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OH MY!…Mama told me there’d be days like this

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OH MY!…Mama told me there’d be days like this

Whoa is Me

Well July started out rough. I was feeling really low and quite like a failure – in life.  I had to take a few days to really figure out what the heck was going on with all my self trash-talking and I figured out that what was really bugging me was that I was not in a position to give or buy my husband and family the things I would like to at this time in my life and their lives. Waa waa waa. Image I know someone out there might be saying, “Is that all? That’s what you are crying  about? Walk in my shoes and then you will have something to cry about.”  I realize that things could be so much worse, but these are my shoes and for me giving to those I love is a really big and difficult thing when I can’t do it.

I do know that it was my decision to be self-employed four and a half years ago and not to work for someone else and draw a paycheck, but man this has been quite an experience in being patient and content and determined.  Yup, if you want to have your own business and be your own boss be ready to take the good with the bad.  Be ready to tough it our and keep your eyes on the ball and continue believing in your vision no matter what comes or doesn’t come your way.  I bought a book years and years ago titled, “Do What You Love and the Money Will Come.” I didn’t even realize at the time what that truly meant but I do now. Don’t do it for the money, do it because you love it and that love and passion for what you do will get you through no matter how tough it gets. (that was my entrepreneur advice : )

Bootstrapping It

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I am extremely grateful but I need to remind myself often to be patient and content.  Since we started the business three years ago, everything we make has gone right back into the business. We would like to draw a salary but we intentionally have made the choice to put it all back into the business. The business label for this is Bootstrapping.  So glad it has a label.

We realize that we are both very fortunate not to have to worry about a paycheck at this point but still it wears on me, at least, not to have “my own” mad money like I did when I was not self-employed.  Oh the days, of just walking into any store and making a frivolous expensive buy for myself, my hubby, kids and grandkids just because I could.  I dream of having those days again, and I will have them – of this I am determined.

WOO HOOO!  THERE IS AN UPSIDE

On the up side, me and mom went to the Access to Capital Business Expo put on by VEDC ,(Valley Economic Development Center) a couple of weekends ago.  This really helped to lift my spirits. We got some good information and learned about FREE resources for business owners. Yes, FREE!!! And we got to meet some great people and make new friends. I highly recommend this Expo, for anyone looking to start a business or looking to grow their business.  If you see it being advertised next year around June take advantage and go! I believe this was the 9th annual and it was held at the Sheraton in L.A.  It will really give you a good idea of the resources available and how to access funding for your business.  For more information on accessing help, counseling and financing info for your business needs check out http://www.VEDC.org or SBDC’s (Small Business Development Center) seven office locations through the web or www.SBA.gov as well as SCORE and the SBA.

OUR CUP RUNNETH OVER WITH CREATIVITY

Next great thing was going up to my parents in Northern California to see my dad (he’s been VERY ill). It was good to see dad and mom and spend some quality time with them. I was also able to have a few days to strategize and plan with my business partner, my mom, and work on our new projects for Latin Inspired Designs. As the holidays get closer I will talk more about it and make the big reveal. Hope you like what we are making : ).

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All I can say is that we are very excitedImage because we have not seen something like what we are creating. Or at least,  If it exists I haven’t found it.  It’s always exciting to create something new.  We will see what people think about it. Hopefully it comes out as nice as we are trying to make it and that people like and buy it. Good goal, don’t you think?

HOW CAN WE HELP?

We are busy busy girls and very ambitious, that’s for sure. Also on our list of things to do is to prepare our plan to raise funds so that we can award a student with an educational scholarshipImage to help them pay for their school expenses. This has been a goal since we first started the business.  Being on the CSULA Alumni Scholarship Committee for a number of years now has given me such a bird’s eye view of the struggles students have in paying for their educations.  We have all heard about and might have even experienced how expensive it is to pay for a college education, and it is totally worth the money, but still it’s a beautiful thing when a student can get some help based on their hard work and efforts.  What a boost of confidence to know that someone notices your efforts.

