What if …

Happy Monday!

We all wonder what it would be like “if” we could take our business to that next level. We search high and low for that big “A-ha” moment in our business and start daydreaming. Well, I hate to burst your bubble of the ever-thinking idea of, “If I made ____, my life will be perfect!” Or, “If I get that big investor, everything will be good.” Or, “If I get that order from Bloomingdale’s, my business will be set.” As much as it’s good to think BIG for your business, (trust me, I’m a big vision person too) you also need to start breaking down those BIG goals into real bite-size action plans. If you have a BIG goal, how can you make them happen?

Someone wise once told me that your BIG breakthrough is already in your business, right under your nose. Start combing through your business and look under those rocks — you would be surprised to see that your biggest opportunity has been sitting all along.

Here are a few places to start:

  • Do you have a blog interview request in your inbox that can lead to new connections and potential sales?
  • Do you need to increase your prices?
  • Does your website need a makeover but you haven’t given the green light?
  • Do you have a networking opportunity coming up that you are not sure about going?
  • Do you need an assistant but have not put up that ad on craigslist yet?
  • Is there a coach that you wanted to work with but haven’t made up your mind?
  • Is there a store around the corner that you want to approach but haven’t?
  • Is there a win-win partnership idea that has been brewing in your mind but haven’t approached them about it yet?

Who knew that YOU are the “what if” that you have been waiting for?

Make a list of 8 things that you haven’t acted on and let’s turn your plan into action.

Here’s to creating a business you love!







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let’s do this!

Hey there,

In this age of go go go, it’s easy to forget or overlook the value of pause and reflection. Rather than being a waste of time, reflection can actually give you more clarity which then leads to more productivity. It doesn’t matter if you’re a wellness instructor or restaurant owner or designer/artist, it is important to set aside time each week to reflect on the week, month and year.  Are you ready to do this?

Here are 3 simple steps:

1) Spend a few minutes on Monday reflecting on what occurred the previous week –  the good and the bad.

2) Write down any missed opportunities and areas for growth. Nip those “not so good” ideas in the bud. Here are some questions to get your juices flowing – How were your sales for the week? What did you sell a lot of and need to replenish? What products maybe weren’t as popular as you expected? Were there any opportunities you missed? Were your marketing efforts successful? How was your web traffic?

3) Track your performance. Once you’ve answered these questions applicable to your business, you’ll be giving yourself a great way to track progress and ideas. Then, you can start making improvements! Even the most successful businesses are constantly evolving and improving. :)

What are you most excited for 2013?
I am most excited about inspiring other creative entrepreneurs to create the life they want and make it happen! We have so many exciting ideas in the works and can’t wait to share with you all in the New Year!


image: courtesy of tattly


you’ve been knacked!

Hey there,

Hope you’re having a great start to September!

As entrepreneurs, we wake up each morning ready to make decisions that will alter the course of our journey. Whether it’s something big, or seemingly small, our choices affect how we live our lives and run our businesses. From big picture moments like moving, changing a technique or hiring someone new, to a small change like taking a new route to work, every movement offers the opportunity for growth and change. Being open to these chance happenings and meetings can make all the difference.

Barb Blair of Knack Studios is a wonderful example of someone taking a chance and making a decision to push forward.

On a visit to New York City five years ago, she decided to walk down my block (east 9th street) and noticed Pink Olive. Though closed at the time she made a mental note to come back when she knew our doors would be open. She had no idea at the time that this little decision would shift the course of her journey into entrepreneurship. She shared with me on numerous conversations the feeling she got when I greeted her. “I began to browse at all of the wonderful things you had displayed I became more and more comfortable and was so excited to be in a shop with so many beloved brands. Everything was displayed and curated so well.” After talking for some time we realized just how much we had in common and I wanted nothing more than to share my own story of having taken a chance on my dream of opening my own store.

One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had has been recounting this meeting with Barb. As she’s told me, “You were one of the main catapults in my creative endeavor. I am forever grateful for your kindness and honesty with a then stranger that you had no clue was struggling with some major life decisions. You just never know what people need to hear…and I am glad that I walked through your door that day.” Something struck a chord with her because from this chance meeting Barb went straight back to the landlord she had been speaking with in South Carolina, signed her lease and opened up the now wonderfully successful Knack Studios. Creating works of art in the form of custom furniture Barb now inspires me on a daily basis. Her work has been featured on reputable blogs such as Decor8, Design Sponge and will be releasing her first Knack book in Spring 2013. You can be sure to get an invite to Barb’s book launch party at Pink Olive next Spring!

You never know what effect taking a new route to your morning chai latte will have, or what inspiration lies at the end of your next quick chat with a stranger. The world is full of extraordinary people and extraordinary chances, you just have to stay open to it all.

Are you taking chances every day to make your dream happen?