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Wednesday
Feb022011

Dare to live an uncoventional life!

image from stair pornMy new online guru is Chris Guillebeau author of the manifesto " A Brief Guide to World Domination." Sound a bit scary to you? Fear not. Basically his message is similar to what we offer here at Lightbox, create a life worth living that is true to you and "live the life you want." I first learned of Chris through another online hero, Danielle LaPorte of White Hot Truth. They both kick ass, both are part of the small army of amazing people that will be at The World Domination Summit in Portland this summer (I'll be headed there too!!) and both are spending their life teaching people how to unconventionally succeed in a conventional world.

I have been reading Guillebeau's book, The Art of Non-Conformity and having trouble putting it down. I loved chapter 2, "Setting the Terms of Your Unconventional Life" and I would like to share with you three approaches designed to help you figure out what you want out of your life.

 "Creating Your Ideal World" 

This is an exercise where you write out your perfect, ideal day beginning to end and then you begin by making small plans that will help you get closer to your goal.  Envision your future spending days at home making money from your blogging, crafting, etc.? Start a blog and write just a few times a week, take a craft class and start saving money. Chris also discusses some flaws in this exercise but the main one is that you do have to really lay out some in depth goal setting. This exercise does help someone really think about what they want to do, especially good for people who have no idea.

"Radical Goal Setting"

An extension of the designing your ideal life exercise is goal setting. This is something I am proud to say I do every new year day. I make a list of 50 things I want to do in the new year, everything from say go to the World Domination Summit, to grow a strawberry plant, to quit my night job. The list is all directing me to be the person I ultimately want to be - a self-employed, well traveled, self sufficient person with cool, unconventional and inspiring people in my life. Chris goes on to suggest making lists with 5 year and lifetime goals.

"Planning for Serendipity"

With all this planning we also want to make room for spontaneity and flexibility. We all know some of the most amazing things in life come when we let go and open up a little space. Something to think about; when you are organized and making lists you might actually find that you have a little more downtime than you would if you were spending all that time thinking about what you should be doing. Hmmmm... funny how that works.

I highly recommend checking out Chris Guillebeau's book and by all means please join me and everyone else at the Summit in Portland in June. Drop me a line and let me know if you are going. Would love to meet you!

Wednesday
Dec082010

Ready, set, go

Pinterest by Jacqui Wonder

It's that time! Craft shows, trunk shows and holiday sales - how do you prepare? Inevitably, I get nervous and the one big way to keep me relaxed, besides chocolate and breathing, is to be really, really organized. Below are some of my tricks to calm my jitters.

  • Create an inventory list complete with prices and a comment section to write collected information from customers.
  • Double check pieces - make sure tags and prices are attached, prints are signed and pieces are packaged properly.
  • Check promotional material and table supplies - bring enough business cards, flyers, mailing lists and a mirror if needed.
  • Bring a bank and a secure place to keep it. Think about your prices and what denominations of change to have. Definitely consider taking credit cards. My sales doubled once I started accepting plastic. I just use a knuckle buster and have a Propay account to process but Square is an excellent choice that you can use with your Iphone.
  • Set up your table in your house and even map out your table design if you wish. I even leave mine up for a few days so I can look at it a couple of times. Sounds a bit crazy but it really works for me.
  • Check out the parking situation at the venue. Nothing is worse then driving around in circles when you are nervous for an event. If there is a inexpensive parking garage go for it! It will be worth the money for some peace of mind.
  • Think about how you will organize the car with all of your equipment. Whatever you will need to set up first, put it in last. It will make for a much easier transition from car to booth. 
  • Keep a box of miscellaneous supplies - tacks, tape, scissors, museum putty, extra tags, sanitizer, cleaner if you are renting chairs and tables and anything you might need to repair a piece. I bring a lot of my supplies -  wire, jump rings, ear hooks, chain and three of my wire tools.
  • I also like to bring my own food, water and a few beverages. Anything that will help keep me energized and happy and so I don't have to eat the unhealthy food they might sell at bigger shows. 
  • I wear a big smile. I have been to way too many shows where I can't even get the attention of the seller. Not even the coolest design in the world would draw me to buy from grumpy miss grumpy pants. I can't imagine that I am the only person that feels that way.

Shows are also a great way to meet other designers and make new friends. I have created many incredible networking possibilities just by talking to my booth neighbors and I made my day a lot more fun.