the big three

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance, Running a Business35 Comments

When I worked in the corporate world (can you even imagine that?), I would keep a running to-do list on a legal pad.  Each day, I would work through the list until it was “quitting time” and, whatever was left on the list would get transferred to a fresh piece of paper as the start of my to-do list for … Read More

Tuscany, Paris, & Junk Bonanza

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Artistic Endeavors, Balance68 Comments

I have a couple of very exciting trips and events coming up this year that I wanted to share, in case you’re able to join me.  The first one is a biggie. A few months ago, I received an e-mail from one of my MMS Milk Paint retailers, Dana, of Le Beau Chateau.  She is a seasoned world traveler and … Read More

fear is not the boss

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance, Popular, Running a Business182 Comments

Confession time… The last 2-3 years have been a bit of a struggle for me.  Maybe more than a bit, if I’m completely honest. Before you roll your eyes and wonder what on earth I could be struggling with, hear me out.  (And stick with me, because there is a happy ending.) The struggle has been an internal one and … Read More

Creative Retreat Planning

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance, Running a Business43 Comments

I’ve been saying for months that I need to press the pause button, so I have some uninterrupted, concentrated time to think and recharge.  My thought is this would be a day at home and everyone in the house will pretend I’m not there.  Yeah, I know that was wishful thinking! My kids can pretend to be ninjas and spacemen … Read More

the business brain & the human heart

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance, my business story, Popular, Running a Business103 Comments

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 … Read More

CEO lessons & january goals

Marian ParsonsBalance, my business story, Running a Business52 Comments

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. … Read More