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things have changed…

I've been needing to write this post for a while now, but the words were just never there.  I have felt stuck with my blog for a few weeks, though, and I knew I would feel stuck until I made myself sit down and write. I need to tell you, my readers, that things have changed. Don't worry.  It's all good stuff.  I'm not dropping any bombs, here.  I just need to put it out there, maybe more for  (read more …)

the business brain & the human heart

Before I get into the thick of it, I have to say that you all overwhelm me so often!  The first installment of the Lucketts Leftover Sale went live today and pieces were selling before I could even get everything live on the site.  So, I'm "listening" to what you're "saying" and I need to have more things for sale online on a more regular basis.  That's a part of a grand plan, anyway, but I can  (read more …)

CEO lessons & january goals

Sunday night, I was conflicted.  We had just flown in from our trip to the Vintage Whites Market.  I had been "working" all weekend and I really wanted (and needed) to just spend Monday at home...cleaning, hitting the grocery store, unpacking, etc.  You know the drill.  I own my own business, so I can do that, right? Yes, I could.  But I wasn't going to.  I've declared 2016 as the year I'm  (read more …)

dear reader | what are you afraid of?

When I posted my first "dear reader" post, I asked for suggestions of what you, my readers, would like me to write specifically to you. I received this suggestion from Krista and I really loved it, so this is what I'm writing about today... "I do have a suggestion for the "Dear Reader" series, "What are you afraid of?"  What I mean by this is I have ideas, plans, goals for my own business/craft  (read more …)

business, blogging & balance

In a recent comment, Cami made a request. "I for one, would love to hear you talk about balancing a blogging career with kids and family.  I'm just getting mine rolling and I feel so overwhelmed at times.  You've been going at this longer and I would love to hear your ups and downs and ways to manage it all.  Balance.  The great juggling act of life! ;)  Thanks for all your words!" Oh, Cami.  (read more …)

thank you for your honesty

On the way down to Atlanta and back last week, Kriste and I listened to the first two audio books in the Divergent series.  I've become a real fan of listening to "books on tape", as I call them (and Jeff makes fun of me for it), when riding in the car for long periods of time.  It makes the trip so enjoyable. The story brought up a conversation... which faction would you be in?  Kriste answered  (read more …)

what do blog readers want?

...or, more specifically, what do you want from this blog?  From me? "Stop reading minds and start asking questions." These words were up on one of the slides that Jon Acuff, the keynote speaker at Haven, presented.  His entire "talk" was awesome and encouraging.  Just what I needed.  But, those words were one of those inspirational nuggets that hit me like a ton of bricks. "...start asking  (read more …)

getting off the merry-go-round

In my business I've had to make some tough decisions.  The hardest thing for me is to say no and to set limits.  I want to fly as high as my wings can carry me and I don't want to be limited by things like sleep and time to crash on the sofa to watch a movie.  I love my work and I love being productive, so it's hard for me to sit, be still and rest.  It's hard for me to see the great potential in  (read more …)