Susana Mariach Face close upMy mom and I are both alum of Cal State LA, and we are passionate about education and we want to give back in some way. For this reason we are so excited to be making a special “Silver” edition Mariachi nutcracker doll to be auctioned off and the funds we raise awarded to a lucky college student in March 2014. I will provide more information about this in the coming weeks and months on how you can purchase a ticket and put your name in a drawing to win this special creation.  I can tell you that this nutcracker doll will be made with real silver accessories and will be a one-of-a-kind edition. This is just a sample of our female Mariachi nutcracker in honor my grandmother and our inspiration for our mariachi nutcrackers.

 

TIDBIT OF “INSPIRATION” FOR YOUinspiration_can

I will leave you with this tidbit of good info that you might know about already but I have just discovered and am so excited about. Podcasts! Yup, never really knew how great these are.  One in particular that is soooooo INSPIRING is the Eventual Millionaire, by Jaime Tardy.  Sooooo awesome!!!!! I highly recommend  – it is great listening, very INSPIRING, and you will learn tons that you can apply to your business – if you’ve got one. Otherwise there are some great podcasts on leadership, spiritual guidance, health and oh so much more. I’d love to hear about your favorite podcasts.

Well until my next adventures of being an “INSPIRED” Latina entrepreneur.

Live INSPIRED, seek INSPIRATION and you will be INSPIRATIONAL

Susana #inspired_latina

http://www.latininspireddesigns.com

facebook.com/latininspireddesigns

INSPIRED to Envision SUCCESS

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This is version 2 of my vision board.

As I sit here at my worktable painting the bodies of our nutcracker dolls I am able to see my vision board.  Every now and again I will notice it as if suddenly someone put it there without my knowing and then I remember.  I remember that when I am working hard and putting in endless hours into my work that I have a dream and vision for my life and my work.  If you look at my vision board it screams SUCCESS.  And isn’t that the idea?  I don’t think anyone would have a vision board with symbols of failure.  My board has words and pictures cut out of newspapers and magazines that say, “leader”, “author”, “entrepreneur”, “grow, lead, succeed”, “winner”, “believe it”, “you will be rich”, and so on and so on.  I think you get the drift of my vision.

I remember when I first made it I was kinda embarrassed to even make it, let alone put it in open view where anyone could see it who walked into my home office.  What would my husband and my children think if they saw it?  After all I was exposing to the world, or so it felt, my innermost desires and dreams for my life and my business.  Embarrassed or not, I was INSPIRED to make one for myself.  I chose to believe the stories of success people, even Oprah, who said that when they made their vision boards, years later upon finding them, low and behold the things they had put on their vision board had come to pass even though they had long forgotten they had made one.

And on the other side I have pictures that represent the vision of my personal life; what I will wear, what I will drive, where I will live, what it will look like inside and outside my home, what I’d like to look like as I age, where I will travel, etc, etc.  Again, you get my drift.

Late last year I went through a rough patch and while I was going through it I took it out on my original vision board.  I crumpled it up and threw it in the trash. But not the house trash where somebody might see it, I threw it in the big trash bin away where no one would see that I might possibly be giving up on my vision, my dreams and my aspirations.  After all, I thought, aren’t I the one that proclaims, “Make a vision board.  It’s good to make and have one to look at every day. It gives you focus when the rough times come to remind you of what you are working towards.”  How could I let on to anyone that I was “trashing” my dreams, in the literal sense of the word?

I don’t know if anyone even noticed that it was gone for a few months. It sits in clear view in my office.  But I noticed it was gone. It was as if an old friend had moved out.  It was if I was now proclaiming to the world and the universe I don’t have vision.  I am just living for today.  I do not have faith in my future and in what I can accomplish.  As days and weeks went by I knew that I would have to put the focused and dedicated work into once again finding words and phrases in newspapers and magazines to make another vision board. So I did. I gathered up all that I could fit next to me on my bed and I went to work reading and searching and clipping words and pictures that still continued to represent my dreams and my visions. Once again, I made one side to represent my business and the other side to represent my personal life.  Well, it’s not quite like the first one but at least I am admitting openly to the universe, I haven’t given up on my vision and my dreams.

