November and December 2017 Brags

In October I mentioned I wanted to re-start my monthly brag posts, where I’d post about my wins from the previous month.

I love having these to look through at the end of the year and it’s a nice way to stop and smell the roses.

Although my intention was to post a new one every month, my warehouse got very busy in December. I didn’t have time to eat or sleep, much less blog.

I’m going to combine November and December in this post so that the momentum keeps rolling.

Here are all the big wins I can remember:

1. Although not perfect, Christmas at the warehouse this year was WAY better than last year. We learned a lot from the year prior and orders were a bit more seamless. We still had some issues, but 98%-99% of orders went out on time.

2. My warehouse printed, made, and shipped out well over 150,000 unique items in just under a 6 week period.

3. For our first Christmas in December 2015, we went from 0 to 10 employees. In December 2016, we went from 7 to 22 employees. This year we went from 15 employees to 70+ at one point. Pretty cool.

4. I went on Santa’s Little Helpers on Reddit and helped out a few families with getting gifts for their children.

People would post their children’s Amazon wishlists and I went and cleared a few out. It was a ton of fun and based on the responses, helped a bit.

By the way, if you ever feel like randomly helping, these are my favorite spots on Reddit.

5. Before living at the warehouse for the Christmas rush, I got to spend tons of time with my nephew.

The picture to the left is a picture of him putting a toy in the donation box a Toys ‘R’ Us. I love showing him that it’s important to give back to others.

6. We spent Thanksgiving with my family and went to Wichita for Christmas. That was really fun. I love Don’s friends and family.

Here’s a picture from Thanksgiving with my mom, nephew, and I:

7. I purchased a second investment home in December. My first one has proven to be a great investment, so I thought I’d try another.

I’ve actually never been to either of my investment homes. I have a realtor I trust to vet the houses, a property manager, and a great contractor. It’s all pretty hands-off.

I was so busy with the warehouse that I didn’t even make the closing on the second house. I gave my sister power of attorney to purchase on my behalf. Ha.

8. A pure-content webinar I ran as a bonus for Low Hanging System made it to the top 100 GoToWebinar webinars in 2017.

A Low Hanging System webinar hit the top 100 before that.

9. Tons of results rolled in for LHS students during the Christmas season.

We had everything from “my first 5 sales!” to $59k in 30 days and a ton in between.

10. My ecom sales did pretty well this year.

There are a bunch of selling channels I use, but some of the top ones:

Amazon$516,594.21 in 2017. Of that, $205,317 was from November 1 to December 25.which was 39.74% of total sales.

Etsy store #1 – $8,677.68 for the year, $4,484.31 from November 1 to December 25.

Etsy store #2 – $8,955.20 for the year, $6635.40 from November 1 to December 25. (This store opened in May 2017.)

Etsy store #3 – $1,823.70 for the year, $1,292.70 from November 1 to December 25. (This store opened in May 2017.)

Etsy store #4 – $10,287.97 for the year, $8,558.80 from November 1 to December 25. (This store opened in May 2017.)

Etsy store #5 – $9,354.25 for the year, $7,885 from November 1 to December 25. (This store opened in May 2017.)

That’s a total of $39,098.7 for the year and $28,856.21 for November 1 to December 25.

The stats aren’t entirely scientific since many stores opened later and products were added in over time, but the pure numbers say that 73.8% of sales were from November 1 to December 25.

eBay – There are people in LHS doing far better than me on eBay, but my numbers were $6007.47 for the year (1266.48, 827.97, 632.26 3,280.75) $2915.85 was from November 1 to December 25. That’s 48.54% of sales during November 1 to December 25.

11. I still have to run the numbers for my other businesses, but it looks like all my businesses combined did between $5m-$6m this year.

12. I have a couple crypto investments that I did very well on.

A few alt-coins got over a 1000% return, I invested money for my mom and got her a 465% return, and my sister has gotten a 177% return so far.

Of course crypto is very volatile and we’re in a bubble and all that, but if you pull money out responsibly and invest the rest, it’s pretty cool.

13. These are in no particular order, ha, but we also had some AWESOME results from Holiday Jumpstart.

One woman told me she was able to pay off a $6630 debt that had been causing her a bit of anxiety. Other people sold out of their FBA boxes. Others told me of all the sales they made, the majority were from the designs we made them.

