Inspirational Friday

February 15, 2019

This can apply to all things in life (both big and small).  Starting a business…introducing a new product…trying out new markets.  There are so many things that I have succeeded at and many things I’ve fail at. I’ve learned from that failure. It’s never been a waste.  Any from all of this some amazing new friendships were formed.  I got to experience and learn from others. I got to be an inspiration for others.

Life is a journey with many ups and downs.  Here’s to more adventures!


Inspirational Friday

January 25, 2019

As many of you know I am working on my Master Exam Certification (through the HSCG).  I had to kind of put work on hold the past four months as I was overwhelmed with show season. Now, I’m working like a crazy lady on it as my deadline fast approaches.

I’ve come across this quote at various times in my life and it popped up again and it seemed appropriate for this month.  As a teacher, a student, and never ending learner (more than just a student) this resonates.  Especially now as I work on my Master Exam. The whole point of the exam is exactly this.  It’s asking me to show/demonstrate my knowledge over a wide range of topics.  And when it comes down to it, if I can’t explain it simply, then I probably need to do more studying.

I also find I have more confidence in myself when I realize that I can take many of the topics on this test and (now) explain them simply.  I have definitely grown as a soap maker because of this test.  It’s pushing me to become more than I thought I could when it came to soap making.

Let the studying continue! I’ve got more to learn yet!

Inspirational Friday

December 14, 2018

Something a little different for December!  I love books (obviously).  Every year my goal is to read at least 50 books.  If you ask me for a book recommendation I could give you dozens upon dozens. I have favorite books I’ve read over and over. Reading lets me disappear into my imagination and get lost on the most amazing journeys!  So, I want to challenge all of you!  Read more next year.  Set up a challenge for yourself.  I’m on GoodReads (you can friend me).  If you want recommendations ask me! I’ll share my favorites.  Books are amazing things that will make you laugh and cry and add something special to your life!

Part 2: Guilty.  I generally have multiple books going at any given time.  I currently have about four books going.  I know! I know!

Inspirational Friday

November 16, 2018

Hindsight is 20/20 as they say.  When I look back at things I didn’t “get” in life I am kind of thankful now.  There are many things I still “wish” I’d gotten accepted to, relationships I wanted to work out, jobs I didn’t get that I still sometimes wonder about.  But I also know I wouldn’t be here with my own business if I hadn’t been “rejected” by those things I thought I wanted more than anything else.  Life has a funny way of working itself out despite our plans for it. 😉

Inspirational Friday

October 19, 2018

Recognition is nice, but don’t just do work just for it.  I’ve learned a few things in life watching award shows, attending award events, seeing people work for a prize: only a few come out with the “trophy”.  Guess what, that doesn’t mean any of the others were undeserving of that same reward.  And guys 99% of the time award giving is so subjective.

As an introvert with very high standards who doesn’t make waves or standout in any way I’ve seen myself passed over time and again for awards, recognition, and what not.  When I was a senior in high school I got really upset when I was over looked for an award.  It was then that I realized I was never going to be the outgoing person who made waves and stood out–like the student who did get the award.  Somewhere between freshman and senior year of college I stopped caring about trying to stand out.

To this day I’ve done everything (starting a business, teaching, taking on projects and other responsibilities, being in charge of projects…) because I wanted to.  Because it’s made me happy.  Because I knew I could make a positive difference.

Inspirational Friday

September 14, 2018

Make a list of all the things you’ve done that you never thought you “could”.  When you feel down or frustrated or defeated look at that list and let it be your inspiration.  You can do it!

Inspirational Friday

August 17, 2018

As I’m sure most of you know by now I am a writer.  I love to tell stories.  One of the biggest rules we lived by in grad school and critiquing was: cut, cut, cut.  If it doesn’t move the story forward you don’t need it.  I can’t tell you how many times I (figuratively) wept over cut scenes.  It was hard letting go of them, but when I got over the lost I would realize how much better my story flowed.

We can apply the same theory to our business.  How many of us do or offer *too much* …whether it’s types of soap, the number of products, events we’ll participate in…?

I am totally guilty of this.  I’ve gotten better. It took  couple years, but I realized there are products I make that just don’t sell well enough.  Or I was trying to make too many different product type to reach as wide a customer base as I could (which in the long run wasn’t really helping me). One of my 2018 goals was: less is more.  On many fronts I’m working on making “less” actually be “more”.

These words of advice aren’t just for writing!  I ask you this: What is one thing you could remove or not do from your business?  Now try it!  See what happens.  Are sales negatively (or positively) affect?  Do you have more (save) time?  Could you reduce your expenses?  Try it.  See what happens.