As I am writing this, I’m gazing at an active and playful fire in my woodstove. The flames are a dancing red, deep orange, and purple-gray. In this late fall, it’s become chilly here in Upstate, New York, but at the moment I am completely insulated from the weather conditions.
It got me thinking about the climate of the world and how, being nestled in my secluded home, I am insulated from that as well. I wondered, in what other ways can we protect ourselves from outside discomfort, threats, and emotional warfare that can be a constant in the life of an entrepreneur (or anyone, really)?
Thankfully, some things are in our control – like how we act, who we trust, what we eat, etc. But other things can fall into a “karmic destiny” category – life lessons that may be painful, who cross our paths, time of death, etc. The latter is usually the hardest to accept, even though they are all out of our hands. In actuality, it has to be more of a...
Just off the same road that takes you to the southernmost point of the United States (South Point in Naalehu, Hawaii) sits a 75-acre organic farm: Paradise Meadows Orchard and Bee Farm. It’s the home to 1400 lime trees, 300 Sharwil avocado trees, coffee trees, macadamia nut trees, 35 beehives, a slew of various veggies, and, of course, a family of parrots.
From the minute you pull into their “off the beaten path” driveway, you are immediately greeted with a warm Aloha and encouraged to sample from a huge selection of local goods, ranging from chocolate-covered macadamia nuts to their award-winning coffee.
When I visited Hawaii a few years ago, Paradise Meadows was a must-stop. When we arrived, the generosity of the whole staff was overwhelming and touched our hearts. The owner, Scott Buske, is a jolly and sincere chap. He came out to greet us and explain the procedures for proper...
Either you have no idea of how to progress, or you have too many ideas and are spinning out. In both cases, it’s easy to find yourself looking at your laptop or tablet, wondering, “What the heck have I actually accomplished?”
Being “stuck” is a widespread issue among solopreneurs. It usually manifests as confusion, indecisiveness, indifference, discouragement, or all of the above.
Thankfully, it doesn’t need to be a permanent state. I’ve felt stuck many times in the past, but discovered some strategies that helped pull me out of the funk and push forward.
It’s easy to forget the massive number of things that we do daily as a small business owner. It can move so quick, with the days piling on one another, the blog posts getting archived, the client reviews...
If you are anything like me, then learning, improving, tweaking, growing, and keeping up with the trends is a fun and exciting part of being an entrepreneur!
I was recently organizing my bookmarks tab and suddenly realized all the courses that I’ve enrolled in over the last couple of years. In addition to the dozens of lead magnets that got me clicking the “Yes, I Want In” button.
But I have a big admission to make to you. Despite my best efforts, I haven’t completed many of the programs that I’ve signed up for. I simply didn’t have the time! And that got me thinking...
This concept has always resonated with me in the past.
Being interested and capable in many different realms has always tagged me as a “Jane of all trades.” I think this has to do with being an entrepreneur for most of my adult life – where the culture of being the cook, chief, and bottlewasher is commonplace.
But as I get older and keep...
For 18 years, I worked with the same business partner. For the last decade, however, I've been a solopreneur. When I reflect on my time working with someone else, I recall that there were tremendous benefits to being a "dynamic duo." If you are debating on whether or not to take on a business partner, here are a few things to consider:
A key to a balanced, long-term business relationship is to have complementary personalities. If you are both stubborn, assertive, and used to being in charge, then chances are good you'll be butting heads more often than producing results. The same goes if both partners are super laid back or indecisive, as in most cases, there's not enough positive resistance to forge ahead. For the ebb and flow to go smoothly over the long haul, it is best to have a partner who complements your...
Probably busier than we would like to be. We are trying to build our businesses while also trying to maintain a work-life balance. Living the dream!
However, in today's crowded marketplace, being able to stand out with valuable and inspiring content is vital for your business. It shows your audience that you are with the times, dedicated, and an authority to trust and follow. One of the best ways to do this is through consistent blogging. The problem is, how the heck are you supposed to blog while you are overloaded with work?
When I first started blogging, I was uber consistent. Forty-four consecutive posts in, I found myself in the middle of the summertime, desperately needing a little break from content creation. In short, I was burned out. I decided to take a week off from writing a blog.
Well, that one week turned into two, which turned into three. I realized that if I didn't shift that pattern, it would have rolled into months...
I love the documentary called Minimalism. It’s a fascinating doc, one that you watch beginning to end without interruption. I found I was very attracted to their message of trimming back to the essentials and living life with a purpose greater than just working to pay the bills. Their entire philosophy/mission was very appealing to me!
It reminds me of my last time in Hawaii. On that trip, I was traveling "light," from my packing to my attitude. Life felt (for lack of a better word) easy. I was still just as dedicated to work and exercise, but things seemed to flow with grace rather than requiring effort to push through.
After reflecting on that time a few months later, I realized that I had only surrounded myself with the basics when I was away. I had my essentials – my best friend, my most favorite clothes, my luxurious face cream, simple organic food, and my laptop. That was it. The places that we stayed in...
The idea of building something where there was nothing before. Even as a little girl, I was fascinated by the process of how homes were built in my neighborhood. I would take note of every detail, right down to how the moldings on the windows and doors were perfectly aligned. That kind of precision had me enthralled!
This fascination with construction continued into adulthood, but with a slightly different focus. I am continually in awe of watching new businesses start from nothing but a scribble on a blank sheet of paper, eventually manifesting into a vibrant entity with its own life and personality.
To deconstruct something is to take it apart, piece by piece. This could result in demolition, but not necessarily. It's more like the exact reverse of piecing something together. Sometimes writing is deconstructed; when a political speech is analyzed by the news,...
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