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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
I am a single mother of an adult son and a teenage daughter who are my world! I love life and try to make ech day better than the one before. I love to create beautiful things and spend time with my loved ones! I am "designing to make life beautiful"!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Holiday Boot Camp

I took a big step today as a relatively new artisan, and pledged to participate in the Etsy Holiday Boot Camp! It is a boot camp designed to help etsy seller get geared up, excited and ready for the holiday selling season.  It's purpose is to give sellers assignments and tips to help us...but even more importantly, to have a support group where we can help and encourage one another.  I know it will stretch me and bring me out of my comfort zone...and I need that!  I'm excited to be a part of this boot camp.  If you are participating in this program, I would love to have you follow my blog (and I will follow yours) so that we can motivate and encourage one another! 

My first assignment is to post my pledge for myself and others to see.  I have taped it to my desk where I read it every morning.  Here is my pledge:

I, Melissa Hurlburt, pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities.  I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers.  I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot.  I promise to share what I've learned with those who need it, support my fellow Etsy indiepreneurs and, most of all, have a positive and persistent attitude.  I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to gift givers and give-ees everywhere!

I am enjoying working on my first week's assignments and am indeed feeling very motivated!  If you are a boot camper or would like to know more, leave me a comment, and I will be glad to share more!  I hope you all have a very happy Wednesday!



  1. This is great Melissa! I also decided to do the Boot Camp and hopefully I will accomplish all the tasks. It's my first holiday with my shop, so I don't know what to expect. Good luck to you and keep us posted!

  2. Thanks, Sandra! And congrats on committing to Boot Camp. It's going to be a great holiday season on etsy! Good luck!