Getting reconnected

Today I was thinking about getting “really” reconnected with a couple of my high school knock around girls. After all this time I still feel a special connection to these girls, well should I say women. I would like to be involved in their lives in a real way. I want to know them on a deeper level than Facebook.
How are you supposed to accomplish that invitation¬†without sounding creepy. Email, voicemail or otherwise, I mean ew, right? That negative, fearful, rejection loathing bad perspective has plenty to say about that. However, I’m choosing to skim over that part and take some action.
I’m not sure what to do or how to ask someone to “get the friendship back together” but I’m just going to tell it like it is I guess. I’m just going to put it out there and see what happens. I’m never gonna get them back into my life just wondering!

Business lesson learned today: Don’t be afraid to reconnect.

A business needs contacts and connections to survive. The more connections you have and the more efficient you become in handling them will really pump up your volume! ūüôā Most times your biggest sale comes from the most unlikely places.
Dive back deep into you contact list and say hello to everyone. (Make sure you weed out contacts that slipped in and aren’t really related to your company’s future). Maybe reintroduce yourself and let them know what big actions you’ve taken since seeing them last. Don’t apologize; just check in on them. See if anything has changed in their lives, see if now is a good time to work together.

When you make strong connections and keep them in tact you win. Keep in touch but don’t smother. Send out ‘newsletters’ quarterly and post on their Social media boards. You want everyone¬†on your list to be in some way connected with a similar¬†target market at bare¬†minimum. That way you can toss information

To ease the fear of wasting my time at networking and social events I set a goal for myself.
“Today I will meet all the __________ and get contact information.”
“I’m going to identify every person in my target market and get some survey answers.” Etc.

This way you can focus on making an impression and not on where you should be instead. Who knows you might even get some real referral business.

The same goes with networking and old/forgotten contacts.

Getting reconnected just made it to the top of my to do list.




Small Adjustments

Once again to steal from Mike TPE, Chapter 8, he quotes something that really sums up most small business owners attitudes, most people in general actually .

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.”

It’s so sad when you really think about being in that place. Maybe you’re in that place now. It sucks and I know it’s rotten because I just climbed out of that mess. (If you don’t get it or you’re confused¬†just stop reading this because you can’t handle the truth! )This train of thought only leads to a discouraged and defeated human being. Destined to be unhappy until they receive their wake up call. Pick up the phone.

The only thing that is going to make anyone happy is their true passion. Everybody has one. But it’s also different for everyone. I have grand aspirations and lofty¬†(but achievable) goals. My husband on the other hand does not.
What my husband taught me was that a true passion doesn’t have to be grand. It can be as simple as being a good father and making your wife happy. You wouldn’t think that would be a bad thing. Unless for some reason your want for more things, more money in order to do more of what you want cloud your head.
because¬†happiness is different for everyone. Once I accepted my husband’s gift¬†of WANTING to be a good father and husband was good enough for me. Just saying that makes me want to vomit but that’s literally what happened. I had to realize that¬†I must¬†let him be happy his way. As long as I tell him what I need he will try his best to do it well. That’s what makes him happy and it’s okay that my passion isn’t his passion. It works.

Let this anonymous quote stir you. See what kinda dust kicks up.

When plans start to take shape you will get the courage to keep following your true passion. Really take steps forward. even baby ones! Live by the motto “Today is the Day! Make it Happen!” And trust me when I tell you, the moment the¬†Ruebix cube of your life snaps together it won’t be a surprise.


The Valentine
New marketing photo by:
Maurice Cavada.

Shaken with excitement


Have you ever come to so many conclusions at once that you start shaking? I’m seriously shaking with excitement. I can not believe I just wrote the email I just wrote. I dunno what the recipient thought but I thought it was brilliant. I guess I’ll find out soon enough what becomes of that leap of faith.
In addition to that I came up with a whole new concept to revolutionize my company and get back together with some long lost very distant friends. I imagine I feel like Eboniser Scrooge did when he got back from his wake up call.

