It has been quite a week for my little business. And I haven't even really made anything. I finished up my largest order ever for my best customer, Kelly. Three pairs of shoes and a bracelet.
I also did my first ever guest post this week. If you missed it you can find it here.
And I had quite a week on Martha Stewart's Dreamers Into Doers site. Have you seen that site? It's a wonderful site for those who have started small businesses or who are dreaming of starting one to, meet each other, inspire and encourage each other. I joined a couple of weeks ago and this week I had both a featured photo on the home page and (somehow or other) found myself on the top of the most popular list for that site. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of a glitch caused that to happen.
And, on that site I heard about this group called The Artisan Group. It's a collection of artists who provide their products in swag bags at celebrity events. I thought, why would I have need to be in a group like that? But, then, members mentioned that being in this group was life changing and I thought I would ask what made it so? I was told that this group was incredibly supportive and led by strong business women and if I joined it would help take my business to the next level. Okay, I could definitely use something like that. So I applied and I was accepted. And I have to say having been a member for a whopping couple of days, WOW. This really is the most informative, the most helpful, the most supportive group I have been a part of. I have been welcomed, well advised, tweeted, FB-ed and I've even gotten two orders! I am so excited to be a part of this group!
But, even with all of this excitement, I have spent time this week trying to make certain that I do not forget, even the tiniest littlest bit, about my three greatest projects in the works.
My oldest, Isaac. Who taught himself to read at two and to this day has an insatiable love of learning. With this incredible mind of his comes a myriad of challenges I never expected when dreaming of having children. But, I would not change him for the world. He is the world's absolute best big brother. Honestly. He is patient and generous and forgiving with his little brother and that makes me more proud of him than anything.
My intrepid Jonas. The child I fasted and prayed for for three years. He was an absolute gift from God and on a daily basis he reminds me that he is, with every hug and every kiss and every silly smile and crazy antic. He is the antithesis of his brother in so many beautiful ways. He's my silly Monkey Boy and I treasure him.
My sweet Emeline. A mere 19 months younger than Jo, she was a surprise in more than one way. Out of the six children between my sister's family and mine she is the only girl. She has the sweetest temperament. She's such an easy going baby (well except for the whole refusing a bottle or pacifier thing). She is a gift I didn't know that I wanted. She has ignited my creativity with her very presence. I love her so.
No matter what happens with my little business, my fourth child. These three will always be number one on my priority list. And with that, I am off to engage!