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By     |    Feb 1, 2011
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2011 Check-in and Reflection on 2010

What I learned in 2010 is simple: the things I swore to myself I wouldn’t do have brought me the most joy in my life. When I was in high school, I told myself daily that I was going to use my years of adulthood to work in a high-powered (but otherwise undefined) job, never waste time on “womanly arts” that could be bought for much cheaper (and of better […]

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By     |    Jan 25, 2011
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Part 1 of a 3-Part Series: Sassy Gets Flustered in NYC

I have to say, it’s a bit humbling to be given an umbrella by a pitying and insistent homeless man when one is on a business trip in New York City. “I can tell you really need this!” the kind man said, gesturing to his own warm set of woolen hats, forcing the already-opened awning into my hand one more time before smiling graciously, but a bit incredulously, at my […]

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By     |    Oct 25, 2010
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The First Month as an Entrepreneur – My “Martha” Calendar

If you’ve read Martha Stewart Living magazine, you know that one of the most prominently placed items that appears in the publication is Martha’s own monthly calendar. I read through it every month, even though I don’t even so much as glance at the Letter from the Editor or the Table of Contents. Frankly, it’s really interesting to see some of the ways she spends her time. And impressive that […]

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By     |    Oct 21, 2010
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(Business Startup) Masterpiece Theater

The Bootstrapper’s Bible, Total Leadership, anything by Edward De Bono…I’ve got stacks and stacks of books, next to my bed, under my bed…the cruel joke on entrepreneurs is even though they might be in the best position of their life to read, and use, information in classics like these, they have no time to do so. So what’s a time-strapped would-be-Richard-Branson to do? Perhaps it’s time to dust off the […]

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By     |    Sep 20, 2010
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Sweet Music for the New Biz

I’ve decided that I need a music playlist for the hours, days and months I’ll be pouring into my new business and to double as fun background music for events I’m at. (My booth will be rocking!)What I’m looking for are songs that have the words “sugar” or “sweet” in them (honey won’t cut it, but other words might), preferably as a key part of the song or as the […]

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By     |    Sep 17, 2010
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Creating a Wealth of Experience to Pull From…via Mentors

So, here’s the thing about this little company I’m starting. I’ve, uh, never started a company before. (Throat clearing sound.) And certainly not a food company. (A hard cough.) And, I need to cultivate business wisdom and experience as fast as possible, because in less than two weeks, I will be my own boss. (Yeeeeeeeessss!) Here’s the rub, though. It’s quite possible I will also be my own worst employee, as […]

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By     |    Sep 8, 2010
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The Happiness Project Works It Out – August Recap

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I was holding onto a secret that I wasn’t quite ready to share. But, as of yesterday, the secret is no more. I’m leaving my steady job during a huge economic downturn…to start my own small business venture full-time! So, why am I not throwing up yet? I have to admit, the combination of excitement and freak-out I’m feeling at this moment […]

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Spotted – Austin Images #1
By     |    Aug 22, 2010
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Spotted – Austin Images #1

I’ve started snapping pics of what I consider “typically Austin-tacious” things/sites/people. Here’s my first offering, spotted yesterday at Einstein Bagels.

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Tribute: To All the Mags I’ve Loved Before
By     |    Aug 8, 2010
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Tribute: To All the Mags I’ve Loved Before

The winds of change are always blowin’…but that doesn’t mean they don’t make me Thelma-and-Louise-style-mad when they take my favorite magazines with them. On the rare occasion that I’m being honest with myself, magazines, it turns out, are actually my preferred reading form. Though it might be lowbrow, I’ve learned to embrace it and not fight it. I love the paper, I love the ads, I love the bulleted, bite-sized […]

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By     |    Jul 2, 2010
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Short Story: The Hayfair Ball

As part of my Happiness Project, I’ve been attempting this month to cultivate creativity. This is a short story I wrote as a way to practice explaining situations in my head with words. Feedback welcome! There were a couple of youths in Hayfair that night who didn’t have dates to the Ball. One of them, a sandy-haired fellow named Brian, asked around, and after determining that the girl he’d been […]

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