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A Happy Friday

January 19, 2009

I went to a marketing event my old agency was sponsoring at a hair salon. It was a lot of fun catching up with some of my old friends and getting my hair done too.

How was your weekend? Do anything especially fun?

Only if everything were this beautiful.

January 14, 2009
Sunset over the James River (2009)

Sunset over the James River (2009)

I was driving home from a late, late lunch, practically early dinner with a friend yesterday and saw the sun setting over the James River. 

I just had to share.   

Though the GIANT’S didn’t win…

January 12, 2009

Yoohie's new dog, Snoopy

Yoohie's new dog, Snoopy

 …I enjoyed myself a rather good weekend. Didn’t do too much, no work on my business plan sad to say, but I was able to catch up with a few girlfriends.

 

I needed the socializing.  I’m the kind of person who takes myself and my life way too seriously a lot of the time, so to have a glass of wine, laugh, watch a movie, see a friend’s new dog and just catch up with some pretty cool chicas is always a great way to help me relax.

Plus, my girlfriends gave me some great advice/tips on how to promote my blog. One of my friends also agreed to work on creating a logo for my blog, so I’m SIKED about that.

So, what about you? How was your weekend?!?!?

I’m back!

December 3, 2008
Newport, RI 2008

Newport, RI 2008

Both physically and mentally.

The trip was so much fun. We ate really good food everyday, went horseback riding and wine tasting. Cool thing about Newport is that there are a lot of old mansions in the city. So, we toured a couple of those also. One, called ‘The Breakers’ was owned by the Vanderbilt family. It had 80 rooms – 30 for their servants!

This trip was EXACLTY what I needed to get back on track.

Prior to my trip, I was a total wreck. Though excited about my new venture, the excitement was overshadowed with fear and doubt.  I can totally understand why people stay working instead of doing their own thing.  Security, steady income, health insurance, and plus, that’s what the majority of people do – they work.  That in itself is scary enough, just going against what most people do.

With a million things on my mind, I didn’t know where to start. Moving, getting health insurance, finding a part time job that would help carry me through this process.  I began questioning myself and whether or not the idea of opening the salon I envisioned was a good enough one.  And for that matter, I started asking myself if I were good enough to bring what I think a good idea to life.

I was just absolutely terrified.

But one thing my pastor said during his sermon that weekend stuck out – “God ALWAYS finishes what He starts.” So, I said right then and there that I was going to see this hair salon through.

Then, Maw-Maw reminded me again that “Life is an adventure.”  She’s right. I’m going to make this entrepreneurial journey an adventurous one. What’s the worse that could happen? If it doesn’t work out, I can always find another job.

And finally, THANK YOU God for this trip. I’ve come back re-energized and totally re-engaged. I’m happy, and yes, still scared.

But also, very ready.

A Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2008
Well, Ariane and I arrived in Newport, RI around 3:30 yesterday evening, and all of the reservations I had about making the trip very quickly faded away.
 
The small town, from our glimpse upon arrival, is everything I imagined Rhode Island to be like. Very New England-like, colonial. I was glad to see that we’d be surrounded by calming waters. As we crossed the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge en route to Newport, the water, the homes and the idea of being in a such a beautiful city for the holiday weekend all came over me.
 
No more stress about what I need to do to get my business started, how I’m going to finance it, the people I’ll need to find to operate it, none of that seemed to matter.
 
We were here to relax and to take it all in.
 
Due to my budget restraints, we decided to stay at The Best Western. Definitely not the best, but it could’ve been worse. Though they don’t offer concierge service, they did provide us with a list of restaurants that would be open for Thanksgiving.
 
After calling a number of places, we settled on going to Clark Cooke.  And couldn’t have been happier.
 
They offered a 3-course pre-fixed Thanksgiving dinner which we really enjoyed.
 
We had soup for starters (Newport Clam Chowder & Butternut Squash Bisque), our entree (Roast Fresh Turkey with all the trimmings, traditional stuffing, which was the best stuffing I’ve ever had, mashed potatoes, which were SOOO good, cranberry chutney, which I could have definitely done without, and a butternut squash puree), then followed by dessert (Pumpkin pie and Creme Brulee). Accompanied of course by a fabulous glass of red wine.
 
All of that, with a table by the water.
 
I’d say A- for ambience, food and service.
 
Oh, I wish life were like this all the time…
 
Needless to say, I was very happy and thankful on Thanksgiving day.
 
I thanked God for my family and friends, the courage to take a leap of faith and embark on this new journey to entrepreurship and for the opportunity to have a beautiful and wonderful trip.
 
I am truly blessed.