• 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…

  • 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…