• 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…