As I take a bit of respite from production, and spend time with family (and catch up on paperwork!!!), I realize how much I’ve learned since starting simple. pure. love.
- I had no idea what a plugin, widget or ninja form was.
- I had no idea how to use Facebook, Instagram or any other social media site.
- I had no idea about complying with FDA and FTC requirements.
- And I had no idea how much joy I’d find in frustrating the heck out of myself.
Between themes that give you the template from which you then build your website; chat sessions with complete strangers willing to put up with my ignorance when it comes to everything technical; hours of internet searches; a session with Jessica at the Gunn Memorial Library to learn how to use social media; and with the support my near and dear friends and family who believed I could (and should) do it – I actually did figure it out!
At this point, it feels like my technical education has plateaued and I’ll need an advanced degree to go any further. Any sort of technical advancement I do make is based on trial and error, and I can never remember how I figured it out. Instagram still boggles my mind, but I have a page – Facebook too, with followers! I’d say that’s a score! (Let’s not discuss Twitter – what the heck would I even tweet?). And then there’s graphics and labeling (I just want to get my new labels printed!!!!). Pantone colors, Adobe Illustrator and die cutting has me at a standstill for new label production. I am working on my photography skills though, even if I filter the hell out of pictures. In the end, I know it will work out – one way or another. We all have to start at the beginning.
A very special, loving thank you to all of those who follow, like, share and love simple. pure. love. It’s been so much fun to listen to your feedback and create new products based on your requests. (By the way, if anyone has tried to contact me via the Contact Us page, I just realized it is not working. This is a plug-in issue, which I have yet to figure out how to fix. Please see the page for further instruction.)
During this whole, ever-continuing learning process I’ve thought a lot about what it takes to run a business. Entrepreneurial-mindedness (is that a thing?) is in my blood and has been a part of my life since I was born. The desire to take on the full responsibility of being sole-proprietor, working harder than ever for your creation, and loving every frustrating minute of it is what makes an entrepreneur and business. Of course, even the hardest of work doesn’t mean it will succeed, but the drive to try despite that risk is what makes a true entrepreneur.
For all you risk-takers who dream of experiencing ultimate exhaustion, frustration, and responsibility, I’ve been working on a blog to outline the steps of creating your own business. The steps I struggled through to make it all come together. It’s a more personal version than what you can find online at Wikipedia, meant for small business ideas and handcrafters like myself. I hope to make a series of it, to really dive down deep into the minds of small business owners, but we’ll see where I wind up.
This week, I’ll interview my in-laws for their financial wisdom and insight of business ownership (over Mai Tais, Mojitos, and Margaritas, that is). Getting the numbers in order is key to keeping your head above water (pun intended – did someone say, beach?!).
Cheers, my dears!
Much love and happiness,
Sharing the Love
Mai Tai Recipe
- 5 oz rum
- .5 oz Orange Curacao
- .5 oz orgeat syrup
- .5 oz lime juice
- .5 oz simple syrup (dissolve 1 part sugar into 1 part hot water)
- Lime or mint to garnish (optional)
Combine all liquid ingredients in your favorite cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain and pour the drink into the glass with ice cubes. Add garnish and serve. If using a mint garnish, crush the leaves in the palm of your hands before dropping them into the glass to release the oils.
- 1 oz (less than 1 shot) fresh lime juice
- 1 – 2 teaspoons superfine sugar (more sugar, more sweet)
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 12 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish
- 2 – 3 oz (about 2 shots) white rum
- 1 oz (less than 1 shot) club soda
In 10-ounce glass (highball), stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup crushed ice. Rub mint leaves over rim of glass or in the palms of your hand, then tear leaves in half and add to glass. Gently stir for 15 seconds, then add rum, remaining crushed ice, and club soda. Gently stir for 5 seconds, then tuck mint sprigs into top of glass and insert tall straw.
- 3ounces tequila
- Juice of 1 whole lime or 1 oz of lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1teaspoon triple sec
- Salt for rim (optional)
- Lime wedge, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and triple sec. Shake until mixed and chilled. Pour, with the ice, into a glass (salt rim first if you like). Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Simple Syrup Recipe
- I cup sugar
- I cup water
Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.