haldecraft — Monday Musings

Lessons learned

Posted by A. Lorena Haldeman on

I've had a lot of time to think in the ten days or so, while laid up (well, when I wasn't napping, which I swear I did for about 20 hours a day). One thing that was on my mind - that was on my mind before I had so much extra sitting-around time - was lessons learned from changing the way I do things and making an entire line at once as opposed to making a line a piece at a time over a few years. Pros of doing it this way include being able to take stunning photos...

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I'd bet my right kidney on tha---- oh, wait. :: awkward silence ::

Posted by A. Lorena Haldeman on

Oh. Mah. Garsh, y’all. THIS STORY. I debated posting this here, because while I don't want o get into the realm of boring/TMI, as a solo show I also like to let y'all know things that go on in my life. So. Remember how I mentioned about eight million doctors appointments in February, March, and April? This is what all that was about. This is going to be a long post, because if I broke it up – even into two posts that posted an hour or so apart, all y’all would be at my house with torches and pitchforks....

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I can't get any work done for all this thinking!

Posted by A. Lorena Haldeman on

I believe I've mentioned that I took a lecture series earlier this year, essentially a class on marketing and another on branding, directly geared towards pottery people. While some of the lectures didn't do much for me as far as giving me information or thoughts I didn't already have (as a daughter and niece of writers, who grew up around authors, editors, and agents, I'm probably the last person who needs a class on how to sell a book!)... some of the lectures and talking to some of the other students definitely got my gears turning. One thing I've been...

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What do you do when you feel like you can't catch up?

Posted by A. Lorena Haldeman on

What do you do when you feel like you can't catch up, can't catch a break, can't stay ahead? When you feel like no matter how fast you swim or run, the finish line keeps getting farther and farther ahead? Business articles are constantly showing up in my feed reader (feedly, ftw!), being linked to in the business group I'm a part of, being talked about amongst my other business-running friends, and one theme almost all of these articles have in common is that they're all giving us advice on how to do more, push ourselves, how this app will...

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True North

Posted by A. Lorena Haldeman on

I don't remember if I mentioned it over here (I know I did on my personal blog, and on my personal Facebook page), but I'm taking two classes right now. Think Big, and Think Big 2 (you don't have to have already taken #1 to take #2, they're not those kinds of classes). I've dipped my toes into mastermind groups and business groups before, but this is different - these are geared towards ceramics and potters, not just generalized "here's how to use Instagram and Snapchat" kinds of lessons. Each class has a series of six lectures; one track focuses...

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