a plan for managing your work/life balance better or have you already ran a lap of the park and done 30 crunches?

Whatever you are doing today, it’s a day most of us spend looking to the future and what we are going to do differently. I’m no different. Even though I don’t make resolutions as such, I do like to reflect on what I’ve been doing and what I’d like to achieve in the coming 12 months.

The problem is I’m not really sure what I want. Crocheting makes me happy and helps me relax but fitting it round a full time job, my family and my friends is sometimes tiresome. So why do it? If the other things are more important, why not drop it? Crochet is what gives me a sense of achievement. It has helped me meet and make new friends. Plus I’m scared of what I’ll miss if I stop doing it. I’ve recently got a copy of Leonie Dawson’s Shining Year in Biz workbook. If you’re late to the party as I am, she’s a guru of life planning and has hundreds of global followers trying to find out what makes them happy and how they can achieve their goals.

At the moment, the workbook is helping me grasp that I don’t want a thriving financial business. I actually want a hobby that gives me enjoyment and I want to share that with other people who love crafting. I’ve actually got a lot of experience working in the arts sector, specifically the creative economy and more recently local economic development. Why aren’t I sharing that?

With that in mind, here’s my schedule of blog posts to help you and your creativity throughout the year.

  • Identifying trends and translating that into your work
  • A crochet tutorial for Valentine’s day
  • What you need to consider when setting up a business (or just selling your work)
  • Pricing your work
  • Selling online
  • Selling at craft fairs
  • Easy holiday crochet for your hand luggage
  • A crochet tutorial for festival accessories
  • Back to school: basic crochet tutorials
  • Your making space
  • Xmas craft fair and makers roundup
  • Last minute gift ideas and decorations

That’s one post a month which which I hope you can join me for. The first will be online this weekend and I hope you can join me on the first of each month for the others. If you’d prefer more regular updates you can find me on Facebook and Pinterest. The latter is where I spend a lot of time when I should be doing other things but I just can’t give it up. Are you the same?

If there’s anything specific you’d like me to cover this year, or anything you’d like to share please join in the conversation and comment here or on Facebook.

May you have lots of success and happiness in 2016.

Adele x

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