The POD Store Is Running Again!

Hey y’all!

I just went through my Print on Demand designs and tailored the store for positive vibes!

I specialize in mugs with positive messages. Available mugs are listed on Etsy. Right now, they are all $11, but that price may be going up soon. So, go ahead and check it out today!

Here are a few of the mugs selling currently:

Also, if you have any special requests, just send me a message, and I’ll make that mug for you.

Plus, there’s more to come! I’ll be putting out new merch every few days, so if what you’re looking for isn’t available today, check back in a week, and it could be there.

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Print on Demand – again with the Law of Attraction

Hello!

About a year ago, I discovered the idea of Print on Demand stores. The whole concept is fabulous, because you create designs for products (simple pictures), and another company handles creating the products and distributing them to buyers. You just pocket the difference in cost. You don’t have to buy any inventory to have a HUGE number of products! And I love this idea! No creating something that may or may not sell and having it sitting around forever.

I started a store right away. For a while, I worked on the store daily, but when nothing happened, I “gave up” on the idea. Then, the same thing happened a few months ago. I got the spark again. I revamped my POD store, created and changed a lot of designs, and I went hard. I was working on the store and advertising for hours each day. I actually had one sale. But I ended up stopping again because I went through a period of not having internet at my home. Since I can’t drive, I found myself biking to a local coffee shop to use their Wi-Fi, and that was an ordeal.

But my family was unexpectedly blessed by free internet at our home. And I’ve been getting a lot of signs about doing POD. Then, this morning, a thought just hit me: Why don’t I add law of attraction merchandise into my POD store!?! I’m excited to learn about it, and I’ve been into daily gratitude for much longer. Plus, I want to provide merchandise that makes people happy and smile and inspired. I want to work on creating some positive affirmations anyway, so I’ll just put those on different types of merchandise. I already have one design from my very first POD attempt that will work perfectly.

I do want to be smart about this though. I saw a post on YouTube about how it’s normal for people go to school for 4+ years to learn a subject but not normal for people to spend a few months creating a business. That got me to thinking. I did go off to college. I ended up not graduating because of several factors, but my initial life trajectory had me set get a degree. And that didn’t seem like a crazy amount of work.

A class in college is usually 1.5 hours twice a week for 3-4 months. Ideally, you would do homework or study for .5-1 hour a day on most days. So, I’m going to try out that type of structure for my POD store.

Here’s a possible schedule based on the “college class” idea:

My husband conveniently works nights and only .5 the week in 2-3 day chunks, so I’ll do a lot of this while he’s gone after the child is in bed. Because the fewer distractions, the better. On those days, I will spend .5-1 hour the first day learning something new with POD, and after that, and on the other days, I will spend 1-1.5 hours actively working on my POD shop. Today is Dec 1. I have an (kind of) unrelated goal to bring in $1K to the household by Feb,. Dec 1-Feb 28 is exactly 3 months, which just so happens to be roughly the same timespan as a college class. So my “class” begins today and will end Feb 28. At that point, I think it would be good to stop and evaluate (on a major scale – minor evaluations will be ongoing). And my class will have weekly projects due (new merch).

I’ve always had a knack for school. But this was problematic once I got out of school. School doesn’t prepare you for the adult world. But since that is how I operate best (fantastically, if I say so myself – I got a 32 on the ACT), I think I would do well to structure other practices similarly.

On a semi-unrelated note, I’ve also found that when people ask what I do for a living, if I say that I’m “taking care of the baby,” they begin to suggest ways to bring in income. Now, I can say that I’m working online from home. (I definitely could have framed it that way before, but I didn’t know what I was doing.)

I’m excited! This should be fun. I really enjoy learning, and I’ve finally figured out how to make that sound respectable to the public.

Stay tuned for some good vibe merch!

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I Wish I had an Abundance Mindset Before

I had to lose all my money to attract money.

My husband and I moved a couple years ago when I was pregnant with our first child. Just before we had that baby, that’s when we slowly began to have less and less money. The situation really came to a peak a few months ago when my husband quit his job. It took longer than expected to find another job, and we pretty much lost all our money.

