My Journey to Being Thoughtfully Organic

December 2016

Made bath products for Christmas gifts and someone gave me the idea to sell them.

May 2017

Started learning about Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) online and watched the Dolphin Tale movies.  Started receiving emails from CMA and read the blog.

Early October 2017

Decided to start a business to raise money for CMA selling bath products.  I created a logo, labels, business cards, and a website.

Mid October 2017

I started my research about products and found all-natural recipes to sell.

Mid October 2017

I created and sent out a google form on how much I should charge for my products.

October 28, 2017

I sold many products at the Holiday in the Park Arts Market at Wilchester  Elementary. I learned and sold a lot.

Late October 2017

I updated my recipes thanks to customer feedback.

Late October 2017

I thought of adding seasonal flavors because Cinnamon Orange Clove is a good fall flavor. There is more to come from here!

Early November 2017

I fulfilled my first online orders! Yay!

Early November 2017

I added new scents to my website, such as eucalyptus mint, cedarwood vanilla, and citrus vanilla.

November 10, 2017

I was fortunate enough to book a Pottery Barn Pop-Up Market! I'll be at the Highland Village location on December 16th. Please come see me between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.!

November 11, 2017

I am halfway to my goal! Thank you to everyone who has supported me!

November 18, 2017

I was lucky to have the chance to sell my products at the Town and Country Pottery Barn Pop-Up Market between noon and four. I made over $500 in sales and an extra $50 in donations! Because of all your support, I've extended my goal to $2,000! 

Late November

I continue to work on orders I receive online. People send an email to afayedolan@gmail.com and I invoice them through Square. Then, I make their products and get them delivered. I'm very lucky that so many people are telling their friends about my business and passing along my business cards!

December 1

I had a table at St. Jerome Catholic Church's Breakfast with Santa event! I was there from 9:30 to 12:30 and made some great sales and met some amazing people!

December 16

The Highland Village Pottery Barn let me sell my homemade products at a Pop Up Shop! I was there from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. and guess what? I surpassed my new goal of $2,000! I'm not stopping until I hit $3,000!

December 17

I'm back at the Town & Country Pottery Barn today, selling my homemade products at a Pop Up Shop! My last time there was my most successful day selling my products, so I'm super excited to be back. Come see me from noon-4:00 p.m.!

December 25

For Christmas, my parents are taking me to CMA to meet Winter! We leave on January 20! I CAN'T WAIT!

January 20-23

My trip to CMA was amazing! I got to feed and take care of sharks, otters, pelicans, and dolphins! I also got to hold Winter's actual tail! I learned a lot about the great work the CMA does rescuing and rehabilitating animals, and I got inspired to keep raising money for them.

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