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 […]
August 2, 2015

You Should Not Wait Until You Are An Expert to Start

The thing about this online world of businesses and coaching and marketing is that there are a million out there. There are probably hundreds of thousands of web designers to choose from, and while I think I’m pretty damn good, I know for a fact that there are many who I think are way better than me. If you are a coach, I’m sure you feel the same way. You look at what other people are doing, and start making comparisons. Especially if they’ve been doing their thing a lot longer than you have. It makes you feel like you’ve […]
July 23, 2015

Sometimes, 75% is more than you need

Getting what you want out of life is, I think, what most of us want. We want to get our own way. We want people to do what we want. But, wanting and getting are not the same thing…and getting what you want all the time, just isn’t feasible. So, I’m doing a series of images on 75% and when it’s more than enough. Like with Absinthe. That stuff is so potent it’s considered a psychedelic drug – and in the early 20th century it was flat out banned in most Western countries. Strong is an understatement. And it’s roughly […]
July 8, 2015

The Fine Line Between Procrastination & Not Ready Yet

You would not believe the number of entrepreneurs that I’ve had this conversation with lately. It’s getting to the point that I think it’s a dirty little secret that we’re all ashamed of – but it shouldn’t be. I don’t know a single one of us that hasn’t been through it. And I’m fairly sure it’s just part of the gig. Over and over again I have clients that are so fired up about their project. They are excited to get started. We start rolling. Things are going well. And they disappear. Sometimes just a few days. Sometimes a few […]