Monday, 26 April 2010

Motivational Monday (or Inspiring Monday)

It's been a while since i posted last as things have been busy. I went away on holidays, we are trying to get TJ's ride for Tasha organised and I have a lot of the same old daily "crap" to deal with.

So when life gets on top of you what motivates and inspires you to keep going :)

I love to go out in the sun and recharge the batteries :D and listen to music, or do something fun with the kids :D

Monday, 12 April 2010

Motivational Monday (or Inspiring Monday)

I was in desperate need of inspiration and motivation yesterday. Thank you to a couple of friends I saw some light at the end of the tunnel. It was bleak for a while though. I am used to bleak as I live with depression and panic attacks. It is not something I hide but it's not something I flaunt either. I tend to be open about the depression as I want people to be aware of the effect it has on my life. I am not lazy or crazy (well I am mad but that's different) but at times it can appear that way to outsiders (and even to those in my family). It keeps me isolated a lot as I don't want to burden people. I'm not lacking in motivation or ambition but the depression can be overwhelming and then I appear to be in need of motivation.

I actually like Inspiring Monday better than Motivational Monday so post either Motivating or Inspiring items. What inspires you? What have your read that is Inspirational? Are Motivation and Inspiration the same.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Tell Me Tuesday

Today is Tuesday and I am inviting you to Tell Me about your business, tell me a joke, your story etc. It doesn't have to be business related but if it is you can tell me today :).

Blogging theme Days

I've decided to introduce theme days to my blog. I will not be limiting my posts to these themes but they are there to encourage participation and build community. I will be posting other items too. Follower contribution is encouraged :) The theme days are:
  • Motivational Monday - this is where i will post inspiring quotes, pics etc and invite you to do the same.
  • Tell Me Tuesday - I invite you to tell me about your business, your life story, your comps etc.
  • Wacky Wednesday - I will post funny stories, jokes, etc and invite you to to the same.
  • Thankful Thursday - I will list 5 things that I am thankful for and invite you to do the same (also take it to your blog and do the same there).
  • Friday 5's - 5 things to share, or to be grateful for, of 5 blogs you like; there will be a different 5 each week, and followers then copy it on their blog and son on. It is great to help build up a blogging community.
  • Spicey Saturday - I don't know how successful this will be but let's add a bit of spice to life. This is adult content.
  • Spiritual Sunday - I am not Chrisitian, I am pagan and I often negeclet my spiritual side. I need to reconnect and I ask that you be tolerant as we do all do not have the same beliefs.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Some ideas & musings on the future of TEEs Me, Please

I enjoy promoting other businesses. It is not necessarily what I'd like to do for the rest of my life but at the moment it satisfies me on many levels. Now I didn't say all levels and that's because I'm still not getting a lot of work (even though people love the idea) and because I am not getting paid (and I don't necessarily mean cash) often. I've been giving away too many days of  free promotion (and free products from Butterfly Magick). I've always loved to help people and it is often my downfall. I'm often not sensible, especially if that person has helped me or seems to be in genuine need or I like them a lot. I continually find myself in strife because I like to help people. Obviously there is some deep-seeded problem there that I need to overcomb.

I keep changing my prices to make a day of promotion more affordable to the wahm businesses that support me. I was told that i should be charging around $100-115 per day but that is out of the reach out most of my friends. When it was $10 (+ extra for a shirt) people were happy to pay that. When the payment system is pay what you can afford people do not buy a day. At $30 for the day people don't buy a day. I'm not desperate but I do want this business to work. I've been told it takes time but I am seeing other people sellings their products so I am trying to identify the problem. Am I not offereing enough? Everybody that gets featured by me receives permanent advertising on my site. Of course it would help if I kept my site updated.

People have different ideas of what they want from my business. I didn't come up with this business myself; I saw somebody else with the idea and I've set out to make it my own. I prefer to have a tee, hat, or even jewlelery etc to promote the company for the day. I am out and about and people see the tee etc and that's a great way to promote a business. When I don't have the tee etc on it loses some of it's impact (unless I have an eye-catching tee on that will cause people to stop and talk about my business and I can mention the business of the day). I can make the tees myself in a limited fashion but that is time cosnuming and I am rarely happy with the finished product and most of the transfers that are available do not last for long. I don't want to encourage businesses to be producing tees that they dont need or want to produce and I don't want to be encouraging people to use some of the tee businesses out there as a lot of them are not ecologically friendly or ethical (and that gets in the way of business). That is why I don't produce my own TEEs Me, Please! merchandise, as the companies that are affordable appear to use cheap sweat shops products and I'm trying not to cause more stuff to end up in the landfill. This is interfering with my business.

Is a day of promotion as effective if someone can't just look at me as I go around and see me as a walking billboard? I don't wont to be wearing a sandwhich board and I wear TEEs anyway.

I need to figure this out soon as I may have to give up TMP and I dont want to do that.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Featured Business - Overall Being

"Overall Being is about creating memorable moments, we provide unique & gorgeous gifts ranging from personalised products, aromatherapy, jewellery, photos & Massage.....Making a lasting impression for the mind, body and soul"
I am featuring Lisa Kavenagh over the 4 days of the Easter long weekend. Lisa Kavenagh is a Mum of 4 boys and owner of Overall Being. This is the first time that I have promoted any business for 4 days in a row. I recenetly auctioned this wekend to contribute to the Family Capers team when the took part in the World's Greatest Shave. Lisa bid the highest amount and she now has four days of promotion with TEEs Me, Please! I am trying to mix things up a bit to keep it fresh. Today, as I do not have a shirt for Overall Being, I wore a blue TEE as it is World Austism Awareness Day today. Tomorrow I will make up a TEE to promote Overall Being. This is the second attempt at a blog post; the last one disappeared into the vast recess of cyberspace and so far has not resurfaced. I have not made a promo video for Overall Being yet as I am planning something a little different and I may save it for Sunday (which is Lisa's birthday) or for her final day.

What can you find at Overall Being???

  • Massage
  • Gaia Skincare and Products
  • Numerology readings
  • Zoobies
  • Aromatherapy
  • Minky Blankets and homewares
  • Pendants
  • Scrapbooking and Album creating
  • Nappy Cakes
  • Jewellery
I haven't bought anything from Overall Being but I did receive a beautiful gift from Lisa a couple of months ago; a gorgeous necklace. I'll be adding pictures of this to my website. I do have plans to purchase from Overall Being sometime this year; I have a small wishlist already :D

I haven't met Lisa in person yet, although I hope to change that soon when I am in Melbourne for a few days. I met Lisa on facebook and from the start I have admired her. She is a loving mum and wife, she runs a great business and even when she has had some personal problems she has not let it keep her down. I am certain that Lisa would be one of those people that other people instaantly gravitate towards; she is full of warmth and is a very loving person.

I'll have more to add about Lisa and Overall Being over the next couple of days. Have a safe and Holiday Season xxxx