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Doing your own business is exciting and many times challenging. Sure, I run just a tiny little online store that last month, in profits, made uhm…less than the price of a dress, but somehow still keeps me pretty busy all day! I just read through one of my posts from last month, that I set a sales goal of 40. I’m pleased to report that I *nearly* hit that target! I got 35 new sales! YAY!

This month, I’m gonna set it a little more realistically. Amidst all the doom and gloom of the financial situation in the real world and also the fact that there are so many more people setting shop on Etsy PLUS the fact that I’m probably gonna start my SLP work soon *fingers crossed*, I’m gonna set a sales goal of 20. Sales for this past week has been really S L O W. I have ordered a bunch of new supplies and when they arrive, am gonna have ooh! so many new items to add. I’m excited. In the meantime, I do hope you continue supporting my store and coming in to browse my current collection!

I have also been seriously thinking and praying about making some contributions from my sales, to missions and/or to a charity organization. I’ve been really touched by charity organizations and by stories of people who dedicate their lives to better that of other people. I’ve supported or am supporting, specifically, Sally Kurian, a friend of mine who is a missionary to Thailand, OxFam, an organization that tries to better the working conditions of labor in third world countries (and more), Love Without Boundaries, an organization based in China that runs orphanages as well as Cleft lip and palate homes for babies (and more). Now, I’m in the midst of reading “There is no me without you,” a book about the AIDS epidemic in Ethiopia and am so touched by efforts by the people who are working with these children with AIDS or orphans whose parents died of AIDS.

There are so many, so many people born in less fortunate environments than us who, when they’re born, already think they have no hope in this world. Sometimes, I read about how some pet owners indulge in their pets – carry them around in LV bags, buy them expensive leashes – and feel rather sad when I think about how some children in other countries run around with no shoes or no money to get medical treatment. While I try not to judge – you are free to spend YOUR money however you please and to some people, pets are just as important as the human race, I still feel a tinge of sadness that more is not done for the human race. I used to feel sympathetic and think “these poor children!” but now, I realize that these people do not need our sympathies. Instead, they need our respect to treat them as humans who deserve the same things we’ve been getting: the clothes, the shoes, the food, the education, the love…and seeing these situations through this new lens has made me more committed to GIVING.

I realize I cannot save the world (only God can), and that poverty, sadness, will always abound until the Lord comes. But I also realize that every little bit of help is better than nothing. Giving even one person the hope in an eternal God, the hope of surviving birth defect or illness, the hope that they, too, deserve to have loving parents, is better than giving no hope to anybody.

So while I set my sales target for Etsy at 20 this month, I am also setting a new resolution for my store: to dedicate 10% of my profit from every sale to a charity or missions organization and stick with it for the next year. I’ll update y’all when I’ve made a decision!! 🙂

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NEW! Li’l resting tweets USD15 @ http://cherbie.etsy.com

***ALSO this weekend I’m having a SPECIAL! Free pair of earrings with ANY necklace purchase!!!*** Remember to drop by. 🙂

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Happy February! I can’t believe it’s already the second month of the new year. We spent most of the weekend watching the Australian Open semi-finals and finals, and half the day today watching the Superbowl. A couple of sports junkies, we are!

January was a rather good month for my Etsy store; I got about 40 sales. I’m not making any money yet but that’s okay, for now. I’m still offering a 10% off on all my items in the SALE section, so please come on in to take a look!

My Etsy goals for Feb 2009:

  • 40 sales
  • introduce more product varieties (include rings and possibly brooches)
  • spend LESS time lurking around and posting on Etsy forums
  • 50 hearts

Sounds reasonable, eh? We shall see!

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The singing bird necklace USD20. Product description on http://cherbie.etsy.com.

****UPDATE*** This item sold within hours! If you like this and want to purchase it, I can make another for you! Just let me know. Comment here or email me cherylyap81 [!at] hotmail.com .

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Chant d’oisseau. USD18. Available on http://cherbie.etsy.com.

This is my latest. Featuring a customized vintage style pendant with metal finding bird and rose swarovski crystals. What a beautiful combination.

So it’s supposedly gonna hit 37deg celsius (99F) today. WTH. It’s only 31C (88F) right now n already my apartment feels like an oven. Whew. Maybe this heat will motivate me to work harder…

Even though I didn’t quite like this latest painting, I thought I’d still show it to complete the set. It’s a peacock that kinda looks like a hindu elephant or a hindu god. Maybe it’s the blue. Boo.

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