In a talk the other day, we discovered that we both suffer from the same ailment from time to time: Lack of Motivation. Not lack of inspiration- we both have many designs floating around in our little heads! We suffer the dreaded lack of get up and go.
Take me for instance: I haven't worked my "day job" since June, yet I've published a scant few tutorials in this time frame. I have several illustrated!!! I just have to write the words! It's kind of ridiculous, no? There are times when I just feel like burying my head in a book instead of getting the work done. We both sometimes find it hard to self-regulate since we both work from home. Setting work hours and sticking to them are sooo hard! I have so many unfinished beady projects, half started tutorials, sketched projects that just haven't been made yet, promised articles or blurbs, etc. I have a basket full of already beaded goodies that just need to be written up! I'm also really lacking in the "gaining blog followers" department. You know where I'm not lacking? Having great beady friends.
I'm taking the advice of my friend, Nancy Dale of NEDBeads and holding my first ever giveaway! I'm lucky to have such nice friends who can share their advice with me. This will cure two ailments: I'll gain a few followers to my blog, and I'll hear some much needed advice on sticking to time frames, making good use of time, etc. Heck, if you want to share some marketing advice, I'm up for that, too!
So here's where my giveaway comes into play! Bear with me; I have to show you something first. I've had my eye on these wonderful, rustic, imperfect, slightly misshapen, large hole, nubbly, sand-cast, African trade, recycled glass beads for a while. That's a lot of adjectives! :) I finally bought some this weekend at my local bead shop (Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry, LLC in Milton, FL). She only has 3 strands left, ladies! They came from a trunk show she hosted a while back. Anywho, here they are:
Aren't they fab?!? I'm a huge fan of the rustic look and imperfections don't bother me one bit! So I had a thought: Pair a precious few of these with other favorite rustic beads in my collection and host a giveaway! How does this relieve our lack of motivation? Well, here's how:
I'd like to hear how you deal with lack of motivation. How do you create "office hours" when you work from home and how do you stick with them? How do you motivate yourself to stay on task and to complete projects? For this giveaway, I'd like for you to comment below and tell me your secrets. Suggestions are welcomed! I need to make better use of my precious time. You may even help other readers! So here's the deal (or rules):
1) I'd love it if you'd follow my blog. I have an RSS feed link, or you can follow via email in the box to the upper right of the screen (I don't receive an email list- it's secure through a 3rd party). You can also follow the old fashioned way- through Blogger's "follow" link up top that appears if you're logged into Blogger. I post at least once per month when I can, and I sometimes have free tutorials to share.
2) Feel free to share this via social media like Facebook so your friends can enter. It's not required, but it's appreciated if you do.
3) For everyone who comments on this blog post with your time management/motivation advice, I will enter your comment number (not including replies of course) into a random number generator. That randomly generated number will win a small parcel of beads from me! The comments should be here on my blog, not on facebook (though I'm happy to receive advice anywhere, they only count for this giveaway here on my blog.)
4) You have from now (9 pm, CST Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014) until 9 pm CST on Friday, October 17, 2014 to comment on this blog and have your number entered into the giveaway. I will generate the random number (via random.org) after 9 pm CST on Friday the 17th and I will post the winner in a blog post here and in an announcement on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Artisan.Originals .
EDIT: Some of my readers are having trouble replying to this post. They've written long replies only to have them disappear. I'm so sorry- it's got to be something with Blogger. If this has happened to you, please post your reply on my facebook post announcing this giveaway (or on my page, either way) and I will insert a placeholder reply for you here. I'm not sure what's going on, but this makes me sad. Giveaways are supposed to be fun! I want to be fair to everyone.
OK, now for the good stuff! What will one lucky respondent win?
Ta~da! Some of my zealously and jealously guarded hoard of beads. You will receive everything in the above photo: I'm including 6 each of the pale blue and darker blue African trade beads, 4 copper roundel beads (I use them as little buttons for clasps), 20 dark wooden roundel beads, various wooden beads (I love wooden beads), a few cabochons of unknown stones (I think one is serpentine and the other two are dyed), a really cool carved bead (I think Mookaite but I'm not sure), 2 beautiful, matched, black lip, oyster shell daggers, 1 gorgeous, stamped, handmade porcelain cabochon (the sandy looking one), 4 opal glass, picasso finished roundels, a small amount of genuine turquoise chips and a small amount of light green glass chips.
Be on the lookout for my winner announcement because I will need to contact the winner for postal information.
This is my first giveaway, so I hope I didn't leave out anything important in the rules. If so, let me know and I'll correct things.
So, let the advice begin! I appreciate your help! ~Val