That was spectacular to see.

I feel like I’m missing a couple, but I’ll update this if I think of more. For now – here’s to an awesome 2018! And please feel free to share your wins. :)

October 2017 Brags

I used to publish monthly brag posts, where I’d look through the previous month and post about all the wins that happened.

It was a fun way to savor all the great things that happened. It’s very easy to jump into the next big thing, so I liked celebrating recent achievements and then having them to refer to at the end of each year.

I stopped posting in October 2015, which was right around the time I started a new fulfillment company. Life got very very hectic around then and I wasn’t online much.

In the last 2 years there have been some pretty big wins. I purchased a school with Pencils of Promise, have been running two 7-figure companies and one high-six figure, visited Indonesia, Thailand, and I can’t remember where else…. spoke on stage to thousands of people in London, lost 20 lbs, bought an investment house…. and…. see!? I forget!

So now, 2 years later, I’m resuming these posts.

Here are the big wins I can remember from last month:

1. On a plane ride to Boston, I put together an offer for a program I called Holiday Jumpstart. It was a higher end offer than I normally make ($2k) and a little outside of my comfort zone, but I felt confident in the value. Over 100 people signed up and I feel very excited about all the people we can help with this.

2. I went to Boston for an event with my mentor, Randy. It was fantastic and I learned a lot.

One big takeaway I got was that I needed to stop wasting time day trading, lol. I’d been having fun day trading on stocks and cryptocurrencies but it ended up becoming way too emotionally exhausting. I was talking to another attendee who had “been there done that” and as he put it – when you’re winning, you’re a genius and on top of the world. When you’re losing, you’re the biggest idiot on the planet.

Before I “retired”, I helped my mom invest in some stocks and cryptocurrency. As of this moment she’s +42% on stocks and +100% on cryptocurrency. I’m a bit more cautious with hers than mine. ;)

3. Don’s birthday was on the 11th and I did a good job making sure he had a great time. He’d treated me to an incredible birthday week over my birthday on Sept 25th and I had big shoes to fill. We did all kinds of things for his birthday (great dinners, massages, presents, etc) and I canceled a trip to New Orleans to spend more time with him before his big Asia trip which he was really happy about.

4. I finished up a little freebie course that I’ll be using as a lead-gen for LHS. I’m waiting for the sales letter to come back now.

5. Speaking of lead-gen for LHS, a webinar I ran for it sometime in 2017 was a “Top 100 marketing webinar of 2017” on GoToWebinar. Pretty cool!

Go To Webinar - Top 100 For Low Hanging System

6. On the warehouse business, we’ve had some big wins.

We have a potential $2.6m deal in the works, took on a pick-and-pack fulfillment client who was so happy that he sent our team a huge gift basket, and another client we’ve been making print-on-demand coasters for who sent this testimonial in:

To whom it may concern,

In July of this year, we found ourselves in a difficult production position when our sublimation facility had mechanical issues. We reached out to Sawgrass Inks who recommended Sean Comeaux of Custom Happy with accolades.

Over the last 3 months, we’ve found Custom Happy to be a joy to work with.  Their attention to detail and commitment to quality are unmatched in the production world.  Every PO has shipped on time or early and they’ve made communication a breeze.  Not only did they help us out of a difficult situation, Sean and the team have continued to provide excellent customer service, a commitment to quality, fair pricing and quick turnaround time.  Though they are a young company, we only foresee growth in their future and consider ourselves lucky to have them as production partners now.

Warm Regards,
Erika F.

VP Purchasing & Production

7. 133 more people purchased LHS in October.

8. This is mostly all passive income that was earned via Amazon last month:

Amazon business - $20k

9.  I used to post about my social media followers on my brag posts. I am not sure if I’ll continue doing that too much as it’s not something I focus on anymore and it’s probably more of an ego metric, but I noticed that in October 2015 I had 89,000 followers across TwitterPinterestInstagramYouTube and Facebook.  I have 119,599 now.

