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The 3 things I'm not supposed to be doing.

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The 3 things I'm not supposed to be doing.

I read an article today that was proclaiming my business failure if I did “these 3 things”…. and guess what, I’m doing all 3.

WHO KNEW?

OBVIOUSLY, NOT ME. ( :

Though I appreciated the advice and I understood where the author was coming from, there are some things that I’m okay doing right now to keep my business running. For example, they advised me, as the business owner, not to do my own taxes, because it’s not my specialty. And though I don’t have my CPA credentials, I’ve been doing my taxes for many many years. My parents are both business people, they do part of their taxes and ship out the rest to accountants and bookkeepers. I remember going through different forms with my mom learning how to file, calling her in college when I needed to add new sections to claim on my report. Though I’m not overly excited about filing my income taxes or reporting my excise taxes, it’s a great way for me to wrap my head around inventory, expenses and I save funds along the way, so it’s a win for me.

More to the point, we’re surrounded with a lot of voices and opinions, freely given and shared online and in person. With each new tidbit, YOU get to decide whether or not that advice matters to you, whether it’s important to accept or needed in your life. It’s okay if it is important to you, and it’s okay if it’s not. Whatever motivates and inspires you to move forward with your dreams, with your purpose and with excitement, is what you want to involve in your journey.

Most often, we find this inspiration through others. So, find your crew - the people who lift, who build and who inspire you to feel confident about YOU.. all of you. Connect with them, share experiences together and listen to their thoughts. They have YOUR best interest. Quite simply, they care.

Happy weekend.

xo,
V

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Every Dream Matters

Every Dream Matters

Sometimes the first step is the hardest.

Sometimes the first step is the hardest.

Just start. Begin today - whatever it is you’ve been itching to do, those opportunities typically don’t come knocking at your door. So whether you choose to concept your unconventional idea on a napkin, open up an ETSY account or put your tennis shoes on for the first time in too long, you’ve just begun a new journey, and you’re going to be great!

While at a conference last year, a customer told me she had a dream to start her own gig, to make specialty items for little ones and how much fun she imagined it would be. I looked her straight in the eyes and boldly told her, “YES! That’s a great idea. Do it.” I think she thought I was kidding, knowing that my goods may conflict with her envisioned goods, so I grabbed for my card and said, “Take this. When you’re ready to launch something or want to take the next step, call me. There’s room for everyone. The designs and goods you envision will reach people I don’t reach, and the same goes for my products. It’s never too late to start. And I think you’d create something beautiful.” She was a bit shocked, but equally as gracious and grateful.

I genuinely meant what I said. There really is room for every dream to be realized…. every dream.

That means YOURS.

I know timing is essential. Sometimes we have to wait to actualize our dreams. Sometimes our babies keep us from sleeping, which keeps us from thinking straight, which keeps us from remembering what our dream was in the first place. Sometimes we need to grow a little more before we start a completely new chapter, and sometimes we just need to be ready to jump.

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And remember, there are a lot of people….and I mean a lot, who will benefit from your voice, your authenticity and your inspiration.

xo,
V