Mid-Year Goals Review 2018: My Best Year Yet? Do I Need Yearly Goals? ~ Sunray Sister

Hello

Today I am reviewing my goals that I set at the start of 2018, and I thought I would share my reflections and plans with you! Read on to find out more…

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In my 2018 goals post I reviewed my goals from 2017, and laid out some new objectives for 2018. I also decided to choose an overall goal: to thrive from my art. I broke this down into a few business targets, as well as other more personal aims for the year:

  1. Art products & services
    • Complete 365 day art challenge (end of October)
    • Start other personal projects (small series of paintings to be sold as originals and prints, and/or used as examples for my portfolio)
    • Start a private commission service (doing personalised paintings for individuals)
    • Send personalised work to artists I admire
    • Do live portraits at events/markets
    • Sell prints and other products
    • Create an online portfolio (via this blog) using all of the work above
  2. YouTube videos
    • Upload every week (where possible)
    • Reach total 10,000 views across all videos
    • Gain 500 subscribers
    • Interact with the community
  3. Instagram posts
    • Post every day & use stories
    • Reach 1,000 followers
    • Interact with the community

Personal goals:

  • Listen to podcasts, read books & articles, watch videos about art & artists
  • Practice yoga & go outside everyday
  • Learn more about nature & try gardening (including looking after house plants!)
  • Use my planner to schedule time
  • Find a part-time job to help save money
  • No new clothes, and try capsule wardrobe system (less decisions)
  • Join a local choir or other club
  • Continue writing pen-pal letters
  • Make a mixed-media sketchbook for collage and experiments

 

Now that we are over halfway through 2018, I thought it would be a good time to revisit my goals, see if any need changing, and also consider how to implement them in my everyday to-do list, to actually keep them at the front of my mind and always be working towards them; towards being a thriving artist!

The first thing I noticed when looking back through these lists, is it needs a lot more detail, and perhaps some bigger, higher things to aim for. Although, this could really become a 5 year goals list, or ’30 goals to reach before I’m 30′, (which is in 5 years!!!).

Overall, looking back through my 2018 goals list, I feel like I’m well on course to achieve all of them, and some I already have achieved!

This leads me to think, I don’t really need yearly goals, since things seem to change so often, and I just need to break bigger targets down into smaller steps anyway. What I do need, and have been creating in my bullet journal, are monthly goals. So I will share those with you, starting with my goals for July:

 

  1. Create a business plan for Sunray Sister
    • simple overview style
    • official version
  2. Develop online marketing – both for Sunray Sister and Gallery Twenty
    • post 365 art to Instagram daily
    • write and schedule blog posts in advance
    • plan and schedule Gallery Twenty social media
  3. Work on portrait commission service and promotion
    • share my service via social media
    • create personal examples to send to people I admire, and who have some influence online
  4. Develop new products – sell in Gallery Twenty, markets and online
    • collage kits
    • printed notebooks
    • jewellery… more details to reveal soon!
  5. Develop workshops – hosted via Gallery Twenty
    • …another exciting avenue to explore – I won’t say too much yet!
  6. Develop my art style and processes – research other artists
    • diving into mixed media and collage some more
    • rather than scrolling through Instagram, consciously seek out individual, significant artists who are masters of their technique, and learn from them.
  7. Manage my finances
    • create a personal survival budget
    • start doing bookkeeping
  8. Follow daily routines and a weekly schedule
    • keep to my morning and evening routines, as written in my bullet journal
    • try out a weekly schedule, where each day is assigned a certain focus (e.g. Mondays for admin, social media, blog posts etc., Tuesdays for commissions and making products, Wednesdays for experiments and new ideas etc. etc. etc!)
  9. Build my private piano teaching 
    • promote online and find more students
    • develop more teaching tools/techniques from books and videos
    • improve my own playing with daily practice
  10. Start a personal writing journal and reply to pen-pals
    • use ‘The Vein of Gold’ by Julia Cameron to write out my worries and serve as a release of brain fog.
    • write back to my pen-pals!
  11. Organise my clothes/spring clean!
    • try altering pieces that I haven’t worn yet
    • consider selling those I’m not going to wear or alter
    • re-arrange the rest to make better use of space

 

There you go! My goals for July 2018. I might combine a reflection of how these went into my usual happy highlights post at the end of the month, and also share a new list for August. Let me know what you think!