Gabe and Rach - pumpkin patch10. This is clearly not in order of importance, because another big win is I flew back to PA and have been spending lots of time with my nephew! He’s one of my biggest sources of happiness in the world and I’ve been thrilled to spend time with him.

The picture here is from when we were on a hay ride visiting a pumpkin patch. We were going to get pumpkins to paint but he couldn’t find any small ones and definitely did NOT want a big one since that could “break the truck”. Cute boy. ;)

11. We posted a blog post on holiday trends that we’ve gotten some great feedback on.

I’ve gotten seen posts about it on Facebook, gotten text messages, and seen many emails over it.

So, that’s it for me I think – how about you? What were your October wins? :)

October 2015 Brags

Looks like it’s time for another brag post. :)

If you’re new to these, the gist is that every month I recap the last month’s previous wins. It’s a great way for me to stay in gratitude mode before jumping to the next big thing and I *love* being able to look back at the end of every year and see how the year progressed.

As always, I encourage you to post in the comments with your big wins from the last month too so we can celebrate together.

October was a funky month. As I mentioned in last month’s brag post I was bedridden from October 1st through October 15th. I didn’t do much of anything except for stay in bed and wait for the intense vertigo to pass.

That said, here are my big wins:

1. I think I did a pretty excellent job of being graceful during the 2 week process of being stuck in bed. I certainly experienced moments of frustration but I also looked for the lessons in why I would have gotten vertigo as well as what the blessings were. Most of the time I was actually grateful for what I was learning through the experience.

Some of the lessons, in case you’re curious: I had to learn how to receive help, I had lots of bonding time with my family (I stayed in the RV next to their house while this was happening), I had lots of time to do some inner work, and I got untangled from over-working.

2. Don’s birthday was October 11th and I completely surprised him by having people from all over the world send him presents and cards.

This was easier said than done because I had to wait for periods where he’d be off Facebook and secretly post, then make sure to delete all posts before he’d get back on.

I told people to send their presents to our P.O. box where I had his assistant saving everything, then she shipped it all to him on his actual birthday. He was completely shocked!

3. Don and I decided to sell our house in Vegas. As part of the move we decided to give my brother one of our cars. My brother was thrilled and my mom said she hadn’t seen him that happy in a while. It felt very, very nice to be able to do that for him.

Bedroom ledge with lots of crystals4. I moved to Pennsylvania for a while to be near family and friends.

Because I was so sick in the beginning of the month, I had my parents look at the place I live in now and told them to commit me to it if they liked it. I ended up moving in sight unseen but I love the house.

Bucks County, PA is BEAUTIFUL this time of year and it feels nice to be near so many people I love.

The picture next to this post is a picture of my bedroom ledge. It overlooks some beautiful nature and is filled with crystals (#obsessed).

5. I spent tons of time with my sweet nephew Gabriel.

6. Heather Tremko, the author of DIY Spa Retreat, sent me a copy of her first book. She referenced my “How to feel more alive” podcast episode in her book and said she wanted to thank me for what I put out in the world. It felt nice to hear that someone would reference a podcast show in their book.

7. I promoted a great product called Physical Product System along with 3 other marketers. I personally sold over 100 copies and as a team, we ended up winning #1 on the affiliate contest plus all of the smaller contests along the way. The contests are nice but it also feels really great to recommend excellent products to people and have many of those people trust me enough to pick them up.

8. I released some beta spots to a Twitter software I’ve been working on for 6+ months now, Post Dynamo. It was nice to finally put that in the world.

9. My Shopify store is still humming along nicely, earning 4 figures a month even though I haven’t been working on it much at all.

10.  My social media presence went from a total of about 88,000 followers on September 1 on social media sites like Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook to somewhere around 89,000k by the end of October. There was an estimated increase of +1,000 followers/friends/fans. I’m not exactly sure as I wasn’t tracking well (but now have someone tracking M-F) and also hadn’t been doing much to gain followers since I hired a new assistant and hadn’t yet trained her on what my old assistant had been doing.

Total number of podcast downloads11. A Better Life ® (my podcast) was downloaded 10,508 times in October. I wasn’t as consistent as normal with my shows and even missed weeks completely so the numbers were down, but over 10k downloads is still brag-worthy!

So, that’s it for me – how about you? What were your October wins? :)