Take the time to reflect on your achievements, no matter how small

For some reason, I was very depressed yesterday. I felt like my life had no purpose and no meaning. I felt completely lost and I couldn't think of anything that brings me joy. This was strange to me because I am normally a happy person. I couldn't figure out why I was feeling that way until I got a chance to talk to my husband later in the night. Sometimes he knows my own feelings more than I do and can help me sort them out. He said that maybe it's because I keep hitting more bumps on the road. He's right. Every lead I try to pursue has lots of hoops to jump through and sometimes leads to dead-ends. I never had thick skin and I don't know how to handle rejection well. As a result, I felt li

Government bureaucracy hinders micro businesses

I didn't realize the amount of paper work and the hoops you have to jump through in order to operate a business legally. Being a law abiding citizen that I am, I want to do everything by the books. The problem is Uncle Sam makes it very difficult for people who are trying to start their own business with limited resources. Here's my situation. I am operating my business under AB1616 - California Homemade Food Act - Cottage Food Operation. It allows me to make low-risk baked items in my kitchen and sell it legally. I went through all the hoops, crossing every T and dotting every i. I paid all my fees (business license, permit, insurances) before I can even make a penny. After doing all this,

The life of an Entrepreneur

en·tre·pre·neur ˌäntrəprəˈnər/ noun a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. At first I wasn't quite sure if I can call myself an entrepreneur until I came across this graph. I saw it and I could immediately relate. Owning a business and being your own boss sounds like the ultimate dream but starting a business is an emotional roller coaster. The prospect of following your passion and doing what you love while earning a decent living is quite exciting. There are perks to it. I can set my own hours, do what I want to do and don't have to answer to anyone. In reality, it is not always easy. There are days whe

Take care of yourself

Yes, please take care of yourself. Your health and well being is more important than having a successful business. That is the lesson I learned this week. Here's what happened. I have been working pretty hard and pushing myself to work all day from dawn till dusk. The other day I was working in the back (home improvements, somewhat work related because home is now also my place of business) and somehow I bent over too much and hurt my back. So I spent all day yesterday recovering. I had to do lots of stretches, yoga, heating and cooling the affected areas. I am still recovering today but thought I'd take the time to document it. Moral of the story is when your health is not good, nothing el

The enterpreneur's journey

I am starting this blog to keep track of my journey as I pursue my dreams of running my own successful bakery where I can share my creations with the community. I have always dreamed of having my own little cafe where I get to meet my customers with a smile everyday. My baked goods are an extension of my love for others. I wanted to make people smile by feeding them tasty things. I draw upon my past experiences and travels to create something unique. I want to open up people's mind by giving them something new and fun and exciting. Take my Signature Nori macaron with Soy Sauce buttercream for example. It's sweet, savory and totally unexpected. It's utterly delicious. I will catalog my ups an

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