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Before you go I would like to tell you that we have an exciting event coming up at Gallery Twenty to welcome our first ever guest artist, Lucinda Dono!

The event takes place next Friday the 13th of July, between 6 and 8pm in Getliffe’s Yard, Leek. It’s free, and there will be free drinks and an exclusive 10% discount on everything in the gallery. Lucinda will have her work in the gallery for three whole months, so there will be plenty of opportunities to see her work alongside the other eight members’ creations if you can’t make it on Friday. Let us know via the event on Facebook, or pick up a paper invitation from the gallery.

Speak soon, stay creative!

Peace and love,

Rachel 

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May Happy Highlights 2018 and a few thoughts… ~ Sunray Sister

Hello,

Today I would like to share my favourite moments from the month of May. It’s been a fun-filled few weeks, with so much sunshine! How was May for you? Read on to see my Happy Highlights list, plus a few thoughts and updates…

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The magical stream running through Coombes Valley Nature Reserve

My Happy Highlights for May 2018…

  • Enjoyed a lovely ‘artist date’ morning looking around Leek Open Studios, as part of Leek Arts Festival. I always love open studio events, and look forward to taking part in one myself in the future!
  • Took part in my first ever market in Leek: the Sunday Supplement organised by the Totally Locally Leek team. I had a good experience, and with the new products I’m creating at the moment, I can’t wait to take part in more markets this year.
  • Went for a walk up Shutingsloe in Macclesfield forest with Fraz on a wonderful warm day.
  • Had a cute cinema and pizza date with Fraz; this is fast becoming a monthly special treat for us!
  • Bought a reliable, accurate and easy to read digital watch to help me stay on time, and get used to how long things take, so I can really get on top of everything… hopefully!
  • Started taking deliberate days off, trying to get a better work life balance, and create a clear break between the two, as they often merge into each other. This is definitely a work in progress, but it helps to be able to actually stop sometimes.
  • Joined Gallery Twenty; a local collective based in the beautiful, cobbled, Victorian alleyway/courtyard ‘Getliffe’s Yard’ here in Leek. I’ve been there for almost a month now, and I already feel like part of the team, with my own responsibilities, and I’m slowly adding more of my work/products to the shop, which I’m excited to share with you online!
  • Adventured out on a long solo walk from Leek to Coombes Valley Nature Reserve, then to the Cheedleton station for the Churnet Valley Railway, and headed back home along the canal. These long walks are also becoming an essential monthly solo-date for me to take some time out and explore! Did you read my post about my Roaches adventure in April?
  • So many days of amazing sunny weather and eating outside, which is always so much nicer than sitting inside.
  • Taking part in a business course with Gallery Twenty, which is making me feel a little more positive about money, and more realistic about my dreams and goals. We’ve got lots more sessions left, so lots more valuable information to absorb and put into action.
  • Had a fun night out in Leek with Fraz and one of our friends from Bristol, later joined by Fraz’s Dad and his friends! We even visited Leek’s new nightclub which has a light-up dance floor…!
  • Towards the end of the month, after lots of research and consideration, I finally got myself a good quality printer so that I can make all the products I’ve been dreaming about!

So that was May in my world! What happened in yours? Did you have any big adventures? Small victories? A special moment to remember? Why not share your story with us in the comments or over on Facebook and Instagram? I’d love to hear from you!

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Forget Me Nots in Buxton

In other news: a few thoughts and updates…

I made a lot of promises to myself recently, (and shared a few of them with you), and I feel like I’ve failed: I said I would launch a newsletter, and I haven’t; I said I would be doing live portrait drawing, and I didn’t; I said I was working on a new illustration of Björk, which was actually for a competition deadline, and I missed it.

Part of me thinks I’ve taken on too many commitments.

Another part of me says get your act together and start showing up for yourself! Never mind what anyone else thinks; what do you think? What do you think of yourself for cancelling events and missing deadlines?

With this comes a need for balance. I don’t have too many commitments, I just let them spill into every corner and crevice of my life, so that I never focus, but I also never switch off. I am also trying to become more aware of the inner and outer cycles of life; the seasons, the phases, the energy levels. When we get in tune with these, we can work with our natural rhythms, instead of against them.

