Let’s do this!

One of my favorite blogs of all time is HRH Collection. The bogger’s name is is Alex, and she’s absolutely adorable. She has her own jewelry line, she’s incredibly stylish, her house is amazing, and she even has a cute little white bunny that makes occasional appearances (just like I have Aiko!). I really enjoy reading her blog and get really excited when she posts new things.  She has taught me the coolest way to jazz up my shorts, the art of using bronzer to highlight my cheekbones and just how to create the perfect combination of edgy and girly. Though she often finds herself apologizing for her brief delays between posts, Alex continues to follow through with photos, videos and text posts that really inspire me. The appeal of a great blog is that steady stream of fresh new content that keeps readers coming back.

That used to be me.

I used to have new posts every, single day. Mondays were for Recipes, Tuesdays were for Photos, etc. I had a strict Editorial Schedule that I actually stuck to! EmJoyable used to be an accurate depiction of doing things by the book, filled with seasonal recipes, activities and adventure, and inspiring other people to be as excited about everything as I am! Then I started slacking. There just wasn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. I started planning a wedding, crafting a lot more, hanging out with friends and participating in recreational sports. Now don’t get me wrong, those are all very important things! And I love them! But those are the things that I want to share on EmJoyable. Those are the things I want to inspire other people to do! Those things are the reason EmJoyable was born!

And I’m back.

I had two big moments recently. The first came when I was walking through Montrose Harbor on my way to my playoff volleyball game. I realized that I am so incredibly happy. Like, ridiculously happy! I just want to freeze time and be in this phase of my life forever. I love my apartment and where it’s located in the heart of the best city in the world. I’m engaged to my best friend and we’re planning the coolest, most fun wedding of all time — and I get to make so many crafts for it!!! I have the best friends in the entire world who are so incredibly supportive and nice and fun and social and pretty and fantastic! I just, can’t help but squeal thinking how truly lucky I am, and if I could inspire even one of you to realize how happy you are in your own life, then my mission is complete.

The second moment came while I was having drinks with two of my favorite girls on Thursday night. One of them used to live in Chicago, recently moved to Michigan, and was just back in town for work. The other is my dearest friend in the City, who was born and raised in Chicago. (Keep in mind that I’ve only been here for about 2 years, so we had a nice dynamic going on here.) So we’re sitting on a patio outside of bar, drinking RumChata and chatting it up like girls do. We started talking about how great Chicago is and how there’s just this energy here that is just invigorating, that is impossible to match anywhere else (New Yorkers reading this, you’re allowed to disagree with me here, but you surely understand the sentiment for your own turf). And then EmJoyable came up. These girls are two of my biggest fans, and they have been checking my blog repeatedly, and finding the same old content. One of them even knew the exact date of the last time I posted! And I had let them down. I had let my readers down. Each time someone came to my site and left, after finding nothing new, I had missed an opportunity to inspire. One day last year, I had 3,899 views in a single day. Yesterday, I had 4.

I never realized until that moment that there are people on the other end of this blog. When you’re typing away into the backend of WordPress, it’s hard to see that there are actual people reading it on the other end. And they are people like me, checking their favorite blogs every day, and wanting to find something exciting. I have enough excitement in my life that I should I should always be able to provide that!

So I’m making this post as a commitment to inspire! As a commitment to you and myself that I am back, and I will always come back.

Love you!

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Crafting You

Goal’s are important. Goals give us motivation and purpose. Goals give us something to work for, sometimes to keep us working at all. They make us better professionals, better students, better people. We are the medium, and our goals are what mold us into accomplished, successful and beautiful human beings. We, as people, are the ultimate craft project. 

Once a year, people unwrap an art set. Once a year, people are given a free paintbrush for their own personal makeover. People are given a Free Goal Card every new year to cash in on themselves. It’s like a birthday wish, but you actually have to work for it.

I, however, have never been very good at New Year’s resolutions. I guess that’s only half true. I’m really good at making them — I just have absolutely zero follow through. I have friends who take their resolutions very  seriously. I’ve had a few friends give up fast food for a whole year, and one friend who didn’t watch TV at all for 365 days. And then there’s this girl (that would be me), who makes resolutions like “be a better person” and “stop lying.” I’m really original.

This year is going to be my year, though. I’m going to take advantage of my one free goal and use it to turn myself into the best craft project at all. With a few inspiring photos, a how-to video or two and some sparkle, my personal remodel sounds just like 90% of the craft projects I’ve ever started. I decided to use my resolutions this year on making EmJoyable better. I absolutely love writing and baking and crafting for my blog. I’ve always firmly believed that if you are going to do something, you should do it with all your heart and make it the best you possibly can. If you can fly, then soar.

So check out my goals for this year and help hold me accountable! 

Emily’s New Year’s Resolutions – 2012

EmJoyable logo:  So far, the only logo I have is the header on my blog page, which I definitely don’t own the rights to (those would belong to Tumblr). I want to develop a meaningful and recognizable logo to “brand” EmJoyable.

 

Product tags & business cards: I wish I could take credit for this, but it was totally my mom’s idea for the business cards and my coworker’s idea for the tags. I’ve had EmJoyable come up in conversation, and since it’s not easily distinguishable aurally (in case you didn’t notice, it sounds a lot like “enjoyable”), I feel like people who try to just remember the address that way might get mixed up. With business cards, I can pass out the link and share it with people I meet who might want to check it out. I also want to have tags to stick on anything I make, whether it’s a plate of cookies or a crocheted scarf. Just something little that credits the work to me. Like a signature on a work of art! Something similar to my friend’s tag (below) for her business, Unique Peace (which you should totally check out because she has some beautiful stuff!). It would obviously not the same look, but just a similar idea.

Increased Viewership: I’ve been using Google Analytics to track the hits on my blog. It’s nothing record breaking, but I’m proud that more people than just myself are reading it! Currently, my daily average (on days I post content) is about 20 total visits per day. My goal for 2012 is to double that average. So help me out! Tell your friends! =)

Ad potential: I think this is a long shot, but what fun would goals be if they were all easily attainable? (Answer: no fun!) I took the first step and registered for Google Ad Sense. However, I have absolutely no idea what it means, how to use it or how to go about getting advertisers on my site. By the end of the year, I want to have a concrete plan on how to drive advertisers to my site. If you have any tips or suggestions on this, I would love to chat! (Please shoot me an email to emjoyable28@gmail.com). 

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And that’s it! Nothing too out of reach, right? I hope you set some goals for yourself, too! The tricky part however isn’t setting the goals, it’s achieving them. So best of luck to you!