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This post is exclusively for the teen girls out there! I’m thinking of making this a regular weekly series… a sort of “girl talk” session focusing on girls, their dreams, and their goals. What do you think?

The post for today is a few questions concerning dreams, fears, and taking steps to push through those fears towards those dreams.

What’s a dream of yours that you’re afraid won’t come about? Why?
What do you think is one thing you could do within the next 48 hours, no matter how small, to get closer to obtaining that dream? Could you take a certain action, change a negative thought to a positive one, or choose an item you’ll see often to represent that dream?

Answer the questions in the comments below, or privately to yourself. Maybe it would be beneficial to you to write them down and keep the written answers somewhere safe. Is there a question you could add that you feel applies to you and your dream that would be helpful to answer in writing?

REMEMBER: You only have to be as personal with your answers as you’re comfortable with. Others’ dreams might not jive with yours, and that’s okay; so please only post positive, encouraging comments, or else none at all. Also, if you’re younger than 18 years old, be smart and don’t put any personal, identifying information in your comment should you choose to answer that way.


After some soul-searching  following the opening of my Etsy shop, I’ve decided to realign its mission slightly to be the encouragement and empowerment of teen girls to work for their dreams. This “new” mission is important to me because I was a teen girl myself only a few years back, and I can recall all too clearly the feelings of self-doubt and/or worthlessness that can (and generally do) come with being a teen girl… heck, with being a teen at all.

Being a teen girl is what I can most closely identify with, though. I was a girl who was afraid to dream too much; what if they didn’t come true? What if those dreams weren’t considered “normal” or “cool” or “obtainable”, etc?

Sometimes just a little encouragement can be enough to pull you through. Little (or large) bits of encouragement made a huge impact on my life, even though I only realize this looking back now. They helped me to keep going, and eventually find that my dreams were precious because they were (and are) my own.

I’m looking into expanding my shop beyond bracelets, but for now I hope that there are girls out there who will gain some encouragement to work for their dreams by wearing one of my bracelets as a reminder to chase those goals.

What do you think of my goal? What is something that’s encouraged you, no matter how small?
What’s a mission that’s important to you, and how are you working for it to happen?


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?


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.


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!


3-27-12 CHECK-IN:
Morning shower:
 Done! Whoohoo!
Visit place where I volunteer with older sister: Done as well. I’m on a roll.
Spend at least 1 hour after lunch helping sister with her business: Done.
1 hour making hand knotted bracelets after helping sister:  Done
Watch Finding Nemo with my nieces and nephew tonight: Not done, they didn’t feel like watching it after all. But we went on a lovely walk! And then jumped around on a trampoline, yay!

3-28-12 GOALS
Help sister in her store 9am-12pm: Not done.
Make friendship bracelets for 1 hour: Not done.

Do you have any goals for today?
What are/were they?
How did you feel when you completed them,
or how do you hope to feel when you do?


Morning shower: Done! Whoohoo!
Visit place where I volunteer with older sister: Done as well. I’m on a roll.
Spend at least 1 hour after lunch helping sister with her business: Not done, since lunch has not come to pass.
1 hour making hand knotted bracelets after helping sister:  Also not yet done.
Watch Finding Nemo with my nieces and nephew tonight: It’s not night yet, but it shall get done. I’m looking forward to this, I love that movie.

Do you have any goals for today?
What are/were they?
How did you feel when you completed them,
or how do you hope to feel when you do?