Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Year Of Incredible Growth

I'm not a big New Year's Eve crazed individual, but all this talk about "this year in review" on the radio, tv and on blogs all over got me thinking about accomplishments I've made in 2008.

Do you remember this?

That was only in March of THIS YEAR! I have been researching and reading and working really hard to make a good bar of soap. I have my whole lifetime to get better, but with the 18 months of reviewing other soapmaker's soaps, I have really been critically thinking with every shower... doing research daily. Who would think doing homework while getting clean was even healthy? I guess everyone does it where they need to. Some, while doing their daily workout, others during their commute, and then others not at all.

My third batch was a disaster. I didn't even know what a lye calculator was. How did I figure out the recipe? :P

This year has been quite a ride. I feel so incredibly lucky to have started this blog because I have met so many incredible people along the way. I really never realized there were people who were so encouraging and helpful. And look what happened. I have found that soapmakers are some of the nicest group of folks I have come across. So generous! Generous with knowledge and time, especially and I only hope that I can give myself back to them... much as I can for this coming year again and more.

Let's keep going. Give me feedback. I love to hear it. I'd love to know where you'd like to go, what you'd like to see, who you'd like to hear from, any particular tutorials you'd like to see.... I am also looking for guest bloggers, so if you have some interesting content or a tutorial you want to share, please get in touch with me.

Love in the New Year, all!!



The Dirty Business Bath Co. said...

Your blog was one of the catalyst for me pursuing my own soapmaking passion and starting my own business. I just want to let you know how thankful I am for the work that you do, and how much I truly enjoy every post.

Lomond Soap said...

Happy New Year Joanna. I love to drop in for my dose of porn, long may that last!

Anonymous said...

You are quite the inspiration to me, Joanna - so hard working, dedicated and funny! I'm thrilled to be on your blogging and soaping journey with you via your blog. May you continue to learn and grow in your biz and life in 2009!

xo back atcha!

Enchanted said...

Happy New Years and I really enjoy your blog.

Thanks for sharing your video's with us. Looks like you have a lot of fun.

Alana said...

Happy New Years!!

I have been reading your blog for about 3 years now and am always impressed with your wit and your willingness to share.

One of my big goals for 2009 is to open my soap and b+b business. Reading your blog and other soap related blogs always encourage me to move closer to my business goal - so thank you!!!!

Heather@Twin Birch said...

You've come a long way, baby! Thank you for all of the laughs and inspiration that you give to me & the rest of us! You're a star! xo Heather

I'm Julie said...

Soapmaking? Soapmaking?????


I am so happy you stumbled upon my blog and then I could find yours - I honestly had no idea there was such a wide world of soapmakig out there, and have spent the last hour perusing your blog and absolutely drooling.

FANTASTIC!! Can't wait to read more!

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

I should say more, not just read your blog! I am glad we can all share with our experiences. It is a wonderful world, and happy 2009!

Marr Williams said...

Love this post! Love you girl!!!! Keep up the great work.