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2017 Holiday Orders

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2017 Holiday Orders

Happy November! I’ve been working hard planning and mixing and curing soap for this time since August. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week. I’m elated! It’s my favorite time of the year – full of twinkle lights, family meals and my son, Brady’s, birthday just a few days before Christmas. He was the best Christmas gift we ever got.

I’m grateful to have so much energizing support for my products and I’ve had a lot of fun putting together gift sets for various price points – whether it’s someone in the office, a teacher, your mom, sister, wife or your husband (yep!), I tried to put something together for everyone with these gift sets.

And if the gift sets aren’t your thing, my lip balm trio makes a great small gift for someone you love or want to say thank you to. Maybe you noticed them in this month’s Gift Guide issue of Grid Philly!!!

How to order:

click here to order all products (to be shipped & picked up)

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I hope you enjoy the packages!!! Please note that I did sell out last year so please reserve as soon as you know you may want one (if we know each other personally and you want to pick up, you can do this without paying in advance…see link on how to order above).

I have a limited inventory that I hope to sell quickly so Meadow and I can bake and sip hot cocoa by the Christmas tree and sing carols while we wait for the time to go pick up our kindergartner. She won’t be three forever, so that is my goal this season – savor it all. : )-

Light and love this holiday season,
Marjorie Sarah

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Why I’m Growing A Handmade Business While Nurturing Growing Children

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Why I’m Growing A Handmade Business While Nurturing Growing Children

I thrive on connection, it sustains me more than food and water. In the early days of parenting and being a stay-at-home mother I sought out heartfelt stories of  mothering – stories of the mama bear love along with the real challenges I was facing.

When I had challenges meeting the demands of midnight nursing and pumping at work, I binge read support articles from La Leche Leauge.

When I had a break down because 9-5 and parenting did not mix well for me, I found authors and bloggers who had been where I was and read their words.

When I feared my second birth would be late and a possible induction loomed, I googled success stories of natural births that started with induction. There were many and I was able to visualize the birth I’d been planning for.

So here I am, faced with another challenge of trying to grow a small, handmade business while nurturing a growing family. Every time I find out a business owner is a mother, I immediately hope they’ve written a post on EXACTLY. WHAT. TO. DO. Then I exhale, and remember my favorite life lesson: that you already have all the answers buried within you. Trust yourself, Marjorie Sarah. 

I’ve yet to find that post and, well, nothing is ever that neat and tidy anyway, right?

It’s time again to set the intention on perseverance and give my attention to those that lift me up, then float with the energy.

My struggle is that everything is everywhere. Every thought and everything is tucked into various corners of my living space and I’m just trying to scoop them all together into a pile so I can make something of it.

I have a new goal that I established with my healthcare coach: to journal as a tool to work toward acceptance of everyday chaos. I get a $100 incentive if I reach two goals. Why not???

We are all busy, we are all crazed. At least that’s what it feels like and that’s what most people seem to be telling me. But this chapter of my life where I’m home with two young kids and a diabetic dog, has me feeling exceptionally spread thin.  It also has given me the gift of perspective. I’m able to see my reactions and patterns that appear over and over again. I used to think certain things were hard because of my job at that particular point in time. Oh crap, I see now, that it was me. I have the same reactions to completely different problems. I’m once again in complete overwhelm – it’s not because I’m a college senior or an administrative assistant or a memeberhsip manager or a paralegal anymore. It’s because I get overwhelmed easily. Oh, well now we have that one squared away.

As my latest read in book club has showed me, this path is winding and just when it gets hardest and you want to fold, endure and proceed. This is me doing just that. I keep thinking I should fold up this business. I love every second of it, but if I’m home with my kids (which I also love), why not just be home with my kids? Don’t add a whole bunch of crazy by making tons of awesome soap and lip balm. : ) I can barely get the laundry folded – why take on a business?

Because I love it. That’s what I keep coming back to. No one said it would be easy.

I will continue to make and craft amid the noise, the mess and the chaos. #makersgonnamake

I hope another maker mother finds this article and feels connected to someone on a similar path.

Namaste,

Marjorie Sarah

 

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