Things have been crazy these past few weeks.

I feel like every time I write one of these “Lately” posts that’s the first sentence that I always lead with. SMH.

But they have been busy lol

Charlie and I have been busy with a home project and working on yard maintenance. It rarely ever rains in LA so our “grass” never really grows. And yeah, I put “grass” cuz it’s not really grass. Since we’ve had to conserve water we just decided to stop watering our “grass” all together. But since it’s been raining a lot this winter our “grass” decided to grow. If you saw my instagram story a couple weeks back the height of the grass was so tall you couldn’t even see my dogs when they’d run through it. Since then we’ve been trying to do our best to do yard work every week so it’s easier to maintain. #adulting am I right?

Aside from a little house maintenance I’ve been chipping away at my business projects.

CO Creative Cartel has the Jackalope Fair coming up and we’re using this as an  opportunity to work on our product line. We’ve got a few new products we’re currently sourcing and hopefully we’ll be able to debut those soon! We’ve also applied to a few other Spring 2017 craft shows to gain local brand awareness and to get direct customer feedback on our products. All of this is to prepare ourselves for our biggest event of the year, Las Vegas Market coming up in August. I’m scheming up some fun things and am really excited to make my wholesale trade show debut. It’s been a long time coming, over 5 years – I can’t believe it! But the time has finally arrived, we’re making it happen this year and I’m glad I didn’t rush into it. My patience was tested over and over but I’m more prepared than I ever would have been in the past.

A sneak peek into some fun things coming soon 🙂

Ninong’s is undergoing a big transition this year, in a million different ways. I always tell people that this business has been my testimony of faith as well as entrepreneurship. I firmly believe that Ninong’s has been the reason I have learned and grown so much as an entrepreneur and as a Christian. We’ve recently changed our FOH (front of house) operations to sit down service and it’s been quite the challenge to change the way we’ve been doing things for 8 years. But this was just another decision we made to help us grow, do what is best for our customers, and try to create a better experience. We’re finally beginning to adjust and our operation is becoming a bit smoother. We’re still a long way and we will never be perfect but I can see how this decision was a good choice for our business.

I guess that’s the way things are when you’re an entrepreneur. You try to collect data, observe your customer base, take in constrictive critique, and make decisions hoping for the best. What sucks is you’ll never know for sure if that was the right decision until you try it, implement it, and give it time. But you have to jump in fully and trust that you made the decision for a reason, the right reason.

Because of this, my blog got put on the back burner. 


But I decided that it was okay. 

Normally, I’d be stricken with guilt over not posting. I’d rack my brain about how I can make it up to the few readers I have. I’d tell myself my blog will never grow if I don’t take it seriously. But honestly, I do! lol. I take my blog very seriously and so this time I said NO. No to feeling guilty and no to making myself think that I don’t work hard enough. Because I do work hard, it’s just…priorities. 😉


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Instagram, Instagram, Instagram…

Why must you betray us so?!

I don’t like the new update for Instagram. As a business that is growing a lot of our marketing plan relies on Instagram specifically to help grow our business. When Facebook changed from chronological to relevance it drove me nuts too. Instagram is no different. I never really looked at Facebook the same way after that. It makes me kinda sad for Instagram.

But hey, I can’t change it so I’ve got to make the best of it. So what’s my plan from here on out? Nothing really different. I just want to put out good content. I want to put more authentic content out there and do it more often, but other than that I still want to remain true to myself. No algorithm is going to change that 😉




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Asking the Tough Business Questions

Happy Friday my dear friends! Though Fridays are my hump day I always look forward to it. It’s the end of my hubby’s work week so I get to spend some QT with him, PLUS it’s bible study night! 🙂

On Wed. I wrote about the Playbook Webinar with Emily Ley and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. In a short couple of hours I’ve completely changed the way I look at my business. We walked away with some homework that forces us to really get to the core of our business and why we do what we do. It has completely flipped me upside down and fired me up in ways that I have never felt before. I’m so ready to get this ball rolling!

To be honest, I’m still working on Part 1 of the homework and I’m stuck. I’m so bad at making decisions. Emily has inspired me to really push myself and ask the tough questions that I don’t know the answers to. I’ve been challenged to really dig deep and it’s scary.

It’s funny, though. The difference between the me before and now is that if I was presented these questions in the past I would have forced myself to answer them quickly. I would think that the best thing to do is to go through Emily’s homework in 1 day and fix everything the next day. Talk about overload! Now, I’m a little more patient. Patience has given me a better all around vision of what I want, where I want to go, and what I should do to get there. It’s helped me to think rationally instead of irrationally and tackle these tough questions with excitement instead

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of fear.

As a fellow business owner, I challenge you to ask the tough questions and be patient with the answers. The tough questions will help you work toward your business goals as long as you give yourself time to think about the questions and answer them with full honesty and integrity. Let’s all enjoy this crazy journey of entrepreneurship together. 🙂

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