Goal-setting enthusiasts and productive creatives are always reassessing their progress. Not only does it help to see what they've achieved over the past year, but it also gives them direction for where they want to go next. This is one thing that I've been lacking on this year, however, I want to change that and use this post as a way of committing myself to taking a break every once and a while to check in. Since it's the last week of December, and the year for that matter, I think it's the perfect time to reminisce over what I've accomplished in 2015.
March 2015 - It was around this time that I started seriously considering opening an online retail craft store. I was nervous to start the process knowing that I had to design a website, upload products, and implement marketing and advertising in order to spread the word. It seemed a little daunting, but I knew it was my dream.
April 2015 - Right at Home Shop opened its virtual doors for business! This came as such a delight after countless hours of preparation and online research. Finally, I was in business!
April 3rd, 2015 - I made my first sale! Yippee!
June 3rd, 2015 - Contacted Kristin from RUKristin about stamp production. As a result I...
June 5th, 2015 - Contacted Staci from her manufacturer and received information about producing my own stamps.
June 15th, 2015 - I received the first samples of my very first stamp set in the mail. I also contacted Laurel, Holly, Kari, Audrey, Michelle, Eva, and Jocelyn, to help me with my first launch.
June 16th, 2015 - I became a Pretty Pink Posh retailer and a sponsor for her blog.
July 9th, 2015 - My first stamp was featured on Pretty Pink Posh's Instagram page. #BigMoment
July 22nd, 2015 - Launched my first stamp set, Happy Mail! The release was a success thanks to all the talented ladies who joined me for the release.
August 26th, 2015 - Took the plunge and decided to reach out to my crafty hero, Jennifer McGuire. Before I knew it, I was sending along samples of my set to her to use on her cards.
September 30th, 2015 - My Fall Sentiments stamp made a cameo in an Online Card Classes video lesson.
October 15th, 2015 - Launched my three holiday stamps: Christmas Sentiments, Poinsettia, and Christmas Critters.
October 29th, 2015 - My little stamp company was featured in Jennifer McGuire's Take 5 video. She named us one of the five things she thinks you should check out. Squeal!
November 11th, 2015 - Collaborated with Laura Bassen and had my holiday release featured in one of her videos. She made two projects and my heart just about exploded.
November 12th, 2015 - I participated in the Pretty Pink Posh November Release Blog Hop as a Guest Designer. My first official blog hop and guest designer position!
November 19th, 2015 - Launched my first digital product, the Right at Home for the Holidays Inspiration Guide Ebook.
November 23rd, 2015 - Heard back from three designers who I asked to be part of my official Right at Home Design Team. All three said yes!
November 24th - 26th, 2015 - Held a blog post series with my friend Holly. We fittingly named it Right at Home for the Hollydays.
December 1st, 2015 - Launched my first planner stamp, Plan on It, with the help of two Instagram icons, Candi Billman and Layle Koncar. I also sold through half my stock within the first 24 hours...a first for me.
December 11th, 2015 - I participated with Amy as part of her Coffee Loving Cardmakers Holiday 2015 Blog Hop as a sponsor. Loved reading everyone's comments on my post!
December 17th, 2015 - Received my first samples for stamps for 2016 and a fun collaboration product that I am over the moon about. #SequinLoversUnite
December 28th, 2015 - Launched my January release filled with Valentine's Day themed products. My favorite time of the month is almost here.
It's been quite a year filled with ups and downs, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Each mistake we make strengthens us and we should never regret them. Each one brings us closer to achieving our goals and dreams and makes us a better person. Here's to another year!
What was your biggest accomplishment this year? Let me know in the comments!