Friday, June 20, 2008

Moving Target - What is the Definition of "Success?"

This will likely be short and sweet (or less sweet than simply to-the-point - you be the judge when we're done), but when I saw that the EtsyBloggers blog carnival topic for the week was "Success," it got my wheels turning...

It's interesting how much the concept of "success" has changed for me since I started the business (or, more accurately, since I opened my Etsy shop). When I started, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in February, I was very focused on sales and specific sales goals. As we discussed in May, I'd hoped to reach 100 sales by a certain point, and I achieved that. That, I thought, was the definition of "success." The more sales that came rolling in, the more "successful" I felt. In fact, at one point after I'd hit 100 sales, someone convo'd me and referred to me as a "successful Etsy seller." I was thrilled!

But, ironically, when I read this week's blog carnival topic, my sales weren't the first thing to come to my mind. In fact, the first thing to come to my mind was my schedule! I know, I know... If you read the blog regularly, you undoubtedly think at this point that I'm a time-obsessed nut job, but my schedule represents something really important to me - my ability to balance my "selfish" endeavors (i.e. the business and my volunteering) with my more important endeavors (i.e. mommying). It represents my ability to separate the designer me from the Mommy me, and the fact that I'm finally able to do something for myself without compromising my kid's confidence that no matter what, she's my first priority. Thanks to that schedule, although I assembled 60 custom thank you cards, printed 170 invitations, listed several new designs, upgraded my Trunkt portfolio, blogged, and participated in promos today, Natalie and I spent no less than two hours together huddled over her favorite puzzles, had a fabulous lunch together, took an always-exciting trip to the craft store, and managed to get Daddy’s birthday present wrapped before he got home.

And that, my friend, after all the trial and error and desperate attempts to figure out how I would get it all done and still feel OK about my role as Mom... that is what success means to me right now.

7 comments:

ElegantSnobbery said...

I wish I had your schedule all figured out. I love how you are so collected with a successful schedules and all your meals made in advance... I'm just one chaotic mess and I know the kids feel it. but I just can't seem to sit down and get a schedule down! And when I do, things in our lives change (like our move last week) and I'm back to square one. Can I hire you out as my personal assistant?

Nikki said...

That is awesome Kelly! I wish I could get the balance that you have gotten, I know you've worked hard for it.

The Wildfire: Gifts and Decor said...

What an enjoyable post! As a mother, myself, I find your definition of success truly admirable. It wasn't easy, but I have achieved that balance too.
It reminds me of a quote I read somewhere... "If evolution really exists, why don't mothers have an extra set of hands?" :)
Thanks for participating!

storybeader said...

although I don't have children, I understand your scheduling concerns. great job, mom!

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

Congrats on your many successes

Donna said...

That's great! Any time we can give our kids a happy day, we've been successful!

Yazmin said...

I think that's fantastic that your focus on success has shifted and that you've found a schedule that works for you. I struggle with that myself as my husband does demand some time with me (and running 2 businesses is not excuse in either of our eyes.)