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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

{business toolkit} thoughts on goal setting

by Tanya Collier

Each year I sit down and set goals for myself and for tickle. For some reason this year it felt 'clearer'. I guess a few weeks off over Christmas gave me a chance to reflect on what has been and what it is I truly want for tickle moving forward. The first few days back to work were spent putting all this thinking onto paper - and now I have three very succinct and realistic goals, along with five pages documenting how I plan to make each of these goals happen. Wish me luck!

We are now nearing the end of January, but that doesn't mean it's too late to start planning your best year yet!

Simply writing your goals down, or saying them out loud makes them feel possible. Mapping out a plan of action makes them absolutely achievable!

Here's a cute little worksheet to help you get started...and here's how I go about setting goals...

what? - this is the easy bit! Put into words what it is you would like to achieve - the more specific you can make it the better. For example - instead of 'I would like to leave my job' you want it to be more like 'I want to leave my job and work full time on my hobby business. I will need $xx per week income for this to happen'

why? what does this goal mean to you? why do you want to achieve it? Maybe it is 'to share my love of Australian handmade', or 'to be independent and work for myself', or 'to save a little extra money so we can go on holiday this year', or 'so that I can work flexible hours around my children'. Your why is really important - there will be days you ask yourself 'what on earth was I thinking?'...and on those days your 'why' will give you your answer.

when? - set a date! when do you hope to achieve this by? is this achievable? Setting a date gives you a deadline - without a deadline it is very easy to procrastinate and postpone your dream. Most creatives I know (me included!) leave everything until the very last minute. And there's nothing wrong with that, so long as you do get things done! So, set a deadline, it will make all the difference I promise x

how? - what are the steps or milestones that need to happen for this to become reality? Breaking your goal down into smaller actionable steps makes it so much more achievable.

who? - who are the key people or businesses that you feel will help you realise your dream? These could be a mentor, your business coach, a good friend to keep you on track, an employee to carry out some of the tasks, the stockist who will increase your sales... anyone who can help you carry out those steps and help you achieve your goal.

click to download your goal setting worksheet

Good luck gorgeous people!! I hope 2015 brings you everything you dream for x

feeling brave? share your worksheet below and we can all work together to keep each other accountable throughout the year x 

Monday, January 26, 2015

we love australia

compiled by Kate Waters from Handmade Cooperative

Australia Day has to be the best day of the year. Nothing beats being given a day off specifically to go to the beach with my surfboard, and perhaps a kangaroo or two wandering by. This selection Australian handmade gifts have put me in the spirit to celebrate all that is Aussie. Now, where did I put my thongs?

1. surfboards and sand tshirt by SunHaze
2. green and gold thongs handmade card by Mum & Me Handmade Designs
3. felt fairy bread by Mel's Creative Wishes
4. kangaroo mask by Schooza
5. koala handprinted soft toy by Babee & Me
6. girls ruffle swimmers by SunHaze
7. navy chevron boys shorts by ted and toot
8. Australian bird badges by Badge Bliss
9. personalised map love card by the little card boutique

compiled by Kate Waters, tickle ambassador and editor of Handmade Cooperative

Made by hand. Made with love. Made in Australia.
At Handmade Cooperative, we celebrate and promote the best in Australian handmade kids clothes and gifts. For those sourcing for a central theme or collating a look for a child, we hunt out the most gorgeous and unique children's clothes, toys and accessories. Choosing handmade gifts for kids just got a whole lot easier.

Handmade Cooperative - Bringing you the best in Australian handmade kids clothes and gifts. www.handmadecooperative.com.au

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

{behind the scenes} a week of celebrations


Happy Wednesday!!

The week since Christmas holidays has been a busy one - a flurry of emails, goal setting, action planning and getting stuck in to issue 19!

Entitled 'inkling', issue 19 is all about celebrating. There are so many things to celebrate in life, really there are - just step back for a moment and really appreciate what you have around you - fresh air, blues skies, flowers, smiles, hugs, gorgeous friends, a healthy family - these things alone call for celebration!

And then there are those special occasions that really shout for celebration - birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new arrivals, the launch of an issue...so many things! Yes, on occasion I have been accused of going over the top for birthdays. Growing up, mum made sure our birthdays were the most special days of the year - it wasn't so much about the gifts or parties - they were just magical. I try to do the same for my children and for others. I just really LOVE a good celebration, I love the planning, I love making things look pretty, I love watching people enjoy themselves and escaping from real life for just a moment.

This week is full of celebrations in my life - lots of our gorgeous friends & family are celebrating their birthdays! Sending huge birthday wishes to you all - Erin, Heidi, Andy, Aaron, Paul, Rachel and especially Jacq, who is turning a special number this year!!

We're having a dinner party this weekend to celebrate and I have a little last minute styling to organise! Dinner will be Indian (yum!) and Jacq has a wonderfully eclectic style - so I'm going for a bohemian look. First port of call - pinterest! Here's a board I'm working on for inspiration...

Wish me luck!

What are you celebrating this week?

Tanya x

Monday, January 19, 2015

mega handmade giveaway

We've teamed up with eight of our favourite Australian designers and makers to bring you this awesome package of creative goodies - valued at over $500 - and one lucky tickle reader is going to win it all!

Share a photo of the summer issue of #tickletheimagination and you could win our mega handmade giveaway package - valued at over $500!

Simply take a photo of our issue 18 cover and share it on Instagram with #tickletheimagination. The most creative snap will WIN our mega handmade giveaway package!

your prize includes:
1. Two gorgeous A4 prints of your choosing from Inaluxe. Value $90-$108. www.inaluxe.com.au
2. A 5x7 print of your choosing from milk & cookies. Value $20. www.milkandcookies.com.au
3. Quote pendant of your choosing from Starzyia. Value $20. www.starzyia.com
4. A gorgeous sewing case, filled with tools and materials, designed to inspire young sewers from Sew Sista. Value $59.95. www.sewsista.com.au   
5. Set of books ‘Collective Nouns’ - book 1 and 2, from Red Parka. Value $59.90. www.redparka.com.au
6. 4 sets of ‘blossom & cat’ earrings. Three hand painted earrings: I heart you, water melon, daisy and glitter cat head. From blossom & cat Value $58. www.blossomandcat.com.au   
7. Succulent kokodema from Little Lands. Value $40. www.littlelands.com.au
8. ‘Bunny in Love’ ring from Fleur Envy. Value $220. www.fleurenvy.com

how to enter...
Upload your photo with #tickletheimagination and be sure to follow and tag @tickletheimagination.

Entries will be judged by editor, Tanya, and the tickle team, and the image we determine as the most creative will win the prize!

Entries close 28th February 2015.

terms and conditions:
1. Entry is open to Australian and New Zealand residents, aged 18 years and over.
2. You may enter as many times as you like, maximum one entry per day.
3. Prize include regular postage within Australia or New Zealand.
4. Prize may not be exchanged for cash.
5. Entries will be judged by editor, Tanya, and the tickle team and the photograph determined the most creative will will the prize. The judges decision will be final.
6. The winner will be contacted via their instagram page and will be announced via the tickle the imagination blog and social media networks.
7. The winner will be required to supply their postal address for delivery of prize.




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