Tuesday, June 18, 2013

SMART Goal Setting & Leveraging on Social Media

This week, I had to design the covers of 10 notebooks which I did explain the reason why in my earlier post. But it's okay because if you're kind and generous, you will be duly rewarded. Anyway, designing is therapeutic as you get 'lost' in trying to come up with good designs but of course, when it starts to get stressful, it's no longer as fun. I like designing on smaller layouts because I think I will get bored or run out of ideas if I were to design on bigger layouts. But now, I got an order to design for 8 (yikes..) full sized 12" X 12" layouts and to be honest, I don't know how am I going to pull it. I believe, in this instance, I really have to pull in whatever knowledge I picked up from watching hundreds of you tube videos and translate them into the layouts.

Wish me luck!

Oh, I don't know it is going to turn out but I dare not take too much money from her so I just decide $15.00 instead of $20.00 and I was upfront in telling her that it is because it's my first such project. This is just so if she likes it in future, with more confidence, I can charge a fuller price :) I know this will cost about $30 and above but I'm not that skillful so it's better to charge according to your skill level.

I honestly like this side income and I've been reading quite a lot of social media tips online and entrepreneurial articles so that I can be more aware about making good money and to be more successful in reaching out to more people without choking them. There are many articles providing useful tips pertaining to leveraging the social media to target your potential market and also to increase engagement with potential customers such as this Entrepreneurship article.

The road to achieving success in all aspects of our life, whether for work, personal or business life, but you just gotta persevere. I talked about goal setting also and while I have yet to sit down and write down my goals such as setting up an emergency fund (very important) and getting rid of my debt so that I have one less financial burden, I believe I should. It will really help me to steer my life in the right direction.

If you're planning on goal setting, here's a wiki article on SMART goal setting. I plan on reading this later so that I'm not so clueless when I finally do my goal setting :)

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It's Thosai Time at Little India

Early this month, my friend and I paid a visit to Little India with two objectives in mind. First, to indulge ourselves in thosai..heh..more specifically, masala thosai which is thosai with potato filling. It was most definitely filling :s but hearty as well!

By the way, it's at the Komala Vilas if you are craving for one too..ha.

Especially after I post these pics! 

patiently..no wait, fabulously waiting for food

yay..food's here!

my friend's dream come true! ok, she just had a craving for it..ha!

pictures courtesy of my friend..because somebody doesn't have instagram..ha.

By the way, our second agenda is basically for my friend to shop for Indian clothings for a wedding of our good friend's brother. Yes, it is an Indian reception and frankly, we were excited about it because it's not all the time we're invitied to an Indian wedding reception. Spoiler alert: the food and entertainment were faboosh! I actually blog about it in a later time.

The whole of the second floor of Tekka market was filled with clothing shops and I don't know how they stay afloat because they pretty much sell the same stuffs. I realized they're not cheap either. But my friend managed to get a no frills Indian costume for just $20. So you really gotta look carefully and not go for those with many many sequins or embellishments if you want to get a cheap no frills, but yet still pretty, traditional Indian wear.

A little bit of trivia. I actually ate the thosai with fork and spoon. Now now, don't judge me.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Goal Setting for My Online Shop - The Results of It

 I seriously need to do some goal setting. I did it for my online shop and I managed to pull in some sales although I would have to spend some money first. But if I want my online shop to succeed, I need to spend money in order to make money, right? Psyching myself. It isn't much like probably $10.00 just for the notebooks itself, not counting the materials itself because I have them on ready stock and probably don't have to get anymore because they're not customised projects.

So it also got me another project which I haven't done, okay probably did a mini one the last time and so much effort was needed. I think mini books are cute and if done right, can look beautiful but the amount of work for different pages, if I am not aiming for simplicity, can be quite a turn off, haha. If someone orders a mini book from me, then I would do it. Otherwise, there is no sense of motivation.

Not sure what I am talking about? 

Something like this. This is not my work, of course and I got it off the internet.

The whole point of me yakking about mini books is because the project that was supposed to be a mini book turned out to be a full 12" X 12" scrapbook instead with *gasp* 10 pages. Honestly, I could do it if there is a need for it. If I want to make the dough, I gotta put in effort. But she didn't want the ring binders and want it bounded which is, difficult, because it will be heavy without the ring binders such as the one in the picture or at least if she really wants, then I will have to get the album as well. But currently I'm charging her $15.00 instead of $19.00 because it's my first project. Plus I'm lousy with charging prices..ha.

We'll see how it goes. Crosses fingers. If she really wants it to be 10 sheets without the ring binders, I will have to scour the internet again for ideas on how I can bind them together.

That's pretty much how I spend my extended leave as I took leave from work since last Thursday. Finding ideas on how to bring in more interest, and possible customers, for my online shop. You can pay a visit to it when you click here.

I also spend time making cards for my usual monthly orders and I ended up gonna give two of them away instead.

Oh well, if they like my cards, why not?

Initially, I was like nobody likes my card! Yes, my usual boo-hoo rant when after some time, nobody seems to take interest. Sad to let them go but it will be useless for me to keep too..haha. I like making them but not really keeping them due to space constraint.

So, I took on my brother's advice since he went for the social media workshop in his school and he introduced this concept called the freebie marketing where one of the early adopters was Gillette, you know the well known razor brand. I was supposed to give to the first four comments only but I don't know how, people still comment despite after the first four. Since they helped me share the facebook post, , as one of the ways of getting potential customers, and since I didn't end the post quickly because I went out, I decided to give all 10 (excluding my brother who commented as well...) a notebook each. 