I’ve already made a few changes. And these are changes that I may decide to change again next month, or in a year, or after ten years. Changes should always be for the better, but they don’t have to be forever.

For now I’ve decided not to launch a newsletter after all. I’m also only going to post blogs on Fridays, plus these Happy Highlights/month review posts on Sundays once a month. As much as possible I’m avoiding social media at weekends, and also using a scheduling tool for Gallery Twenty’s posts; this is actually really satisfying, as I can get a whole week’s worth of posts done in a couple of hours!

Then there’s all the ‘real world’ stuff. I’m still doing my 365 day challenge (even if I don’t share the artwork every day), and I’m currently closing in on my final 100 days! Wow! I’ve been reading a lot; diving in and out of multiple non-fiction books, as well as slowly making my way through the Harry Potter series for the first time…! Plus podcasts, videos, music and films. Singing and dancing. Walks out into nature and taking photos of all the pretty flowers! Piles of notebooks with lists, plans, notes, ideas. Sketchbooks full of work. A commission that keeps getting put to the side, is finally almost done. New products coming into reality… Things are actually going well.

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On top of Shutingsloe trig point near Macclesfield

Speak soon sisters, and remember to share your happy highlights from May in the comments or on social media. Stay creative!

Peace and love,

Rachel x

First Ever Leek Market and Open Art Exhibition ~ Sunray Sister

Hello,

How are you? I hope you’re having a wonderful week and the beautiful weather isn’t distracting you from your work too much!?

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks, and I just wanted to share a quick blog post to reflect on a couple of exciting creative events that I took part in recently.

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First of all, as I mentioned in a previous post, I had a stall at Leek’s Sunday Supplement market on the 6th of May. This was my first time as a trader at the market, and overall I had a very positive experience!

Of course I had the usual doubts and worries, especially about whether I would have enough work to fill the table. On the day however, I soon discovered that I had more than enough work. I was actually really happy with how my stall looked! Additionally we had really great weather, which brought lots of people out into town.

Thanks to Fraz helping out, I was able to walk around the market and see all the other lovely stalls. In particular I saw a few artists that seemed similar, yet different, to me that I would love to collaborate with and exchange our experiences as creative entrepreneurs.

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The only negative aspect of my first market experience in Leek was a lack of customers. I had a good amount of people actually come up to my stall, and quite a few of those picked up pictures for a closer look or flicked through my handmade cards. Most of those people took a business card, which I really appreciate.

A few passers-by showed interest in the live portrait service, but seemed frightened by it; having someone stare at your face for five minutes is a pretty daunting prospect I suppose! So I need to work out ways to make the live portraits more appealing and make sure people know exactly what is involved in the process. Any ideas? 

I think there are a few key reasons for my lack of customers. The first is the fact that I’m an unfamiliar face both to the market and to Leek itself, (I only moved here last August), therefore people don’t know me or my brand yet. The second reason is possibly that people don’t want to buy original artwork, instead they want products such as jewellery or stationery, which is something I am looking into. And the third and final reason is simply that my target audience was not in Leek on that day. But I’m not too worried about this since we live in a digital age of global connection, and I feel very lucky to be able to bring together my audience from all over the world!

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In other news the Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art Exhibition finished on Saturday the 12th of May. Unfortunately I missed the closing ceremony, but I have since collected my three moon-lady mixed-media artworks, and they are now on display somewhere else, which I can’t wait to tell you all about very soon!

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I absolutely loved being a part of the open art exhibition. Having my work on display out in the real world makes me take it more seriously, and it becomes more than just a thing to share on social media, which it shouldn’t be anyway. I am also just really proud of myself for meeting the application deadline, and creating three new pieces especially for the show; three pieces that are a huge step forward in the direction I want my work to go. I’m incredibly excited for the work I will create next…!

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Coming up on the blog in the next few weeks I will be announcing where my moon ladies are now, launching my newsletter, sharing some new projects and ideas for new products, and giving you a sneak peek into my studio. Lots of exciting things on the horizon!

Let me know what you’ve been up to. Stay creative sisters!

Peace and love,

Rachel x

 

Sunday Supplement Leek May Market! ~ Sunray Sister

Hello,

I will be at my first ever Sunday Supplement market in Leek, this Sunday the 6th of May! The event is organised by the Totally Locally Leek team, and takes place between 10:30am and 3pm in Leek town centre.

