Instinct, Giovanni, and The Rest of the “Accidental” Story

I have 12 years of classical piano training.   In college, I had visions of getting a degree in Music and took some college level classes with that goal in mind.  Thanks to a professor who believed in me, those classes yielded an opportunity to perform as a soloist with an orchestra.  A music degree […]

The Face of Competition

As I encounter more and more of the amazing variety of women who make up this world, I have seen something, over and over again that bears mentioning here. That face.  The look on the face of a business owner who just discovered their idea, their creative work, being used by someone else.   Entire essays […]

Our Employees Bring Babies to Work… and how we make it work

Having started my business with a little person in my lap or crawling around my feet, I am an avid advocate for parents who want to bring a baby to work for a period of time after returning from maternity leave.  Making this allowance for employees enables them to further develop the parenting relationship after baby joins their […]

Hiding that diaper?

A mom recently introduced me to a friend as the owner of a cloth diaper company. The friend said, “You probably won’t like me then. I used disposables.” Lets get this out of the way. I make a great product line. It fits. It absorbs well. It’s easy to use. It’s flexible. It can work […]

How do you do it all?

I can’t even count how many times people have asked me this question.  How do you do it all?  There are many assumptions built into that questions.  “All” gets defined differently by different people.  Some assume that I have an organic garden that I farm myself, chickens in the backyard in a coop, homeschooled children, […]

Babies At Work

I’ve spent the last few weeks wrestling with people who believe business leadership is barely a place for a woman, and even less so for a mother with a newborn. It’s unfamiliar territory for most because our culture has practically required that women become masculine in order to be successful. Books about successful businesswomen practically […]

Why I don’t believe in “impossible”.

Almost every day, I’m surprised again by someone willing to believe that a completely solvable situation is impossible to work through. The mountain is too high. The project is too big. The problem is too complex. They don’t know how, and they don’t want to learn. They’d rather sit there and talk to me about […]

Lessons From A Card Game

You were dealt a hand. No matter how your cards landed in your hand, you get to choose how you respond. Don’t quit. Don’t settle in to failure. Don’t settle into success. Don’t find cruise control. Dream a little. Play the cards. Envying someone else’s hand doesn’t do anything except slow down the game. Wishing […]

A simple step towards a better day.

I heard this for the first time from my pastor and then was surprised to hear it again from Diane Sawyer when I was watching the Oprah Winfrey Network on the elliptical a few weeks later. I’ve never forgotten it and am passing it along to you today so you can paste it in your […]