Classes ended almost two weeks ago, which means my holiday break is just about half over. Originally, I had planned to accomplish all sorts of Etsy-related things during this time. Here was my to-do list:
1. Research domain registrars.
2. Design cards for Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe even give wedding cards a shot.
3. Redesign shop banner.
4. Complete shop About page.
Instead, here is what I actually spent most of my time doing:
1. Watched Gilmore Girls.
2. Vented about how irritating I find Rory Gilmore.
3. Bought Christmas presents.
4. Wrapped Christmas presents.
A few days ago, however, I did finally drag myself over to cross some things off my to-do list.
First, I tackled my About page. I’d been putting it off because I always find it sort of overwhelming to decide how to represent myself to the world. I’d also felt intimidated by others’ About pages. Beautiful home studios awash in natural light, elegantly rustic packages wrapped in baker’s twine, adorably friendly dogs–these are all things that exist in others’ About photos but definitely not in my life.
Still, I couldn’t really put this off much longer. I’d heard that an About page would be required starting in January, and while I don’t recall ever seeing an official Etsy notice about this, I figured I might as well do it now.
So I did it. I decided that instead of focusing on what I don’t have (e.g., a photogenic life, complete with sleek iMac and perfectly organized supply shelf), I would focus on what I do have (e.g., an honest story about how I came to start the shop).
I had initially planned to create all new content for the page, but I eventually decided to repurpose this blog post and this photo and let myself publish it as a “finished work-in-progress.” That is, something that I recognize can be improved upon in the future, but also something I like for its own sake right now. (As Sheryl Sandberg says, “Done is better than perfect.”)
I was so inspired by my ability to finish my About page that I even went ahead and redid my banner as well–on the same day!
Of course, I haven’t done much else since then. But it is Christmas Eve today, so I think I’m going to let myself off the hook for now. May all your holidays be merry, bright, and–if you so desire–more productive than mine!