Encouraging Girls to Dare for their Dreams.

Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pink Lllama Jar by DangerCatByEmeli on Etsy.com.

It’s a  jar with a hot pink llama on the lid (her name is Cindy). Love it or leave it? I’ll definitely take the former road! This made me laugh and instantly cheered up my day. Made and sold by DangerCatByEmeli on Etsy; photo links to product page.

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3-30-12 GOALS
Help in sister’s store, 9am-12pm–
Done.
Finish 1 bracelet–Done! Whoohoo!
Photograph bracelets for Etsy shop–Also done!

3-31-12 GOALS
Make more bracelets!
Figure out a few things for my soon-to-be Etsy shop. 

So I’m really excited about the impending opening of my Etsy shop… so excited that I didn’t get much sleep last night, I was so worked up! I’ll be doing more work on it today. In other news, making Treasuries on Etsy is time-consuming… but oh so much fun.

What are your goals for today? What is something you’ve accomplished recently that you’re proud of?


Pink Haired Girl Pin by jojoebi on Etsy.com.

Isn’t this pin/brooch made by jojoebi darling? Seeing that cute, bright-haired girl smiling so happily just cheers me right up! Photo links to product page.

What’s something you’re loving right now, that makes you smile?


Hand knotted bracelet from ofdreamsanddaring.wordpress.com.

A look at what’s to come, just for you.


3-29-12 GOALS
Bracelets 1 hour: Not done today, I’m afraid… I was caught up with the following task.
Research how to become a copywriter for hire: More research done.
Extra task: organize children’s bookshelves for sister: Done! It took practically half the day, but I got ‘er done!

3-30-12 GOALS
Help in sister’s store, 9am-12pm
Finish 1 bracelet.
Photograph bracelets for Etsy shop.

That’s right, I’ma start a shop selling my hand knotted bracelets! I figured that this is something that I can do more immediately while I’m looking into becoming a small creative business copywriter. Details coming to a blog near you (read: this one) after the break.

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Hi, I’m Leah. I sell bracelets that I knot by hand.

“Hi, Leah. Why do you make and sell bracelets?”

The short, dispassionate answer: To earn money. Thanks for forking over your cash!

The longer, PASSIONATE answer: To know that I am worth something. To know that other people appreciate and support my ongoing inner quest for validation. I’m a college dropout and I struggle with depression, anxiety, and self-confidence issues… But with each sale of my bracelets, I receive a powerful message: I AM worth something, more than I give myself credit for. I can work for a dream, not just a roof over my head. Others believe in me. Others are giving me permission to believe in myself.

Through my selling of my bracelets, I hope to also inspire other young, confused, and aimless people like myself that they, too, are worth something! They can take steps towards their dreams; no matter how small, they’re still steps forward, not in the same place or backwards.

“So, they’re just bracelets, right?”

Nope, they’re not JUST bracelets. They’re manifestations of my dream to love and have confidence in myself, to look in the mirror and be proud of who I see. They’re tangible representations of my vision of inspiring and motivating others with dreams similar to mine.


Rock Star Cufflinks from whitetruffle on Etsy.com.

A pair of cufflinks unabashedly proclaiming the wearer to be a rock star. What more needs to be said, really? Sold by whitetruffle on Etsy.com (photo links to product page).

Got something that you love, particularly something handmade? Tell me about it!


3-28-12 GOALS
Help sister in her store 9am-12pm: Done.
Make friendship bracelets for 1 hour: Done! I’m on a roll!

3-29-12 GOALS
Bracelets 1 hour: to be done.
Research how to become a copywriter for hire: in progress.

That’s right, I do want to look into becoming a copywriter… namely a copywriter for creative small businesses selling handmade wares (such as on Etsy.com). I would write product descriptions, seller profiles, shop descriptions, and store policies.

I love handmade items, but more specifically, I love learning about the people behind them–why do they create? What tickles them so much about handmade; how have past experiences influenced this, etc? So I thought, why not translate this love of handmade stories, my talent as a writer, and my desire to help others convey their stories (and make sales doing so) into a business of my own?

I know it won’t be as easy as saying, “Go!”, so… question!

Got any tips for me as I foray into my copywriting research? Give me a holler, I’d be so grateful for any advice you have!