Friday, July 16, 2010

The Savvy Entrepreneur

Sorry for the late Savvy Entrepreneur post! I've been working hard teaching and getting ready for our BIG event in Vegas. You know those days, weeks, months, where you get up early, go to bed late and get as much done in the middle as possible. Yes, I am productive! I recently set up a merchant account with Chase and will be able to start receiving credit card payments in about a week! It's very exciting, taking the next step in business. We have some solid designs coming out of our collaborative, Dead Kings Collective. Silk screened t-shirts, bikinis, bags and some hand sewn woman's wear is what we'll be offering in Vegas. Big events, with a collaborative, can be a tricky situation. Not everyone works the same, has the same experience, or is ready to move forward in their creative endeavors. Dealing with fear of success is a huge deal in small business. It's amazing how so many of us have big dreams and work towards them, but once the opportunity rises, we get scared, fearful of what we can accomplish. We are powerful beings, who are capable of greatness. Thing of our ancestors that accomplished so many great things in the faces of adversity; Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus and the many faceless, nameless families, mothers, children, organizations, that have done great things with just pure ganas. We all have our deamonds and it's up to us to rise to the occasion and say to those evil voices, SI SE PUEDE!

How do you understand and interpret success? What makes you feel successful? How do you know when you are successful?

About four years ago I felt stuck. I started to write again, and I did more visualization of what I wanted and needed in my life for happiness and success. I wrote down five goals. Then I broke those goals down into smaller pieces, so they didn't seem so scary. I posted them on my bathroom mirror, so I would look at them every day. I worked hard, sacrified and followed the path laid before me. I have accomplished almost all of the goals! Here was my list:

1. Teach art full-time.
2. Have photographs published.
3. Open heart for future soul mate.
4. Purchase home.
5. Be happy.

I purchased two super lotto tickets yesterday, so the home one may become a reality. hahah. We must have faith in silly things like that sometimes.

I challenge you to sit down some place quiet, and think about your life goals, long and short term. Start by writing down big goals. Then take each of those big goals and break them down into action steps. Baby steps are better than no steps, but take chances and don't fear your power. Embrace yourself, your strength and your will to succeed. Don't let the "bad-days" turn you off. You make the best out of what you have, don't dwell on what you don't and love, love, love.

Till next week...write down your goals and give yourself a big hug!

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Jen from Mama's Magic Studio about joining SFEtsy!


Mango Leaf Clothing said...

Wow, very helpful blog. How does one join a street team?

Jen (Mama's Magic Studio) said...

oooh, I like that challenge! Hope Vegas goes well for you -- will look forward to hearing about it!

Mango Leaf, how you go about joining a street team depends on the team! At SF Etsy, we are currently accepting new members who are active Etsy sellers in the Bay Area. All you need to do is send me, mamasmagicstudio, a convo at my Etsy shop ( and I can let you know what we need to establish membership. For info about other teams, see the lists here:

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