Thursday, January 5, 2012

Before & After: Dreaming into Doing


It was wonderful catching up
with so many of you at the first
 {Monday} Moments 
 of the New Year.

That virtual water cooler
was certainly humming
with a distinct energy that
shone through in every
linked post, comment and
e-mail I received.


Some of your names
for 2012 included

The Year of ....

calm
joy
doing
embracing
connections
risks
forgiveness
listening
achieving
prayer
healing
artistry
growth
simplifying
organization
grace
order


In fact, that positive spirit has
 propelled me into participating
in a monthly challenge called 
Before and After, 
hosted by a dear blog friend.

At the beginning of each
month, Lisa is asking readers
to set a goal, making it
public by linking it to her
post or sending her
an e-mail with a picture.

Read more,  HERE.

At the end of the month,
readers will reveal their 
Afters
in the same manner.

{While Lisa envisions a lot of
household projects, she 
encourages
any and all goal-setting.}


The idea is that the public
aspect will hold our feet to
the fire, in a manner of speaking,
encouraging us to turn our
dreaming into doing.

I'm in.

So
so
SO
in, on this one.


For my first Before project in 
2012 I am taking a small product 
idea that my mom and I have 
been tossing around for years
and bringing it to fruition
near the end of January.

We've already spent A LOT
of time talking, thinking about,
researching and testing
 our little homemade creation.


But that's 
as far 
as it's gone.

Until now ~ 2012.

In the next 20 days I will be
chasing down all the details
we've brainstormed so far and
taking the final steps to 
open our on-line shop. 


And I'll document the journey
in the After post, which I'll share
on January 27th.

So, if you have ever had a 
concept for a product, come 
along and take a peek at the
steps it takes to start marketing 
it beyond your family : )


Okay, now it's out there.

Feet to the fire ~

And my toes are starting 
to feel very, very hot.....

I'd better sign off and 
get to work.


Tune in on January 27th.

{It's the Year of Possibilities,
right?}

See you on Monday.  Until
then, make the most of all
your 
moments.

xx
Suzanne




38 comments:

Tricia said...

That before and after link party sounds like a fun idea. Maybe I should use it to lose some weight...lol. Your product idea has me curious. I can't wait to hear more about what you're up to :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

You are starting an online store?! That's fantastic! I had one for 4 years for my childrens clothing line. I'm so excited for you!

My theme for the new year is Chill'n. Day 6 and so far so good :) XOL

Joanna said...

Wishing you the best of luck for your new project - sounds exciting!

xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear friend!

I wish I could participate, but I can barely keep up with NEW POSTS from others and myself! What a good idea. I love the BEFORE and AFTER concept and I have many a project, including MYSELF!!! But maybe I best run off to work and then COME BACK to read more of the details. I would love to join in, but I doubt if I can keep the commitment. SUCH A GREAT IDEA! Anita

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Well, Suzanne, you are a dark horse...I am intrigued to know what you're going to be up to this month...a small product??? Tell me more, you big tease!!!

Happy New Year, my lovely,

Sarahxx

Susan T said...

I can't wait to see what is in your online store, how exciting. Let us all have an 'up and at em' year. Much love xx

Farmgirl Paints said...

I need more details!

The enchanted home said...

I am intrigued!! Look forward to the 27th to hear whats got your toes so hot! Love the concept....should be a lot of fun!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Oh Suzanne! I can't wait to hear more about your online shop, and how wonderful to share this endeavor with your mom! You are right, it's a new year filled with possibilities. I'm so excited for you and I thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing my Before & After series with others! xoxoL.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Yay Suzanne! You are going to do it! I know it will be a big success! Can't wait to see it come together!

Stitchfork said...

On pins and needles to see what you are working on! Any hints? Go Suzanne and mom! Happy New Year!
xo Cathy
...seems we have both been gazing at the same beautiful sunsets too!

Palomasea said...

Happy New Year dear Suzanne! That beautiful view from your window looks very familiar :))
Haven't these sunrises and sunsets been spectacular?
I love this post, and how exciting, your new venture!
Also looking forward to a possible blogger's get together??
Will have to get details from our darling Anita!
Have a beautiful weekend,
xoxo,
- Irina

Biz said...

Oooh! I'm so excited for you and your budding business!
I'll have to think about what I want to do a before and after of....it's time I start setting some goals again :)
I have a few blank walls that I need to do something with...maybe I'll start there!

Have a Blessed Day!
Biz

Sheila said...

Happy New Year-ooh you will be busy, good luck with anything, although im sure you dont need it at all.
As always beautiful pictures and wonderful poetic words in your post.
x

T's Daily Treasures said...

