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  • lesley wrote a new post, consistency, on the site Rosehip Business 1 year, 7 months ago

    “Consistency isnโ€™t just about how often you post and sticking to a set schedule; itโ€™s way more about how you show up with your content and how you make your community feel when they engage with the ideas you sha […]

    • It seems to me that she is using the word consistency as another way to describe authenticity. For those of us who want to have an online presence, a personality that shines through everything we share, it is vital that we remain true to ourselves. There is such pressure to create a perfect persona but we can’t keep that up indefinitely. And it’s exhausting to try.

  • I splurged this week and finished my not-really-a-retreat-after-all in Williamsburg in a cozy room with a canopy bed and Lesley-sized bathtub right in the room. The extra sweetness of it is that my room […]

  • …I would like to begin again here…in a much smaller, but more intimate and helpful way. Yesterday, I began a small biz retreat, spending most of my time upstairs in my sons’ rooms. So far, I’ve let go of […]

    • I’m so happy to have Rosehip Business back. I feel I’ve made good progress in fitting my little business more simply into my life and in aligning it more closely with Mama Earth’s seasons and needs, but it would be so lovely to have the encouragement of others to help me stay the course.

      • i second that Dori. it is not usual to have a business that flexes and bends with seasons, with our lives, it seems and yet that is exactly what i desire to accomplish. i’m very much looking forward to a thoughtful and contemplative approach. happy planning, gleaning, moodling Lesley ๐Ÿ™‚

        • And you, Lauren…is it mostly trying to have more seasons in your business that align with the earth’s seasons? Please share any desires as I wait for things to fall into place.

      • Let me know if you can hone in on what you are particularly looking for, Dori? It hasn’t come to me yet what I myself most want and need, except some tending rhythms and containers for my biz.

        Everything is coming very slowly so far…

    • My business has been on the back burner for awhile but I’m very ready to start focusing on it again and making it fit into this stage of my life.

      One of my goals is to stop fighting the natural ebbs and flows of my business year…it’s going to be busy when it wants to be and I need to respect that and work around it.

      Wishing us all a year of contentment.

      • I so understand, Julie. It’s clear to me after this November and early December that I haven’t been respecting all that my business calls for during this time. Going forward, I won’t call for my energies elsewhere, as in Christmas preparations and such. How to weave those preparations in in other ways will be the challenge!

        Contentment. Ahhh…

    • I closed my Etsy shop. We still have our main business, but I don’t have anything of my own at the moment. My oldest just turned 17, and I feel like I need to focus on home and enjoying these years together with my kids. I have pages of ideas for content that I could create for a blog, but I’m not able to pursue it right now with my chronic fatigue and headaches.

      • What a healthy and good decision, Marisa. Family and health have got to come first if they can. I hope you can truly relax and focus on healing and loving. xo

  • I didn’t see this coming, but it came none-the-less, very quickly several days ago…Rosehip Business will be in abeyance for the next while…at least until the New Year. I’ve tried to bring it to life in the […]

  • Hello from the studio where the printer whirrs and I take a breather from making and sending out newsletters and messages! The details of being in business online are many and my strongest desire for Rosehip […]

    • Oh, Lesley, I love the idea of all those pages! The moon phase page is soooooo appealing to me, and made me smile quite broadly. From now (harvest time) through November (show time) and into early-December (website peak sales) the pace will just steadily pick up for me until it becomes a buzz of constant activity. Anything to help me organize and keep on course will be most welcome. And I really want to be more aware of my thoughts and feelings about my business, and record them to look back on next year. Thank you!

  • This is not the post I intended to write, but all that is possible after several days of symptoms that keep distracting and draining me. I’ve visited the doctor, we are running some tests, but it is probably […]

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  • replied to the topic Marisa's Journal in the forum Journals 3 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Lesley,
    I did a couple of shoots in my new studio space, and it’s so nice. I still have some lighting tweaking to do and then I’ll be completely happy with it. I set up a website, alovelyportrait.com (it’s quite terrible at the moment but just needed something to hold the domain name) figured out pricing, and created the FB page.

    I shut…[Read more]

  • lesley replied to the topic Marisa's Journal in the forum Journals 3 years, 8 months ago

    This is all such positive news, Marisa. Wondering how it all feels as July ends?

  • …oh, how I would love to say that everything in my business and life fell into place and was filled with clarity and energy over my break…but that would be fantasy. I did rest much, and I didn’t think much […]

    • I really relate to this!
      I’m not in menopause, but my cycles cause my life to be put on hold due to the migraines I get. I enjoy small bursts of progress, then an abrupt halt or even regression. Regression turning into apathy because of the discouragement I feel after having pain for so long.

