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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

OH NOOOOOOO!!!!! NOT Another Blogger?

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ImageAghhhhhh!  Yes another blogger, that’s me. But, I’m also another “Latina entrepreneur/business owner” blogger too. Does that make a difference? ; > 

But seriously folks. I’m sharing a very big decision today. It’s big for me because I consider myself a mostly private person and this is gonna hold me accountable.  I don’t particularly like posting on Facebook (sorry my Facebook friends : – /.  I still do love you, your friendship and love seeing your posts), because I don’t think people want to know what’s going on in my life and how I’m feeling. Actually its pretty embarrassing   Image most of the time and unless I can enlighten or Inspire someone with my words I don’t want to post to FB, Twitter or any other social media outlet.  I heard someone say many years ago, “Unless you have something good to say, don’t say anything at all.” Maybe that’s why I feel that way.

But, going back to today’s decision, I decided today that as we, we meaning me and my mom who is my business partner, enter the 3rd year of our business – Latin Inspired Designs – actually selling our unique Latin-style Maderas™ Nutcrackers and upon entering my 55th year on this earth (Happy Birthday to me!) I am giving myself this challenge to be more open, if it means helping someone else.  Image (Drats!! Now everyone knows my age), by posting on this blog, “Inspired Latina”, what it is that this particular Latina entrepreneur goes through as an entrepreneur and business owner (not to mention being a wife, mother, grandmother of eight and volunteer at a couple non-profits.)

I guess it doesn’t make a difference that I’m a Latina because the struggles and triumphs, confusion and growth, the question and answers, the tears and laughter, the profits and losses that are part of being an entrepreneur and business owner are not color blind. So please disregard the Latina part of it if you want to. All entrepreneurs go through these things while starting, growing, and sustaining a business.  How do I know this?  Because I have listened to countless experts and seasoned entrepreneurs say so and share their experiences on countless videos, CDs, podcasts, TED Talks, and audio books. I have read, a gazillion books and business magazines it seems, and gone to lots of wonderful workshops and conferences where entrepreneurs have all shared the same struggles and triumphs, doubts and passions, wins and losses, questions and answers, setbacks and growth. And I know because I have gone through many of these things – some good, some I would rather have avoided, but hey I learned some valuable stuff. Surprise, surprise – I’m not special. It’s a part of the game!  And if anyone tells you different they are not telling you the whole truth. I’m telling you the truth – It’s hard work!!!

If I haven’t bored you to tears yet or scared you away read on.

So this is what this blog will not be:

  • Perfect – I am not a perfect writer. I can spell most of the time but my punctuation will not get me a English teacher’s position.

This is what this blog will be:

  • Truthful
  • Sincere
  • Sometimes emotional
  • Sometimes very short – maybe one word will sum it up
  • Confidential – I will also not divulge any names (mums the word)
  • I will share my stories, my INSPIRATIONS, experiences, lessons learned, books read, tools that help, good quotes that have helped me, advice, and feelings as I go through the days and weeks ahead.

What I hope this blog will be:

  • Enlightening
  • Inspiring
  • Entertaining (hopefully ; >)

If you hate it and have no interest in reading about what I as a “Latina entrepreneur” go through, I totally understand. Just don’t read it. That simple.  Please don’t be cruel. Although I am trying to develop a tough skin for business, I can have a soft underbelly that’s vulnerable and sensitive at times. My husband tells me, “there’s no crying in business”,Image and so I am learning to be less sensitive. I’m still a toughy though – I’ve had to be to get this far in the game. Image

If on the other hand you agree or feel like it helped you, you can tell me it did and that will make my day, but you don’t have to. I am not writing this to get high-fives or kudos.

I am simply writing this because I really hope that any little tid-bit of information I give helps someone, a fellow entrepreneur or a future entrepreneur, not feel like they are weird or alone in their thoughts and feelings, and hopefully helps a new business owner keep on going in their business when they feel a little out of it or under-enthused.

I will write about my mishaps, ah-hah moments, times when I have spent too much time doing things not pertaining to my business and feeling guilty about it, when I don’t feel good or nice. I am a believer so I will share things about how my faith helps me and other times when I have to ask for forgiveness. (I promise I will not impose my beliefs on you 0: ).

If you know me personally you will be able to look at me when I am all dressed up and trying to look like I have it all together and say, ah Hah!, I know you don’t always feel like a winner or successful.

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So now you know the reasoning and next you’ll know the silly truths. Why I am putting myself through this I still don’t know. Maybe I just want to see myself squirm, but mostly I just want to be a help to someone know that it’s all a part of life and starting a business a and survival and putting one foot in front of the other, even when you don’t feel like it (and sometimes I don’t cause I don’t feel like it). Share with you soon – but probably not as long as this first introduction.

Live INSPIRED!!!

Susana – Inspired Latina

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