I'm interested to know what idea you two have been kicking around and what you came up with. No doubt it will be a success. I'm happy to say that the kids bedroom is almost finished. They do need new bunkbeds but that might have to wait. I'm just happy to get the rest of it done. I'm thinking the tv room might be next. I already have ideas. :) Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful weekend, Tammy

michele said...

bring it on, fabulous woman with the words!

one unexpected joy of blogging is the accountability factor which really does provide added incentive to creative projects.

smiles and love.

michele

René said...

I'm curious! Whatever it is I wish you all the best Suzanne!

Happy weekend!

Tiffini Kilgore said...

ok..did you leave us hanging on purpose?;)
I just want to give you a big hug
This is exciting news
I loved your post that day...any news about March? I am making my hotel reservations this weekend and crossing my fingers for a train from MO to TN...lol!
xo

Sylvia said...

This year is going to be a great one for all of us , such inspiring names ...
You simply make me happy with sharing your future endeavor . This is sooooo exciting ! I wish you and your mom a bright start !You deserve the best ... Thinking of you.
Thoughtful photos , Suzanne

Palomasea said...

Waving hello to dear Sylvia, Anita, and Tina..:)
Thank you so much, Suzanne, for visiting me and the lovely compliment! Really hope all works out for the get-together!
xoxo,
- Irina

A Vintage Chic said...

Lovely post, dear Suzanne! So excited to see what your new idea is! (I know it will be wonderful!)

I have so many things on my list this year...simplifying is one of them! Taking more time to just be...haven't done that for a while!

Wishing you a beautiful weekend, dear friend!

Julie

Deborah said...

Sounds so exciting!
Congrats to you...cant wait to hear all about ti!
Happy New Year sweet friend!

Deborah xoxo

Whosyergurl said...

o.k. I'm going to get the camera. We are cleaning out our bedroom to paint and put down new carpet. (The only room left in the house that has carpet.) I'm cleaning up and shipping out! Getting rid of, yes sir!
Link us up with your shop!
xo, Cheryl

Hindsfeet said...

What a *fantastic* idea, Suzanne! Thanks for sharing this one!! I love it, sign me up!

(and *also* love your photography here.......great eye : ) )

Wishing you goodstuff Girlfriend,
Liz

Marie said...

I cannot wait to see what happens next! I'm a possibilitarian. xxoo

Jane said...

Oh Sweetheart, don't leave us hanging! I am *so* intrigued and wish you only the best. Crossing fingers and toes for you. J x

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I cannot wait to hear all the details...anything you do will be perfection. XO, Mona

Julie said...

curiouser and curiouser...! excited to be anticipating what you are doing....wow....you go girl...can't wait to see. AND you are partnering with your mama...How Wonderfully delightful !!! yay...hoping for beautiful moments and exciting challenges and happy dances for the two of you. xoxoxox :-) {{{hug}}}

June said...

I should send a picture of me after this holiday season and then one when I finally take this extra pound-age off :) that would certainly get me going on the right track again.
Good for you and your mom on opening an on-line shop. I will be here cheering you two on Suzanne!!!
hugs from here...

June said...

I should send a picture of me after this holiday season and then one when I finally take this extra pound-age off :) that would certainly get me going on the right track again.
Good for you and your mom on opening an on-line shop. I will be here cheering you two on Suzanne!!!
hugs from here...

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Good luck with your new venture! I look forward to learning more about it. I'm joining in too and feeling very productive as a result. I am back to work Monday after a long Christmas break, but I feel like I have a very good start on my basement guest bedroom makeover that I shared.

My Beautiful World said...

So nice to meet you just found your beautiful blog and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and I'm now following you, wonderful to meet new friends. Hope you find a spare minute to visit and follow me sometime if you like. Sending you special wishes for a wonderful New Year I’m looking forward to keeping in touch in 2012.
Always Wendy

Sell WoW Account said...

can't wait for the before and after posts

Alina said...

Genius idea !
Wishing You all the best and lots of success !
XOXO Alina

Linda @ It All Started with Paint said...

Suzanne,

I see you've hooked up with that genius "Before & After" link party (wish I had thought of that!) ... but I think your project would also be perfect for our "Imagine the Impossibilities" challenge this month too! Here's a link with more about the challenge ...

http://itallstartedwithpaint.blogspot.com/2012/01/mission-impossibilities.html

... and it all culminates at a Jan. 31 multi-blog link party!

Hope you can join us!

Linda

Linda @ It All Started with Paint said...

Suzanne,
Hoping you can link up this project with our "Imagine the Impossibilities" challenge. You can find out more here ..
http://itallstartedwithpaint.blogspot.com/2012/01/mission-impossibilities.html

It all culminates with a Jan 31 multi-blog link party!

Linda

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I am so curious.

Fondly,
Glenda

Lili said...

Your new venture sounds intriguing and exciting! Can't wait to learn more about it. xoxo ~Lili