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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Milestones and mind mapping

This Saturday is the next Map and Hatch business planning for crafters workshop.

Its at the Grange Library, more info here:

I've been reading some great blog posts via Facebook and Etsy about pursuing your craft passion and turning it into a business venture. I've been doing some mind mapping in my delicious moleskine, applying these ideas to my business plan, and considering how to use these to excite people attending my workshops. I love mindmaps! I love writing words, circling them and linking them up. They feel like word drawings and they often feel magical because they impart messages.

I'm doing the extra research because I'll be doing some master classes on craft business planning later this year. The classes will go for longer and have a smaller ratio of participants to me. I want to spend a bit of time mindmapping with people. First jotting down all things related to their business and then circling really important elements in order to discover the foundation.

Foundations are really important because they can guide as well as hold up a plan. Also known as standards or brand, foundations are as much about who you are as how you move towards success. I've been working on an idea which goes goals will help you achieve your big picture if you use your foundations to guide you. It can be drawn in a feeder cycle - you can see it in one of the images of my journaling.

Speaking of planning reminds me of milestones. Teaching workshops are milestones for me. But for Skye this week was a different milestone - her first solids. This has involved stealing my food, rather than a planned menu. What milestones have you achieved lately?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Balanced life

When I first had skye i found doing anything for me other than showering and eating regular meals next to impossible. it was actually easier to put everything on hold. But lately I've made time to add things back in. Actually I've had to put them back in for my mental health.

Some of the things I have reintroduced to my life post Skye are:
- drawing
- swimming
- reading
- baking
- painting my toenails

I've also started a gratitude journal, but more about that another time.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mapping and Hatching


Well the first Map and Hatch of 2013 has been run and it seems it was a smooth success. The participants were a keen bunch who were happy to plough through some simple business planning tools and lay themselves a foundation.

I really enjoyed being up the front again- it has been a while! It's a simple little 2 hour course and pretty straightforward going, so no surprises for me!

I am posting the hatch a goal template here so people can download it for use (right click on the image and choose save as).

I am also using this post as the commit to your goals opportunity that I spoke about in the course. Anyone is welcome to join in! In the comments section pop in your three short term goals for the next year, and also your three long term goals to achieve over the next three years. As we reach these deadlines I'll ask you how you went, and if you met them. Or if your goals changed.

In the coming year my goals are to work through this PND, run Map and Hatch workshops, and learn some watercolour painting skills. Over the next three years I want to still be running workshops, have my brand sorted and have a variety of downloads on my blog available.

Now it's your turn... I'd love to hear what you goals are and to help you achieve them!