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Shop local and support small businesses!

There is always a huge selection of stalls at this monthly market, including food and gifts made by local artisans and entrepreneurs. Shopping local is not only great for each individual business, it also supports the whole community! Even buying just a card or something small will make a huge difference. But more than anything I would love it if you just came and said hello!

My stall will be offering original art both framed and unframed, handmade greetings cards and examples of my made-to-order custom portraits, as well as a live portrait drawing service! I will also have a sign-up sheet for my monthly newsletter, which launches on the 1st of June.

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Examples of my live portraits – get yours at my market stall on Sunday!

Live portraits take about 5 minutes, and at the end you get to take home a completely unique piece of original art! I use high quality A6 size card, and draw with an archival Pigma Micron pen, meaning this personal portrait will last generations if it’s framed and looked after properly.

Since testing this service for the first time last December, I have been thinking about how to bring more colour into the portraits, since I usually love creating artwork with watercolour paints and coloured pencils.

For one of my recent 365 day project pieces, I drew a portrait on tracing paper, and layered it on top of a watercolour background. I think this mixed media technique is so effective, and could be a solution to my colour dilemma, if I prepare lots of watercolour backgrounds in advance. So this may be an alternative live portrait format also available at my market stall.

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Mixed media portrait – a new format for my live portraits?

I have actually only taken part in two markets so far, and both included the textiles work that I used to create when I first started Sunray Sister. So, this market will be my first time selling my paintings!

I wasn’t sure how to display this new kind of work on a stall, so I went to Wilko and picked up a few props, dug out some fabric and wooden pegs at home, and voilà! I think I’m pretty happy with this market stall set-up. The table will be bigger than this, but I need to allow space for promoting and drawing my live portraits to one side of the table, plus I will have my greetings cards either on a board or in a couple of baskets. I can’t wait to show you some photos of the stall on the day!

 

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Sneak preview of my market stall set-up!

If you’re in the Leek area, please come out and enjoy the market this Sunday 6th of May, and if not, check back here next Wednesday when I will let you know how it went! Of course in the meantime you can keep up with my work online via Facebook and Instagram, and support me through my Etsy shop, where you can order portrait commissions.

Until next time, stay creative sisters!

Peace and love,

Rachel

November Happy Highlights ~ Sunray Sister Monthly Favourites

Hello!

It’s that time again, the end of one month, and the start of another! At this time I like to share all the little things and moments that brought me joy in the past few weeks, and I call this list my Happy Highlights. (I’ve been using a ‘5 year diary’ to record how each day has been for the past few months now, and this helps me remember all these things that go into my list.)

I would love to read your list of happy things from November. Share it in the comments, or over on Facebook or Instagram.

My Happy Highlights for November…

  1. I started my 365 day art challenge! I’m now at day 33 and going strong. Plus I am really enjoying it, and discovering little things about my style and process.
  2. Went out to a local fireworks display, which was very DIY! It was exciting though!
  3. The following day me and Fraz had lunch at our favourite café in town, called Penguin, and walked around Rudyard lake. It was lovely!
  4. Had a good long chat with my parents; must do this more often!
  5. Went to London for a weekend. Fraz needed to go for work, which was so amazing, because he is doing so well in his new job. We also got to spend time with my sister and her boyfriend, in their new flat and neighbourhood, for a lovely catch-up. Additionally I had some time to myself; I treated myself to new art supplies and a visit to the V&A, (plus I successfully navigated the underground!)
  6. I got some of my handmade notebooks and Christmas cards stocked in a local shop, which is a big step for me!
  7. Had fun using gouache paint. I rediscovered the magic of colour mixing, and the freedom of using a brush and paint to flow around the page.
  8. Fraz’s sister had her second baby, called Alison Artesia. We haven’t met her yet, but she looks so cute and tiny in photos!
  9. One Saturday morning we had freshly baked cinnamon rolls (thanks to Jus-Roll!), and homemade pineapple, banana, almond & ginger smoothies. Yum, yum, YUM!
  10. I filmed two new YouTube videos! The first was published in November, and is all about my Etsy shop. I’ve also just released the second one at the start of December, which is a fun chatty video sharing my Autumn favourites. It feels so good to be back in the YouTube game! I have so many ideas and footage ready for lots more videos in December and the new year.
  11. We woke up to snow in Leek! I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen snow in November; it was so magical.
  12. I received a letter from my new pen-pal, Mandy, who contacted me after watching my pen-pal video. Her letter was so sweet; I’ve just finished my reply today, ready to send out this week.
  13. ‘Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’ was released, and I am obsessed! It is SO. DAMN. CUTE.!!! GAAAAAAH!

