June 2017 Recap

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June was kind of a potluck. It threw in good things, bad things – things I didn’t expect.

June started off pretty good. I got a new journal for my bujo, and new highlighters to make it pretty. I designed a lot of new buttons, and started brainstorming collections. I really can’t wait to make them all. I love my buttons so much! It’s always so rewarding to see how they come out, once everything is put together.

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Speaking of buttons, I got a few orders last month! One was from my cousin, Tiffany, for her nephew (my baby cousin’s) Baptism. I made Godfather and Godmother pins! I also got a sale through my Etsy store for a cactus pin! I felt so adult buying bubble envelopes and ink.

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Blog wise – geez, last month the amount of Rocketeers has grown to a staggering 800+. That is an – insane – number when you don’t think you’re ever going to get more than 50. Like, I seriously cannot thank you all enough for that. It blows my mind to think about it, really.

For 500, I held my first giveaway. I don’t think it went too bad for my first, either! Thank you, everybody! It’s heartwarming to know that you guys want to participate in stuff! It’s beyond my wildest dreams, really! Thank you, so so much! It means the world that I’m able to do this!

I also signed up for Amazon Affiliate, Rakuten Marketing, and BlogLovin’ Activate last month. To try and bring in some money. That plan – kind of a flop. I made 49 cents, but then Amazon declined my account. So I tweaked, and tried again. I’ve made 12 cents, lol But nothing from Rakuten (which is confusing as hell). And I recently participated in a sponsored challenge on BlogLovin’, which you can find here.

 

Does anybody have any advice on how to optimize your affiliates? ‘Cause I’m stumbling in the dark here, lol

 

I also reached 400+ on Instagram and 100+ on Twitter. As well as started an Instagram exclusively for showing off my pins. I have 70+, but I don’t think it’s going very well so far. You can check it out here. I also announced a project that will be launched this month!

 

So, as you can see, milestones were hit last month! It was very productive.

 

On a more personal note, I celebrated a year with my boyfriend, Thomas! We also got promise rings. And it’s just – so crazy! To think someone has wanted to be with me that long – it’s an insane thought. But I’m so grateful to have him in my life. Sure – sometimes we fight or bicker or get on each other’s nerves. But that’s to be expected. I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without him. We’re hoping to get married in the next few years, and start a family. It’s a wonderful feeling.

I also got to see the last of the band kids I knew graduate. As well as Thomas’ sister. I went to one of their graduations, and it was so nice to see her. The fact that she graduated still blows my mind. It seems like high school was just yesterday. Now she’s off to Frostburg, and I should be graduating college come December. It’s crazy!

We, my parents and I, also got a new puppy! Her name is Molly. We think she’s a Coonhound and German Pointer mix. She’s six months old, and hasn’t really learned how to play gentle yet. We also don’t have a fenced in yard, so we have to walk her. My dad can’t now, because he’s having back issues that we just found out about. I can’t wait to be able to fence in the yard.

 

Overall June was a productive month, full of growth. And I’m hoping that the trend continues as the blog grows.

 

But the last day of the month, was the worst. And it wasn’t because I was hormonal, and cried because Molly wouldn’t get off the couch. A good friend of mine died in a car accident. It’s still so hard to believe. Her name was Sam; she talked a lot. But she was one of the most brilliant people. Her and I could not see each other for months, and then gossip like we’d known each other in diapers.

To be honest, I’m sad that I didn’t know her longer. I only knew her about three years – our senior year of high school was when we met. We wrote satirical scripts in video class, and wrote idiotic parody songs. Meeting Sam was really the only interesting thing about senior year. She was one of those people that you don’t forget. They’re so different, and they stick out in your memory.

I had a three hour break between classes, about three or four semesters ago. Sam sat with me in the lab. We’d gossip about her co-workers, and joke around about the goings on at her job. The fact that she’s gone, the evertalking Sam, is just – so hard to wrap my head around. She was one of those people who had the mind to make a big difference in the world. And Sam was persistent enough, she could have.

I didn’t know a lot about her personal life. But I guess you don’t need to, to be good friends with someone. We had a lot of laughs together. Created a lot of stupid things, which were awful when filmed. But we had fun, and the memories are what matter. I’m really glad I got to see her, one last time.

It was about a month ago. Thomas and I were walking around my neighborhood. I heard someone call my name a few times. And then I realized it was Sam. She’d dropped off the face of the planet. She caught me up, and said what she always did; why aren’t we better friends?

I wish I knew.

I’ll miss her. She was one of those people you enjoyed bumping into and catching up with. One of those friends you could invite to lunch, or invite them out for coffee. I’m just hoping she’s in peace, wherever she is.

 

With everything, June definitely turned out to be a crazy month! Both for the good and bad. Here’s to hoping for an Awesome July for all!

 

How was your June? Any achievements, milestones, exciting things happen?

 

Thanks for Reading!

 

~ Amber

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Comments (3)

  1. Congratulations on reaching your blogging goals! I’m also curious about affiliate links, but I’m nowhere near reaching out to them, but when I do, hopefully you have a guide to optimize your affiliate links haha. Also, I’m sorry to hear about your friend. It’s crazy how death can affect you even if you weren’t that close to a person. With lots of love.

    Natalie | Holistic Health, Lifestyle, & Travel
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  2. Congrats on your achievements!! I am about to look you up on Bloglovin’, I do all of my following of bloggers on there. =) Yay about the puppy too!! I have four!! I am sorry to hear that about your friend. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. I’m sorry to hear about your friend Amber. I recently heard a band director I had in college passed away. Even if he wasn’t close I was still sad since he had a big impact in my life during that time. I imagine you must have similar feelings from the sound of it.
    On a happier note, that’s so cool that you have a puppy! Hope the training goes smoothly!

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