What’s Going On Around Here – Random Updates!

So on Tuesday I wrote a whole post, outlining the process I’m going through to take my business to the next level. And while I was writing it, it started taking on a life of its own–it was forming into a little e-course of sorts! What? I never planned for that! But as I wrote and wrote it became clearer and clearer how great of an idea this was!

It would be different than any e-course I’ve seen because I am not a self-proclaimed expert or guru. I’m a student, just like you. I’d be learning along with you and sharing my notes. We’d be study buddies!

So I got super excited and my brain started spinning. I wrote and rewrote and started and started over and started over again.

Then I took a step back. Because this idea was getting away from me. And I tend to jump into things without a clear plan or a real direction. And while there’s something to be said for lovely spontaneity, if this e-course of sorts is going to be any use to any one at all, I think it should be real. It should be planned and thoughtful.

So here’s what I’m doing instead. I am letting you in on the behind-the-scenes reality of crafting an e-course. I’m going to spend some time working on my business. Making it better and bigger and more authentic. I’m going to let you know what I’m doing and how it’s going. Where I’m struggling and where I’m soaring. And as I go, I’ll be crafting lessons and organizing them so that I can launch something real and useful for you.

Doesn’t that sound fun?

Also, over the last few weeks it’s become clear to me that I really have two different blogs here. I have my “mompreneur monday” thing and I have my wedding stuff. (Which I’ve been neglecting! Sorry!) And while they’re both part of ME, I feel like blogging about both of them in the same place feels disconnected and weird. I want my blog to be cohesive and feel natural. So it’s time for a change! Are you ready?

I am moving all wedding- and product-related posts to my website blog. The blog is not beautiful, but it is functional. And it makes more sense to me to bring brides to that site. (Head’s up, there are two posts on there and they’re old!)

Then this blog, will be more of a passion project. Just a behind-the-scenes look at my business and life. What I’m making, what I’m working on in business and at home. My thoughts on mompreneurship. (So pretty much what it already is, plus a little more “lifestyle” stuff.)

I already know I’m crazy to think about taking on two blogs. But really I feel like this is a way to let go a little. I’ve been dropping the ball on “Wedding Wednesdays” and now I have permission to drop that ball completely and just pick it up again from time to time on my website. I also feel like this move gives me permission to blog and talk more freely and transparently on this blog because I’m no longer thinking about it as part of Fresh Paper. It’s just a part of Emily. Connected to Fresh Paper? Of course! But not a part of it.

Essentially, the Fresh Paper Blog will be geared toward customers (and potential customers) and this blog will be geared toward creative people who run or want to run their own businesses. And people who just want to read about what I’m up to because they think I’m so awesome.

Which brings me to a big big question! I don’t know what to call this blog! Now that I have a new focus, I really need a new name. (Well and let’s face it, I need a real domain name.) I want something short and sweet and easy to remember. Cute and clever and fresh. It’s more about me, so do I give it my name, or is that too self-involved? I’m stuck! So I’d love your help! If you have an idea (even if you don’t think it’s a good one!) I’d love to hear it. Comment below!

I can’t wait to take the next step of this journey with  you!


Embracing Imperfection

Happy 2014! I feel like I haven’t come close to meeting my blogging goals. And they aren’t even that lofty! But new year, new start! (Ok 6 days into the new year and I’m just starting to figure out my goals, that’s not that bad.) One of the things that prevents me from blogging more often is that I feel like I need to do it perfectly. Time it perfectly so I’m posting when people are reading. Write something useful, poignant, funny… it’s a lot of pressure! I’ll come up with an idea for a blog post and then tell myself I’ll write it later. When it’s the perfect time. When I have more thoughts collected. When I can take a great picture to go with.

But no. No I don’t. I don’t have to be perfect. I’m pretty darn far from perfect in every area of my life and I accept that… so why do I think I have to be a perfect blogger? For someone who’s not even trying to be a professional blogger, that’s a pretty weird thing in which to demand perfection.

Know what’s worse than a less-than-perfect blog post? No post at all. So it’s time for me to get over myself and just blog. Just to say hi. Just to celebrate new designs. Just to share a tip I’ve come across. Just to ask for help. Just to give a shout out to my super talented friends. Just to connect. Just to be a part of the blogosphere.

So here it is. My perfectly imperfect blog post. About blogging. About being imperfect. And about being ok with that!

So here’s your call to action. Whether you’re a blogger or a mom or an entrepreneur or a designer or all of the above or none of the above, I want you to think of something you want to do and just do it. Imperfectly. I don’t want you to open facebook first and get sucked into what your friends are doing. I don’t want you to empty the dishwasher or fold the laundry. I don’t want you to find a million other things you can do almost perfectly so that you put off the thing you can’t do anywhere close to perfectly. Whatever it is that you want to do, I want you to stop and do it. Right now. Even if you know you don’t have time to finish, I want you to start. Even if you know you can’t possibly do a halfway decent job, I want you to try.

Then I want you to comment below and tell me what it was so I can cheer for you!