Getting to the Heart of the Matter

This has been an interesting week. I have offered up some great deals in my shoppe with only one sale. So, what does this mean? This means I need to reevaluate why I started a business in the first place.

Stay with me, this gets better!

So, over the last few days, while feeling sorry for myself, I did some reading and a lot of soul searching.

I had to ask myself, “Why do I even bother with my shoppe?”. Selling on social media is a pain in the neck, I hate all the hoops I have to jump through to get noticed! Don’t get me wrong, I love getting sales, but there has to be more to it than making money to keep my heart in it.

So what is my motivation?

After asking all the right questions, and finding what I hope is the answer,

It’s You!

When I thought about closing up my shoppe because my ego was a little ruffled, I thought about what I would miss the most, my connection with this community and all the wonderful people I have met through it! And I just can’t bring myself to do that.

My goals in the beginning were to inspire and provide materials for art journaling, and they still are, I just let the whole idea of what having a business “Should look like” get to my head.

Honestly, If you feel as if you can’t live without one of my journals, you know where to find them. Or, If you like looking at photos and listening to me blather on, I can help you with that too.

But, in the meantime, I just want to keep calling you my friends.

It’s that simple!

So, if you see me going off the rails on the Pity Train, please pull the emergency break and tell me to grow up!

Until next time,

Have a wonderful day,

Much Love,

~Patty

Let’s Chat, I’ll Put the Kettle On

I have always loved the idea that this is my little oasis of happy. I have actually felt guilty at times for not sharing more of my political, social, or faith based views. I have them, I’ve always just kept them to myself, until now…

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  I share my faith journaling quite a bit on here, but I also strongly believe in learning about, and appreciating all faiths and religions. In other words, reading the bible is very new to me, I have spent most of my life learning about many of the world’s religions, and I hope to continue to do so. I believe we have a lot to learn from one another, and having an open mind with love and acceptance is how we will begin to heal our world.

Hows that for a little homespun philosophy?

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I’m not quite sure what made me become brave enough to open up like this, maybe I felt I needed to give myself more room to share something that is very dear to my heart, mutual acceptance and respect for differences.

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So, welcome to my little world. Let’s walk this path together with love, acceptance, and an open mind.

Thank you for your time,

Have a beautiful day,

~Patty

Making Goals and Changing Names!

I hope I’m not going to be too-o-o long winded with this post, I have a lot I want to cover. There are quite a few things that have helped me set goals this year, and so far I’ve been able to keep up with them.

The first thing I would like to share is my planner.

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I shared about this planner last year, it was my personal care planner then. Well, that didn’t go down the path I was shooting for, so I re-tooled it into my Goals Planner.

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I Bought Lara Casey’s audio book “Make It Happen”, and I loved it! She has a great way of inspiring you to goal set, but has a wonderful philosophy of “Little by Little”. In other words, don’t stress, just get as much done as you can, when you can.

You can see some of the sections for the categories I’m working on this year. Honestly, these are the same as last year’s, and will probably be the same next year too.

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This is in the calendar section of my planner. I have chosen a de-clutter project for each month, until gardening begins, and I needed something different to track my progress. My husband helped me out with this idea, I feel as if this bubble chart will work a lot more organically than a calendar or a list would.

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A page from my “Goals With Grace” devotional. This devotional has really helped me discover what I needed to think and pray about for the this year’s goals. One of my goals this year is to make more videos, so I made one of a flip through of this entire devotional, you can see it here.

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This is where I journal about my progress. Now, I get it if you think this is a bit of over-kill, but this is what I did last year, and it worked for me. There is a section for each category I’m working on: Faith, Home, Family and Friends, Creative, Health and Fitness, and Shoppe. That quote card on the right is my gratitude mantra, not just for this year, but always.

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I didn’t hit the goals on all those categories last year, but I got pretty darn close. Plus, I really got something out of reading my journaling, it helped me set my goals for this year.

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My One Little Word binder. In a perfect world you wouldn’t see the adhesive under the velum, but I decided not to stress too much about it and just get it done.

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A groovy little pocket on the front cover.

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My word and its definition. I’m having fun stash bustin’ on this project too!

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On a side note, taking the time to really think about this word has brought up all kinds of thoughts and feelings related to it that I didn’t foresee. I don’t know if you noticed it or not, but I changed the name of my blog from RadishBlossoms.com to PattyRadish.com. I also changed the name of my shoppe to EclecticArtJournals. I did the same across all my social media. I am amazed at how making this small change affected me, it’s like I’m taking ownership of everything I’m putting out there. It’s a really good feeling!

Well, that just about does it with my goal setting strategy, I hope it was helpful. If you get some time, head over to my YouTube channel and check out my latest video.

See you soon,

Thanks for the visit,

~Patty

“The Heritage of Unrest” Art Journal Video

Yay! I finally did it…again!

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I made another video on YouTube. This is the page I did the process portion on. You will have to excuse my stilted voice on the video, I’m finding the hardest part is the voice overs. I’ve come up with a few work arounds, but I still need help. Oh well, I can’t let that stop me from trying.

Take a look when you get a chance and let me know what you think.

Hit this: Youtube to get there.

Until next time,

Have a great day,

Thanks for the visit,

~Patty

Shoppe News: 20% Off Everything!

Hello There!

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I’m running a 20% off everything sale in my shoppe!

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Cards, Decorative Paper Clips, and Art Journals of course!

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I’d like to start work on some newness, but want to clear some things out first.

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I really hope you will stop in and have a browse. Hit the word shoppe, or hit the link at the top right, to get to get there.

I’ll be sure to let you in on what’s new asap.

Just use the coupon code CUSTOMERFAVE at checkout and get 20%off everything until Sunday, January 29th!

Gotta run,

I’ll talk to you next week,

Thanks for stopping in,

~Patty