We began going to the food pantry and charity food giveaways as well as asking for and accepting money from family members. Even with all this, we were barely able to pay our mortgage, and anything extra that we needed went on the credit card which went unpaid for months.

Looking back on it now, I think a lot of the problem came from the fact that we got told by so many people that children would sap the energy and money from our lives. Since we believed that, of course we attracted that into our lives. That was totally a self-fulfilling prophecy. But when I ran some numbers, since I’m a SAHM, the amount we save on daycare costs goes up with additional children. Children can totally add whimsy and fun to life, and they don’t really cost that much – especially if there is a parent that stays at home and basically does private family daycare for you.

When we had money before, I remember being really frugal. It did help in some ways, but I think it caused more harm than good. I was way too frugal. Even though I still want to be frugal to a point, I appreciate the little things more now. If we can afford it, I’ll enjoy dessert every day, my husband will have soda available, we’ll keep simple pleasures available. Before, I didn’t have an abundance mindset. I hated paying bills. It was always, ‘Oh, we can only pay our bills.’ Now that I appreciate it more, if we can actually pay all of our bills in full, we win.

I wish I had known prior to my child being born that he wouldn’t be expensive. The dog is more expensive to keep right now than the child. But I’m so glad that I can ignore the “kids are expensive” advice leading up to baby #2.

I’ve only gotten into it for a few weeks, but having an abundance mindset has caused us to gain a ton of money over that time. And my husband is actually starting a job that will bring in more than any job prior, and I’ve already put some investments in place that will supplement his income. And, the thing is, he only got word that he had that job after I changed mindsets.

An abundance mindset has caused me to appreciate things so much more, and it has attracted so much good into our lives. I only wish I had known about it sooner, but I also know that I had to go through the experience of being broke and humbled to get to that mindset. And, because of that, I’m even grateful for the hardships.

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Gratitude Attitude

Hey y’all,

First off, I want to say how truly sorry I am to one content creator from years ago. I don’t remember who she was or what platform she was using, but I remember that when I was still in grade school, a woman made a post about how she wanted to bake a cake, and she had just the right amount of milk to do so. She said that it was a miracle from God. Someone commented about how God must be too busy with white, suburban women to help with the wars in the Middle East. At the time, I thought it was a funny comment, and that it was pure audacity to claim that the exact right amount of milk for a recipe was from God. However, now that I’m a little older, I actually think that’s a pretty good gratitude practice. Whether you call it God, Energy, the Universe, or something else, it’s a good thing to be thankful for anything good in life, even if it’s something as small as milk.

And that has actually given me the idea to write down and keep track of things that have manifested today. Many of them are such small things that I would easily forget them if I didn’t write them down. And if I want to do it anyway, why not post about it on my blog? It could inspire something in someone.

Things manifested on 11.29.22 & 11.30.22:

-I wanted to have some cash in different denominations of bills to scatter throughout my home, and I found the perfect bills in the closet that I had forgotten about.

-Awhile back, I decided to work on my typing speed, and it suddenly increased from 24 to 31 wpm!

-I do affirmations every night for my husband to get good rest and have a good day at work, and he did last night.

-My son’s sippy cup got a smell to it even though I wash it regularly, so I manifested that it wouldn’t smell today, and it didn’t.

-My son marked up the toilet seat with a toy. And it manifested that the marks came up when I cleaned it.

-Although the math worked out when I did it, I forgot how much we had in the bank account, and I was honestly surprised by how much it was when I checked it this morning.

-A few years ago, one of the YouTubers that my husband listens to had a holiday deal for Omaha Steaks. Last night I mentioned this, and today we got an Omaha Steaks flyer in the mail. (Even though this isn’t a holiday sale, the fact that we got a flyer about them shows me that the Universe heard me.)

-We ran out of cheese two nights ago, and cheese just went on sale at our local store today for the first time in weeks.

We were gifted a leftover holiday ham yesterday, and those thick slices will go perfectly with the thick bread buns that we were gifted to us from a church food pantry. And the cheese that is now on sale will turn that combo into some hearty ham sandwiches.

