This has been a big year! I left my job, I made Good Sheila a Real Business, and tried to teach myself to chill out (#recoveringperfectionist). So, I thought - what better way to kick off the blog than to share some 2017 highlights, as well as some of my ideas, goals and plans for 2018?
Here we go!
Highlights of 2017
- I started to get my priorities straight. After years of chasing after a lot of the wrong things, I had a bit of a wake up call this year and decided to try to live more in alignment with the things I care the most about. Things like: creating a sense of calm in my life, doing work that is purpose-driven, having adventures (solo & with others), taking care of myself, and having lots of quality time with my partner, puppy, family and friends. I'm really not doing this perfectly yet but I have made some important steps.
- I made a big career change! After experiencing some [stress-related] health challenges, I realized that while I loved a lot of things about my job, the lifestyle wasn't really working for me. And so, in early 2017, I hatched a plan to leave my job, which I ultimately did leave in August 2017.
- Good Sheila was [officially] born. Good Sheila has been a casual side project since I first designed paper goods for my wedding in July 2016, but only became a Real Business, complete with a Tax ID and all, in the fall of 2017. The website launched alongside a blast of a launch party (see some photos here) on December 13, 2017.
- Good Sheila has stockists! I am beyond thrilled that Good Sheila goods can now be found in a couple of Seattle's best shops - Station 7 on Capitol Hill and Pipe + Row in Fremont - both recently named to Seattle Met's 100 Best Little Shops in Seattle.
What I'm working on
- Adding products. I'm super excited with the response to the first line of greeting cards, art prints, note pads, and a mug, and thrilled to be expanding the product line, starting in early 2018. Watch this space... and let me know if you have ideas, quotes you'd like to see lettered, etc!
- Finding retailers. Probably my biggest goal for 2018 is to find retail shops, brick-and-mortar or online, that would be interested in carrying Good Sheila products. We're a good fit for anywhere that sells greeting cards or other gift items. (Got ideas for me? Let me know!) We're starting 2018 with 2 stockists (so much love to Station 7 and Pipe + Row), and can't wait to grow!
- Developing a content program for Good Sheila. I have all kinds of ideas for a blog and email newsletter and the type of (what I hope will be) valuable content to share there. Currently, my plan is to send a newsletter a couple of times a month.
- Diving into the gifts/stationery world! I want to connect this year with other people with similar businesses, sell at craft/gift markets, and generally start to find my place in this world that is very new to me.
- Settling into business ownership/self-employment. I did a good deal of work from home in my corporate job, but I'm finding the freedom to have its challenges! So far I've learned that I need external motivators (if you follow Gretchen Rubin's theory of the Four Tendencies, I'm an obliger, unfortunately....)
- Have a life! I am going to try hard not to go All Business, All The Time. Other goals I have for 2018 include having adventures (Olympic Peninsula, I'm comin' for ya), date nights, big travel.
So, there it is! My first blog post, a bit of back story on how Good Sheila was born, and some of my plans for 2018, all in one!
If you've made it this far, thank you for following along in this adventure of mine. I am so lucky to have your support.
Here's to 2018! May it be a good one :).