Love and Light is on Its Way!!

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My poetry book, ‘Love and Light: Poems from Teenager to Woman’ has a cover and it’s on its way!!

I received the proof of the book two weeks ago and I have been looking over it to make sure it is perfect.

I’m so exciting for this journey and this new phase. Again, this blog is not intended for my publishing aspirations but I just have to share my excitement with all of you.

‘Love and Light’ is a poetry chapbook with a collection of poems I have written over the years. A chapbook is a smaller poetry book with fewer pages. I hope to write more in the future.

The book will be available on Amazon, Kindle and hopefully the Barnes and Noble website this month.

I Wrote a Book!!

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– From my ’30 before 30′ post

It was always my dream to write and publish a series of books and now it has come to fruition. My first poetry book is being released this month and I’m super excited.

Sometimes I feel like the best poetry I write comes from times of stress and anxiety and you might feel that when reading my book.

I will post more information on the book, as I get it. I know this blog has nothing to do with writing but I included that dream in my “30 before 30” post.

Thank you again for your support.

-Ashley

My Time As A Vendor at Artists and Fleas in Brooklyn NY

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I had the pleasure of vending at my very first show at Artists and Fleas in Brooklyn NY.  It has been a learning experience – to say the least.

I had so much fun, I got to make friends with other vendors and I had the opportunity to learn what customers like and dislike.

All in all – I didn’t sell one thing. Instead of running home with my tail between my legs, I have decided to learn from the day and make the next time I vend even better.

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I have learned that I need more items in my area. My booth consisted of a 6 foot table but I had more space around me that I could have utilized. 

I need to make more items. I had hats and earwarmers but I needed scarves, a lot of scarves. It was pretty chilly and I could have sold items if I had a range of scarves for customers to choose from.  I didn’t make a lot of scarves because this was my first market and I didn’t want to have too much inventory and no sales. That may have been my mistake.

I need to learn the art of selling. This was my first show and I had no idea what I was getting into. I have to learn the art of selling so my next market can be successful. 

I had a great time and I can cross this off my “30 before 30” list. 

Here’s to an awesome show next time!

-Ashley

30 Before 30

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Today, on this somewhat cloudy yet warm Thursday, a list of things I want to do before I turn 30 comes to mind. I am three years from the big 3-0 and I want to do certain things that I’ve never done before. I like to think that I’m an adventurer but the more items I put on the list, the more I realized that I have to get my butt in gear and accomplish some “stuff.” (Who lives in the Tri-state area and has never been to the top of the Empire State Building?! – Me, that’s who!)

I realized that starting my business was a huge accomplishment and to hear my mother tell it, “it’s the greatest thing in the world.” But I want to do more – I need to do more.

At 27, I look back and realize that there were times when I let years pass me by. I cannot continue on that path. So this is my list, 30 before 30.

As I accomplish something on the list, I will put a line through it and share the experience with you all. Granted, I have approximately 3 years to complete everything on this list, so be patient and hopefully stick around for the ride.

Some things on the list are things I am currently doing or have done within the past 8 months, such as “open a business” (which will be scratched off).

So here is part of the list (to see the complete list, click on the “30 before 30” page at the top of this blog):

 

  1. Travel to 5 different countries
  2. Start a family
  3. Open a pop up shop
  4. Sell French Soul Knittery knitwear in Brick and Mortar Stores
  5. Live in a different state
  6. Completely work for my self
  7. Direct a movie
  8. Cook a four-course meal
  9. Learn French
  10. Sell at a craft fair
  11. Open a business
  12. Start a youtube channel

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So what do you think about the list? (Remember to go the page to see list numbers

13-30).

Here’s to accomplishing our goals! 🙂

 

Do you have a list of things you want to do before you turn a certain age?

 

All the best,

 

-Ashley

Hello February!!

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The second month of the year is here and it is a new opportunity to make the most of everything. There is so much that I am continuing to learn about the handmade industry and my business that I have taken some time to do more research and really focus on making the best it can be.

I am currently designing the spring collection of French Soul Knittery knitwear and I hope that you love it. Being a designer is such a new thing for me that the journey is a combination of excitement and fright. I will write later in the month on the process of designing and the best approach that I have taken.

