Shark Tank Update

I got the word the other day that I will not be on Shark Tank for Season 4. {source} Am I upset about this?  No. I did not get a call back and they start shooting this week in to next week.  I went further than I ever expected I would in the process and I take great pride knowing where I started, the hard work I put forth, and where I've ended up.  Being on Shark Tank was the ultimate goal and I really wanted to go to the end, however, I at peace with the result. I have always lived with the belief that things happen for a reason and that there is a plan for us {I wrote about it here}.  So, even though Shark Tank did not work out, other exciting opportunities have arisen from the whole … [Read more...]

Inspiration for Shark Tank

I wouldn't say that I use Pinterest as an everyday inspiration back up. HOWEVER When I see QUOTES like these {source} {source} {source} Isn't it funny how this last one has similarities to The Shark Tank's logo: {source} {Are you exhausted over hearing about Shark Tank yet?} These words focus me. They make me zoom in on what I need to see.  They make me LOOK.   I am doing this. Shark Tank is just such a big event in my life.  If you had asked me in January if I would have thought I'd be right here right now, I would have certainly said no.  Not because I didn't think I could do it, I just never thought about it.  It just goes to show that life is truly a dance, you … [Read more...]

Shark Tank has consumed me

So, this past week and a half has been completely consumed by Shark Tank and the possibility of being on the show. I really cannot believe that I've actually gotten to this point!  I'm very proud of this accomplishment! I sat in this rickety ol' wicker chair on our front porch sipping hot tea and filling out my Shark Tank application.  But, it was so comforting and inspiring to stand up and look behind me and see this beautiful sunshine peak through the leaves. It wasn't gloomy, it wasn't cloudy, it was SUNSHINE-Y! It was like the most important homework assignment I've had to do in my life ... well, lately.  I don't know how parents, especially single parents go back to school and … [Read more...]

Shark Tank is in the House!

Yes, Shark Tank is in my house! {image source} I got the most exciting call yesterday from Shark Tank TV show's CASTING DISRECTOR!  Holy CRAP!!!! I about fell off my, well, you know where I'm heading with this. I seriously couldn't believe who I was talking with! They sent me the official application for the show and more ... and NOW the FUN starts!!! WOOT! We have to have everything together within the WEEK!  Yes, the WEEK!  Thank goodness I'm not working at my nursing job anymore, hey! {photo source} Do you know who they are?  Here are the fabulous 5 ... MARK CUBAN, DAYMOND JOHN, KEVIN O'LEARY, BARBARA CORCORAN, ROBERT HERJAVEC  Click here to learn more about them. So, not … [Read more...]

Etsy Shop Spotlight – The Crimson Poppy

I'm so proud to introduce to you a fellow Artisan Group member and gifter to the stars, Jenny from The Crimson Poppy!  Her handcrafted paper flowers are so colorful and vibrant that they look so believably REAL!!!!  I hope you enjoy her story and advice.  Be sure to READ her advice because she has a GREAT nugget there about pricing! What do you make/sell? Exquisite hand-crafted paper flowers Who/what inspires you?  The people that order from me are my inspiration: I get to hear their love stories and special memories. It's that connection with my customers, and knowing that I am helping to make some event in their lives special, that is inspiring. Where do you create? Almost … [Read more...]

American Express Open Forum Likes…

Taradara!!!!!! They interviewed me over the telephone last week and the post is LIVE now!!!! We talked about starting out, Etsy, goals, and where Taradara is going from here. There are a few incorrect, but for the most part it's on the money.  {I got one art scholarship from my high school and I am still currently an active member of The Artisan Group ... but no biggie!}  He captured Taradara pretty well and I couldn't be happier to be featured on the American Express Open Forum!!!!! Wahoo!!!!! Sheesh, coming home from the SNAP Conference to this wonderful news made all the housework just disappear!!! POOF! I like it! xo Tara … [Read more...]

OWN Your Business

I wanted to share this past guest post I did for Flamingo Toes blog with you. It's important for you to OWN your business and TELL people about it. Here's a bit of advice I've got for you... I am a business owner with 2 young boys at home who are getting an early education on what goes into having a company run out of your home. Now, I'm not sure if you are a Mompreneur,  but, if you are, I have a few tips on owning your own company and how to get the word out about it. Firstly, OWN your business and OWNING what you do is important,  just as important as going outside the home and working.  So often I hear other moms with businesses say that that don’t tell people what they do … … [Read more...]