Up in My Business

This is my weekly “state of the business” address, where you get to see all the gory details of my accomplishments (yay!) and learning experiences (Grr!). Yay! I had my first paying client on Tuesday! Who knew editing a paper for APA format could be so rewarding? I felt like a real entrepreneur. I realized I have gone from being self-conscious to being excited when telling people about my biz. I got all of my blog posts up on time. I got my first piece of biz-addressed junk mail, which somehow made me feel more legitimate. Grr! My first piece of biz-addressed junk mail freaked me out at first because it was from a law office. I haven’t even done anything yet, how can I be in trouble? OH, right! They just want to sell me their services *grins sheepishly while heading to recycling bin*. Umm, I haven’t gotten any farther in developing my website. My first assignment was stressful not just because of the neurotic stuff it brought up (what if the client thinks my work sucks? can I really be charging someone for doing this? etc.) but because it was a collaboration and I was left with only a couple of hours to do my part before the deadline. Note to self: always insist on a cushion! Another NTS: keep track daily of yays and grrs for this weekly post. That is all. Feel free to share your yas/grrs (biz-related or otherwise) in the...

Want to Rent Some Space in my Head?

Well, you can’t ! Ha hahahahahah, HA! Okay, sorry. That was a dirty trick.  Although why you would want to rent space in my head is beyond me. Granted, it is intelligent and not too bad looking with great hair (courtesy of a fab cut & style yesterday). And maybe your head is full to overflowing. But really. . . I’m actually clearing out my head right now. I’m creating a lot of space and while I’m not sure who I want to rent it to yet I am clear about who will not pass the background check. Someone once passed on a bit of wisdom to me that really made an impact, although I can’t remember exactly how that wisdom was worded. The sentiment was this: Don’t let anyone live rent-free in your head. What I took that to mean was that you shouldn’t let others’ beliefs and opinions become the truth you believe about yourself unless they are the kind that build you up and have a positive effect on your life. An example would be the parent who told you that a B in math just wasn’t acceptable with the result being that you decided you just weren’t good at math and never would be. You forever hear that person’s voice in your head when it comes to math and thus feel bad about yourself when you have to deal with numbers. That example totally doesn’t apply to me  because I pretty much got straight As. Wait a second, maybe it does. If I got (mostly) As in math, why do I go around believing that...

I Laugh When Babies Fall Down

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time. “A brother asked the Master, ‘How often must I fall and rise up?’ The Master replied, ‘until your death.’”~Ignatius Byranchaninon We’re all familiar with the whole baby steps idea, right? Especially the part about how when babies are learning to walk, they don’t give up after the first time they take a spill. Or the thousandth. The lesson being that just because we’re adults who have mastered the walking thing (most of the time, anyway), we shouldn’t give up if it takes us more than one or two tries at something before getting it right. So we know that no matter how many times we fall down, it’s how many times we get back up that matters. Yesterday I learned that it’s not just how many times we get back up, but how we get back up that makes the real difference. I was lucky enough to be babysitting my adorable nephew (yes, I’m one of those doting, annoying aunts—get used to it!) who is 14 months old. He’s been walking pretty successfully for a few months now and is on the verge of running. He just loves to practice this skill. While having the time of his life walk-running back and forth in front of my house, he fell—on the cement! I braced myself for the tears and the outstretched hug-me arms, but instead he just....

My Business is Not a Girly-Man

Nobody likes to admit they have weaknesses, let alone explore them in depth. This is especially true when it comes to starting a business. How are you ever going to get off the ground if you’re not putting up a strong front? The rub is that in order to truly give off a vibe of strength, you have to first address your weaknesses. Not that I have any, but I’ll pretend for the sake of this post :). Inspiration for This Post This post by Monica O’Brien at Twenty Set is the first in a series about entrepreneurship. She talks about addressing personality weaknesses in regards to your business in three steps: Discovering your personality type by taking the  Myers-Briggs personality test Identifying your weaknesses Brainstorming ways to overcome those weaknesses Step One: Test Results I am an INFJ: Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging distinctively expressed introvert moderately expressed intuitive personality distinctively expressed feeling personality very expressed judging personality Wow! The in-depth description I just read (here, if you’re really interested) fit me to a T (or an INFJ). It basically said that I like to make people’s lives easier and that while I can hang solo or in groups, I prefer to work 0ne-on-one to effect change. The INFJ personality type often is able to express well through the written word and is a natural fit for inspirational professions, such as teaching or counseling. Step Two: Main Weaknesses While I can appear to be extroverted, I am really an introvert. While I do enjoy spending time with others, I am much more likely to burn out from too much...

Mad Love Monday #3

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. They may be a couple of cute little blonds but Caitlin Crosby (who I saw open for the Bare Naked Ladies the other night) and Brie Larson have a great message/mission about female body image. Monica O’Brien over at Twenty Set is doing a blogging series about entrepreneurship. This is the first post and look for one from me answering her questions about overcoming personality weaknesses and business. Yes, yes, yes! I loved this reminder about my days in college studying theatre. Something not mentioned in this post is improv and the word yes—as in “yes” is always your answer. It is one of the only rules in improv but is so important for keeping scenes going. How can we say yes to everything in a way that is good for us? Aha! More great reasons to avoid the news! Thanks,...