• 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…

  • Uncategorized

    Home For A Long Spring Break

    Today’s trip to the grocery store for my normal stash of weekly groceries became a hunt for anything that would work.  “Yes, we have no bananas” was the theme song of the day.  All the normal bread was gone; just the high fiber loaves left behind.  That doesn’t work well when the toilet paper aisle is empty. Home For A Long Spring Break. Now school is shut down early and on through Spring Break.  Moms everywhere are suddenly making adjustments to the plan now that plans everywhere have changed. So… what now?  Of course, the kids will have e-learning (“Yay!” say moms everywhere) to do for part of the time. …

  • Business

    If You’re On a Roll, Don’t Stop to Eat One

    If You’re On a Roll, Don’t Stop to eat One. What does that mean? I had someone in the shop today asking about my hours and when I take a lunch break. What popped out of my mouth, unplanned, is that when I’m on a roll, I don’t stop to eat one. Food, all the aspects of it, gets in my way when I’m just trying to get something done. It interrupts the thought process that goes ahead of what my feet and hands are doing. Getting back on track is almost impossible after losing time to any thought or preparation of food. I have often used the excuse of…

  • Indy Small Businesses

    Cafes in Downtown Indy With PARKING

    Hi! I’m Stephanie. A Georgia transplant now location in Indianapolis. One of the biggest learning curves since moving to Indy has been parallel parking. I just CANNOT figure it out for the life of me. I will spend $20 in a parking garage and then walk a mile just to avoid parallel parking. For the longest time, I thought I was alone. But, networking has taught me that I am not. So, for those of you just like me. I have compiled a list of Cafes in Downtown Indy with parking that is not parallel parking. That means cafes with parking lots and cafes with parking spaces on the street…

  • 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…