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Something new

Today I did something new. I went out to work. Meaning: I took my laptop outside and did work at my corner coffee shop. It was kinda nice to escape into the outside world. My lesson for today is work somewhere new and renew your spark.

I’m not saying I’m a weirdo who never gets out. Check my Facebook page, I get out. However, I don’t often get out of the house when working on my business. That is of course unless it’s for a meeting or something business related.

It can get kinda stale. You can only look at that pink postie, (you haven’t taken down because you haven’t completed that task but you don’t wanna forget so you leave it up) one more time before you crack.

So, today I went out and used by laptop for it’s intended purpose. I didn’t work at home. I ordered a pumpkin carmel latte and a glass of ice water, for here. I let my coffee get cold, like I always do when I’m working and I poured it over my leftover ice. It was quite nice except I was outside, in the cold, freezing my ass off so I could chain smoke while I worked. The teenager in me made a point to shiver with pride for not going inside once I realized it was freezing. Ridiculous.

In short, I didn’t feel like I got much done but I think breathing the city air at my cafe table was just what I needed to break up the week. I think maybe I’ll make a habit of doing once a week from now on. I would go more except this working girl is on a tight budget.

Until next time,

Heather 

 

Winter Break

 When school is out and the kiddos are home it’s hard for me to focus on what needs to be done. I struggle with finding the balance between selfishness for what I want to do and what I “should” be doing.( I think what I “should” be doing is a reaction to some kind of guilt at not spending every ounce of winter break focused on my children but even realizing that doesn’t change the way I feel about it! Weird!) 

 I have this big presentation coming up and it feels like I’m on a precipice looking down at the world as I know it and being certain it’s about to change. For the better, I know that for sure but how much? I want my life to change so that I hardly recognize it. I want to become a bigger better version of myself. I know I can do this but at the same time I’m afraid I can’t do it alone. Not that I absolutely can’t but I just don’t want to wait that long. If that makes any sense.

  I guess I knew that starting my own business would be a lot of hard work, I just wasn’t prepared for every task moving in slow motion. I’m happy doing it and I know everything I do has a purpose but I wish I could make multiple ME’S to get more things done. The to-do list just seems to get longer lately. Which can leave me feeling down like I’m not accomplishing anything.

  I guess my lesson for today is keep your head up and don’t be your worst critic. Today I needed an attitude adjustment and I owned it myself. I mentally reminded myself that I will get there and if I wake up tomorrow I can try harder, focus more and get as much done as possible. Even though my to-do list keeps growing it also has been rewritten because of all the tasks that have been completed. I just keep focusing on how much I have done vs. how much there is still to do. I delegate my tasks evenly throughout the week and make sure to do those things. Keep moving forward, everyday, I will, I can, I must succeed.

Until next time,

Heather

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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! 🙂 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.”
or
“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.

Always,

Heather

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.

Always,
Heather

The Valentine
New marketing photo by:
Maurice Cavada.

Shaken with excitement

Shaken

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.
Cheers!

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,

Heather
Mike says himself that this book is not for everybody, for one he curses a lot, so check out the website for a preview.
http://www.toiletpaperentrepreneur.com

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

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