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Monday Muse - But Different.

Typically Mondays I post a color palette to inspire you. Well today, I hope to inspire you in a different way.

2 weeks ago I got really mad. So mad I took a shower to cool down mad. I had gotten the meet the teacher letter and my third grader's school list was completely different than the district supplied list. 3 days before school starts I have to try and find her different supplies.

In the shower, I was fuming. Here I am a parent that plans. I budget for our school supplies. I buy them early so the kids can have a nice selection. Now everything is gone for the most part and I have to head out and try to find new stuff. What if I didn't have the money, 3 days before school started? What if I was still a teacher and I was having to shell out tons of money for my own class because I couldn't ask parents to supply anything we were preschool and 90% daycare voucher. Then I would be shelling out money for my class and my kids and being paid ...well frankly shit.

Then it hit me. I can't really do anything about the salary made as teachers, or the fact that education is far from respected. However, I can help teachers save in the pocketbook. So I set out and decided I was making my whole store $1 for the rest of the August.

I made cute social media posts about it, marked everything down and said ... it's 15 days or so, it's the least I can do to help out.

The business mind took over and said, set a goal for yourself and aim to hit it. Marketing is my weak point and frankly so is goal setting. I put it out there that I would like to pay off my Discover Card. Maybe it was a stretch thinking I would pretty much need to take all the activity I was having on my store and repeat that every day the rest of the month to get there.

Looking at things now that the month is over. I look at numbers and honestly, I missed the mark, by like $500. I can pay off a credit card in full, but not the one I had set out to pay off.

Usually, I would look at that and say... look once again I set a goal and missed it. My marketing hasn't worked .. this that or whatever. Today, I am not there. Today, I am looking at where I have come in just this past 2 weeks.

*Four times where I was before I put my store on sale.
*70+ new followers
*Daily new products (mostly things that I just needed to finish and kept putting off. Plus the desire to create and post them.)
*Dedicated time every day to marketing and not just relying on the passive search engine game.
*A stern close down the business time.
*A solid focus on what my business is going to be moving forward.
*Trimmed the fat to solidify my focus. (There is a post coming about that soon)

Honesty, yes, I am actually looking for a more stable full-time income because our financial goals need it. I know that if I am supposed to just stay working TpT, the sales from this month will need to increase by 7 times. So while the hunt is on. I am going to just keep plugging. August was a good month. It was a month that was good for the soul even though I missed my mark.

Moving forward and looking ahead. I hit some pretty major milestones for an online business in August.

*500+ Followers on Instagram
*500+ Followers on my Teachers Pay Teachers store
*500+ Reviews of products
*500+ Unit Sales in one month

To celebrate this I am leaving my store on sale. Everything in my store, new, old, bundle or single resource is just $1.

My hope is that this inspires you to get mad. Find your passion. Take action.



Ch Ch Changes

If there is one thing that is consistent with Sara Hickman Designs it is that I change with the changes that head my way.

When I started out on this journey it was to make a difference. I wanted to empower teachers to make learning fun again. Academic does not have to equal boring, repetitive, or busy work. Somewhere along the way, I think we as teachers and parents have lost that. We teach them how to take a test. We are worried when they can't write their letters at 3. We tell them at the start of the year you have to have this score on this test to move on at the end of the year.

How does that make learning fun?
Who wants to spend their kid years doing an hour and a half of homework in the 3rd grade?
Who wants to have homework in Kindergarten?

Don't get me wrong not all of life has to be fun and games, but when they are kids -- they need to be able to be kids.

Studies have even shown the more senses you get involved while learning the more active the brain is absorbing the …

Monday Muse Edition 5

So I am totally in love with that is Steampunk right now. The earthy colors, the sumptuous Victorian attire, with the mix of hardness from the antiquated props and the ingenuity of a world that never was ...

I mean really top hats, ruffles, corsets, skeleton keys, gears, and cogs. 

I decided I would pull 3 similar, but different schemes for your weekly inspiration. They are all so beautiful in their own ways.

Seriously, how can I work this into my life without looking like I am wearing a costume?
See you next time! We are getting close to pre-season football ya'll. Fall is right around the corner!

13 Reason Why You WANT to be in the Cool Kid

1. Because being a cool kid is the 'shhpoopy' - as it is said around here.
2. Because being a cool kid gets you cool shhpoopy. (Like Fa La La Friday Graphics)
3. Because being a cool kid gets you free shhpoopy. (Like free coloring pages)
4. Because being a cool kid is something that everyone wanted to be at some point and time.
5. Because being a cool kid puts you in the know.
6. Because being a cool kid gets you attention.
7. Because being a cool kid is special.
8. Because being a cool kid is like being a VIP.
9. Because being a cool kid is way cooler than just being a kid.
10. Because being a cool kid gets you discounts.
11. Because being a cool kid is good for your health. (Coloring may relax you. Relaxing is good.)
12. Because being a cool kid is just way awesome.

and last but not least ...

13. Because being a cool kid is just cool.

So, I ask. Would you like to be a cool kid?

Fill out this form right here. I will hook you up with some free coloring pages!