Unfortunately :/

Actually I’ll start this post on a positive note. I finally succeeded in getting my transfer at work, I’ve been trying to make this happen since the advent of October (yeah, it’s been that freaking long). Anyway, I’m thrilled with the new situation, but there is a catch. My work schedule is going to be a killer for a few weeks before it evens out. Due to this, I am not going to have the time to post for a bit & must take a few weeks off from this blog that I love. I will miss sharing, but there is little I can do at this time.

Decisions Have been Made

I have been with Kitsy Lane for a long time, at least as long as one could be with such a fledgling company anyway. I stumbled across it nearly at the beginning. Originally it was a wonderful shop with way too many pieces to select anywhere near all of them for my boutique. The past little over a year I have watched the potential stock dwindle from well over 500 treasures to a bit over 100. A while back they stopped hosting the newsletters, so when they did choose to run extra sales it was unlikely to be noticed. The sales they have chosen to run, since last year are advertised after they expire. The vast majority of the selections cannot be placed in my weekly flash sale, as their prices do not actually reduce. While they always had a small percentage of good quality pieces, now that the number of pieces has dwindled to nearly nothing there are really very, very few that are worth purchasing.

I sent an email to my concierge a bit back to inquire about the total lack of attention from HQ & all they had to say was (paraphrasing here) too bad, we’re making money doing other things. It really breaks my heart that I have to leave them, having been so devoted for so long, but what else can I do at this point? I’ve sensed this moment coming for quite some time & the inevitable has finally come.

Jewelry has been my life for many years & until blogging came into my life it was also my only job. Now that my schedule has been cleared I will be focusing a lot more energy into my blog & instead of posting every other day as before, I will be posting 6 days a week. At this point it will be one post for each of those days, until I get into the swing of that hustle, it’s possible that there will be multiple posts in a day in the future, but this is what I can guarantee for now.

Mending Broken Heart

I appreciate you, my lovely readers, for taking part in this point of transition in my life. As always my heart is with you all. ❤

–Orbb

Keeping Up the Pace

Every day seems so hectic as I research & prepare my for each week of posts, in addition to my daily & weekly promotion of my boutique. Not only do I have to write each post but then I fill endless hours with trying to attract new readers across social platforms, while keeping an eye open for other methods. I am rather pleasantly surprised I have managed to stay on top of my schedule.

In order to maintain this pace I have to prioritize my daily goals & organize them into a daily to-do list. While this strategy may seem a little rigid it’s actually quite flexible as each moment of my day is not strictly regulated, so as things come up the flow of my day is not disrupted. Accomplishing the highest priority items on the list are where my energies are focused into first.

Meditation is a must to keep my mind sharp & centered on the task at hand. I spend 20 minutes a day at this, 10 shortly after I wake & another 10 about midday. I try not to meditate too close to sleepy time as it can increase the instances of insomnia by its restful & almost nap-like features & I have enough trouble with that on my own. lol

When things decide to spiral out of control for a day the most important thing of all is to not panic. Nothing ever gets better while I freak out, so it’s best to remain calm, no matter what life has chosen to throw at me at the moment. Sometimes you just have to let the day flow the way it wants to rather than force your own will onto it.

I am so grateful that you, my lovely readers, have taken a moment out of your, no doubt, equally busy day to commiserate with me at this time. 😉

Goal Setting

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The setting of goals & creation of plans to achieve them are the most efficient way to manage our time & resources. So I’m going to take a few minutes of my lovely readers’ time to talk about this subject. I’m sure we’ve all seen references to SMART & whether you have or not, that’s what I’m going to focus on.

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Time-bound

Specific: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

Measurable: Establish a method for charting progress.

Attainable: Focus on what is most important to reach for.

Realistic: It’s best to set a high goal that you are willing to work for & are able to achieve.

Time-bound: No time frame, no immediacy to attain anything.

That’s a pretty complete & comprehensive summary & I don’t want to bore anyone by droning on. Come see me sometime at my boutique. 😉

Caring for Costume Jewelry

If you’re like me, you want your treasure to maintain their initial luster. Cleaning costume jewelry is not quite the same as cleaning the real deal, so I’m going to give you my tricks to keeping my pieces at their very best.

Cleaning

First, for the sturdier pieces of your collection you’ll simply need a soft cloth, a toothbrush & some toothpaste. The kind of toothpaste matters not, for this any type works equally well. Spread some of the paste over your treasure, then scrub it with the brush, after the thorough scrub rinse it off in lukewarm water, then dry immediately. Make sure the piece is completely dry, any remaining moisture can leave marks or cause overall degradation.

For your more delicate treasures you will want to take a much more careful approach. You will need a soft brush, a can of compressed air & a soft cloth. After a careful examination of the piece use the brush to gently remove any debris that may be present. If this doesn’t quite do the trick you can loosen anything that might still be clinging to the piece with the compressed air. When using the compressed air make sure that you hold it about an inch away, any closer & the pressure could dislodge the cut glass or crystals used in its construction. After using the compressed air go back over the piece with the brush. The cloth can be used to buff the shine back into the jewelry as a finishing touch.

If your more delicate piece is being especially stubborn use some lukewarm water on the brush before going over it again. Should this not be enough use a small amount of soap diluted with lukewarm water on the brush. Rinse afterward & quickly dry the treasure with a soft cloth.

Remember to visit me at my boutique sometime for your costume jewelry needs ^_^

The Long Haul

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When you commit to working for yourself it is critical that you set goals & put forth the effort to achieve them. Always make a plan so that a course of action is laid out for goal acquisition. Setting a schedule is perhaps the next step that must be taken, once established only adherence will bring success.

I keep a busy schedule of social advertising & have recently started blogging. Only through my sustained efforts am I able to accomplish anything worthwhile. Slacking off on my plans can only send my business into a downward spiral that could ruin everything i have worked so hard to create for my family.

Plans themselves have to be reviewed, for they may not be as feasible as first thought. While working your business enough is of vital importance to your success, you can’t work yourself to death either. You have to go with what works & throw out whatever does not. Running any kind of business is a learning experience, no matter how much business schooling you may have had before beginning your journey.

As always keep the dream alive & do what must be done to get there. If you’re interested in adding another income stream you may consider working with me & opening a boutique.

Finding Work/Life Balance

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This in an important part of life & there are so many suggestions on this topic, so many are good but not necessarily the right fit. I work from home, which presents a large set of difficulties when balancing my work with having a life.

A lot of people suggest unplugging for a while to promote relaxation, but I don’t find that to really work for me. I enjoy using some of my personal time gaming & video games do not function well without power.

I try to use a simple strategy & maybe it will work for you too:

Organize: Plan out work time, family time & personal time with the understanding that a certain amount of flexibility is a prerequisite to make it work out.

Meditate: I try to meditate at least 5 minutes every day, it helps to sharpen my focus & keep me from having a stress melt-down.

Play: Critical that play time happens, seriously what is the point of living if there is never time to enjoy it.

Focus: When work time rolls around I put most distractions to the side & get it done. I say most because I come from a large family & I will go crazy without TV or music in the background. Growing up in chaos has conditioned me to do my best thinking with a chaotic background.

Reevaluate: As with any plan, every now & then it needs to be looked over. This is the time when I eliminate anything that isn’t working & develop new strategies if needed.