Personally, things are great and ever-changing. My husband and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary and we have planned so much for this year that sometimes its hard to focus on both professional and personal aspects of life.

To all my uber-busy people out there, how do you balance your professional and personal lives? Do you find that you sacrifice one for the other?

How is your February so far? What are your plans for the month? Is there anything exciting that you are looking forward to?

See you soon!

-Ashley

My 2014 Goals: Wake Up With The Sun

One of the things that I need most in my life is the ability to be more productive and make the most of my day. I have been reading countless articles that state the benefits of waking up early and taking control of your mornings. Mornings are so undervalued and we fail to take advantage of them. As stated in an earlier post, new years resolutions will not be made but goals will be put in place. One of my goals for 2014 is to wake up earlier and make the most of the hours when the sun shines the brightest.

Waking up at 6am seems to be very doable for me and it should be a new experience that I hope I enjoy. I have spent years being a night owl and I have found waking up in the mornings to be very difficult.

I think waking up early in the mornings will undoubtedly help me be more productive, will make me outline my goals more definitively and ensure that the most important tasks are completed earlier in the day.

I also believe that waking up early will benefit me as an entrepreneur. As a new business owner, I need all of the hours of the day to build and acquire interest. I hope that my early mornings will help my shop and myself as a business woman.

This new initiative should also reach all of you who are struggling to fit all of your tasks in and who desire to have more fruitful and productive lives.

Just imagine what we can do with a few more hours on this earth.

Here’s to waking up with the sun. Who’s with me?!

-Ashley

What I Make…..

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Since starting this blog, I forgot one crucial piece of information that I should have shared since the beginning. I want to share a few items I make with you. I knit items that I would enjoy and I hope that others would as well. The latest trends are always on my mind but they are never the sole focus of what I do.

My knitting is a bit contemporary than the creations of my grandmother and that’s what makes it special. I’m honoring the memory of her creativity but putting my spin and flair in everything that I do.

Its true, there are hundreds of knitters out there but that doesn’t deter me from creating and sharing. I am a believer that there is an abundance in this universe of ours that provides for all of us. I enjoy imagining, designing and creating because its in my blood and soul. I love what I do and I’m so elated that others are loving it too.

If you have yet to see my items, go the shop and explore. There is something for everyone and you are bound to see something you like. If not, message me and maybe we can create something custom for you.

Forever grateful,

Ashley 🙂

I Am So Happy to Share This New Year With You

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Happy New Year to everyone! I hope the new year brings you all the joy and success that you desire. A new year is great because it allows you to start anew, to change your circumstances and to make the most of everyday. Make the 1st of January the beginning of a new chapter in your life.

This new year is perfect for doing something that you were afraid to do a long time ago. It is a perfect time to take chances.

You have 365 possibilities to make this year the best year ever; starting today.

Happy New Year!

The Post Where I Show My Gratitude and Reflect on the New Year to Come!

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I started my business in November and I am so grateful for all of the support so far. I started my business with two things in mind: to get closer to a spirit I had lost and to follow my dreams by taking my life in my own hands. When I clicked that “Open Shop” button, I never thought that I would have my first sale that same month.  I was equal parts nervous, excited and frightened.

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I knit because I enjoy it and because I believe I can create items that people enjoy. I show my gratitude to the individuals in Sweden, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Minnesota; who have been my first customers. I thank you for showing interest in my product and liking it so much to purchase it. I thank you.

With the new year quickly approaching, there is so much to reflect on. There are some things that I want to leave in 2013 and things that I hope to see happen in 2014. I strive to continue to make knitted items that people enjoy. I want a successful business that truly gives back and provides joy. Whenever a new year emerges, I always make New Year’s Resolutions and later I find that I have broken them. This year, resolutions will not be made for I promise to act on anything  I want. I believe that you have to dedicate yourself to act to get what you want in life. The year 2014 is the year of ACTION.

Let’s all promise to act on our wants, hopes and dreams; to make this life worth living.

Let’s pledge to make 2014, the year of action.

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year and I hope 2014 shows you success, happiness and love.