Here we go…again…with a little help from new friends.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve had a confidence issue when it comes to selling my artistic creations online. I’ve started and stopped…started and paused…started and…well, you get the idea.

If there is one thing I’m learning about life after 2020, it’s that there is no time like the present to work on one’s dreams–and if not now, then when? It’s time I kick myself in the booty and activate the button on my personal dashboard that says “COURAGE”.

In the Spring of 2020 I had a taste of what selling on Etsy could feel like. I utilized my mad sewing skills to make face masks late into the night, feeling very uncertain about what the future held. My day job had dropped me down to 15 hours a week and I wondered, for how long? I had two awesome pets at home and worried how this was going to impact supporting them. (I’m sure there are single dog moms and cat moms out there who understand this statement.)

The earnings from those face masks sold on Etsy were tucked away into an emergency fund for my pets, and thankfully, a year later, it remained untouched. We hadn’t had a need for any emergency care. Having those funds set aside had been such a comfort.

As businesses slowly reopened, it did take some doing to find a vet with an appointment available and I eventually used the Etsy earnings to fund dental surgery for my larger, four-legged friend. By some miracle, it was exactly the amount I needed.

So if you were one of those people who bought from my humble site in 2020, I can’t thank you enough.

The dream that just won’t die

No matter what life throws at me, it seems that some dreams simply won’t die. Being a seller on Etsy is one of them. Emerging from a pandemic, finding what brings me joy and doing more of it has become my mantra. So why is it so hard to open up shop and keep going?

I know what trips me up.

  1. I can be an over-thinker and a perfectionist. But, what has helped me move forward at times is the business motto of a former company I used to work for: Perfection is impossible. Excellence is obtainable. It’s a message that takes a lot of weight off one’s shoulders. (Just don’t ask me how many times I edited this post.)
  2. I’m always needing to relearn what I thought I knew about technology with every new update or product which often gets me stuck or discouraged. The business and marketing side of art is not as fun as squeezing tubes of paint onto canvas or being out in the world with a Nikon. Thus, I know I need to roll out a sleeping bag at the door of YouTube University and just live there, eating patience for breakfast.

A supportive friend once told me that what I needed was some consistency. Yes, while that is true, I’d say that to put one’s ideas and creativity out into the world requires courage and while sometimes my tank runs a little low on that, I think I know how to get fueled up again. It would require a little NUDGE from you. Yes, you!

Pardon me friend, can I get a nudge in the right direction?

To put one’s ideas and creativity out into the world takes courage. I think what I could use is a little NUDGE to get my courage up. The nudge for me right now looks like a test group to help me focus my direction forward.

If you’re reading this, you’ve been invited to be part of a test group that will help get this dream out of the clouds and onto solid ground walking around like a boss in red tennis shoes.

So how is this going to work?

  1. Go to the Quiet Endeavours shop page on Etsy. (The coupon is already attached if you click on that link!)
  2. From the choices of 5×5″ prints, “vote” on which one I should develop into other products next by making a purchase. Use the code TESTGROUP and get $3.00 off. Shipping is free. Plus, with each order, you get a free gift.

Now, you may take a look at the online shop and say, “That’s all you’ve got?” And well, yes, for now. But you can subscribe to my blog below and never miss a post when I announce when new products have been added. And more will be added…

So why is there only one of each 5×5″ print?

I have a limited supply of these beautiful card stock prints and once they’re gone, they’re gone, making this a great way to test what appeals to my readers. I’ll be switching to an amazing vendor I discovered this past year that prints on some incredibly beautiful artisan papers that have quite the history (more on that later). Unfortunately, my previous vendor didn’t continue the services I needed after 2020 so I had to rethink a few things. These vivid prints will return even better than previously imagined!

When you support a small business, you’re supporting a dream.

This time, any sale from my Etsy site will aid in the support of this website and my blog content. Plus, you have the added knowledge that every sale guarantees a tick upward of confidence for me–and that can only lead to good things for you!

So stop on by Quiet Endeavours on Etsy and support one girl’s mission to be artistically courageous!

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