Mad Love Monday #19

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. Cori Padgett reminds us of the importance of having not just a plan, but a backup plan for our ittybizzes, because life is unexpected and . . .never forget that while even the best laid plans can go off the rails… if you don’t have rails in the first place how do you know where you’re headed? Okay, so I’ve read about a million articles on how to deal with perfectionism. They’ve all contained useful advice. In Zoe Martin’s take, I found this to be a great mantra: Perfectionism Isn’t a Personality Trait. . .Perfectionism is a coping mechanism for unpredictability. Yup, that about sums it up. I hate sneaky lies! Thank you Jen Hoffman for saying exactly what I needed to hear about the abundance of overwhelm in my life, and giving me some options for turning things around. * * * Have a madly marvelous...

Learning is the Devil

Most of the time, learning is a good thing. Knowledge is power, and all that. But like anything else, you can have too much of a good thing. You can become addicted to it and turn it into something less than helpful, if not down right evil. I know Lent just ended, but the Devil is apparently finished with Jesus for now and wants to tempt me with something I consider as necessary for survival as food and water: learning. Specifically, learning how to create the best ittybiz I can. And so I am going to enter the desert, not forsaking food but Business Resources Acquisitions. First Step: Admit you have a problem. Ahem. Hi, my name is Christine and I’m a learnaholic. I love to read and research, and if I could get paid to go to school forever I probably would. Give me a new topic and I will spend hours finding the best books, ebooks, blogs, articles, recordings, etc. However, I will not always review everything I find. Right now, I have an overwhelming amount of resources sitting on my virtual and physical bookshelves, just waiting to be devoured and put into play. It’s all good stuff, but it won’t do me that much good if I never look at it. Yet I can’t stop acquiring information! Some reasons: I’m a new ittybiz owner, and while I wait to get my own experience, I want to find out all I can about others’ experiences. I like to know as much as possible about something before I take action on it. People I really admire keep putting...

Mad Love Monday #18

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. The quasi-Spring Break edition! It’s a little short because somehow my week of spaciousness filled up extremely quickly. Three is my lucky number, anyway. Some great suggestions of inspiring women from the past. I’ve already ordered Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus and wish-listed a bunch more! Am I trying to be stupid? No? Then why do I have such a hard time prioritizing relaxation when it’s a scientific fact that a calmer self=smarter self? This has been something I’ve been pondering lately, the idea that following our passions is the best way to make a meaningful contribution to the world. Jay Forte says it all right here: I believe the greatest gift we are given is the ability to invent our lives. Click on over to The First 30 Days blog to read more. * * * Have a madly marvelous...