…and now – to celebrate the full moon – I’m off to have a special pamper night, including a bath and face mask! See you soon sisters.

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Shop News and December 365 Theme ~ Dear Diary #12

Dear diary,

Goodness, have I been busy in the past few weeks!

First up, I got some of my handmade products stocked in a local shop!!! The adorable shop and café called ‘Tea Cake’ is also new to town. But they are already jam-packed with gorgeous products from local artists and crafters. I feel so proud and grateful to be included in such a wonderful shop, in a magical Victorian side street called Getliffes Yard in Leek.

Then, I re-launched my much neglected Etsy shop, and kicked things off with a seasonal sale, which continues until 20th of December. I have Christmas cards and handmade textile gifts for sale at the moment.

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To promote this sale, I also made a new YouTube video, after a couple of months without uploading. It felt so good to be making a video again, and I already have a few more videos lined up for the following weeks, and hope to stick to a weekly upload schedule.

Next up, I am doing a Christmas fair again this year! My first ever market was a Christmas fair last year in Bristol. This will be my second market, and I will be taking a slightly different approach by doing live portrait drawing/painting, whilst also promoting my portrait commission service (which will be launched officially in the new year), selling Christmas cards, and possibly some textile gifts.

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Speaking of portraits, I have been spending every day of November drawing faces for the first month of my 365 day art challenge. It has been brilliant! I am making progress, discovering how to get work done every day, and realising what tools and mediums I prefer to use. Below are my four favourites from the month so far, with just a few days left.

Now I have a new theme for December: ‘what I ate today’. I was originally going to write out separate food related prompts for each day, but I think the one negative point from November was feeling too restrained by the words I chose. This way, having an open theme for the month, all I have to do is draw/paint some or all of what I eat each day. Sounds fun!

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(I am working on improving the quality of my scanned images! Sorry for the slight fuzziness here).

That’s all for today!

 

Peace & love,

Rachel x

Etsy and YouTube Relaunch! ~ special Sunray Sister update!

Hello!

I have some exciting news!!! My Etsy shop is back in business, and I’m kicking things off with a crazy festive sale. From now until the 20th of December 2017, you can enjoy 50% off my entire shop! You will find unique Christmas cards based on my original artwork, and handmade, embroidered textile gifts.

Check it out now, and support independent small businesses this holiday season!

But wait, the fun doesn’t stop yet; there’s more…!

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Not only have I relaunched my Etsy shop, I have also got a brand new video on my YouTube channel, showing all of the products in my shop, so that you can learn more about them and get a closer look. Watch the video below, or over on my channel.

My enthusiasm for producing videos has been revived, and I will be returning to my weekly uploading schedule from now on.


Of course, I will continue to share my 365 day art challenge here, and over on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. I am enjoying the project so far! Read more about what’s to come in this Sunday’s Dear Diary blog post, along with even more exciting news!

Have a wonderful weekend sisters 🙂

 

Peace & love,

Rachel x

June Happy Highlights and Mid-Year Goals Review! // Sunray Sister

Hello,

Welcome to the Sunray Sister blog! At the end of each month, I like to look back at the little things that made me smile, and the bigger things which I’m pretty proud of. Then I put them into a list which I call my ‘Happy Highlights’. (I’ve also included a bonus mid-year goals review today, so there is slightly more to read than usual if you’re feeling brave!)

This month I…

  1. Completed the #ColourMyEveryDay Instagram challenge by Adventures and Tea Parties… minus a few days. But it has helped me get back into the swing of social media, and take my Instagram game more seriously!
  2. Created a pen pals video – and it now has the most views out of all my videos so far, at 268!
  3. Recorded a music cover video as a special surprise for my dad.
  4. Went home for father’s day, and soaked up lots of sunshine.
  5. Experienced a super hot week, followed by some nice cool weather.
  6. Had a successful interview and got a new job, at the same place where my boyfriend works!
  7. Started a daily yoga practice using Yoga with Adriene‘s ’30 day yoga camp’ video series – and I feel great!
  8. Went on some mini adventures in Bristol – featuring Leigh Woods, Ashton Court and Blaise Castle.
  9. Enjoyed the most incredible vegan chocolate sorbet at Swoon!!! And then my work colleague Allison baked an awesome vegan chocolate cake! Yum!
  10. Felt super creative – experimenting with mixed-media and collage, as well as finishing my next YouTube video and getting endless ideas for other videos to create next!

