Holy Cow…What an Interesting Month Thus Far!

Hi, all!

Just wanted to give you a brief rundown of the last couple of weeks or so. Small business ownership is not all it’s cracked up to be, so you really have to want it to make it work. Trust me. It ain’t for the faint of heart!

Let’s talk about the Spring Fling for a moment, shall we? It was fun. Don’t get me wrong for a moment. I had a good time, as did the kids. Ok, till it rained, but that wasn’t anyone’s fault. Just know that after all the prep time spent in the world, it’s entirely possible that you will not make a sale. Period. It’s also entirely possible you may not hand out a brochure or business card. (This would have been the case if I hadn’t had the two kids begging to peddle the literature, LOL…Gotta love those kids!) Even though I had a huge inventory of art prints, people were not feeling the whole “art print” vibe, and had a tendancy to walk on by. Of course, hindsight being 20/20, I can see from the picture of our booth that we needed some help. Can you say ZZZzzzZZZzzzZZZ? I knew you could. Of course, I also had to consider the economy. The lady across the way with the cute handbags and snazzy displays didn’t do much better than we did, from our observations. (Note to self: Snazz up your display a little bit next time, and maybe even offer a service. You know, a lot of parents might have wanted a 4×6 print of their little darlin’ with their face painted…next time, just OFFER it…)

Forward to the following evening. My friend Cindi Pate dropped me an email and asked me if I wanted to be a regular contributor to Down Home Magazine, which is a local publication for our county. Of COURSE I want to be involved. So that was happy news. I’ll be shooting in Wayne County at various locations in the coming months, so if you happen to see me, stop by and say hello!

Fast forward a little more to last Friday. I was so excited that I finally got to meet my friend Sandra Carrington-Smith. She does a local blog on the news web site here (although took a bit of a break to work on her second novel). She has both fictional and non-fictional works due to publish in 2010 and needed jacket shots. After emailing over several months, speaking on the phone numerous times, and being weathered out, we finally met last Friday. Let me tell you…Sandra is a doll! Not only is she a fantastic author, she is also a life coach, mom and wife. I REALLY enjoyed meeting her face to face. She had told me she wasn’t photogenic, but that wasn’t exactly the case. That girl commanded the lens. 🙂 Talk about a breeze to shoot. All models should be like her. I am going to post a couple pictures that we took that afternoon at Oak View Park in Raleigh. I am also linking to her book sites. Her non-fiction work is Housekeeping for the Soul. Her fiction is the first of a series: The Book Of Obeah . Check them out when you get a minute.

So that brings us to the present. It’s the winding-down of Memorial Day, 2009. I’m about to call it a day, take a bubble bath and then roll into the bed. I just want to remind everyone to think about the soldiers and airmen that gave their lives in the past so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do today. Also…I’m giving a shout-out to all of our current active duty members to thank them for all the sacrifices made so that we remain free, and to their families….

Till next time, y’all!

Jules

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