Christmas is coming!
Last year I promised myself I would get the word out about my Christmas wreaths in September or October. I had several friends discover that I make wreaths after they have already purchased one.
Custom wreaths are great for your own home, for gifts to friends or staff and they also make great corporate gifts.
I discovered I have a knack for this sort of thing by accident. I was helping my kids with a school projects and got way more into it that they did! It sort of took off from there. I started painting Christmas ornaments that quite frankly looked rather juvenile. I gave a few away as gifts. Then after a few years went by I got several requests to wrap gifts for others using large colorful ribbons. That led to wreath-making.
It never crossed my mind to sell them until I started getting requests. That brings me to today. Click here to see more samples of my work.
To place your order send me an email and let me know what you would like your wreath to look like.
88 days until Christmas…
I wil be taking a break from the blog this week but should return next week to share more of my insights and experience.
Be back soon…
There are many things I am NOT good at.
Imagine our world if everyone were completely up front about what they do well and what they do not do well. Then, imagine what the world would be like if we lined up our passions with the gifts and talents God gave us. We could change the world!
I wrote my first guest blog post today and talked about this very thing. It is amazing to me how many people pretend to be good at something when they know they are not. It takes more confidence to say “I do not do that well” then it does to say “yes, I can do that,” when you know you really can’t.
There are a couple of things in which I am really gifted. There are a few more things I am “ok” at doing and there are thousands of things I am not good at – period. I am very grateful to be at the place in my life and career where I can recognize this – at least most of the time. [No matter seasoned we are I think we all have moments where we experience delusions of grandeur.]
So, I will continue to serve my clients by doing the things I do well and leave the rest to other experienced professionals.
I would love to hear about what you do well (and what you don’t do well too)…
Happy Labor Day! I hope you are spending today with family and friends. See you tomorrow!
Throwing up a Facebook page is not a strategy
Even a great Facebook page by itself is not a strategy. It is a component of your Social Media plan which is only one component of your overall marketing strategy
There have been many bloggers recently talking about examples of great Facebook pages. Check out this blogger’s Top 35 list from July 30. Most are well-known brands with deeper pockets than the average small business but that does not mean pages for small businesses have to be boring.
Included on this list is BlackBerry. I like their page because it integrates a tool accessible to everyone: YouTube. A small business could incorporate a YouTube video and some well done graphics to create an attractive, dynamic Facebook page.
As mentioned frequently in this blog, if you need help with your marketing strategy, including your Facebook page, contact a marketing coach/professional. They can help you create and execute a solid strategy and help you avoid the pitfalls of going down the wrong path.
I am continually looking for ways to improve the effectiveness of Facebook. If you have a success story to share please post a comment.
Always looking to improve…
The Gratitude List
I often make gratitude lists. Especially if I have a bad attitude or things are not “going my way”. Gratitude lists help me focus on the important things in my life and gain perspective. The priority items on my gratitude list include God, my husband, my kids, my home and my dogs.
But wait, there’s more…
More Things I am Thankful for:
- Grace – without it I am not sure where I’d be
- Perspective – it keeps me from overreacting
- Age – there are certain ages I DO NOT want to be again
- Experience (even the “bad” ones) – every experience has brought me to the place I am in my life and career
- I Like it here
- Failures – they teach me about me and about what not to do again
- Difficult people – they also teach me about me and give me opportunities to practice tolerance
- Speed limits – without them I would really drive too fast
Full of gratitude…