      I don’t even remember my ‘one word’ for the year. I might need to go back and look at FB or my blog to see what is was, haha. Devotion is a good one though.

      I’ll write more on my Rosehip journal.

  • dori replied to the topic Dori's Teatime Journal in the forum Journals 3 years, 9 months ago

    I must confess, I have yet to write the newsletter or update my website. I’ve been so busy with the needs of my soon-to-move parents, and things about the homestead here.

    On the bright side, I have harvested lavender, first cuttings of lemon verbena and cat mint, have more nettle in the dryer, and am picking calendula blossoms daily. I would…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Marisa's Journal in the forum Journals 3 years, 9 months ago

    Just for an update – I have rearranged our front office at the warehouse and have brought my photography studio equipment up there. My husband has been really supportive of me using the space that way. I bought some new backdrops and mounted them on a rod on the wall. It helps not having all of that stuff taking space at my home, and now I can…[Read more]

  • Summer is deeply here now, and so is my annual break from posting here, there and everywhere. I’ll be spending the rest of today leaving messages in all of my places, so that I can truly let go and leave them be […]

    • Wishing you plenty of peaceful moments during the work and planning I know you will be doing. I’ve had such a busy week here with work and family, but have 3 days this coming week before Chris is home for a long weekend. I will be asking my family and a few friends to leave me alone unless there is an emergency. I can hardly wait; I’m in desperate need of some summer ease and work planning time.

  • …and trying not to look behind, to where I was a week ago…except with gratitude. When, honestly, I am wishing I was there again! Can we ever get enough of solitude and spaciousness, in our minds and our […]

    • I very much like the idea of having a different business focus each month. ๐Ÿ™‚ Other possible areas we could focus on are: clarifying our message (speaking our truths), resources, organizing, budgeting, $ and taxes and record keeping (sigh……)

    • i love the idea of leaning into how the rhythms of seasons and moons can impact the seasons and phases of our businesses. i have a few resources for this but none seems, ugh, simple.

    • Leaning into the rhythms of the seasons, is what I’ve been trying to do with my business this year. Being that my business is more and more herb/garden inspired, it’s a little easier with my products. It’s fitting the nitty gritty necessary bits of business into a more flowing rhythm which is proving more challenging. I’m wondering if embracing the rhythm of the moon may bring a better plan for those must do and less enjoyable bits; do the dreaming/musing/planning during the new moon time, and the action items around the full moon. Thinking about this a great deal recently. : ) (Of course, money items can’t necessarily wait for the full moon. I don’t think my banks would understand….)

  • replied to the topic Marisa's Journal in the forum Journals 3 years, 9 months ago

    Oh, and this will be my first booth – we are hoping to use it more as an opportunity to get our services visible in this part of the community – to network and make connections. I will be selling a mix of shirt designs from my shop and some seasonal designs (it’s a fall festival).

  • replied to the topic Marisa's Journal in the forum Journals 3 years, 9 months ago

    The organic wholesale shirt market was much larger in years past, is now extremely limited. Each organic shirt is around $4 more than a conventional cotton one. Finding made in USA organic is even more limited – blank shirts costing us around $10/ea. We source them for our regular screen printing customers if this is something that is important to…[Read more]

  • lesley replied to the topic Marisa's Journal in the forum Journals 3 years, 9 months ago

    That’s a lot of newness, Marisa! Have you not done shows before? It seems a wonderful idea.

    And the photography…was the nudge an excited one? I ask because I’ve had so many nudges over the years, and the happiest are those accompanied by hopefulness and anticipation. Too many of mine recently have been coming from places of lack or fear, so…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Marisa's Journal in the forum Journals 3 years, 9 months ago

    So an unexpected thing happened as I prayed and pondered about income, my strengths, and the direction I am to take – I felt the nudge to pursue photography again. I offered my services in the past but ran my business in a way that wasn’t sustainable for my energy levels. (Outdoor shoots hauling my equipment around, not charging enough) I learned…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Marisa's Journal in the forum Journals 3 years, 9 months ago

    Thank for the idea about the drop cloths! That would work great!

    This past ten days, I only received 2 orders, and my husband’s business is also quite slow at the moment. I feel like since he had to move out of our home shop, we have more and more of these long stretches of slowness and of course, the stakes are higher because of our increased…[Read more]

  • About to sink properly into my new moon biz retreat. It began last night, but I was mostly settling into the spaces of my Doug’s folks empty-and-for-sale house. This morning, I’ve been drawing names for the […]

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