May 15, 2013

The Climb

Do you watch Game of Thrones? If you don’t, you should. Even if you haven’t read the books, the show is stellar. In the I-can-hardly-wait-a-week-to-watch-the-next-episode kind of way. Two weeks ago, the episode was titled The Climb, which is also the title of the one and only Miley Cyrus song I like. (Not a fan of the singer – just the super awesome song.) In this episode, Tormund Giantsbane (he’s called that because he’s killed so many giants…duh) is about to lead a group of wildlings over a 700+ foot ice wall. Most of them have never made the climb […]
May 7, 2013

I believe in you, whether you believe in yourself or not.

So, I just got back from a trip. A big trip. No, a huge trip. Nine days. Six Countries. Crossed off multiple things on my “places to see before I die” list. And the trip was all thanks to the amazing Gry Sinding. The original point of the trip was to attend Gry’s live event: SDD Live. It was awesome. And it was in Norwegian. So I didn’t understand a lot of it – but Gry’s charisma doesn’t need to be in English for me to get it.  I met a great bunch of amazing women, and it was really […]
March 25, 2013

The Saddest Thing in Life Is Wasted Talent

Natural aptitude or skill. Hmmm. There was a time when I was sure I had none of those. I was not right. I do have talents. And you do too. Whether you are a Bible reader or not, you’ve probably heard Jesus’ parable about the Talents. Short summary (from wikipedia): The parable in Matthew 25:14-30 tells of a master who was leaving his home to travel, and before going entrusted his property to his servants (property worth 8 talents, where a talent was a large unit of money). One servant receives five talents, the second two talents, and the third one talent, according to their […]
March 11, 2013

Yes, I Do Have ADHD…

I didn’t have it when I was a kid. But there is no doubt in my mind I have it now. I used to joke that I have it. And then I read Here’s to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit – Oh Look! A Chicken!, and I realized it was a fact. The latest evidence of my ADHD is here, for you to see. Meaning my website redesign. I liked my old design just fine, but it just didn’t feel like me anymore. Too many comments about it being […]
January 21, 2013

No Regrets

The one year anniversary of my debt being paid off is swiftly approaching. Which is both mind-boggling and wonderful all at the same time. I feel like I should have written this a year ago, but maybe it wasn’t time. Maybe I wasn’t ready to say it. Maybe I just needed to decompress. It all started before I had my oldest son. He’s officially a decade old, and it’s strange to me that it started before him – but it did. In January of 2000, I got pregnant for the very first time. I was about 2 weeks late, and […]
September 5, 2012

It’s too late. You’re too old.

As I’m writing this, I’m 35 years old. Which really isn’t that old from where I’m sitting right now. 20 years ago, it seemed pretty ancient. But it really doesn’t seem like I should be able to use the phrase “20 years ago,” and I definitely don’t feel like I’m half-way to 70. I’m betting when I get to 50 it won’t seem that old either. Maybe even not at 70. I was 29 when I started my business. Just on the cusp of 30. I was scared out of my mind, and not entirely sure I shouldn’t just get […]
September 30, 2011

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

If you haven’t realized by now, I’m a huge advocate of doing what you love. I’m doing it, and thank the good Lord, my husband is now too. It’s amazing what a difference it makes in your life. The thing about doing what you love is that you will inevitably have to leave behind what you don’t love. And that’s the not-so-easy-part. You may have to stay in a job you don’t love to give you the cash-flow that keeps you stress free until you can afford to follow your passion. You may have to patiently plug away at odd […]
September 19, 2011

Quitting vs. Giving Up

I’ll admit it – I’m a quitter. If I pour my heart and soul into something, and it still isn’t working, I quit. I do not, however give up. And I think there is a big difference between the two. Giving up is what you do when something gets hard. You still want it, but you just don’t have the strength, the gumption, the whatever-you-want-to-call-it to keep going. There is only one thing that I’ve ever given up on, and while it turned out for the best, it still bugs me that I gave up. Quitting is what you do […]
August 25, 2011

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

This is a super hard topic for me to write about. It’s been in the back of my mind for months – but I really hate talking about it, so I keep resisting. Since we all know that what you resists, persists – I’m going to just get it out there, and out of the back of my mind. In 1996 I had eye surgery to correct Strabismus in both of my eyes. Strabismus = lazy eyes. That’s right, I said eyes. Like BOTH of my eyes. They took turns wandering off in different directions. Never bothering to let me […]
August 8, 2011

It’s not personal, it’s just business.

It’s not personal, it’s just business. I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase.  They say it like 500 million times in The Godfather.  But that’s a movie about the mafia, and I’m pretty sure we can all agree their ethics are questionable at best.  Besides, I don’t think they really believe it either. In my experience, what you do in your business is a very good example of how you really are. If you don’t fulfill your contracts, chances are you don’t keep promises to your kids or spouse. If you lie about how much you made last year, chances are […]