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Sweep and sew and cook and clean,
Smile when Esmeralda’s mean.
Try not to make your Stepmom mad.
All this time where was your Dad?
It’s my lame attempt at grade school poetry but didn’t you always wonder why Cinderella’s Dad never showed up to protect her from her evil stepmother and those sloth-like stepsisters? Her patience was rewarded. When the last glass shoe dropped she ended up with a prince, a palace, and a happy ending. All she had to do was work like a slave and believe in magic.
Horoscopes are written by people who study the planets but in the end put their own spin on what it all means. Since we’re masters of our own lives or should be, we can read what the year of the horse may bring using my formula: take what we like and leave what we don’t.
The Chinese believe that those born in the year of the horse have a strong need to improve themselves and they make a constant effort to do so. Horse people are probably the ones who propel self-help books to the bestseller lists.
They are also energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. In ancient lore they are designated ‘Qianli Ma’, meaning “a horse that covers many thousands of miles in a day. I like the sound of that but must take care not to use up too many of those miles chasing my tail.
Believe in it as year of transformation and do what you need to do to make the glass slipper fit. Believing in Magic Worked for Cinderella.
I found a list of their characteristics on ChinaTravelGuide.com
As much as I loved to write articles about fashion and style, I discovered that the more I wrote, the faster my bank balance evaporated. I had to figure out a way to make money AND I wanted to still be doing something I love.
For the last six months, I’ve been reinventing myself and my website. I realized that as much as I love clothes, I loved jewelry even more. After years of designing clothing for BIG companies I decided to see if I could design jewelry on my own.
Designing on my own means I no longer have legions of opinionated colleagues and corporate buyers to please. So, I have to ask you all to be the judge – the new E-commerce jewelry store is up and running, and I love it. The bigger question is do you love it?
In addition to my new jewelry venture, I never intended to stop writing. The difference is now besides writing about the designs of others I am also going to tell you about my own designs. I will share with you how the creative process works as well as how the business challenges fill my day. This will be more personal and I hope more meaningful. I know it will be for me.
As many of you know, I’ve written many, many articles since I started Flashionista.com 3 years ago. But, I’ve been working away quietly and a girl can’t make a business staying under the radar. If no one knows you’re there, you might as well not be. So now that I have a new site, a new e-store, and a new jewelry line, I need to do things differently.
The biggest learning curve I’ve encountered is marketing myself. I have NO problem mingling with a room full of strangers but when it comes to selling myself I can really get tongue tied. THIS is what I’m REALLY working on now. I decided to incorporate stories into my posts about a woman (me) re-creates a successful career.
For the last 3 years I’ve been meeting groups of other women entrepreneurs who were also re-starting careers. I realized that I was not alone. There are a lot of us out there who are re-tooling our important areas of our lives. In my case, I’m re-styling my career after over 25 years of working for others.
Creating my business is only the first step. Now I have to make it successful. So I hope you will stay tuned to Flashionista.com to learn about how that is working and NOT working. I plan to be VERY honest about both.
And I will continue my fashion and style advice, because a girl cannot conquer the world without paying attention to the MOST important ingredient to her success which is HERSELF.
I got an email from a longtime friend who’s been following me for several years. She said she was recently inspired to do two things that changed her life. She colored her hair AND she started a group for several women who, like herself, needed to get unstuck. They get together regularly and coach one another.
Seems the new hair color boosted her self-confidence enough to go out and gather together other women she knew could use a boost. This was great news! It’s happening all over that groups of women are finding strength in one another.
Her email inspired me to tell you about a similar group that I affectionately call my posse but is aka my Creative Mastermind Group.
About 2 years ago I sent out an email to women I know who have at least 20 years work experience and are now reinventing their businesses and/or careers. I explained that the purpose of the group was to create a “personal board of directors,” that could help us solve problems that we were facing with our individual projects.
The initial meeting drew about 15 women. They were all interested and at that initial meeting we laid out draft for creating forward momentum. I invited everyone back the next month and asked for a 6 month commitment from those who were really serious about moving their proverbial trains. By the third meeting the group had dwindled down to the “core six.”
Now 2 years later we’re going strong. We had one drop out replaced by one new member this past year. We’ve become close friends as well as business coaches for one another. We all share common goals that include building sales, defining our brand, and taking on marketing with a vengeance.
We’ve worked on vision boards, hired coaches, and read books related to business, mental toughness, and soulful purpose with intense discussion on to apply what we learned to our own lives and business.
About 6 months ago we invented what we lovingly call ‘the fairy chair.’ At each monthly meeting one of us is designated to sit on the chair with wings. For the next hour that person is treated to a brainstorming session on any issues with which they need some input. It’s an opportunity for them to benefit from 6 other brains.
My Fairy Chair session is coming up! Can’t wait to share what happens here. Once I put it in writing I’m accountable. Right?
I always think I can do it all. BUT I want to approach things differently this time by focusing only on the important stuff. Yesterday, I shared with you how a couple of sentences in a book inspired me to put together my list of things to remember before I go taking on the world (as I have a habit of doing). Here are my 8 Things to Remember BEFORE Biting Off More Than I Will Be Able To Chew.
1) Know what you need to succeed. For my jewelry business it’s a beautiful product line, sales outlets, and marketing plans to boost my visibility.
2) Of those things, identify what you will be the best at providing. For me it’s the product and the sales.
3) Decide how much you want to invest in the things you don’t feel as confident about. Yes, be willing to enter new territory, but don’t end up with too many learning curves all at once. It’ll drive you crazy. (Take if from one who’s been there.)
4) Of the things on your list that you feel less confident about, decide which ones you want to tackle and which ones are best left to experts.
5) I want to be engaged in my marketing, but I realize it’s a HUGE concept! It involves social media, learning how to pitch myself and my product to media and customers, and networking with people who can help me. I may find that I want to add professional help but for now I’m jumping in.
6) If you can’t do it and it needs to be done, figure out how to get it done. See point 7.
7) Network. Network. Network. You gotta give to get. . I’ve been very generous with my time and in return have developed a super network of people who help and mentor me in the jewelry business.
8) Beware of the time-sucking collaterals. In my case, it was learning photography so I could take photos of my products for my web site. Some of these can’t be avoided so it’s important to identify which are critical to the success of the project and plan how to get them done. My blog post for next week (April 25 will cover this topic)
No one can do it all. There’s no more powerful recipe for succeeding than focusing on the important stuff.
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