Here we are almost at another summer holidays already and another year zooming by! There’s been lots going on here! Read on and I will explain all!
Now please don’t get me wrong. Just because I have found a new love in my Zazzle store, doesn’t mean I’m no longer “in love” with my photography and Romsey Fotografix. Nah, not at all, that’s still my baby. As we all know, when the second “baby” comes along, you love it just as much don’t you, if you’ll forgive the analogy! I guess what I’m saying is, it’s possible to love two babies equally.
Of course, finding time to devote to each and give them both my all has meant a little compromising. I have cut back on my photoshoots, which means that I can still devote the time necessary for each photo session and the subsequent edit and correspondence, and thus maintain the standard of customer service I like to give. My time is split about 50/50. Best of both worlds!
I do my photoshoots at the weekends and edits early in the week afterwards, and the rest of my time I devote to designing for my Zazzle store. This really has become such a passion for me, I can’t tell you just how much I enjoy it! Haha my friends and family know exactly how much as I do go on about it a lot!!!
Running a Zazzle store is actually quite complex, it’s not just a question of designing and plonking it onto any old products if you want to progress and do well on there. When I first started on there about a year ago, I had no idea at all about best practices for it and it was frustrating not to be making many sales at the time. I took the step of investing in some fantastic training from Elke Clarke one of Zazzle’s top sellers. I can honestly say it was the best money I ever spent and am so pleased I decided to go for it. I’m sure I would never have got so far so quickly on my own. It’s been onwards and upwards since putting into practice everything I learnt (and am still learning). The training from Elke doesn’t just stop when you finish the course, so you’re not left high and dry. She has a private Facebook group and does regular live sessions so we can ask her anything we need to know. She also assesses our stores if we ask her to and tells us how we can improve and what we’re doing right and wrong which has been invaluable. A year in, and I’m delighted to say my sales are really starting to take off which has been very encouraging. Ironically, my most popular items are wedding stationery, photo gifts and photo blocks – so the “sisters” Romsey Fotografix and Fotografixgal Designs do cross paths in some ways! Oh and not forgetting inspirational/motivational quote products, I have loads in store, which I decided to do not only because I love this sort of thing myself, but I reckoned they would be popular as you see them in shops all over the place nowadays don’t you. And indeed they have become bestsellers for me – I’m always racking my brains so I can add new ones.
I’m a firm believer in doing what you love most in life, after all you only get one shot at it (excuse the photography related pun!!) Grab those opportunities as they arise! You gotta be content and fulfilled in your work!!
I have found my very Happy Place.
I have a sign by the bed which is probably the first thing I see when I wake up.
It simply says
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO SMILE
Nothing fancy, just those few words. But powerful none the less. A little bit of positivity for the start of my day.
Right. I put it out there – I’m a huge fan of inspirational quotes and messages. My Instagram feed is full of them and all sorts of goodies with different kinds of quotes on, from inspiring to funny, feature a lot in my Zazzle Store!
Methinks I’m not alone in this, judging by the number you see on social media, and on loads of items in shops wherever you go – from pillows to mugs, on clothing, fridge magnets, cards, notebooks, cosmetic bags, crockery, etc. etc. and of course posters and signs and wall art.
Very popular. There’s something about emotive quotes that really draws you in, especially on any with words you personally resonate with.
How great for giving too! What better way to show you care than by sending someone a gift or card with a message of encouragement or positive vibes. Nothing like being told how great we are to make our day!
So here’s what I reckon are the 5 undeniable reasons to Love a Cup of Positivity …
- Brings The Feel Good Factor
When you feel good about yourself, it makes it simpler to feel positive about other things in life generally. Encouraging messages help you to believe in yourself more and therefor feel good about yourself.
- Creates a Positive Vibe
When you have a positive attitude – it’s catching! People around you respond to it, which in turn makes for a happier atmosphere around you which makes everything much more bearable to deal with.
- Helps to get us through Life’s Challenges
No one ever said it would be easy – nope! Life throws all sorts of stuff at us, both good and bad, sometimes it’s hard, even virtually impossible to stay positive through it all. It actually takes practice to keep positive and upbeat but truly worth it.
Obviously you can’t be happy about every situation but simply trying to find a positive from a negative situation, and possibly learn from it, will certainly help to make you feel better.
- Reminds us to feel grateful for what we have
“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” Michael Josephson
One of the most important things I learned was to remind myself of all the things I have to feel grateful about every day.
Being grateful has a very profound and positive effect on the way we feel; it makes us more optimistic and kind, less judgemental, so just generally makes for a happier and kinder person to be around, which again, is contagious!
- Just Because
I guess they’re not for everyone, but there’s no denying inspirational quotes are hugely popular right now. They can be amusing, emotional, encouraging; they virtually give us “permission” to be who or what we want to be so we can go ahead and just do it!
