Setting goals for the new year to come is something that many of us do as a tradition. Working on achieving these goals we set can be a daunting task and sometimes hard to see the progress that we are making along the way. It is always worth the hard work that goes into achieving our goals and is important to take time to look at our growth along the way and notice what direction we are heading in.
This coming year I hope to have been doing this blog for over a year. My intention behind doing this is to learn about myself along the way and help to inspire myself along with others to try new and exciting things throughout life and challenge ourselves to venture into hobbies and interests that were only possible in our dreams. As I have been inspired by others along my journey as a small businesswoman on a soap journey. This soap blog also allows for original content on my social media pages, helping me connect to my customers on a personal level.
(Mark and I in front of the most beautiful golden herst we have ever seen.)
Working with other local small businesses, pairing up with like-minded individuals to achieve a common goal for our community is important to me and being active in local markets and events is an honor. Attending shows and vending is a lot of work, as any vendor would know, but a great way to introduce yourself to new local customers. I hope to be a part of another local market this coming spring and attend a few new and different events, making friends with new vendors.
Reinvesting into myself, buying new soap molds, oils, lye, and natural colorants is a constant process. This coming year I would like to be able to get a few new tools for my soap business. Each year I make a list of wants and needs and work towards each new item one at a time. One of the items I have had my eye on is a thermal printer that can be used to make my labels and also print out shipping labels. Shopping at local shops is also important to me, for local money is ofter respent at other local businesses keeping our little community growing from within. On a recent trip to a vintage shop, I noticed this stainless steel three-shelf that is on casters (wheels) that would be perfect for my soap shop!
Making loved ones a priority is important to me and I would like to be able to see my friends and family a bit more this year. Hosting dinner and breakfast parties weekly was something that my husband and I did with our close friends for many years in a row. As we have gotten older and everyone got married and started to have children, this tradition has become wonderful memory that we all share. Recently we did a small dinner cooking party with a few old and new friends, just like we used to years ago. I would like to spend a bit more time cooking with friends this year.
By planning my social media posts and scheduling my content in advance helps me be consistent in my activity. Taking the time to write and design all of my posts and photos helps me to be more productive with my schedule. I would love to just make soap all day, but someone needs to be making content for social media, and it looks like it is going to have to be me. This year I hope to spend a bit more time making and designing soaps rather than working on my computer.
This year I hope we all can set some goals, even if they seem small! Big achievements do not happen overnight, each baby step in the direction you want to move may seem minor, but are crucial to success. Do more of what makes you happy in life and brings you joy. Spend more time connecting with loved ones and friends. Pick your old hobbies back up and enjoy your craft. Learn a few new dishes to cook for your family. Whatever it is that brings you joy, I hope to encourage you to make some goals to enjoy life in the ways you love.
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*Thank you to every one of you for supporting me and my dreams of being an artisan soap crafter. Every order is important to me! I appreciate each and everyone who has bought my soaps along the way, either from Etsy, local art shows, local vendor malls, flower shops, and from me.
* All soaps are made by my own two hands, cut, stamped, cured, packaged with hand stamped logos by myself.
* Every bar is a unique piece of functional art and may look just a bit different than the pictured photos. My soaps are all formulated to be used and are not just for display. Colors are all-natural and some get darker or lighter over time. Stamp imprints may be deeper or shallower due to the hardness of each bar.
*Packages are shipped out every two to three days and have a tracking number to follow, from the local post office. Holidays may cause the package to arrive a bit after the set delivery date due to unforeseen weather or holidays. *Please remember to be kind to those delivering packages, during this global pandemic many businesses have been affected and have been running with fewer employees, and more rules and regulations. We are all doing the best we can to keep up!
*No refunds and or exchanges due to the soap being a self-care item and are intended to be used on your person. My customers are important to me and I would like to be able to have the chance to make up for any soaps that may have been damaged or lost in the delivery process. Thank you for understanding.
Here is a list of my completed blogs! Learn a bit about Cold Process Soap and Christal Clear Soaps, and how I got started making all-natural fragrance-free soap.
2) *True cold process soap https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/what-is-true-cold-prcoess-soap
3) *10 random facts about me https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/10randomfactsaboutmyself
4) Activated bamboo charcoal https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/activated-bamboo-charcoal-christal-clear-soaps
7 Rose & wildflower
8) holiday gifts
9) In the garden
10) What’s in my bag
11) Fall is here
12) Essential oils
14) Favorite self-care tips