Three Ways to Spice up Your Company Blog

Does your company blog need a facelift? Sometimes it's the little things that can really help make a blog shine and stand out from the crowd. Easier than just completely renovating your website (though you are welcome to do that too for a fresh new look!), these three tips are often overlooked when it comes to making the blogging platform a comfortable and user friendly reading experience. Check out my tips on turning your company blog from dull to dazzling!1) Invest in a Paid Stock Image Account...more

When Do You Pay Your Employees?

What’s the best possible type of pay schedule? Do you pay up weekly? Every two weeks? Once a month?! If you’re setting up your first payroll and are wondering when the best time to send out the checks are, here’s some $$ based advice based on personal experience.1.    Bi-Weekly...more

Productivity and Politics – Would Our Government Be More Productive If It Was Run Like A Business?

“A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand”.   Abraham Lincoln Our most recent elections are behind us and I have to admit I am very relieved to no longer see the political “ads” cluttering my television.  However, in a very real sense, our political tasks are just beginning. ...more

3 Simple Tips for Acing Your Year-End Review

It’s that time of year again and I don’t mean for the Starbucks holiday cups either: it’s time for everyone’s year-end review! So put on your best blazer and take a good long look at yourself and your Outlook folder and online portfolio of achievements and accomplishments. That’s what year-end reviews are all about: examining your strengths and weaknesses as an employee and working with your higher-up on how to improve upon both for the coming year. Here are three tips to ensure you get the most out of your year-end review: Be prepared:...more

Getting Good At Crazy

If I didn't think I was crazy before my husband and I started our own business... I can be sure I am now. I'll fit right into the insane asylum. I bet it's filled with small business owners rocking back and forth to soothe themselves....more

Vanilla Swirl Cakery

Well here I go! Getting my feet wet writing about life in my world. Such an amazing place it can be...hmmm....and life's quirks I guess.  I've been told by my friends that I have a great sense of humor and see life a little differently. You know, from the lighter side. They love to hear my version of what happened in a situation because I am so animated that it makes the worst thing sound "not so bad". I am a single mother of three incredible children (I know, all parents say that....but mine really are!)....more

For me DIY means DIM

DIY. Three simple letters which mean something free-ing: do. it. yourself. I like that. I'm one of those DIY people, always have been. My mom once told me that when I was a very little girl I would always say "Let me do it myself mommy!"Just this week I translated that into DIM. No, it doesn't have anything to do with being a dim bulb or a dimwit. Rather it is Do. It. Myself. Makes whatever "it" is much more personal....more

The Fear of Success (& What It Can Do To Your Relationships)

I didn’t notice at first.  One usually doesn’t notice at first.  Over time, though, I began to notice a pattern.I had this amazing opportunity that was completely perfectly aligned with the direction I wanted to take my life.  I was ready.  The plans, support, next steps were in place.   And then he showed up.See, there’s this guy….(don’t you love stories that start that way?)  We weren’t involved anymore.  He was what I lovingly and affectionately refer to as a crazymaker  or energy vampire....more

How Inexperience Can Work For You

You’re starting out.  Or beginning again.  The desire burns to begin that business, new project,book, work of art, to leap and trust the net will appear.  You begin....more

The #1 Thing You Need to Be Successful at Anything

We begin down a path.  We determine a direction for our business, for our career, for our life.  Suddenly we find we're being pulled off track.  Other people's emergencies distract us and pull us away.  Or we see some trends in the marketplace and begin to follow those rather than follow our path.We get desperate and begin to get busy throwing more money, more people, and any kind of activity we can come up with at the problem.Before we know it, we don't even recognize where we are anymore....more