What were your best achievements and happiest moments from June? Share your stories in the comments below, or join the party over on Instagram!


As a special bonus, I’ve decided to incorporate a 2017 business goals reflection into this month’s happy highlights post, seeing as we are now 6 months into the year!

First of all, here is my original list of goals, as explained in my 2017 business goals post:

  • Focus brand on spreading positivity through creativity
  • Write business plan
  • Stick to products which are sewn/made of fabric
  • Use reduced and sustainable packaging
  • Create YouTube videos
  • Have 60+ items in Etsy shop at one time
  • Have 50+ Etsy sales
  • Get public liability insurance
  • Have a stall at 20+ craft fairs
  • Get products in at least one local shop
  • Attend 5+ Etsy seller monthly meet-ups
  • Increase social media following to 300+ on each platform
  • Use a social media strategy
  • Write blog posts at least one week in advance
  • Gain 20+ WordPress followers

Now I ask: what can I eliminate or change to feel better about my goals? What still applies? What new goals can I add? Using a mid-year review worksheet by Lavendaire, I have gone back over my goals below, and then created a totally new set of goals for the next 6 months.

  • Focus brand on spreading positivity through creativity Before I was set on helping other people first, and myself second. Now I see that if I focus on myself first, I will be happier and be able to set an example. Show don’t tell. So I changed ‘Positivity via creativity’, into ‘Adventures in art and nature’.
  • Write business plan  I still need to clarify my purpose, so I’m not ready to write my business plan after all!
  • Stick to products which are sewn/made of fabric This definitely does not apply anymore, since I’ve been rediscovering my love of collage, paint and paper, and the freedom this provides.
  • Use reduced and sustainable packaging Something still close to my heart, but right now it isn’t relevant, since I’m not selling anything.
  • Create YouTube videos Yes! This is going well so far, and I intend to keep it up!
  • Have 60+ items in Etsy shop at one time Since I’ve gone back to square one, I don’t really have anything to sell right now, except for my sewn products which don’t really reflect the new direction I’m taking! Maybe this will change by the end of the year, but I don’t want it to be a goal.
  • Have 50+ Etsy sales 
  • Get public liability insurance
  • Have a stall at 20+ craft fairs
  • Get products in at least one local shop Even though I don’t have anything new to sell yet, I do still have quite a few of my fabric creations. Right now they’re in my Etsy shop, but this creates a constant expense, so selling them in a local shop could be more beneficial. 
  • Attend 5+ Etsy seller monthly meet-ups I went to one in December, but haven’t been since. This is still relevant, but I don’t want it to be a goal; it just needs to be a natural thing that I feel comfortable doing when I’m ready.
  • Increase social media following to 300+ on each platform I am making gradual progress here, and think this number is still achievable by the end of the year, but only for Instagram.
  • Use a social media strategy This is an area I have been working on recently, especially for Instagram, so I plan to keep this up. I have other social media sites, but I’m not focusing on them right now.
  • Write blog posts at least one week in advance I still can’t quite master this, but it will definitely help to have posts written well in advance!
  • Gain 20+ WordPress followers I’m not sure how relevant this is, since most people only seem to follow on social media sites, and maybe not on blogs. So I will leave this off my revised list. 

With all the above in mind, I have written out a new set of goals below for the next 6 months. They are organised into four key areas, with a clear break down of focus points for each.

Offline:

  • Create more art, whilst being mindful of impact on the environment – use recycled materials, avoid plastic packaging etc.
  • Combine love of collage, paint and drawing to find/define my style – see Alena Hennessey, Karen O’Brien and others.
  • Also explore nature/landscape art – see Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long, also Keri Smith.
  • Absorb inspiration everywhere!

