About a month ago, I Heart Planners quietly had its first birthday (the new I Heart Planners site officially launched on May 1, 2014). I considered celebrating our birthday but thought it wasn't really necessary. Also, I didn't know whether to celebrate the start of the blog and business (under the name Super Sweet Life 2.5 years ago) or when we became I Heart Planners, so I moved on. However, we've made a lot of changes here recently including moving our office (from an upstairs bedroom to the basement) and having my husband begin working with me, and it got me feeling a little nostalgic. So now I really do want to take a moment to pause and celebrate before rushing on to the next thing.
You all have been such a huge part of this, and I can't thank you enough for being such loyal readers and customers, so I'll get to straight to the gifts for you part, and then I'll take a trip down memory lane with you.
Calling All Entrepreneurs!
If you'd like to find out the top 5 things I've learned during my first 2.5 years as a blogger and business owner, you can sign up at the bottom of this post to join my new e-mail list where I'll be sharing advice, encouragement, knowledge, and resources for entrepreneurs (or aspiring entrepreneurs) such as bloggers, Etsy shop owners, direct sales consultants, and other small business owners. I will begin by sharing the top 5 things I've learned in business over the next couple weeks.
What's a real celebration without free I Heart Planner printables? I'm sharing with you the password tracker (in both full letter and half letter sizes) from the latest edition of the Sweet Life Printable Planner:
Click here to download the half letter size password tracker.
Click here to download the full letter size password tracker.
A discount for you on EVERYTHING in the shop through Monday!
Next up, we have a huge discount for you on everything in the shop. You can get 25% off absolutely anything in the I Heart Planners Etsy shop or the Planner Dividers Shop by using coupon code BLOGJUNE2015. (HUGE HINT: I'll be posting an even higher percentage off coupon code on Instagram a little later today.) These codes are valid through Monday, June 8 only.
Now for the nostalgic part of the celebration! So much has happened here at this very desk:
I remember sitting here 2.5 years ago and making the commitment to myself that I would quit dreaming about starting my own business. I decided to stop analyzing every little detail and every little risk and just dive in and get to work! I hit ‘publish' on this post introducing my very first Sweet Life Printable Planner for sale with butterflies in my stomach. Would anybody really want what I had to offer (much less actually pay money for it)? What if they don't like it? What if I fail? I tried to sound all upbeat and confident, but I was really apprehensive and doubtful. I was beyond thrilled to sell just a few copies!
I remember making my first sale on Etsy, and I remember the excitement of reaching 100 sales after several months. I remember feeling surprised and oh-so-grateful as I sat here and received a notification that I made my 1,000th sale on Etsy just a few short months later! I remember sitting here in my office for nearly 12 solid hours on the day that the I Heart Planners site launched, and I had fun doing it! I don't usually put in such long days, but I really wanted the site to be just right, and I'm pretty sure I took the next day off (which is part of the beauty of having your own business).
I remember sitting at this desk 9 months pregnant wondering how on earth I'd be able to manage a quickly growing business AND a baby! After the baby arrived, she and I spent a lot of time in this office. When she was just a few weeks old I would put her in her bouncy seat next to my desk and bounce it with my foot while I worked. I remember capturing her first smiles on camera in this office. When she was a little older, she would sit in her Bumbo on my desk. She's the cutest assistant ever, isn't she?
Hope you enjoy your gifts and the trip down memory lane. Once again, thank you so much for you support!