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    What Brings you Joy?

    What brings you joy? True joy? And I don’t mean the fleeting feelings of happiness, or Marie Kondo’s idea of what sparks joy. This is a question I have been asking many of my clients this weekbecause most of us are at home, doing the best we can with working from home, taking care ofhouseholds, taking care of kiddos, and helping with e-learning. There may not be room in our homes toget some space from all those bodies hanging around. We may not be getting as much done as we hope to get done.So, when I ask this question about joy, I want to know where your true joy comes…

  • Business

    Small Business Tools to Reduce Your Workday

    As a new SAHM-turned-businesswoman, I spent hours researching and throwing my efforts behind tasks that all the advisors (and the blogs) told me were the most important – writing a business plan, spending an exorbitant amount of money on a website, buying business cards, etc. For about two months, I was a complete productivity machine. I was completing tasks for establishing my business almost as quickly as more tasks were being added to the list. Burnout was almost certainly inevitable – and probably quickly –  but the pure adrenaline and excitement kept pushing me through.  The housework was…leaving something to be desired, I wasn’t gathering up my four kids under…

  • Business,  Mom Life

    Squirrel! Staying Focused When You Feel Scatterbrained

    If you’re like me, being scatterbrained comes naturally. I have to fight to stay focused on anything. It’s not that I’m being lazy or irresponsible, it’s just that my mind is constantly churning with ideas, thoughts, to-do lists, goals, shoulda-woulda-coulda, and all sorts of other trains of thought, that it seems like chaos up there. I feel like the beagle chasing every squirrel in the neighborhood. That’s okay sometimes. Then real life and “adulting” give me a kick in the pants to activate my focus again. During the times that I especially need to focus on a particular task or person, I have learned a few things that help me…

  • Events,  Marketing

    Seven Stages of Attending a Vendor Show

    And the Emotional Rollercoaster I put Myself Through Each Time My business is fairly new and is mostly online (I design books, such as journals and planners). I recently decided to venture out and attend some craft/vendor shows to see if that was a good avenue to increase sales. So far, I have attended four shows and it has been a huge learning experience. I had no idea about the emotional rollercoaster I was in for with this world! Here are my seven stages of attending a vendor show and my inner monologue of the thoughts that run through my head at each point. Stage 1 – Applying to Attend…