Instagram:

  • Post every day – both on my grid (permanent) and in my ‘story’ (temporary).
  • Plan content for whole week in advance – done by Sunday of each week.
  • Focus on art content, with occasional nature related images.
  • Comment on similar posts by people I admire.
  • Reach 300 followers.

YouTube:

  • Post every Wednesday.
  • Create videos in advance – uploaded by Sunday of each week. Ultimate aim is to have four videos ready at the start of each month.
  • Focus on art & crafts content, with occasional adventure and lifestyle.
  • Comment on similar videos by people I admire.
  • Reach 3,000 total views across all videos – this is the number which will let me ‘monetize’ my channel once I get to 10,000 views!

Blog:

  • Post every Wednesday and Sunday.
  • Write in advance – ready at least 2 days before post day.
  • Focus on ‘Dear Diary’, ‘Happy Highlights’ and YouTube posts.

As you can see, most of my rewritten business goals revolve around the online world. Doing art things in person often requires a large investment. Money is something I don’t have to spare right now, especially not for expenses such as public liability insurance, craft fair fees and ordering products like prints and postcards.

So for the next few months at least, my focus will be on creating original artwork, and sharing it via online content. Instagram, YouTube and WordPress are all free, and I have time to spare. Therefore I have a safe place to experiment with art and share my adventures in nature, without the risk of losing anything.


To summarise I have chosen my top 3 business priorities for the next 3 months, also inspired by Lavendaire’s video and worksheet. What would be on your list? Let me know in the comments!

  1. Create art to share on Instagram.
  2. Create art to share on YouTube.
  3. Share my journey and behind-the-scenes on WordPress.

Coming up I will (finally) have a new YouTube video on Wednesday; this week sharing the process behind a fun, Summer-themed collage. In the meantime remember to come and say hi on Instagram! I’m there every day!

See you soon and enjoy the sunshine sisters!

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Reflect & Refocus // Return from my digital detox!

Hello!

Today I return from a two-week internet break and digital detox. It’s been lovely! So what did I get up to? And what’s coming next for Sunray Sister?

In my time off I went to a musical with my wonderful Fraz for a birthday present (from December!); I put a face mask on and painted my nails for a bit of self-love; I spent some time at the library and gathered ideas; I found a couple of pen pals who I will be writing to this week; me and Fraz went on an amazing long walk; we enjoyed some awesome vegan food; I went to my part-time job and thought a lot about Sunray Sister.

By the second week offline I was getting a bit restless, so ended up watching some YouTube videos; no one’s perfect! I actually found they were inspiring my own YouTube plans, which I will discuss in a blog post soon. I think it’s important to look around at who I admire and how they are being successful.

Overall I have concluded that the internet cannot be denied for an aspiring artist like myself; it is an essential tool. And viewing it as such I can learn to use it skilfully and in a controlled way, so that I don’t get overloaded. I must balance the creation and the business; and have fun too!

As for what’s in store for Sunray Sister, I will talk more about that this Friday. But right now it’s a lovely Sunday evening; the sun is shining, and there are whispers of Summer in the air. So I will leave you to lounge in this lazy haze before the new week begins!


Coming up this week:

  • Wednesday: escape the city with me in a new adventure video. Find my most recent video below!
  • Friday: a study of my inspirations and how I can learn from them.
  • Next Sunday: My May happy highlights; another month is almost over! Let’s make the next one even better than the last and enjoy each small moment!

 

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Time to Retreat // Digital Detox

Hello!

As promised, today I will be explaining my upcoming digital detox. From this Sunday evening I will be going (almost) offline for two whole weeks!

I have given myself the following guidelines:

  • No browsing on social media
  • No posting or engaging with content on social media, including WordPress and YouTube
  • Social media accounts I usually use are:
  • Also try not to browse any other websites
  • Check only emails – this is how I get my work rota

Steps I will take to make sure I savour my time offline:

  • Delete all social apps on my phone
  • Logout of all social media on computer
  • Spend the time focusing on what Sunray Sister is, what I want it to be, what kind of work I want to be creating and sharing, what product I want to sell to people, what message I want to put across… etc.!
  • Report back on Sunday 21st May in a blog post.

Coming up… nothing for a while! I think this time off is really going to help me, and I already feel positive about coming back refreshed and refocused for the next chapter of Sunray Sister’s journey.

See you in a little while; I hope your days are filled with sunshine and glitter!

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x