The Ups and Downs of a Freelancer

I have been doing freelance work for about 13 years now and you would think that I would be used to the fact that every opportunity I get will always end ( no company will hire a freelancer forever) But when I do have to say good bye it always does scare me. I get frightened on things like “how will I pay the bills next month” or “who am I going to work with next?”
So the other day I had to walk away from another company. From the start it didn’t feel right but I tried to make it work and some companies just don’t understand the importance of building a social media presence or building that community. And there is only so much one freelancer can do! Good Bye, it was time.
Before that though I had a high by meeting the daughter of one of my favorite companies in Japan! She was sweet and we talked about paper goods which always gets me happy. Maybe it was all a sign that its time for me to go full force with my little shop and build it into something!

Here was my day:

5 Item Fashion Game Changers For This Fall

JUMPSUITS
Okay, I am starting off the list pretty bold…I know. But IF you really want to step it up you gotta wear items that not everyone wears, right? We saw a lot of jumpsuits this summer and now for fall you pair it with a turtle neck or long sleeve and some boots.

Mara Hoffman Idola Corduroy Jumpsuit

METALLIC PLEATED SKIRT

You may think this is waaaay out of your comfort zone but its actually not as crazy as you think when you put it on and pair it with sneakers.Don’t this too hard about this one and it will work its way into your wardrobe.Sorry, not sorry for the mustard color. Am slightly obsessed with it right now.


ENGLISH FACTORY Metallic Satin Pleated Skirt

MULES AND SLIDES

I am going to suggest to go bold in color or bold in design for this one even though the beige would be great too since it can go with anything. Will make you look like you have bare feet:) What I love about Fall is that BOLD colors can totally make the outfit. So if you are wearing a simple denim and tee/long sleeve you can add this bright red mule and a red lip and you are ready darling!


Jeffrey Campbell Felicitas Mules

 

BOLD LIPS
Which brings me to bold lips. When I say red, it doesn’t have to be the scary apple red you might be thinking it about. It can be a deeper red or even close to a dark beige like the one I chose here. I saw this new color and thought “ooo this would be a great everyday color!” This always saves me since recently my makeup is always natural and simple and I spruce it up with a lip color.


& Other Stories Thrummed Mocha

 

STATEMENT EARRINGS
You may have realized a lot of girls, ladies using more of a bold earring casually. And even though I love a very dainty piece, switching it up to wearing something simple and upping my game with a bold piece of jewelry is always fun. Especially when its a very non-chalant everyday thing.The earring I chose here comes in all different colors but even just the basic colors, black or white can make your look stand out.

Vanessa Mooney The Astrid Knotted Tassel Earrings

 

My 5 Favorite Small Business Podcasts

If you want to know what I am up to now-a-days, I am hustling trying to figure out my small business. Every single day thats what I think about and how I want to see it grow and become something bigger than I ever imagined.
To do so, you need to know a lot. Right? Or have that business mind set. I have a lot to learn and not enough time to sit down and take classes (although I do have some classes I signed up for!) Living in LA you are in your car for at least half the day and I didnt want to waste that time so I have been making the most of it by listening to business podcasts! For the past 4 months I have been through many, subscribed to many and deleted maybe half. Most business podcasts can make feel like its impossible, or even worse…it can make you sleepy! And you dont want to be sleepy when driving.

Today I introduce you to 5 of my favorite small business podcasts. They are all the ones that I look forward to and have been a lot of help building up my Etsy shop from ground up. Hope you enjoy my video~!

Elise Gets Crafty
Interviews with other small business’s along with Elise talking about her business is perfect for first time small business owners.

Etsy Conversation Podcast
Only interviews ETSY shop owners. If you have an ETSY shop there will be many tips and tricks on things you can do about the ever so changing ETSY platform.

Being Boss
Great for female entrepreneurs.Encouraging for GirlBoss’s. Advice on ways you can change your habits or way of thinking to benefit you in the business world. One day I want to go to one of their Retreats!

Social Media Marketing Podcast
Never forget the social media side of things. As much as you want to ignore it the day and age we live in, social media is a great way to drive customers to your site/shop/business. Gives great tips from experts.

How I Built This
This NPR podcast is something to listen to when you are feeling like you want to give up. Hearing the success stories on this businesses that we all know can inspire you and maybe even think differently. Anyone can start a business and almost anyone can build it to a million dollar one. Such an inspiring podcast!

