Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 and change

2017 was a brutal year as we continued to grieve the loss of my mom.

Despite the pain, I had some amazing experiences at the 2017 HSCG conference as a presenter and as an instructor at Voyageur Soap & Candle and Windy Point Soap, meeting so many awesome people, and spending time with women I consider my business mentors and friends, like Michele from Windy Point, Tammy from Voyageur, and Jen from Lotioncrafter.

Our world and our lives are so different than they were 18 months ago,  In the midst of all this chaos, I started asking myself some really hard questions: Who am I? What do I stand for? Why am I blogging, writing, teaching, offering youth programs? Could I be doing it differently?

Here's what I'm about: My goal is to provide evidence based, scientifically accurate information on ingredients, and to create lovely, safe, and stable formulas, which I share in a number of places, including this blog. I'm overjoyed at the idea of someone making something they absolutely love after reading something I've written. I'm not about making Pinterest ready products or taking pretty pictures of things on a marble surface with lavender buds strewn here and there. I've made very few video tutorials because writing, researching, and formulating takes up the bulk of my time. What I do is write.

During all of this soul searching and mission statement creating, I realized something else: I deserve to be paid for my work. 

As you may or may not know, I quit my job as a family counsellor in November - for so many reasons, not to do this full time, although that's kinda been the outcome - and I need to support my family. Rather than taking money for ads, pop-ups, sponsored posts, and affliliate links, I started a Patreon feed.

What does that mean for this blog? I'm still writing the blog, but most of my time has to be devoted to paid projects. (This has been happening for quite some time - for example, I wrote 41 posts in November and more than 38 in December for Patreon subscribers.) With Jane Barber of Making Skincare's incredible help, Raymond and I have started a new site for the blog - you can find the website here, which includes a new blog mostly for Patreons only at the moment, an unpopulated resources section, and a place to buy e-books and future courses. (It's definitely a work in progress.)

Everything I write from now on will end up on the new blog to make it easier to find and search. Most of the posts will require a minimum subscription to Patreon for $1.00, but there will continue to be free posts as there have been since I started Patreon in July 2016. I'll post links here for those of you who get notifications by email.

Don't worry, all the proceeds from the five e-books I'm offering at the moment will continue to fund our youth programs.

Thank you all so much for all your support over the years. I love this amazing craft so much, and I'm so happy I get to share it with you! Happy New Year! 


Pretty Hands On said...

Hello Susan! I want to apologize for not posting on here as much lately. I really dropped the ball on that. I was having so much fun posting on the PATREON account. (Trying to promote to others here to support you and how much I love it- and ALL YOU DO!)

So here is the thing, I loooove everything Susan does and am incredibly thankful for her dedication, kindness, support, and just everything! She deserves so much more. She holds so much experience and knowledge that few people have and few people would give any of us the time of day to talk to let alone let us have any opportunity to really learn from them.

This Christmas I gave myself the gift of getting Susan's highest level of Patreon Account. Its not only a gift to me but its a gift of support to someone that is a leader in our community that NEEDS OUR HELP. I'm disabled and until a month ago had absolutely no income what so ever. Now I only have 1,000 a month for x number of years from the passing of my parents. I have high medical bills etc but I still wanted and decided to support Susan for her incredible cosmetic knowledge bank.

I WAS and AM BLOWN AWAY by all the things on the Patreon feed. Plus the E-zine OMGosh!!!! the one this month was about 60 pages. Thats book length. She puts in so much work into everything she does we really need to do what we can to support her and her family.

The duplications are awesome and think about all the cool things you can make for your friends!

You can even get discounts at times from suppliers too. December was a huge one from Lotioncrafter at 12% off! talk about a holiday present.

We got well over $10 worth and I look forward to seeing the things we can buy in the future. I myself have purchased 4 of her books already.

Please know I don't get anything for saying this and I wasn't asked to do this.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Pretty Hands On! Thank you so much for your very kind words and support. I'm blushing! :-)