Dream It. Plan It. Do It.

Have you ever been around someone who constantly talks about how busy they are? There’s so much work to be done yet not much ever gets accomplished. The conversations revolve around all the things on the list instead of actually working on it.

This thought process becomes a repetitive cycle of the perceived busyness versus being productive. So how do you break the cycle?

As we move into 2020, the resolutions will likely fail and we’ll fall back into bad habits. I know that sounds negative but the statistics about New Year’s resolutions are pretty bleak. Instead of another post about setting resolutions, I thought I’d share 3 steps to get started on your next accomplishment. Continue reading

5 Ways to Live Your Dreams without the Fluff

Live-Your-DreamsAre you a dreamer, but already grown up? I remember being a kid and dreaming about becoming a championship horseback rider. I also wanted to ride skateboards for a living. I could do a mean 180 back in the day. I was a fearless dreamer.

I also became one of those young adults who didn’t know what I wanted to do. I went to college and obtained my communication degree. Yes, that’s communication not communications. There’s a difference. And then I fell into marketing and stuck around ever since. Continue reading

Book Review: #GIRLBOSS

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia AmorusoAre you a #GIRLBOSS? Sophia Amoruso sure is and her  New York Times bestseller shares just how she grew her business from its MySpace beginnings to a $250- million fashion retailer success story.

I had never heard of Sophia Amoruso or her business Nasty Gal other than seeing her book on the “must-read” lists. We had a secret Santa gift exchange at the office and I received the book as a gift.

I love learning about successful business women, not so much about their net worth, but the journey to success they experienced. So I was excited to read the book and I’m glad I didn’t read the reviews prior to starting it. They’re a mixed bag of praise and criticism. Continue reading

Book Review: Body of Work

Book Review: Body of WorkJob longevity is becoming more rare these days. An employee staying at a job over 5 to 10 years is almost shocking. It’s not because people are fickle, but industries cycle and positions are cut.

As employees, we often get locked into tunnel thinking. Our job title becomes our identity and we can forget that we do so much more outside of work. That’s a scary mindset when you can lose your job at any time. Here today, gone tomorrow. Continue reading

Fear, Confidence and Stuff In Between

Fear, Confidence and Stuff In BetweenMy hubs and I worked on a relocation plan for over five years. I didn’t post too much about it because I really didn’t know if it would happen.

The truth is I was feeling pretty scared about taking the leap. Excited but scared.

We had many discussions about the kids, our family goals and the purpose of relocating. Why would anyone want to leave the Bay Area and move to Arizona? I think our move would have been financed if we were paid a dollar for every random comment about it being hot in Arizona. The more  comments I heard meant the more insecure I felt about what we truly wanted to do.

That’s what happens so often when we share our dreams and goals with the wrong people. They knock it down and make you second guess what you are doing. I started thinking about that fear, my confidence and all of that stuff that happens in between. Continue reading

The Interviews: Being So Rad!

Interview with Jasmine BashajMeet Jasmine. She is an entrepreneur who started her baby clothing company So Rad in 2009.

She offers tips and advice that not only budding entrepreneurs should hear, but also anyone who wants to start something new.  The first step you take can lead you into a life changing journey. 

Thanks for joining us Jasmine! Tell us about yourself, your career and business.
I’m Jasmine Bashaj, the owner of So Rad. I design baby clothing styles and the prints that go on them to create seasonal collections that are functional, fun and stylish. I have 3 jobs and 2 kids with another baby on the way. I’m a digital illustrator by trade and I continue to do freelance for a stock company in the US. I’m a professor at a local college in Toronto and I’ve got So Rad to keep me busy since I’m not busy enough I teach Photoshop, Illustrator and a studio simulation class. Continue reading

When the Entrepreneurial Bug Bites and So Do The Critics

Do you remember as a kid selling cookies for the Girl Scouts or Christmas ornaments for a school fundraiser? I did those things, except I sold cookies as a Brownie and miles for the walk-a-thon. I sold gift baskets for the neighbor across the street when she started a business and I even tried a lemonade stand at one point.

I remember my Dad building these test thermometer thingies in the garage when I was a kid as a side hustle to the corporate job before I understood what a side hustle really was. Thank you Pam Slim! Continue reading