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Etsy Conversations Podcast – Round 2!

I had the pleasure of doing a second interview on the Etsy Conversations Podcast┬álast week, this time with new host Ijeoma! She has done a wonderful job growing the podcast and I had so much fun talking with her about running an Etsy business. Head over to this post to listen. If you haven’t heard […]

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Top 10 Books I Want to Read in 2014

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As of this month, I have already read 2 books this year! I read a lot of ebooks through my library and they tend to be randomly available. As a result, I usually end up with 3 books at a time that expire after 14 days. Then there are the printed books I check out at the library and on my shelves at home, so I have ADD associated with finishing them all. This year I want to finish the books I’ve started as well as read the ones that have been at the top of my list for a while. Here’s my top 10 list for this year, 5 to finish and 5 to read.

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Journey to a Freelance Lifestyle

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In the last four months of 2013, I had the opportunity to start my freelance lifestyle. I was a nanny to my sweet nephew Wyatt, I became the go-to print designer for Creative Types and redesigned the alumni publication for Mount Notre Dame. I started to see a lot of growth in the client side of my business, however I soon realized I had lost sight of why I wanted to start a business in the first place. I had ignored my goals with the hurry do-it-now demands on my time from others. I realize this is part of the job, but I was approaching new work with the wrong mindset. I learned a lot about time management and self-discipline, yet something was missing. Then I visited my website and discovered that I hadn’t updated since October… meaning I updated my blog more when I was a full-time employee!

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101 Goals in 1001 Days

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I started keeping a life list as a teenager, after reading an article in Seventeen about Mandy Moore’s “60 Things I Want to Do Before I’m 30.” I’ve always been a dreamer with big, sometimes unattainable goals, but these kept me going when I was bored with small town life. Now I’m 25, and I still keep a list, though my interests have changed from “Get a spot on the cheerleading squad” and “Become a movie actress” to owning a business and getting out of debt. The monster dream goals are still there, just different. I’ve found I don’t make much progress without accountability and deadlines, so when I read Patti Murphy’s 101 Things in 1001 Days, I was inspired to create my own and share it with you!

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