The posts from this time last year were all about life lessons that come with starting and owning a business. Do you remember that great leap into the unknown and the exhilaration, strength and realization of self that come with taking that risk? We restated the benefits of making time for a monthly review to assess and keep present with how you envision your business growing. Do you dream of attaining the bliss of a vacation getaway…even for just a few days? Did you give our vacation challenge a try (and tie up all those loose ends, too)! We also reflected on the life-long feelings of impatience and expectation for things to happen faster…and how here and now is really where it’s at. We closed the week with an interview from Stephanie Frazier Grimm, of Couture Parties, who has combined her talents and interests in many business ventures.
It’s somewhat difficult to remember what it was like when I made the big leap into entrepreneurialism. It was 2004 when I left my job to start mmm… paper, my wedding invitation company. Lately, I’ve been trying to remember what that felt like. I’ve been meeting so many new business owners and I want to put myself in their shoes. I do remember it being scary and exciting all at the same time. But, I’m trying to remember what was going on at the core of who I was at that point in my life. How did it all evolve?
Are you working ON your business, not just IN your business? I ask this question a lot because as small business owners daily operations can bog us down and we don’t stop to think about our company on a grander scale.
I encourage you to set aside one day a month for a MONTHLY REVIEW. However you schedule this in, make sure that it’s on your calendar for EVERY MONTH.
You know that feeling of exhilaration that you feel as you are on an airplane on your way to a relaxing vacation? It’s that feeling of excitement, exhaustion, euphoria, relaxation… all bound together. Why is that? Yes, you are going on a very much-needed vacation. It’s a feeling that is based not only on the fact that you are taking time off, but also a feeling of completion.
Chances are that you have spent the last several days getting everything in order. You have crossed your t’s, dotted your i’s, signed the last check, sent out proposals and contracts, sent the last email, cleaned your desk, put up your out-of-office email response, and shut down your voicemail. All of the loose ends have been contained. And, gosh darnit… doesn’t it feel AMAZING?!
This is a concept that David Allen talks about in his book, “Getting Things Done”. The idea is that in order to truly live at peace, you should be…
We all want to get *THERE* faster, don’t we? We all want to get to that next point in our lives where everything is “better” or “more successful” or “amazing”. That desire never ends.
Stephanie Frazier Grimm is a girl after my own heart: a serial start-up queen! Couture Parties is Stephanie’s second business. Her first was a baby accessory company called Mama & Bambino. (Side note: I too was in the “kid clothing & accessory world” in my past life. That is one crazy industry… lots to talk with Stephanie about there.) She sold the business in 2006 and started Couture Parties in 2008. Couture Parties is a wedding design and planning company based out of Rhode Island.
What I’m REALLY loving is her latest venture: Get The Party Started, a party for 8 in a box. Stephanie has married her experience in the kids accessory world with her party planning expertise and created this super cute collection of party accoutrements. Custom, fun party meets convenience and affordability!