I often think about my old vision board and I miss it.  It was so packed with pictures and words that visually represented my dreams and vision for the future.  Even my new board cannot compare with what I had on the old one.  I wish I still had it, even if it was tucked away in a dark hidden place in my closet where I could find it one day when I am moving to the home of my dreams that I have designed myself. I wish that I could look at it one day and say, “yes that has happened, and this came true, and look this picture of a house I pasted here looks just like the one we are moving into.”

Can I now INSPIRE you to make a vision board? Do you have one? Are you one of those people that think it is a silly thing to make a vision board?  Test it out.  After all what can it hurt or cost.  Put on a good movie.  Prop yourself up on your bed or couch and snip and glue away.  Display it proudly. Let the universe know I’m here baby and my dreams are gonna come true.

I wish you an INSPIRED life!

Susana

INSPIRED Latina

http://www.LatinInspiredDesigns.com

http://www.facebook.com/LatinInspiredDesigns

INSPIRED To Be A Person to be Remembered

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I am INSPIRED by my neighbor who passed away  this month of June.  I had not know him long and I did not know him well but what I do know is that he has left a lasting impression on me and my family.  I cannot forget the image of him in his front yard either washing his car or mowing his lawn waving to anyone that passed by.  I would not be surprised if most every neighbor on our block knew him as the nice guy that took the time, interest and energy to wave and say hello to them and talk to them if they took the time to talk to him. I don’t know if my neighbor knew what a positive lasting impression he left but I guess it doesn’t matter because I don’t think he did it to get acclaim.

I am so saddened at the loss of this man for his family and for myself and all our neighbors. Our block will not be the same.  He made walking or driving down the street and passing his house special. Who knew that such a small gesture that doesn’t cost a penny could make such a difference.  I still look at his house as I pass and imagine him waving hello.

Despite this sadness it made me hope that when I pass on that I would leave a lasting and good impression for the people in my world – for not only those that know me well but also for those that do not know me well.  I hope this because if I can do for others what this nice man has done for me – INSPIRE me to be more giving of even a few seconds of my time to say hello to someone then I believe I can INSPIRE others to do the same and then the chain of giving and kindness will get longer and the ability to make a difference in people’s lives lives on.

I knew an older gentleman close to thirty years ago that passed on some words of wisdom that I will never forget.  I remember him telling me that in our lives we will meet people that will be good examples and bad examples.  He said that the reason we are allowed to meet “bad examples” is because it give us an example of how not to be and the same goes for good examples – they provide us with living examples of what we can aspire to be. That’s what my neighbor did – he left me a living example of how I want to live my life.  Who’s your example of both good and bad and most important of all whose example of good and bad are you?  That’s a good question to ask yourself don’t you think?  I’d love to hear a good example somebody left you that inspired you.

Sinceramente,

Susana

Wishing you an INSPIRED life!

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The definition of “inspired” is to be:

1.aroused, animated, or imbued with the spirit to do something, by or as if by supernatural or divine influence.
It seems that there is rarely a day that I am not inspired by something or someone. Inspiration is all around me and when I am inspired I often do things that make me want to step out of my ordinary and do something extra-ordinary.  Is that the way it is with you?
What is it that inspires you?  I’ll bet you a glass of wine that you can think of something right now that really inspired you to do something that you did not plan to do when you woke up that morning. Do you remember how you felt?  Good huh.  It made you fearless and selfless.
That’s the way inspiration is.  It comes at you from out of no where.  Bam!  All of a sudden you are inspired to help someone, give to a cause, go out of your way to help, volunteer, visit someone, go the extra mile, take a class, start a business, create something, etc., etc.  The list goes on and on.
Inspiration is a beautiful thing when you experience it.  It makes you happy and excited because you go into a state of anticipation – anticipation of some great outcome.
That’s what this blog is about. I will write about things that inspire me and that I hope will inspire you. Let’s be inspired together. Tell me about things that inspire you.  I would love to hear about them and so would others that read this blog and your comments. I look forward to your comments and inspirational stories.
Sinceramente,
Susana