Hard to believe that we will be closing the year of 2017 so soon. It feels like it just started yesterday. So many things have happened during the year at PJB Designs. One of my favorite things to do during the last couple of days and weeks of the year is to reflect back on the good, the bad, and the ugly.
2017 was definitely a year of travel. I drove over 11,000 miles from June to the middle of November participating in over 20 art shows throughout 4 states. I was juried into 7 art shows this year. Which means that my handmade work was chosen to be one of a handful of artists to represent the jewelry category at these wondrous art events. I even won Best of Show at the Under The Spreading Walnut Tree Art Fair this year.
PJB Designs website went through major updates this year, along with a web host service change. Which left the website down for while. However, the new website is up and running and will provide a more customer friendly experience. It is still a work in progress and will continue to be so for the first few months of 2018 while I get all the bugs worked out. However, the website will be hosting new groups, such as a Birthday Club and VIP Club.
Education was a huge part of the business this year. I took courses that allowed me to learn new skills and techniques while honing others. I made plenty of mistakes during the courses, which I found invaluable, as I learned more from the mistakes versus getting it right. Also, I took courses that helped me to grow as the Chief Visionary Officer of PJB Designs. During these courses, some of which I had travel great distances for, I forged new friendships, acquired knowledgeable mentors, and learned from phenomenal teachers.
Of course, I can’t forget my ever evolving booth display changes. Every year I upgrade, change or adjust how I setup my booth display at shows. This year I added chartreuse and fuschia to displays, fabric coverings and signage. As I reflected back on what worked and what didn’t work this year, I will be making some tweaks again in 2018. The reason I do this is to continue to provide you with the best possible customer service experience when you visit me at in person events.
As a another year closes, another starts. I look forward to all the good, the bad and the ugly that 2018 will bring. I wish you all the best in 2018.
Chief Visionary Officer