July 29, 2007
As I was avoiding work the other day, or a week ago or a month ago.....but who is counting (yes, I do goof off at work but please don't tell my boss, you may have heard she is a real b*tch) I stumbled across a few great blogs you may want to read. Truth be told I love reading blogs, but find so many of them lose my interest or say....well it nothing new to read, and yawn just a "Day in the life of....". I love when they do one of the following:
B. Tell the truth
C. Have a sense of humor or are self-deprecating
D. Discuss things I actually care about
D. Relative to my life, my business or my industry
This blog is a great read, a company that documents what it takes to run a business.....all of what it takes to start a business. The woman who writes is a mother and, well a female (obviously) entrepreneur. She gives point by point details on what she is going through and holds nothing back. She did it a bit different from me, it is not as obvious what the actual company it is - and maybe that is better, she can be REALLY honest. If I had started blogging five years ago, this might be what I were writing, now I tend to tell it NOW and then back-track a bit. Going back through the archives is highly entertaining and very well written.
I am sure I have read this blog before, it's been around awhile and it is hysterical. This mother is so funny, so sarcastic and so true and honest (again I like that). I recommend this blog to anyone and everyone that has had children. Some of her posts are like looking into the mirror and thinking - why I thought that same thing...I just did not say it out loud. Other posts are pure humor and self-deprecating at what us mothers go through day after day. She has some amazing feed back, some press, some sponsors and probably a book deal....darn her, no kidding = bravo!
This is a blog I have read for awhile and I follow it weekly, waiting and watching to see, what is going to happen with her company. This is a woman is a mother, a fabric designer, an artist and boy can she sew. She gives away patterns, advice and teases us readers with snippets of what is happening with her new products....she is doing some amazing hair thingie trash ties thing that I CAN NOT figure out what they are. Her photographs are amazing (um ya I asked same quesition, what IS she bad at?) and I am just waiting to find about this latest product launch. So, even if I am (um okay very much) impatient about what is going on - I enjoy it immensely.
Julie Lenzer Kirk (Hmmm, that name sounds SO familiar....)
Anyhoo, she is an expert entrepreneur, and someone who built, ran and then sold a company. She is a coach, a writer, an author, and a mother - did I miss anything? I had the good fortune of meeting her - via my blog (of course, doesn't that sound so hip and like we are 20-something? Oh, well no not on myspace, guess I am NOT so hip). She has a blog and she another one on Working Mothers site.
I was honored to get an early copy of her latest book, had the good fortune of actually reviewing her book, "The Parentpreneur Edge". This is a great read, and an inspirational read for those that are running a business or those thinking of starting a business, or wishing they could run a business...and yes it does become relative if you are a parent. The book is about mistakes, choices and basically situations that are both relative to raising children and uh, raising your other baby....no not your husband....your BUSINESS.
The choices that she, and other "Parentpreneurs" made are very relative to us entrepreneurs. If you have not had to make the tough choices about whether to do this, or be there for that event...you are not an entrepreneur. I applaud the honesty (when they use there own names) of the people interviewed and Julie's own recollection of her experience when running a company AND raising children. A good summer or vacation (a vacation, what is that?) read for any independent thinkers in the group!
So - just so you know I am still working on my account of the Atlanta Gift Show (for you AND my accountant) but......er, however I did not want to jump the gun, or give a premature account of my experience. So many times (which is hard for me, you KNOW how impatient I am) these shows are more about connections, contacts, and even sales made after the show is over. I am continuing to make sales, make contacts and get inquiries even two weeks after the show is over. Next post is about the first day....I promise!