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The best thing I did in 2019...

The best thing I did in 2019...

The best thing I did for my business in 2019 was simply this...  I treated it like a business!! I get asked all the time how long I've been doing this and the complicated answer is this: The Painted Pearl has been around for 7 years. But those first 5-6 years, I treated it more as a hobby so it ran like a hobby. It wasn't until fall 2018 that the business wheels started turning and as a result, The Painted Pearl ran like a legit business for 2019 and grew by leaps and bounds!  That also means I put in...

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Let's talk goals...

Let's talk goals...

Let's talk goals, or new years resolutions if that's what you call them!  Do you make them? Set them? Stick to them?  I've never been one to set them and certainly not stick to them, however, earlier this year, I had a one-day retreat with my sweet childhood friend and business bestie, Heather of Prince Design, and I wrote out a list of 2019 goals for The Painted Pearl.  As we close the chapter on this year, I'm looking back over the list and realizing that some goals were met with a solid yes, others with a "not right now" and...

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The ugly truth about bitting off more than I could chew...

The ugly truth about bitting off more than I could chew...

Last night, I found myself feeling overwhelmed, underprepared and defeated at my dining room table. I had just finished packaging 30+ watercolor calendar orders and was turning my focus to The Earring Envelope - my new monthly earring subscription. I was hitting a wall on so many levels - exhaustion, lack of creativity and I was literally out of time for dreaming up a new earring design that I had promised subscribers by Monday.  Mentally, I began writing my apology email to those who had signed up, ready to refund their money! I mean, who decides to launch their seasonal...

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So we're holding our first grader back. Now what?!?

So we're holding our first grader back. Now what?!?

That's a loaded subject line and let me tell you, I've wrestled with whether or not to write this post and if so, how. But I know how gut-wrenching this parental feeling of failure felt and I've decided to share this most recent bump in the road with you in the event you, or someone you know, is going through this trench right now.  So let's rewind just a little with some facts: 1) Our oldest attends our base public school. Phillip and I come from public school educators and while Wake County Schools get mixed reviews from most, we've...

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Do It Scared

Do It Scared

Have you ever hit "Submit" on something and then immediately second guessed yourself? Like r-e-a-l-l-y second guess yourself?!? That was me a couple of weeks ago through half-asleep eyes at 12 AM. What in the world was I submitting at 12 AM, you might ask? I'm glad you did because here is how it went down... My three year old asks me to lay down with him at bedtime most nights. And I oblige because there will come a day when it's not cool to cuddle with mom. And 6 out of 7 nights a week, I fall asleep with him only...

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