I want to try something new. At the beginning of the week, I want to make a weekly goal/goals. At the end of the week, I want to evaluate how that week went and how I can improve. And since I think I should do this anyway, I may as well blog about it. Who knows? Maybe this can help to inspire others to self-evaluate as well.
Since I’m beginning this on a Wednesday night, there’s no point in putting out a goal for this week, so I’ll jump straight to the evaluation.
So, this week I’ve been reminded of how it feels to be stressed with too many irons in the fire. I keep trying to bring income into the household, and I totally forgot about how I previously stated that I’m going to focus on being a housewife and mom. I’ve been trying to take care of those home tasks while also trying to do too many other things. My husband and I had a long conversation about it, and we agreed that it would be best for me to cut back and focus on the home and being a great mom.
I definitely lost my way a little in the past week or two, but I’m glad that I did see my error and have taken action to correct it.
I do plan to continue some of my work, especially in making PNGs and clipart. I really enjoy when I’m able to design something beautiful or when I can make something useful out of something already beautiful.
However, I am going to cut back on doing so much Etsy POD work. Basically, a POD item is where you take a PNG image, and another company prints that image onto a item and ships it. It’s very convenient, and I’ll do that if I already have a design in mind, but I’m going to stop making designs specifically for Etsy POD. I really don’t even think that Etsy is a good market for POD items. The items aren’t unique, and Etsy is a platform for artists to sell their unique items.
I started elimination communication (EC) with my son when he was only 2-weeks old. At that age, he only had onesies, but the snaps at the crotch were too much for me to deal with as a new mom, and if he wet a cloth diaper in a onesie, we had to change the whole outfit because the bottom would get soaked. Because of that, I LOVE infant t-shirts.
As well, kids are messy. Some of the cutest child outfits I’ve seen are in white or another light color. That just means they stain easily. I designed this shirt so that it looks stained already, and more stains won’t hurt it. If you’re going to spend $15+ on a shirt the child will grow out of anyway, it doesn’t need to be easily ruined by stains.
Back to my self-eval…
I guess the point is that I got distracted and spread myself too thin. Seriously, I’ve been crocheting, designing, POD-ing, mom-ing, housewife-ing, and more. Even though I was doing all that, I wasn’t getting that much done.
To make better use of my time, I plan to cut out the POD-ing and slow the designing WAY down until I finish my current crochet project. Once I finish that (guys, I’m crocheting 20 pokeballs), I’m not taking any more crochet orders until the new baby is several months old. When I finish this crochet project, I can pick up on my PNG designing again. I’m also cutting down on some of the “more.” That’s basically a few money-making apps on my phone, and I’m getting rid of any that take up my time. I’ll keep the ones that just run in the background. They make a couple dollars a month.
So, I’m basically cutting out three things with plans to cut out another within a month.
I did make a goal awhile back that I’d be making $1000/mo by the end of February. I don’t know how much of that goal I’m going to complete, as it’s already halfway through January and I’m at about $20/mo, but I’m very blessed to be able to stay home with my child every day, and I really want to enjoy it more. Being a SAHM is definitely a privilege that many don’t have.
I made the background transparent for PNGs and clipart, and I’ve uploaded it to my Patreon.
The best part about this image is that it is completely free! You don’t need a Patreon subscription to view/use this image (although a subscription does unlock A LOT more PNGs). AND this image is copyright free. So, you can use it for anything you want, business or personal.
Plus, it’s just beautiful. It’s likely something simple for a graphic designer to do, but I can’t do it. I just want to stare at it.
For more PNGs and clipart, visit Positive Elephant on Patreon. There are plenty of images for download without a subscription, but a subscription (only $5/mo) will unlock many more images that you can use for any purpose whatsoever.