-I’m not sure exactly what this was, but I’m super happy and proud of it. I feed my dog in the utility room and close the door. When I did this today, I forgot to let her back in. My toddler son, after being in a completely separate room, walked to the utility room door, jiggled the knob, and kept saying “back in” until I remembered about the dog. The boy is barely beginning to talk, and he did that – after not having anything to do with the situation as he was playing when I fed the dog.

I’m sure there are more, but this is a lot already. I’m glad I’m doing this. Gratitude is one of the easiest ways to manifest things. It also always puts a smile on my face to see how blessed I am – even in small ways. It’s amazing how good it makes me feel.

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Frugality and Abundance

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As many of you know, I’m a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) to a young toddler and (soon) an infant. I’m also a very frugal person. My blog name is Frugal Tree Hugger for goodness’ sake! But I am learning a lot about the law of attraction at the moment.

A major component of the law of attraction is that when you hold on to a resource (just in case), it puts out the vibration that you don’t have enough. It sends out vibes of lack, and I don’t know of anyone who wants more lack in their life. You attract more of what you are, so the question becomes, ‘How do I remain frugal and not feel any sort of lack?’

So, I’m not fully sure of the answer to that question, but what I’ve been doing over the past week is to not worry about using up ingredients or food or other items. A month ago, I wouldn’t have used that last cup of GF flour that I had, and I wouldn’t have eaten all the holiday leftovers in one sitting. Because, what if? What if I need it later? What if I want to enjoy it later? If I use it right now, I won’t have it later if I need it.

I still spend my money frugally, but I comfortably use what I have available rather than scrimping on it. I don’t know at this point if that will follow me through to the future, but I think there is a nice middle ground where I can use frugality to enable me to be abundant.

The only person (that I know of) who talks openly about this is Kate Singh. She has a YouTube channel called Coffee with Kate, and I love it. Most people either talk about money and flaunt it, or they ignore it completely. But Kate talks about how she and her family is frugal but they live an abundant life.

A big thing with Kate is that she (and I’ve heard other frugal people say this) has been teaching herself constantly to find joy in simple things. For example, she makes her own coffee every day. But she makes it tasty and warm, and she drinks it in the mornings when the light is soft and the house is quiet. Not only is her coffee incredibly inexpensive, but she creates an ambiance around her coffee that is really relaxing.

My goal is to create that kind of ambiance for my own life.

But I keep thinking about the whole abundance through frugality thing. The things that I would put in this category are things like, if you enjoy cooking, you can make several tasty meals from home for the price of ordering a single meal at a restaurant. If you do the coffee at home, you can have a lot of coffee for a lower price and in a more peaceful environment than Starbucks. If you love being at home, maybe you can find a way to be a frugal stay-at-home person rather than hustling off to work every day (parents can often stay at home with their kids instead of paying for daycare – daycare costs will often nearly equal out to any money made from a job, unless it’s a super high-paying job).

At this point, I do want to bring up matresses. Matresses is a French term (I believe), and it’s basically a mom-form of puberty. A pre-teen girl goes through puberty to become a woman, and a new mother goes through matresses. Just because a woman has pushed out a baby (or another person has brought a baby home), she hasn’t become a full-fledged mom yet. There’s an adjustment period to get used to the baby being there… all the time. And this period can take years. My son is nearly 2, and it took me about 15 months to be able to weather the crying and the tantrums with a smile on my face for the entire day. For most of my son’s first year of life, I got a job outside of the house. I could not take the thought of being the boy’s primary caregiver every day. But we eventually clicked, and I feel fully equipped and blessed to be around him all day. I had the ability to not pay for a daycare service due to my family but some people don’t have that. If your child is overwhelming, getting a job just to pay for daycare may not be a bad idea. Even though well-meaning people would say that it’s not “frugal,” do that if you need to. If daycare gives the parent some peace, then you’re not just paying for daycare – you’re also paying for self-care, and that’s like a sale.

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