Not all replied yet and I'm not going to ask for their address anymore, except for one of them, so whoever replied, I will give them one as a token of appreciation :) I probably will have to make 3 or 4 on the go to cut down time. It's also a good way to cut down on  my supplies because they're getting too much already. Oops. I don't think I can create even more space for it.

So if you're like me, struggling with finding ways of making your online shop a success or getting orders, you can try this method of freebie marketing. If you think, oh you gotta spend money, blah blah, let me tell you, these very people may be the ones helping your online shop to succeed if other people ask them or if they intro your shop to others via word of mouth. If you work hard, you will get your deserving rewards and it's not just in terms of monetary rewards :)

Good luck!

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Out & About in Universal Studios - MOE Family Day 2013

A little back story. I work for the government and boy, does it have its ups and downs. People say when you work for the government, you are pretty much in a stable job.

Not true. I once got retrenched from a stat board which is also part government. It was gut wrenching although in my next job, I did get to work with the same group of people. However, it was also a turning point in my life. I chose to live it instead and jump ship to the ministry.

I won't say the perks are better. But to me, whatever job I am in,  being public or private sector, I want to do my best and be on top of the game.

One of the perks is getting tickets below the price, but of course with its own set of terms and conditions. Whatever it is, I finally get to go to the  Universal Studios in Resorts World Sentosa..yay & WHEEEEE!! I missed the waterworld show because for the life of me, I couldn't find the place and also because I got distracted by the junior roller coaster ride..heh.

So as promised from a previous post, here's the pictures taken from that day!

I had so much fun...I want to save up so I can go again!!!! The next time round, I want to go on the Human roller coaster. It will be a heck lot scary but it's worth the scare..haha.

Counting the days to my next trip, this time in the day :)

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Getting out of Zombie Land Plus Goal Setting

To be honest, I've been pretty zombified recently, well at least in the couple of weeks. I lost two uncles, I attended a funeral and it sorta make me re-think about life like WHAT HAVE I DONE.

Unfortunately, the way I react is that I don't feel like doing anything else. Instead of feeling, oh I think I should do this, I think I should do that, I should lead each day as though it was my last, I chose to NOT do anything else.

Why? Because I'm so tired. I don't know why but I feel so tired. I did manage to snap out of it, yesterday, as I think why I'm leading my life this way is because I don't have a concrete set of life goals. Things that I look forward to and sticking to. I want to earn at least $50.00 in revenue from my online shop but I didn't set out goals on HOW to achieve them. I just want the $50.00.

So I came across a tweet by BJ Fogg

I'm not big on "goals" to change behavior but I am big on helping ppl feel successful. Key: Make goals simple so you can achieve them

I value simplicity because life can make things complicated sometimes. If you don't set goals for yourself, you will be aimless in life, pretty much like myself for the last couple of weeks.


You can do what I did for my online shop which I then plan to do for my other aspects of my life too. Do a mind map. It helps you to focus on what you can do to achieve the main goal. If you go for seminars and courses on productivity, chances are they will teach you the concept of mind mapping.

I didn't take a picture of the simple mind map that I did yesterday for my online shop because my camera battery is flat. But I guess you will be more interested in the mind map in regards to my personal life (Well, at least a snippet of it) so I hope to do one and update this post to motivate you as well.

So one of the things I plan to do is to update this blog regularly and also to do up my scrapbooking and journalling as a pictorial biography of my life. I'm a visual person having such a visual item can bring about good or bad memories in a snippet.

While I'm out planning my life, one of the things I should do is to not fret so much over the little things especially money. Some things you ought to spend money on for the experience like a good dinner at a restaurant. It's not something I do every day or every week even but once in awhile. It's a different ball game from the food I often eat such as having sandwich for lunch on every single week day..haha.

Have you set goals in your life yet?

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Sunday, June 09, 2013

Letting Go of the Past

Just this week itself, I lost two uncles..on the same day. First, my mother's older brother and then my father's late sister's husband. Both were sudden death. They were both fine and dandy, though they do have health problems but death took them away out of the blue.

My mother's late brother left behind an Indonesian wife and three of his children who were younger than me being in their late twenties. While I wasn't so close to them during childhood, but I can't deny that they were an integral part of my childhood growing up in the old estates of Tanglin Halt. While I often spend my time at my late grandma's place, where they also stayed until the moved out, their late mother didn't really acknowledge us when we came by locking themselves in the room and only go out when necessary like taking a bath or eating. So I don't have much childhood with them.

I still however remembered how they looked like when they were younger with my late uncle and auntie doting on their youngest daughter like she was the apple of their eye. But based on what they had said, when they were unwell, not once did she visit them. Then at one time, when her mother passed away, she took all her clothes away against her father's wishes to a point that she pushed him down when he tried to take them back.

I've always feared my uncle in my younger days and that fear was so strong. However, when people grew old, I guess people started to slow down and became much calmer and weaker I guess due to health problems. So I could understand how he could not protest strongly against her. If it's really true she did that to him, I could only say that it's disappointing to have brought up such a daughter whom everybody used to dote so much because she was so pretty, unlike me of course where my mum could not stop saying I have such a big nose, until now. Honestly, I hate it because she said ALL THE TIME but I can't stop her.

Moving on.

But you know, that's life. Everything changes. You can't hold on to the past forever. You just have to live your life as it is. Honestly, I wish things haven't changed. I wish I could still have my parents together. I wish my father is still here. I wish I don't have to grow up and be happy and carefree like during my childhood times where I am not bogged down with adult problems.

I wish..

But you know, life is what you make of it. Learn from the past, and look forward to the future.

For both of my late uncles, may you be placed in heaven. 

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Long Weekend, A Little Rambling & My Lack of Gratitude

The day I discover IG filters It's almost mid week to August..argh. I am in the midst of a long weekend, which sadly will come to ...