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Getting The Keys…Starting a Business

Starting a business is HARD.  It is A LOT of work. It is A LOT of red tape and wondering if things are going to work out and come together in time. I said I would blog about this: 1. So I could document the process; 2. So it can help others who want to start a business and 3.  To serve as a reminder of how far I’ve come.  So, here is what it took to get these keys: Step#1: Formed the business as a LLC for liability purposes.  This was as easy as going on the State Corporation…

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Native American Code of Ethics

Since Thanksgiving I’ve been researching and drawn to all things Native American. I think maybe because my grandmother was Cherokee, I’m back on Virginia soil, and maybe because I think about what happened to them and the loss of their land and culture. I found the below Native American Code of Ethics and many of these resonate with me as a way to live. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak. ~ I wake up now at 4:30 a.m. to get to work early and have since learned the…

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New Year, New Venture

How many people want to start their own business?  Many do. How many actually open their own business?  Some do. How many succeed in small business. Few do. After many years of creating business plans, buying business cards, “talking” about starting a business I’m finally going to open a brick and mortar business. It’s not just any building, it’s the same building that my father ran a local barber shop for 40 years. It’s like a dream come true. Walking in the building after all these years was magical for me. As I sit here over the holiday’s I can…

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Being Grateful No Matter What

Be Grateful even if things aren’t working out like you hoped. Be Grateful first thing in the morning…even if you don’t want to go to your job. Be Grateful that…this too shall end. Just live in a space of gratitude.  Why not?  Being Miserable….is a miserable way to live. Be Grateful.

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Never Say Never

Never say never because you don’t know what the future holds. Case in point: I’m back in purchasing, but with a twist.  I’m combining purchasing and training by working in procurement compliance.  It pretty fascinating because I can blend one thing I have years of experience in with the thing I do naturally. Although I thought I’d never want to go back into purchasing I feel like I’m at home with the purchasing discipline.  It’s been like riding a bicycle and a skill that I’ve missed using over the years. So, never say never.  Don’t shut the door on your…

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The Secret Is Letting Go

  Letting go is a secret to a happy life. Letting go means you’re okay with what happens. It is being okay with the results…whatever they are. It is allowing things to work themselves out and being okay with HOW they work out. Letting go is the opposite of holding on. But in order to learn the art of letting go you have to go through knowing what it feels like to hold on to what you want, what you desire, how you think things should go…then…let go of all of that. It is not easy.  It is actually hard…

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Finding Our Way

In order to find your way in your career or in life you need to stop “trying” and “struggling” to figure it all out. I know this is easier said than done when you are miserable.  What you will find is the more you struggle the more of a struggle it will be. Just know that things will work out…in time…and…on time.  That is the rub, you have to wait. Rushing things doesn’t help.   Fighting against what IS definitely doesn’t help. It’s a real mystery but when you embrace the suck of life then and only then do things…