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

I recently was given a gift from Sarah Shaw from Entreprenette. I can’t believe what an impact it’s had on me and my business in just one week.
I’ve been on sort of¬†personal journey the past couple of months and have totally done a 180. I’ve been striving to look at the world in a different way. Then comes this book by some guy named Mike Michalowicz.
The book is titled, “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, The tell-it-like-it-is guide to cleaning up in business, even if you are at the end of your roll.”
Honestly, that just about sums up the whole book.
Mike does an excellent job of calling the reader to action and getting results. At least from my experience. I really felt connected to him throughout the book. Like he was my big brother coaching me through rough times or something epic like that.
Each chapter is presented in a format that is honest, concise and easy to implement into your daily routine. I highly recommend this material for anyone who needs a pep talk. Not only a pep talk but a serious wake up call!
The instructions are simple. Do it, do it now and figure out the fine details as you go alone. That is as long as the result gets you closer to the final destination. I can’t express eloquently¬†enough how grateful I am to have stumbled upon this gem. I’m going to read it a second time and actually write the homework answers down on paper this time. I’m actually looking forward to reading it again. I want to really dig deep and see what I find.
What I enjoyed most is that Mike forces you to think about yourself. What your needs are and what drives your personal passion. Fantastic stuff. Round 2, Fight!!

To succeed, we must first believe that we can.

– Michael Korda

Until next time,

Mike says himself that this book is not for everybody, for one he curses a lot, so check out the website for a preview.

In additon to the book Mr. Michalowcz gives his readers printable workbook pages, videos and multiple great links to keep you on track.

Take action every 15 mins

What I’m going to take with me on my business adventure today is…. I want to take action every 15 mins. I want to take a 10 min break every 45 minutes to recoop.
I’m a procrastinator by nature so my action for this 15 minutes is writing this post. What I learned today is pretty simple. I’m scared to death and am petrified to take action. I mean ANY action. This makes me feel small and helpless. However, I AM NOT small and helpless.
I think I figired out that what upsets me the most about running my business from home. Simply put, losing focus and “wasting my own time”. This combined with hudge goals with drawn out completion dates overwhelms my system. I literally don’t know where to start and yet my head is tumbling over my to-do list.

Enter the victorious conjour of time, me!
I decided to break down my business into a few major catagories that can’t wait!! Making sure that they all work together in moving toward my final destination(hopefully in the quickest means possible).

First, I scheduled each task a full or half day (depending on my committments) for research and development.

Second, i broke each “critical issue” into “micro-issues”

And Lastly I took each “micro-issue” on my list and broke it up into 15 minute acomplishible goals.

By the end of day one I had a detailed picture of a critical part of my business and like 100 mini-victories. I’m actually starting to gain some confidence.

I plan on encouraging myself for every victory from now on! Even the ones that only take 15 mins to complete.

Today is the Day!
What could you do in 15 mins? Find out, Start now!

Remembering what’s important.

Pondering Important things

Heather Cannon CEO of Hip Chick Industries is officially starting a Blog!!

¬† Lately I’ve been focusing¬†on¬†“remembering what’s important”. In the past, well let’s be honest, year I’ve been struggling to make a business out of aprons. Let me tell you producing a product is the easy part! Compared to a harsh wake-up call or an unresponsive market.
  I mean I guess instead of over thinking my situation and not taking action, I went head long into full production of multiple products. I dove into trade shows and car shows. I hit the world at 1,000 MPH. Everything was smooth sailing until: the impact of the profit vs. loss statement in quarter 2 kicked in, that is.
¬† Then¬†some fear started to¬†set in. I started¬†living in fear of disastrous failure. In fact until this week I’d been completely crippled by it. Unable to move forward and getting lost in endless distractions.¬†I lost myself and my confidence. So sad ūüė¶

My first action step forward was to make a list of really important things for me to live by in every aspect of my life. 

The following things are important to Heather Cannon:
(although, not in order of importance)

1. Family
2. Stability
3. Friendship
5. Honesty
7. Trust
8. Follow through
9. Accountability
10. Dignity
12. Self Respect
13. Humility
14. Peace of Mind
15. Courtesy
17. Optimism
18. Humor
20. Strength
21. Building a strong Future

  Once I got the list put together, I realized I had nothing to fear. I just needed to be a true representation of this list. For myself, my family and within my business. Stepping out of fear seems to be a daily process at times but at least now I recognize that.

¬† Remembering what’s important¬†is knowing who you are and what you stand for. Having a list¬†around the house, in the car or in your office is a¬†great way to¬†avoid the “fear¬†factor.”

Until next time,


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