New year, New YOU!
What is it about the new year that has everybody making new goals…resolutions if you will. I have never been one to make resolutions, however, the new year IS an excellent time to make new goals and change a few things. It comes after 6 weeks of indulging in foods, sometimes traveling and overspending. Then it all just ends. It’s the time in your life where you look back and say, “I could have done that differently. Starting now, I will do better.” So maybe I do make resolutions, just name them a little differently.
I certainly set goals for myself and my business. Most times, I don’t follow through. I’m learning from a dear friend to get it on paper. Write it down every day in a notebook. I did that last year in October and I was able to check off every goal I had for myself. What were some of those? Secure my first wholesale account. DONE. I’ll do a blog post on that soon. It’s pretty darn successful too! Finalize what I need to do to get certified as a teacher in the state of Oklahoma. Almost done. Just need to send in the final paperwork. I took 4 tests though. Passed them all! I’m pretty proud of that. I’m not going to tell you how long it’s been since I’ve been to school of any kind! I can see the benefit of writing things down every day, twice a day. It keeps it in the front of your mind. My friend that gave me that tip is Benjamin from Inspired Odyssey. He is a life and business coach. He is the one that helped me rebrand my business a year ago. He is fantastic! Check out his website for a wonderful blog, facebook group and newsletter. He posts great tips to improve your business and life.
So what are my goals for my business for 2017? My biggest goal is to finalize plans for a mens product line. Beard oil, balm and shave soap. These are not the best pictures but here is what I have so far. I have sent my testers out for my shave soap and am getting RAVE reviews. Here is one of them: It’s a better shave than using edge shaving cream, and a lot smoother. I’m planning on releasing 2-3 scents of each product. What type of scent would you like to see?
I’m also going to streamline my product lines a bit. I will likely discontinue my Sugar Scrubs and Solid Lotion. Not sure about them yet. I will also be reformulating my lip balms. I have been told for years that it’s perfect. I have finally decided that I need to make a few tiny changes. I feel like it needs to be a bit more firm so that it doesn’t melt in your pocket and smear all over your face when you try to put it on. I also need to make changes to the flavor and sweetener so that it’s more consistent. What I have in stock now will be all I have available of the current stock.
I am planning on keeping the bath bombs. Those seem to be pretty popular. The scents will change up from time to time though. I will also add something fun right around Easter. I won’t tell you what but I’ll give you a sneak peak!
Enough of business! Let’s get on to the fun stuff!!
Of course I was not planning on buying any bottle babies this year. It all started with this ONE you see…while scrolling through facebook one night while on vacation (while missing my goats of course!) She looks JUST like the one we lost last year named Luna. We miss her. She was a cool goat. This little one was from the same breeder. Of course you can’t get just one baby goat. They are herd animals and need each other right from birth so I committed to her sister. THEN I saw this buckling…and fell in love with him and we needed a new herd sire. The rest, they say, is history.
Our theme for names this year is Gilmore Girls. My daughter and I are watching it together and it has gotten us through some tough times.
This is Lulu. She looks like Luna from last year so she gets this name.
This is Emmy (Emily). She is my first ‘curly’ goat. I’m in love with her!
This one is Luke. He is my first fancy goat. I’m excited to see what he brings us in the future. He is, by far, the friendliest goat I have ever owned. He is a lap goat…and by that, I mean that even as I was typing this post, he was jumping up into my lap on the chair to try to lay down. Goat feet HURT!! Did I mention that we can have up to 15 baby goats due on our farm from March to May? Goodness. I’m already tired. These guys here are bottle babies and take a lot of time. The ones outside will be dam raised (by their moms).
Stay tuned for more pictures of the baby goats and other farm antics. We have a blast out here on our Northeast Oklahoma farm.