As I see it, there can be no harm in spreading joy and comfort with kind, inspiring and motivational messages, whether it be on your social media sites, on presents you give, or just getting it out there on a T shirt!
And if you fancy more of the same, I expect it won’t surprise you to know I’m always Pinning inspiring words – Pinterest has millions!
“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine” Roy T. Bennett
Wow! You said Yes!!! Whoohoo! Congratulations!!!
How exciting – now the fun begins!!
No matter how far ahead your big day, from here on in, I bet it will be uppermost in your mind! So much to think about, where to start?!
I guess you’ve already decided on a venue and managed to get the date you wanted! You’re on your way!!
Now’s a perfect time to send out some to your intended guests – and maybe treat yourself to a Wedding Planner notebook so you can jot down everything that springs to mind and that needs organising, and a file to put all the paperwork you’ll accumulate, so you have everything in one place and know exactly where to find it. I expect you’ll want to keep everything stored on your computer or mobile or tablet too, sensible idea! But nothing quite like a handwritten journal as well – makes a lovely keepsake for years to come too!
So, what are the wedding trends for 2019?
No doubt you’ll be on Pinterest pinning ideas right, left and centre, maybe trying to find something a little bit different. Gosh, so much to choose from – colors, styles, decor, and all those wonderful little touches and favors that make every wedding unique! No need to worry about those at this stage though. One step at a time, otherwise you’ll be completely overwhelmed by it all!
First things first … you may already have a favourite color scheme in mind, or are you just open to any ideas and inspiration? Your wedding venue may be the inspiration for the style and colors you decide on. If you’re having an outdoor barn wedding, rustic may be the way to go. Or maybe you’re getting wed in a church followed by a reception in a 5 star hotel, so perhaps an elegant watercolor floral design with a geometric frame.
You’ll find oodles of choice on Zazzle, oh yes!! As a designer in the Zazzle marketplace, I have been researching minimalist, yet elegant wedding stationery suites, through to nature inspired plants in wooden or ceramic containers, pampas grasses and even elements such as crystals and stones for table pieces.. I’ve discovered that less is more in lots of respects, from
Color schemes are a little more flexible for this year; it’s popular to just blend colors together in similar tones, rather than have the colors matching exactly. It’s a great idea to have bridesmaids in various styles of dresses along the same lines, and in different tones of the same color, or similar colors, so they look coordinated but not in a rigid way. Added plus – each of your bridal party can chose a style they feel most comfortable in.
Richer and bolder colors are proving popular, such as shades of orange, berry, yellow and red. Sage green, coupled with earthy tones such as taupe, beige and soft greys; blush pink with greys or navy; copper with rose pink; dusty orange with earthy creams and browns; sunshine yellow with shades of pale green and burgundy; berry pink matched with bluey grey tones; dusty blues; and pretty corals are right on trend.
And then there’s your dress – where to start with that! Sometimes it’s better to have a completely open mind, as if you try and find that “dream dress” you have pictured in your mind you may be disappointed! I had a very specific style and color of dress in mind for when Lee and I renewed our wedding vows a couple of years ago – could I find anything like it? No of course not – unless I had got it custom made and there was no way I was going to do that!! In the end I found a beautiful outfit, completely different to what I had had in mind, but I was thrilled with it none the less. You’ll have no problem finding your perfect dress I’m sure – there are a lot out there to choose from!! I’m sure you’ll get plenty of inspiration from bridal magazines and Pinterest and try quite a few on before you find “the one” but once you do, you’ll just know it’s right! Here’s a littleto get you going. Awww, Gorgeous eh!!
Mustn’t forget the handsome! Lots of dapper ideas for them too!
Today’s couples have become very environmentally-aware when arranging their wedding and look for creative ways to save on waste on their big day –prove that having an eco-friendly wedding doesn’t mean having to scrimp on style.
You’ll also be thinking of ordering your cake and booking a florist – and don’t forget to arrange your photographer and vidoographer in good time too!
Once you’ve sorted all the main stuff, the fun begins deciding on those all importantthat will be unique to you and make your day unforgettable! It can be tempting to go overboard as there are so many brilliant ideas around and you can end up going round in circles trying to decide which best suit your day so hopefully will help you on your way!
The best advice I can give is to try and not get too stressed out by all the planning and panic as the big day gets nearer about tings that might not go as smoothly as planned. There is naturally a lot of anxiety in the build up, but we’ve had the joy of photographing a lot of weddings over the years and all in all they go just fine despite any little mishaps that might occur last minute. Your guests will enjoy it all no matter what, as will you. At the end of the day, it’s the happiness you share as a couple, the joy of entering into wedded bliss and the looking forward to your future together that are the most important things. So relax, revel in the excitement of the planning, then enjoy and make the most of every second of your special day and cherish the lovely memories it will bring for years to come.
I wish you every happiness!