Archive | December 2011

Question of the day: When is Christmas?

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I guess I have been sleeping for the past 6 months, 12 days, 3 hours, and 45 minutes. Christmas has seemed to sneak up on me. I can remember as a child anticipating the color change in the leaves and smelling the sweet scent of ginger (random, I know) in the air, knowing that in “this many” days Christmas would be here. Where has that anxiousness gone? And When is Christmas?

As we grow older and bills get larger and come more frequently in the mail, we lose focus of, not only when Christmas is, but what the holiday is really about. So many people are now shopping at the last minute maybe because of last-minute sales, lack of money, lack of enthusiasm, unprepared, or just simply lazy. Whatever the reason funnels down to, we have lost our hopes in Christmas as a people.

Christmas is a celebration for me, but it is not about getting a gift or eating lots of food that I will regret eating an hour later. It is a celebration of a gift that was given to me: the gift of Jesus Christ. Whether he was born on the exact day in December over 2000 years ago doesn’t matter. The point is that he was born. We would have no chance at spending eternity with our heavenly Father if he did not suffer on a cross.

So Christmas is about sacrifice. He took our place on that cross. The death we deserved was given to him: atonement. Grace was a gift. There are several ways to say one thing: Jesus Christ came from Heaven to earth to give us life. The question is, will you accept the life that was paid for by Jesus’ suffering or will you continue to spend dollar after dollar on new Apple products. And we shouldn’t just pick a day out of the year to show thanks for the gift, or show generosity to others. Our entire lives to show that we are grateful for this gift. We should show this with the way that we talk to coworkers, meet with friends, and sit in a room alone.

Remember who the “from:” is on that ultimate gift.

1 Corinthian 5:21

Shawn

 

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Best Business Decision EVER: Give it away for FREE!

So I have decided that in order to grow the business, I have to give a little. And when I say “a little,” I mean a lot. Fresh Seams is now going to operate as an absolutely free marketplace. Emerging independent designers will be able to sell their shoes or clothing for absolutely free. Some prominent business enthusiasts may call me crazy or insane, and they might be correct. I feel that in order to gain credibility, I must be able to give.

The main reason I decided to create Fresh Seams is to offer a much needed assistance to struggling designers. Hopefully, allowing designers to list and sell their clothing for free allows Fresh Seams to better help them make a decent living for themselves. I am exciting for the upcoming year as we aim to grow and prosper. 

I believe growing to business based on your own vision is necessary for any startup founder. Many founders get caught up in trying to look pleasing for Venture Capitalists, but first you must look good for yourself. But for all of the Venture Capitalist, there will be a revenue generating portion within the coming months. Designers will be able to choose from premium or basic packages. Basic being Free with limitations on the amount of items posted and the amount of pictures that can be uploaded on a listing. Premium will eliminated these limitations and allow sellers to have free reign on many aspects of the site. Also, Fresh Seams will be able to gain revenue also on the custom designer portion of the site.

There you have. The new and continuing improving Fresh Seams.

Shawn
http://www.freshseams.com

Being away from Family during the holiday season….HIP HIP HOORAY

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After graduating from college and relocating 21 hours away from my hometown in Arkansas to the northern life of New Jersey life became very different. Not only was I thrust into the fast paced atmosphere, that is the North, but relocating to a place where I knew not a single soul took a toll. Being away from home is difficult around this time of year, as I hear of friends spending time with their family and enjoying each other’s company.

This Christmas, I will be unable to go home due to the high price of plane tickets, but I plan to spend time with the few friends that I have met here. It is great that I have options. I have had several friends invite me to their homes to enjoy a meal, which I think is wonderful. It will be hard to sit at a table with people you have never seen before as they reminisce on the past years. But I am thankful that I have the opportunity to enjoy a good meal with the family of friends that I enjoy to be around.

Now the question is: Which invitation will I accept?  hmmm

Shawn

https://www.freshseams.com

Sorry, but that dress is really UGLY…

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“Sorry, but that dress is really UGLY…” (not this one)

A comment that any normal person would avoid saying to a complete stranger or even someone they knew. But let’s be honest for a few seconds, have you ever noticed someone wearing an outfit that you just have a hard time liking.

Fresh Seams, in a couple of weeks, will give shoppers the opportunity to comment on how beautiful a designer’s work is (since all of the work seen on Fresh Seams is exquisite). Independent Designers can (or refuse to) gain valuable input as they grow and evolve in the world of fashion.

 

Shawn

Fresh Seams

Why motivation is NOT the key to success and HEARTACHE is? | Fresh Seams

So often do I learn something new. In recent weeks I have learned that in order to be successful in business, you must first be unsuccessful. No one creates a solution unless there is first a problem. And not many problems are solved unless there is at least a failure in deriving a solution.

This absolutely makes no sense to me. From the age of understanding I have been told that motivation and drive will always be followed by success. There should have be a heavy “BUT” inserted into that statement. Motivation really has nothing to do with being successful, but it has a lot to do with remaining successful. Heartache and pain can lead to one of two things: revamped focus or a downward spiral. I’ll take the high the road for 400 please.

I almost beckon the feeling of heartbreak as it leads to an otherwise hidden vulnerability, leading you to treat customers with respect, taking pride in what you put out for others to see. Heartache is like a catalyst to success and motivation maintains this success. You see the fruit of heartache and although you do not want to revisit the pain, in failures you secretly wish it was there.

These are just my thoughts.

Shawn
Founder of Fresh Seams

Have you ever been discouraged by a response to your site launch? I have

It’s difficult to put a lot of work into something and not receive immediate attention upon showcasing your hard work. Some of you guys might tell me, “It’s only been two days”. I guess you are right. To be a true entrepreneur , one must be dedicated and motivated to achieve more.

I look forward to the upcoming weeks as the site gains traffic. On a positive note, the site traffic has increased from day to day. And that’s just it. All an entrpreneur has is the postive and encouraging moments that instill hope.

Great word.

Hope.

Shawn
Founder of Fresh Seams