Tuesday, July 24, 2012

rejection, vanity and progress {shop talk}

wow. I am so overwhelmed and blessed by the responses I received yesterday for my new logo and necklace launch.

Having your own business is weird. I by no means claim to be an expert, in fact, I truly believe I am just starting to figure it out.
headband & necklace rellas bellas // top: Francescas // belt: came with a different top // skirt: Forever21 // shoes: a  gift, payless // clutch: sew caroline {also gifted by a sweet friend}

In past posts I have shared how I don't often believe in myself in the way that I should. I knew I needed to changed that if I want this shop and blog to succeed. I have been making a lot of changes these past few months and these next few months will have plenty more as well.

I knew it was time to change my branding/logo. When I first had it designed over a year ago I had no idea what i was getting myself into, but I new I was going to some blog conferences so I needed to look legit. I was still trying to figure out my shop {that is still the case, it is by far the biggest work in progress.} and so the design I had created was something that was cute and fun. Fast forward to now; I realized I needed a brand that reflected me, my blog and my shop. A big fete to get one design that fully encompasses all three. My wonderful graphic designer Kristen was able to do just that.

I have spend the last month working on changing all the designs, getting the new product photographs listed and the posts created. I also have a handful of new products to still release. My brain has been in over drive. I spent a lot of time while on our road trip across the country avoiding looking too much at etsy so I could come up with some new fresh ideas. I think the ideas are still flowing. Now the hard part is to take the vision and make it a reality, hehe.

All of this work will go no where if it is not shared with others. Since I am not a big huge corporation I am also my marketing department. Selling yourself is hard. It is scary. You don't want to deal with rejection. I dealt with rejection early on. When I first opened my shop it just had simple headbands in them. I contacted a blogger to do sponsorship on her blog, she very politely and sweetly told me no. It was tough, but totally ok. I needed that to keep going. I needed the rejection right away to have it under my belt. Part of me wants to contact her again, but I am also slightly afraid of a second rejection. {I have also experienced a ton of rejection since that first time!}
I have moments where I feel very proud of what I am doing and how far my shop has come. It is no overnight success but I don't have that expectation. Conversely I have moments where I feel very vain. I post a bajillion pics of myself on instagram. But I am trying to create this brand and the brand is me. Plus I live out of a hotel peeps, I need some human interaction and my instagram friends are the best and my favorite! I feel silly shamelessly plugging my shop or blog on twitter etc.
I don't really have an ending to this, no solution.  This is where I am right now. This is what I am working through. I often times think others think having an etsy shop is easy and is successful overnight. It is not. While I first started it as something fun and extra it has turned into something I want to be beyond successful at and hope to continue to grow it and get to the large milestones and goals I have given myself.


Susan said...

You're adorable!
New follower frm today's hop...off to check out your shop!

Danielle Leal said...

Ohh I love your outfit! You look so bright and cheery in it! So beautiful!

Jennifer Marcum said...

I think you're doing awesome! I myself am brainstorming ideas for an Etsy shop along with being a brand new blogger. It's all very exciting and scary at the same time.
Keep having faith and you will always move forward!


Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

I totally get you... I am TERRIBLE at selling myself + my shop. I am not a confident person at all (in fact, my husband was just getting onto me last night for putting myself down all the time), and even though I love what I do, it's so easy for me to feel like it's not good enough unless everyone else loves it, too. =\

{{hugs}} to you, friend!

Melissa Enault said...

Thanks for linking up at the GFC Blog Hop!! Hope you have a great week!

Sammantha said...

New to your blog, but I just gotta say I'm sure you will be just as successful as you want to be - you take it to heart and seems like you're a hard worker! Good for you, girlie :)

Stop by and say hi sometime!

Stacey @flickerwhips said...

Wow, i really wish i had something brilliant to say to you, but i guess i'm in worse shape right now than you think you are! Where do i go from here?!?! Give it more time, change my focus, start a brand? I am most definitely in need of a "celestial frying pan" moment! oh direction, where for art thou?!?! God is pretty silent right now, but if i am to be perfectly honest, it's my fault! I have been a little lazy in my walk these days..."Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all things shall be afforded unto you." That is my answer, see maybe God has been talking, i'm just not listening! ~keep looking up~ p.s. i think you're on the right track, just roll with it!!

Mandy @ This Girl's Life said...

I can relate to SO much of this. I have had an Etsy shop since the very beginning...back in 2005! It has morphed and changed a lot since then, and I'm contemplating changing my products again because I'm getting bored with what I'm currently making. I think creative people like us are are constantly reinventing ourselves because we can't help it...we just have to be creating things all the time, whether it is stuff for our Etsy shop, a blog post, an Instagram photo. And we want to interact with others and make friends...that is the really fun part! I struggle because my blog and shop haven't grown like I hope they would have by now, but that definitely helps to keep me humble and humility is a good thing. :)

Nicholl Vincent said...

love that shirt!

Come say hi at nichollvincent.blogspot.com and have a great week!

Sapir said...

What a lovely post! And what a great attitude to carry with you into the future of your business!
I'm thrilled to be your newest follower and would love it if you could return the follow if you get the chance and wish to :)
Sapir @ smellthewildflowers.blogspot.com

Emily Brewer said...

Selling yourself is really hard and wearing so many hats (or being so responsible for so many roles in the business) can be incredibly time consuming. Just started following through GFC Blog Hop

Leilani @ Soleil Selene said...

Thought this was a great post. Thanks for sharing!

Your new design, logo, and products look fantastic. I, too, experienced tons of rejection with my shop, initially. But the internet is huge and you'll find there are tons of other blogs out there waiting to be discovered and that would love to have you as a sponsor.

Good luck with everything!

Whitney said...

So adorable! I am so happy I stumbled across your blog! : )


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