Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Sweet Life: January 2015

How did 2015 start out for you? Are you on your way to accomplishing the goals you set for yourself? How about your family? Are they on board? Around here, we are hyper-focused on achieving more in 2015 than we ever have before!! Sometimes, though, I get too caught up in the planning aspects of things instead of actually doing what it takes to get things done. (Please tell me I'm not the only one!) There were a few things I had to do in order to take Sweet Olivia to the next level.

New business cards-Check!
Brand new product brochure-Check!

In fact, the tracking number says these items are scheduled for deliver today. Hooray!! I absolutely cannot wait to see them....and then give them away!! I am going to use these items, in conjunction with sample boxes, to pitch to some local boutiques and shops. I am super excited (and a tad nervous) about the possibility of my products being sold in an actual brick and mortar store.

I am using my new Day Designer by Whitney English to track my goals. I am going to use it a bit longer before sharing my thoughts, but will definitely do an updated "How I use my planner" video. (See last year's video!)

Day Designer by Whitney English


We have been trying to spend more quality time as a family, in addition to our business aspirations! One great way to spend time together, is in the kitchen and at the dinner table. We rang in the new year with our favorite roast recipe! It is very simple to make, too. The crock pot does all the work!

Quick Crock Pot Roast

It was very warm here in Georgia for about a week this month. We took advantage and got outside for some yard work and play time!

Lovely Georgia January
Well, it's cold outside again, but spring is right around the corner! I absolutely cannot wait for warmer temps and longer, sunnier days. Do you like the cold? Or are you ready for spring already?

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

1. If I could, I would travel constantly. No need for a home base, even. Just a different city every couple of weeks! (Okay, maybe an awesome beach house or two!)

2. The older I get, the bigger my sweet tooth is! Why can't cake be calorie free?!

3. I have only been out of the country once, on a cruise to the Bahamas in college. If I could go anywhere out of the country right now, I'd choose Paris.

4. I attended the Junior Statesman program at Yale University when I was 15 years old. I took classes on law and debate. This is when I decided I did NOT want to be a lawyer!

5. I changed my college major from English to Psychology when an English Lit class almost bored me to tears!

6. I should have been an elementary school teacher.

7. I have been trying to get back to Disney World since my first trip in 2012. It really is The Happiest Place on Earth! Meeting Rapunzel...and, of course, Elsa and Anna, are top priority for our next trip!

8. I enjoy continual learning. Currently, I am listening to business and entrepreneur podcasts daily to gain knowledge and inspiration.

9. I am completely nervous and unsure about a lot of things. But, I do them anyway! The regret I would feel about not taking chances overshadows the fear of being rejected.

10. I am working on an eBook this year! I don't know exactly what direction it will take, but I have lots of ideas! If you have any ideas on the shape it should take, I would love to hear it!

I would love to get to know my readers better! Comment below or send me an email (clynngraham@gmail.com). Let me know something random about you!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Looking Back and Looking Ahead


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As I sit here watching Ohio State football on TV, I can't help but feel nostalgic for my years there!(Go Bucks!) January 1st is a great day to reflect and ruminate. 2014 felt like a transitional year for me and my family. We made some big decisions. Although hard, they positioned our family for bigger and better things! Lately, I've felt like we were "just making it," but 2015 is the year for growth and prosperity!!



In addition to goal setting, I think it's important to take stock of my strengths and weaknesses. One of my personal flaws is to want to be in control of everything. It is hard for me to accept help, especially when it comes to my own business. Sweet Olivia is 100% my brainchild... and I sort of like it that way! I feel great about my successes and there is nobody else to blame for my failures! lol I do recognize the power of partnership, though, so for 2015, I hope to network more and make some new connections!

Planning and organization has always been a strength of mine. I am going to share my methods, like I did last year. I am using a new planner for 2015: Whitney English's Day Designer. I think I'm really going to thrive with this planner, along with it's awesome community! I want to use it for a bit, first, before I give my review!

I am also planning on continuing my Graham family monthly reviews this year. I fell off posting these due to our big move and taking some time to settle into our new routines. It like sharing these types of posts because it gives me a chance to reflect on our month and all that we have done! Since moving to Georgia, we have had so much more family time!!! Some times, the best times are like today, where we just chill at home together. I foresee lots of puzzles and game nights in our future. :)


What are your goals for 2015? Comment below or let me know on the Sweet Olivia Facebook Page! Here is a summary of my 2015 goals in all areas of my life. I would be happy to do a more in depth post on these, if you are interested!

Family Goals
*Spend more time together as a family. 
*Have monthly dates with my hubby.
*Spend more time one-on-one with my kids.
*Be more financially responsible. Save. Figure a way to get ahead of the game.
*Be consistent with workouts and continue getting in shape.

Personal Goals
*Leave people feeling better about themselves.
*Take more time for reflection.
*Always strive to be a better wife and mother.
*Take time out to pamper myself.

Sweet Olivia Goals
*Grow my custom work to one client per week.
*Gain wholesale accounts.
*Continue with my sample box program seasonally.
*Create a product catalog.
*Update business cards to facilitate networking and finding new clients.
*Help others in their own business endeavors.
*Write and publish my first e-book.
*Create a "Girls Night In" type event.
*Do something every day to further the success of my business.

I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you this year!! Please think of me if you need party favors or the perfect gift for someone! As always, you can click the 'Shop' tab above to see what products I currently have to offer! :) Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways-Day 12...FINAL DAY!

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Merry Christmas, y'all!!!



Today's Giveaway Item: One Sweet Olivia Handmade Hand and Body Scrub in the Raspberry Vanilla scent!

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Today's Discount: Free soap with purchase of a body scrub! (No coupon code needed. Your free item will be included with your order.)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways-Day 11

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Today's Giveaway Item: One Sweet Olivia Handmade Lip Scrub in the Buttercream flavor!

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Today's Discount: Free lip scrub with purchase of a body scrub! (No coupon needed. Your free item will be included in your order.)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways-Day 10

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Today's Giveaway Item: One Sweet Olivia Handmade Hand and Body Scrub in the Lemonade scent!

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Today's Discount Code: SCRUB20 (20% off body scrubs in my Etsy Shop!)

Monday, December 22, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways-Day 9

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Today's Giveaway Item: One Sweet Olivia Handmade Hand and Body Scrub in the Pumpkin Ale scent!

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Today's Discount Code: BOGO50 (Buy One Body Scrub, Get One 50% Off in my Etsy Shop!)