Regarding the SVG design launch today.

The launch of the SVG designs is going to be delayed a few days. It will launch by the end of the month, but it will not be today.  Reasoning below

I tend to be a pretty private person – when it comes to the real stuff. I tend to put on a face, show that I have it together. Man I can put together a good highlight reel. Keep it together, be positive, have faith. I mean it is the second word of what this business really stands for. However, there is one before that – Family.

That word, is the reason I am pressing pause on this launch. 

1. You, as my customer family, deserve my best. I can’t give that to you with this launch. I can in a few weeks, but I can’t scramble to do it today.

2. I need to respect that even I have my limits. My family deserves that I to recognize when I am hitting that limit. 

I have hit that limit. 

I am not stepping away, taking a hiatus or anything like that. I am pressing pause of this release, today. 

Without going into tons of details, but still being authentic – I will try to fill you in.

1. Parenting is hard. Parenting through a pandemic, even harder. 

2. Being an adult is hard. Being an adult during voting year, even harder.

3. Being a white, slightly conservative, slightly traditional, Christian woman used to be easy. It’s not easy in a world of civil unrest. 

4. Being a daughter used to be SUPER easy. Being a daughter to aging parents is hard. Being a daughter of aging parents living 400 miles away, is harder. Being a daughter to aging parents during a pandemic is excruciating. 

It’s this last one that has pushed me to my limit today. This last one has made me hit my knees more than anything else over the last 6 weeks. This last one is making my knees bruised. This last one is making tear stains on my glasses. This one caused me to pull in my prayer warriors. If you don’t have prayer warriors – get prayer warriors. We cannot do this alone. This last one has me crying out for help that only God can provide. 

So today, I hit pause. 

Pause the launch because if I am going to say this business is Family – Faith – Flamingos (and it is) I need to recognize when I need to hit pause and focus on one of those aspects. 

Thank you for understanding.

Announcement: SVG/Cut Files

If you opened the newsletter this week you know that today is announcement day. Well here it is.

While I am super stoked about the Pantone colors this year – that’s not it.

Here it is!

Starting next Friday (1/15/21) you will be able to purchase SVG cut files.

  • Direct Download – so no wait time!
  • Personal and Limited Commercial Use – you will be able to sell things you make with the designs
  • You will get SVG, ESP, PNG and PDF to eliminate any compatibility issues. ** Bonus you can use the PDF as a coloring page if the design works for it.
  • A new theme is going to be release every 2nd Friday of the month. — This month is the Boss Diva Designs!

Why should you be part of a mailing list?

It should be no surprise to anyone that businesses want an easy way to reach their customers. If 2020 taught us anything it is that our businesses need to be nimble and ready to change on a dime.

A typically cost effective way to do this is to have a mailing list.

Yes, we want you following our social media accounts. We want you liking our images on Instagram. We want you sharing our deals on Facebook. We want you mentioning us in your Tik Toks when you are using our product. We would even love it if your LinkedIn posts were shared. HOWEVER, when we are posting to these platforms – we have little control over who actually sees the posts and when. We have more control when it comes to those newsletters.

If we are careful to not use Google spam triggers, more than likely our emails are going to end up in your inbox. With analytics we can see who opened them and who didn’t. If we really want to invest in those relationships we can take that information and use it to develop relationships with our active fans.

Okay Sara, this is all fine and good, but what is in it for me? Why should I even care?

  1. Let’s face it. Companies will give you something (typically) when you join their list. It could be a discount on a purchase, a free coloring page, free clipart, a free course an e-book and other great stuff.
  2. You typically get to learn about announcements and new products first. For example in today’s newsletter there are two announcements! (Want to know what they are? Well join us here.)
  3. You can always unsubscribe whenever you want.

Here are Sara Hickman designs, we try to be respectful of your inbox. We try very hard to not send more than 1 email a week. If I am honest, there will be weeks that we won’t send an email at all. Things get busy – what can I say. 🙂

If you choose to join the mailing list we love you and are happy to have you. If you leave the mailing list, we are sad to see you go and we still love you.

Resolutions or No Resolutions? That is the question.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

I am kind of hit and miss with them.

This year I am doing it all!

  • I have a word of the year
  • Family, Faith and Flamingo goals
  • while I didn’t do a Life 10 for my life I did do a Life 10 for the business.

You can’t transform anything if you don’t know where you want to go.

Here are the Faith resolutions this year:

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  • to grow in my faith. Not the best goal because how is that going to be measured?
    • Read and Finish 12 Joyce Meyer books.
    • Find a Church home.
  • be intentional in my prayer life. That one is a little better. I can keep track of who and what I am praying for.
  • honor God in all I do. Well, I really try to live my life this way always, so that one is a freebie because you can’t have a list with just 2 things!

Time for the shameless plug! hahaha – no really.

If you are looking for a new planner that is going to help you smash your goals and honor God, and be more intentional – I have just the thing for you!

Check out the freebie I posted recently. (https://payhip.com/b/qWwi)

This is a free month of the quotes, scripture and coloring planner. This planner is not even available to purchase yet, so this is truly a try it before you buy it!

What resolutions have you set for yourself this year?

Last Holiday Horrah!

We took the weekend for the last of our “Holiday Horrah!”

That included shopping, assembly of purchased items, hanging of some of those purchased items, being lazy, binging season 3 of Cobra Kai and 2 of the Karate Kid movies, board games, football and to finish it off – New York Style Cheesecake. I will be honest, I am actually feeling refreshed from taking a weekend completely off, I don’t do that often.

Now, it is the first Monday of the year and it is time to kick this back into high gear.

Have you set those goals for the year? What about those … resolutions? Is this the year that you finally keep them? Do you do the whole word of the year thing?

I have taken the last 3 weeks (I bullet journal – so I had to set up my new journal and that takes some time) or so and really thought about those things. I am ready to take 2021 and make the most out of it.

I am going to start strong and stay strong … just like my coffee!

So on this marvelous Monday – where the kids are remote learning and we are still in the midst of a global pandemic and the political unrest of our country remember – God is stronger than all of this.

Over on my Facebook page you can show me your coffee (or beverage of choice while you are reading this) and if you are still wanting some goal tracking/smashing encouragement try out a free month of my “Gal Pal Boss Lady” planner.

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