If you are a small business owner or are thinking of starting one, congratulations! You have already made the first step that many people are afraid to do!! Hope these podcasts help you in some way! Please share your favorite podcasts with me down below or on my Youtube Channel. Would love to hear from you!!

P.S Here is my Mini ETSY Shop NEW MOON PAPER GOODS

New Moon Paper Goods blurb

Hello friends and family. I started a mini shop on Etsy 3 months ago creating hand illustrated goods, Newmoonpapergoods.etsy.com .
Now that little store has really started to grow at a faster speed than I would ever have imagined. All I want to do now is to make this a full time thing. So~ I might share some more things about the store and might ask for support, maybe ask to share the post sometimes…hope you don’t mind.
Please stop by the store and leave me some feed back.
If anyone knows any small business coaches, would love to get one too~!

Friends! I want to give you 20% OFF from my mini shop, just sign up for all the perks 🙂 http://eepurl.com/cKafs5
YAY~!

These are two of the newest items I added in shop:

New Moon Paper Goods x MAMA MARKET

I have finally finished my very first craft show! Thank you to MAMA MARKET for making my first craft show a breeze. To tell you the truth I was pretty nervous the day before. Hoping I had it all figured out and the fear of meeting customers! LOL I am not the best sales person cus I just want to give something away to everyone who buys from me! I am learning.

The day started pretty early. We all got there around 8-8:30AM to set up and doors opened at 10AM. It was supposed to be outdoors around the Platform shopping area but due to rain it got moved indoors to the green room. What a beautiful room! Luckily I was assigned a table right by the beautiful back door and relieved me from the pressure of being the first one you greet.

As soon as the doors opened I had friends and viewers of my channel come by my booth to purchase pins! Made me so happy to see familiar faces and the nerves just died down. What a great way to start the day. Flow was nice in the day, slow during lunch and picked back up after lunch. The show ended at 4PM. Perfect sales hours for a newbie like me!! Absolutely loved the atmosphere, the other vendors and the whole vibe all these fashion mama’s had. I felt like I was part of the cool kids club.

I know some of my friends or viewers didn’t show up since they thought it was an event only for mom’s, which it wasn’t. So I hope to try to get more friends and family to come out to the next show wether its a MAMA one or something else! Cannot wait!!!

 

 

 

Meeting the Easter Bunny

Technically this is my little ones 2nd Easter, but it was his first to meet the Easter Bunny and to look for Easter eggs…you know, the bunny side of things! This vlog was at a Fashion Mama’s event at The Grove sponsored by Lauduree(yummm). They had little DIY craft tables , bunny petting area and complimentary Bunny photo sessions.It was a fun filled day and we took a lot of photos of E. Definitely a day we will be adding to our album!

Thank you Fashion Mama’s, The Grove, Laduree for having us!

Will be at The MAMA MARKET!

I am excited to announce that my little Etsy shop, New Moon Paper Goods will be participating in the @fashionmamas MAMA MARKET on Saturday, May 6 from 10am to 4pm at @platform_la! The event will feature more than 30 mother-owned brands, ranging from home decor to womenswear to wellness. It’s going to be a great day to do some Mother’s Day gift shopping for mamas, by mamas. #FMMamaMarket is free and open to the public, so save the date!Please come by and say Hello!!

4 of My Favorite Planner Stickers from Etsy

I have been Erin Condren Planning for two years now and been purchasing planner stickers from Etsy for a while now. I am ALWAYS finding new shops (LOVE THAT!) And trying new places out…but these are the ones that I have bought from before and keep checking in on.Yes, there are other ones I like too, but I thought I would share 4 of them with you now and some more with you later!

Here we go:

Fox and Cactus (Best name, don’t you think?)
They have these girls named Rose, Tulip, Lily, Poppy and Daisy. All of these girls you can some how relate to all of them. Super cute and something you want to add to your daily planning!

Hello Petit Paper This is more of a girly girly one. Her illustrations are adorable and so cute! When you want to add some cuteness to your planner…this is the one!

Poetic Soup Designs Now she does more than just planner stickers. She creates logos, cards, invitations…list goes on. From her I just go for her fashion drawing stickers. They are totally worth it! So freaking cute!!

SweetKawaiiDesign Mother of all planner stickers. They now have their own site and have branched out into mini planners, coffee cups and other things! The quality of the stickers are also another level. The print won’t come off for sure because they are thick and sturdy. Her stickers really go with any theme and any color scheme too. I always go back to her stickers.

Please don’t forget to go and give my Etsy shop some lovin’ too~
https://www.etsy.com/shop/newmoonpapergoods

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