November 8, 2016

Starting Fresh with New Year: Why That’s the Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Done.

I’m inherently the kind of person who is always striving for something. I’m not happy if I don’t have a mountain to climb or some reason to push through. I’m ill contented if someone tries to force me to settle, and I find it impossible to be okay with average. This causes a lot of turmoil. (Thank goodness for the people who know this about me, and are still here). Every year as the new year approaches…and even though it’s only early November, you must recognize, as I have, that it’s approaching at break-neck speed. It will be here before […]
September 19, 2016

When The Universe Is Screaming, “You’re Doing It Wrong.”

For months now I’ve known all the way down to my marrow that I’m not doing something right. Make that years. Because it’s been more than one, but less than three. And that’s a vague blanket statement on purpose. It’s not just one thing I’m doing wrong. It’s many, many things. It’s letting clutter fill up my house and my head. It’s continuing down a path that is (barely) paying the bills because it’s paying some of them. It’s not making time for the thing that is pulling at my soul. It’s starting projects and not finishing them. So. Many. Things. […]
June 22, 2016

The Two Reasons I’m Not Getting Where I Want To Go

The other day my cousin posted on Facebook, “If you can’t achieve your goals, don’t change your goals, change your actions.” Man, that hit me like a ton of bricks. Because right now, in business and life I’m kind of not getting where I want to be. And to tell you the truth, I’ve been super unclear as to why that is. Until now. I realized today that there are exactly two things wrong with the way I’m doing things right now (and if my husband is reading this, I’m sure he’s nodding his head because he’s been telling me […]
June 14, 2016

The Story is the Point

Have you ever taken one of those online tests that attaches letters to your personality? They are pretty insightful and frighteningly accurate. I’ve taken them several times, and I always, always, always get the same answer…ENFP. (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perception) You can take one here, if you are interested (seriously, take it – you’ll realize all kinds of things about yourself that you never knew before). Anyway – ENFP is called the “Campaigner”, which basically means attention-whore. If you’ve been around me for more than 5 minutes, you will realize this is fairly accurate. I CAN be quiet – especially when I’m […]
June 14, 2016

How to Always Get What You Want

I’ll admit it – that title was just a ploy to get you to click on this blog. Because if I knew how to always get what I want, I sure wouldn’t be telling you…I’d be globe-trotting around the world with my ten favorite people. But I can help you get what you want more often. The number one way? Stop being a selfish jerk. Seriously – that’s it. I know, sometimes you don’t think you’re being a selfish jerk…you just want your way. I get it. I really do. I mean, come on – if everyone just did what I […]
June 10, 2016

So, I’m a story-teller.

The business of being in web design can sometimes be feast or famine kind of situation. Some months you have more work than you know what to do with…and others you have next to nothing. This situation can wear on you after awhile. And after 8+ years, it can get downright old. Every once in awhile, the roller coaster gets to me and I decide a real job might be better. So, I occasionally apply to various web design jobs. A few weeks ago I applied to one in a nearby city. I applied Monday, and by Tuesday they’d gotten […]
May 13, 2016

Progress Is Inevitable

  There was a time when a plow pulled behind draft horses was the way to turn the dirt in your field. (Many of the Amish that live in my area still do it this way.)   And if something catastrophic happened and we no longer had gas or electricity, we would probably go back to doing it that way. But I bet you five million dollars that we would not keep doing it that way for long. You know why? Because humans are not built to stay in the same place. They are not wired to remain static. Progress […]
April 3, 2016

A change in direction

Sometimes we all get stuck in a routine. Well, not me, because I already resist routine with every fiber of my being. I get stuck in ruts. Stuck in working on the same kinds of projects, unable to take the time to work on anything that isn’t something that is making money because, you know, I have bills to pay. Those pesky bills – they drive a lot of what I do. And that is flat out not how I want to choose what I spend my time on. Today, I saw a hawk trying it’s very best to fly […]
March 26, 2016

Disappointment does not equal defeat

It’s been a little over a week since I had to deal with a horribly disappointing loss. It doesn’t really matter what it was (it was not a devastating loss, like a death or anything), but it was hard to deal with none-the-less. When you’ve poured your heart and soul into something you believe in for weeks and weeks and weeks, only to have it fail – it’s very, very hard to get up the next morning and go about your business as if it never happened. It happened, and I’m still a little sore when I think about it […]
October 5, 2015

The Inconstant Life of an Entrepreneur

My youngest son is going to be 10 in a few months. Which means that I’ve been running my own business for dangerously close to a decade. Ten years. Wow. If ten years ago at this very moment, when I was very, very pregnant, and chasing after the two kids I already had (they were 2 and 1, respectively) – I would never ever have guessed where I would be right at this very moment. But that’s how life is right? For everyone. Whether you are an entrepreneur or not. Life changes. Things you never saw coming hit you like […]
September 25, 2015

The Glorification of Busy

Everybody is so busy. But, like, no one is getting stuff done. That may be a little inaccurate. People are getting things done, but perhaps it’s not the right things. For the last few months, I’ve been busy. Busy doing client work. Busy running kids to their respective practices and events. Busy with errands. But I haven’t gotten any of my projects off the ground. Not a single one. Is that because I’m so busy? Or is it because in the in-between times I’m just wasting time? Perhaps it’s both. Perhaps I say yes when I should say no because I’m already […]
August 17, 2015

5 Ways to Make Your Freelance Business Work + the One Sure Way to Ruin It.

It’s been just over nine years since I started my business. I had three children (still do) – but they were all under the age of four. I had no choice but to start my own business, because I needed money – and I couldn’t afford to pay a babysitter for my little hooligans and work outside our house. Necessity, as they say, is the mother of all inventions – but it’s also the driving force behind many other things – like freelance business. Sometimes you start a business because you’ve got a great idea. And sometimes it’s because you’ve […]