Learning As I Go | Part Four

Thanks for the photo, Brandon!
This is a feature of Always Rooney to highlight the good and the bad of "learning as I go" as I document and share about my journey of working for myself, doing what I love & taking time off from school. I want to remember these moments, and maybe...just maybe..other people will be able to relate along the way. I'd love to hear your thoughts and your own journeys (even if they look different) as well please feel free to share.

December has been crazy! Honestly, I had no clue it would be like this. I have always read about businesses and etsy shops gearing up for the holidays around October but now I know why. I know I should have prepared myself well in advanced, but honestly I didn't think it would be this crazy so I didn't prepare in advance (I'm smacking my head right about now). This isn't to say I'm behind on orders, but I know if I would have prepared in advanced I would have time to knit my friends and family gifts like I was hoping as well as blog the things I want to blog and even widen my range to sell more. This month has been one of the most growing times of 2013 and has really been a great way to wrap up the year. This month has been filled with "learning as I go" moments. 

This month I've learned that you have to (HAVE TO) say no to some opportunities, but this will open up room for you to say yes to other things as well as keep you from getting overloaded. This is something I've always been told but I've definitely practiced it more these past few weeks. For example, this month I have had to focus only on a few items in my shop that sell more than other items. It has been hard to say no to some orders, but I knew that making that hard decision would give me more proximity to grow and spend more time focusing on the best-selling items. With the new year, I will be making a lot of new changes to my shop and I couldn't be more excited to work on those things. While I have been working, I have been dreaming up new ideas for my Etsy shop..there are good things coming!

I have constantly been reminded this month on how blessed I am. I think every day this week I have wanted to run up and down my street and scream "GOD IS SO GOOD!" (but it's cold outside, so I'll just write about it). I'm extremely thankful for this season of my life and for everyone that has supported me along the way.

I can't say it enough: thank you. Thank you for every single order, every word of encouragement, every time you have checked up on my shop or blog..it all means the world to me to have so much support. Also, I'd love to know about you, so please drop by and send me a link to check out your work/blog/shop/instagram.

Other Learning As I Go Posts: 1//2//3


  1. Your outlook is inspiring! You are doing wonderful things!

    xo, Juliette Laura

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  3. Isn't it funny how, when we least expect it, but most hope for it, that we get those blessings and suddenly, it's more than possibly expected?! So happy for you and your good measure. Happiest of holidays to you!


  4. This post is very inspiring! I actually have an etsy shop. I've had it for a couple years, but nothing ever sold. But this year I changed it up and just recently started selling handmade knit coffee cup cozies. And surprisingly they are selling like hot cakes, lol. I actually did prepare myself and made what I thought would be enough. But, all of them have sold. Yippee. But now I'm overwhelmed with making them to order. But, like you I keep reminding myself that I am truly blessed to and so happy that people I don't know want to buy my handmade goodies. Here is a link to my shop if you'd like to check it out. :) https://www.etsy.com/shop/Pinkblueberrie

    1. I am so glad you decided to start selling on your shop again this year. I can definitely see why they have been selling like hot cakes..there is so much detail in your coffee cup cozies! They are awesome!

  5. i swear everything you touch turns to gold courtney! you're incredibly inspiring :) i hope you have a wonderful, slightly slower christmas x


  6. Im feeling so inspired by these posts Courtney! I love reading your perspective as you grow your business, its inspiring me to keep working on my own etsy plans! Keep up the hard work, I can't wait to see where it takes you! xo


  7. My offer of free help is still standing if you need it :)

  8. i am with ya. also new to this crafting biz. i was slammed at thanksgiving time to get orders to shops. 2 weeks straight of dyeing, painting, and sewing. plus work. it was great. really i loved it. i was like yeah! people like my stuff. then ... i was done. then it was .... what do i do with my time?? make more ahead? ok. then mom wanted her sewing machine back for christmas. Hah! yeah. i borrow the machine. can't afford my own yet. one day....

  9. One thing out you is that you are so inspiring and reading your journey has inspired and encouraged me. Im with you all the way!

  10. Hey, I just want to say, even though you posted this two years ago it resonates with me, I am reading through your entire "learning as i go" series right now! You have been an inspiration to me, and I have opened an Etsy Shop called Boxe of Lemons where I'm selling knits. Right now, it is very small. I have already received a couple of orders and am excited to see where it goes. I've been working as an independent contractor for a real estate company (fancy way of saying "i clean condos"), and working here and there for my Grandmother who is the Principal of a small Christian school where we basically grew up. She is recently widowed and the supporting church is left wihtout a Pastor (who was my Grandpa) at the moment. I guess after all our family has been through (there are many other things) I decided that life is too short to do anything other than what I really love doing. So I have stayed out of the same things I used to do mostly (like working at the mall, which is great but not for me). But your healthy views on learning and creativity are so helpful, and I just wanted to thank you. If you can, please check out my shop and tell me what you think. I could use some constructive critique!