Fitzy's Top 10 of 2015
One of the biggest lessons that I've learned since starting Fitzy, is how important is it to keep track of your accomplishments, and look back on them every once in awhile. Sometimes I feel like my business isn't doing as well as it should, but then I look back on how far I've come I'm amazed at how far I've come.
So in the spirit of looking back in somewhat chronological order, here are the Top 10 Things that happened to me and Fitzy in 2015:
1. Hired People to Help Me with Things
Instead of trying to do everything myself, even the things I wasn't so good at, I out sourced. I hired an accountant to do my taxes (BEST DECISION EVER), and I hired a PR consultant to help me with marketing planning.
2. Biggest Wholesale Order Ever
My cord keepers were included in a subscription box that was shipped all across the states. I spent about 2 weeks straight making cord keepers.
3. Introduced the Tronno Tote
I branched out from just leather products, and developed my very first tote bag. It has quickly become my second most popular product, and can be spotted all around the city.
4. Did Some Public Speaking & Became a Mentor
I spoke at a Pecha Kucha as part of their Maker Festival Edition. Pecha Kucha is a very cool speaking format where you show 20 slides, and speak for 20 second about each slide. Later that summer the wonderful folks at Etsy invited me to speak at Fashion Your Future, an accessory designer bootcamp put on by the Toronto Fashion Incubator, and the York University Career Centre. I was also a mentor for Etsy's 30 Day Challenge, which helps people set up their first Etsy Shop.
5. Launched a Skillshare Class
I've always loved teaching leatherwork, and wanted to be able to share it with people who don't live in Tronno. So I launched my very first online class with Skillshare, which I single handedly filmed, and edited in my tiny apartment. In the class I teach you how to make a handsewn leather wallet. If you'd like to take the class, you can find it here.
6. Was on TV
As part of promotions for the One of a Kind Christmas Show I was on the Rogers Morning Show demoing my leather wallet DIY kit alongside Emily of Campy Candles.
7. Got Married
After almost 10 years together my partner Albert and I finally made it legal on Toronto Island. There was home brewed beer, tacos, and a whole bunch of our favourite people. (Shoutout to Celine Kim wedding photographer extraordinaire!)
8. Inherited a Car
After many years of carless life in downtown Toronto, we inherited one from Albert's parents. We have since named her Betty White, and lucked out with the best license plates ever.
9. Road Tripped to the East Coast
After the wedding my new in-laws moved from London, Ontario to Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia to start a Bed and Breakfast. Albert and I decided to make the 20 hours drive out to Granville Ferry NS to visit them. Neither of us had been to the east coast before, and we had an amazing time. I fulfilled my lifelong dream of going clam digging, and then we made the most delicious clam chowder.
10. Did an 11 Day Long Craft Show
I finished off the year with a crazy long craft show also know as the One of a Kind Christmas Show. I have done the One of a Kind Show a couples of times now, but this was my first time doing the full 11 day Christmas show (last year I only did the second half of the show). It was an amazing show, and I had a ton of fun getting to meet all sorts of new people, and see all my old vendor friends.
What's your Top 10 of 2015? Let me know in the comments below.
wedding photos by Celine Kim