Hi there! I’m a web developer, former programmer, professional artist, lifelong entrepreneur with multiple successful ventures under my belt, and mom to three amazing people (2 of them are adults now), as well as two lovely but sometimes very naughty dogs (okay, so, one of them is very naughty 99% of the time and the other is very very good 99% of the time).
I have a wide variety of interests but my passion is for people. I learned that the key to all of my success in life has been this passion – whether it’s teaching or learning, creating or planning, or simply producing.
Over the past few years, I have faced some serious, unplanned-for challenges. I know that you have probably experienced the same. It can be very difficult when you are facing something that you didn’t plan for – particularly as an entrepreneur. It takes adjustments that you may or may not feel comfortable in. I’ve learned that, no matter how successful you are, if you don’t plan for those things that we can’t predict, it can be beyond devastating. If you have had the good fortune to have not faced any challenges in your business or personal life – that’s fantastic! But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t assume that they won’t happen or ignore the possibility that they may.
The truth is, I have a chronic autoimmune disease. When I was diagnosed with it 11 years ago, I knew the statistics of what “might” happen. But, I continued to build several successful businesses after the initial diagnosis – and help other entrepreneurs & artisans do the same along the way. However, when my health took a major turn that affected my ability to physically work my business as a professional artist, I was angry & felt sort of deflated & extremely lost. Like many entrepreneurs, my business was built on my ability to work. If I couldn’t work or fill orders, I knew it was only a matter of time before the business suffered. Instead of allowing that, I moved into a consulting role for the business and gave the reigns to a new owner. Throughout the last 25 years, I’ve found myself helping, coaching, and consulting other entrepreneurs on building a successful business – I’ve been there with both service and product (artisan) businesses. The only thing that has changed since the “worst” happened, was that I have added extra information on long term & “what if” planning that I didn’t include before – because I know how hard it can be to go through a worst-case scenario AND quickly formulate alternate plans all at the same time. I know that, when the “unthinkable” happens, it’s not a good time to be trying to figure out the logistics of keeping a business running.
My goal here is to inspire, uplift, and help you build your business into your very own fairy tale.
I will cover a range of topics – from business to natural health to a little bit of techy stuff, family, and more. As you know, you are more than just your business AND everything in your life potentially effects your business because of the nature of being an entrepreneur – so, we will look at *all* of it so that you get the information you need to create your own fairy tale.