I especially wanted to share her today, on Black Friday, because I know how many of you are out and about grabbing up all the deals being offered. I expect you are aware of how much you should spend today, but it you get too caught up in the excitement (by which I mean, if you end up spending more than you planned) never fear, help is here! And I do mean help - no judgment. Just help.
I do expect you to learn a great deal about being "in business" as opposed to "starting a business." There is more to being an entrepreneur than putting your shingle out on your house or in your front yard. A great big takeaway, an enormous bit of advice, comes at the end. When Janet explains what she means when she says, "There is no there, there."
This conversation focuses on that, brain health, women's health, and how to bring happiness into your life - both inside and out. Ann considers herself a Happiness Ambassador - a coach who helps us look better, live better, and FEEL better. Which is something we all need more than ever today.
But this is not about me, or best friends. It's about Tara's journey. Her journey from there (starting at 19 when she started her first entrepreneurial adventure) to here, where she calls Emerald Lake Books her "favorite business, by far." It's also about recognizing and seizing opportunity. It's about faith and joy. It's about letting your faith lead you along that bumpy path and guide you to where you should be.
If for no other reason, watch this video for the stories. You know how important stories are, to me. To the purpose of what Nurturing Big Ideas is about. Stories are the essence of not just ourselves, but our Mothers and sisters and grandmothers and aunts. Our stories help us understand who we are and bring us together with other women - because every story, in every woman, is important and should be told.
My desire to write a book was a secret I'd not told anyone, yet. I blurted it out to this man and knew it for what it was - the confession that I was wasting my life on work I did not care about, when I should be doing what I love. Writing a book! "You should write a book," he agreed. I wasn't sure he was agreeing because he thought I was capable of writing a book, or if he was trying to weasel his way into my good graces.
I was having a bad day today. It didn't start off that bad. It was okay. I was excited about a Smart Woman Conversation I had scheduled. I took my shower, fixed my hair (and I like it, my hair, I mean... good hair, good day, right?), put my makeup on and chose an outfit.
I asked Katherine McGraw Patterson to be a Smart Woman Conversation member because I know she brings authenticity, experience, and insight to the world of business. Her focus is women. And, with all of that, she recently became an author. Her book, Lunching with Lions: Strategies for the Networking-Averse, tells us right on the cover that "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."
We build connections that spark with talent, excitement, laughter, tears, emotional bonds that are forged in iron! These are connections that will not be broken. When you forge something in iron, it builds tensile strength and beauty in one glorious piece of metal.
I tried to imagine where it had hung, once upon a time. I read the inscription over and over, and imagined it as part of a large, heavy door, facing the public square in some mid-sized city. I could see people look at it, turn their eyes away, hurry along, hoping no one they knew would ever have to go through that door.