Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Uplift & Encourage Women Day - Community

Community - a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society. (Merriam Webster definition)

The blogosphere is a community. It is a community of people publicly displaying their likes and dislikes on any given matter. I have seen a lot of talented individuals via blogs. Whether they were aspiring writers, beauty critics, soapmakers, business owners, or life coaches. We all have one thing in common. We use our blogs as a way to voice that thought inside of us. Along the way, we interact with others that think the same way we do.

It has always been said that women can not get along or work together. Well the blogosphere is a medium where we can have lively,honest discussions and be ourselves. In this community called the blogosphere, we are free to be who we are, without regrets.

What about you? How would you define the blogosphere since you have started using it or viewing other blogs? Post your comments here.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Women Entrepeneurs

I picked up a copy of Country Living magazine from the library because I have a thing for home design. I love to look at ideas for colors and the latest trends for when I have my first house. I would consider my design style casual, clean, modern & zen. If any of that makes any sense. I don't usually look through this magazine but the March 2008 cover caught my eye. On the cover was a feature on the 2008 Women Entrepreneurs. The magazine featured 17 women in different areas of design creativity. You had one women who started her own Bed & Breakfast and now she owns four. A soapmaker, jewelry designer, chandelier designer and the list goes on. The stories of their passion to do what they loved despite where they were drew me in of course.

If you are frugal like me, be sure to pick up the March 2008 issue of Country Living at your local library or you can view the stories here . Their website also has helpful information for women entrepreneurs. Click on the tab that says women entrepreneurs on their home page.

On another note, through the Ladies Who Launch website, there was a banner display for Vision to Venture. It is an event for women entrepreneurs through the Microsoft Office Live Small Business online workshops. The next couple of events will be in:


It's a one day seminar that is $59. You can register here for the above venues or register for the FREE webcast that will be in May. The site already stated that the Seattle venue is sold out.

What about you? Do you know of any websites that would be value added to someone looking to start a business or who already has a business established? Post them here.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Uplift & Encourage Women Day - Try Again

- So you fell of your diet regime again this week.
- That soap you created the other day turned into a mold
full of oil.
- You started a fitness regime and ate a bucket of chicken
afterward. ( Protein No)
- The boss said no to your ideas.
- Your dream publisher said no to your book.
- You found out that guy you had your eye on is MARRIED.
- You burned dinner last night.
- Your business idea got rejected for the 100th time.

My hubby was trying to motivate me to workout with him although I already walked for an hour with my girlfriend earlier. He is constantly commenting on my midsection (in love not in hate) and how we (not me) need to work on that for health reasons. I always say, I don't want to workout with you. He is too rough in my opinion. I workout but my excuses are there is never enough time or I am watching the baby, looking for a job, making soap etc, etc. But today was different I guess. I was thinking about what I would post for Wednesday and the words Try Again came to mind. So me and my hubby jumped rope and did some ab work that I hate but he says will pay off in the long run.

So my encouragement to you and to myself today is to: Dust Yourself Off and Try Again.

What about you? What do you need to start doing again that you have put on the back burner?

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Rice Bran Oil & Nettle Leaf Who Knew

This is the result of a soap I made on Monday night via the Hot Process Method (loving it ).I used Rice Bran Oil as my staple in the soap instead of Olive Oil. But I was unsure of what the outcome was going to be. I did a brief research on Google and posted inquiries on several soap forums (Teachsoap, Soapmaking Chronicles, Indie Beauty)
Some soapmakers have used it and suggested that Rice Bran Oil has similar qualities to the Olive Oil. While some have not used it. I took caution to the wind and used it in the soap pictured to the left.

In addition to the new oil, I brewed a tea of Stinging Nettle Leaf that was the water portion of the soap process. I decided to try it after viewing my friend's blog Gracefruit and reading her experience using the herb. The tea from the Stinging Nettle gave the soap its color. I scented the soap with a Yuzu fragrance oil sample and Tangerine essential oil from Brambleberry. (Hi Anna Marie) I can say that the soap was harder coming out of the mold than if I used the Olive Oil as a base. But the true test will come in a couple of weeks when the bars are ready for use.

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Uplift & Encourage Women Day - Grateful

The question of the day is : What are you grateful for?

For me, I am grateful to God that after being unemployed for eight months with no money to pay bills, no unemployment benefits (for reasons too long for this post), God has kept me safe , kept me family fed, kept a roof over our head, kept myself and my family healthy. I could go on.

The point is we all have something everyday to be grateful for.

What about you: What are you grateful for?

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Uplift & Encourage Women Day

It's official. I have dedicated a new holiday for this blog for women. LOL
I loved it the first time, I might as well keep up with it.

We as women have dreams. They are either for our children, spouses, families, jobs, careers, money etc. But the main dream we need to hold on to and fulfill is the one we keep for ourselves. So often we put ourselves last because we are the nurturers of the whole world. I can say this is true of myself. I had lots of dreams when I was younger. I had dreams when I got married. I had dreams when I had my kids. But each time the dream that I had for myself was left for last. Was it my own fault, yes and no.

Children, friends and family lead by example. They lead by our example. They look at what we accomplish no matter how small or large and they see that they can do it as well.

So ladies, keep on dreaming. But don't leave the dream in your mind. Get it on paper and move. Let's all get Closer to our Dreams:

What about you? What dreams do you want to fulfill now and not someday? Is there something holding you back? If there is move it out of the way :)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

My Signs of Spring

Gerbera Daisies are the flowers that give me that happy feeling.

Here are some of the daisies I have encountered this past week:

I had those in my house for a week. As you can see, one did not survive. :(
How she looked was how I felt all week, wilted.

I went to Wally World (Walmart) and started looking in the garden center to see if they had my favorite flowers. This beauty was screaming for me to take her home. LOL So I brought her and a couple of friends and planted her in this window box. It gives me something to look at when I am down or need a pick me up.
What about you? Do you have any signs of Spring where you are? Some of my friends are experiencing snow (yes in April) and rain like never before. What gives you that Spring time feeling?