(Because I like blogs better when they have pictures, I've strategically placed old photos of Amy and myself in between paragraphs of this story.)
|Amy and I in high school - please note the sweet scrunchie on Amy's wrist.|
|Chicago 2007 - one of my many trips there throughout the years.|
|Morocco 2008 - we took a two week trip with a group of women from Amy's office.|
|Amy and I repelling in West Virginia circa 1998.|
|Amy and me singing what appears to be a powerful duet in someone's basement in high school.|
So this is kind of a different blog post. I just wanted to start off the year publicly declaring a few of the goals I have for this business in 2012. It has been extremely helpful to have Amy to share my goals with, and I find that sharing things on the blog gives me that extra push to get things done, too.
I have five goals this year, as per usual, and two of the five are Vivian Elle related. Last year, my goal was just to get this business up and running. Check and check. If all goes well, the following will happen by the end of 2012.
1. I will be marketing in two new places and participating in a bridal show.
Right now brides will find me on The Knot and Wedding Wire. I'd like to find at least two additional locations to post my business cards or even advertise with a local newspaper. I am also starting to scout out bridal shows (this would be the biggest overcoming of my fears move ever) to see what I would need to do to get in one of those.
2. I will have a part of my website that is dedicated to Christmas cards.
So far, my time has been taken up with wedding stuff, which I absolutely love. But I realized this past year that I really enjoy doing Christmas cards and I want to work on getting some designs up on my website that people could just pick from and order however many they need, just like you can from Minted or Kodak Gallery or Wal-mart. I plan to start working on those designs next week and have them up by September or October.
So that's it. I'm starting out 2012 with very specific goals and I even have an action plan for each of them. The problem is that life always gets in the way and a goal that should take a week or two to accomplish (if I really dedicate time to it) will end up taking months and months. But I'm going to make my best effort and I have Amy (and now my blog readers!) to hold me accountable, which has always worked on pretty well in the past.
So here's to a happy new year, (hopefully) accomplished goals, and really great friends.
|Amy giving her maid of honor speech at our wedding in 2009.|