Tag Bizspiration

When I Lost My Father, I Realized Life’s Too Short Not to Go for It

My name is Amber Fant, I am a full-time, self-employed, handbag designer/maker/owner at Daylin Skye Designs. I get asked how I started my business and it always sort of puts a wry smile on my face. Mostly because, I don’t really care for purses. In fact, it was the fact that I don’t like carrying a purse that put this whole thing in motion. Five years ago, I bought an iPad. Although I was working in a lucrative corporate position and could afford to pay cash for the iPad outright, I made myself raise the money because I saw it as a toy and not a need. So after selling other electronics, my bike, household decor items and anything else I told myself I didn’t need, I had the $900 to get the iPad and accessories I wanted. And with said iPad in hand, off to Starbucks I went to do

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7 Strategies for Living and Coping with Bipolar Disorder

My name is Sharon Chisholm, I live in Australia and I am a mind health coach, advocate, writer and speaker. Fourteen years ago, at the age of 32, I moved from England to Australia.  A year later I was married with a new baby and my life was completely different.  When my daughter was a year old, I was diagnosed with clinical depression.  It’s been a very long rollercoaster journey of ups and downs since then, culminating in me being re-diagnosed last year with bipolar disorder.  The new diagnosis was the missing piece of the puzzle and explained so much of my misunderstood behavioral patterns over the years.  I’m now doing much better and am managing my life and my health well on a day to day basis. RELATED: Managing Your Business When Dealing with a Personal Crisis For me personally, medication has always been the starting point, because without it

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Behind the Scenes with Yes Supply Co.

At the end of 2015, I connected with Reese Evans, the founder of Yes Supply Co. As Reese puts it, Yes Supply was created to get rid of the glossing over of how to live a life on purpose, a life that you choose to completely and full-heartedly say yes to. Yes Supply aims to get rid of the “oh I just fell into the job & life I love” rouse, and does so by sharing “real advice from cool, smart and creative women (and a few cool dudes) who aren’t afraid to bare their souls and share the obstacles, and insecurities that they overcame to get their yes supply.” I spoke with Reese about her thoughts on doing a mental health check-in alongside New Year’s resolution and goal setting (more on that here), and along the way learned more about the path that has taken her to where she

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Bring Glamour Back to Skincare with “The Power of Pretty”

Between popping pimples, dodging toxic ingredients, and trying to assemble a routine that actually works – skincare can be an exhausting, not-so-glamourous process. Is it just me or shouldn’t it be about beauty and glamour, not medicine and problems? After all, your face is pretty important. With the abundant amount of skincare options out there, this brand really caught my eye a few years ago and I’ve been obsessed with their products ever since. Meet Doll Face Beauty – naturally potent, clean skincare inspired by the grace and style of retro Hollywood (how lovely?!). So why “Doll Face?” Founder Lisa Winarick shares, “Taking care of my skin was passed down from my Grandmother and then reinforced by my Mom and Aunts who all have taken amazing care of their skin. I have so many memories of special beauty days spent around the kitchen table with my mom and sisters mixing products to create our very own

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ROAR for Good: Smart Safety Jewelry to Reduce Assaults

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing woman with an incredible story. Imagine this. As a refugee of the Persian Gulf War, you come the United States at the age of 8 with a mission to push for equality and respect for all people, especially the underserved. As Co-Founder and CEO of ROAR for Good, Yasmine Mustafa has proven herself as a fighter, a woman in charge and she won’t stop until she’s made a difference that she can be proud of. She is a tech entrepreneur, community leader, and advisor for several companies in Philadelphia. Yasmine graduated summa cum laude with an Entrepreneurship degree from Temple University and subsequently founded her first startup, an affiliate marketing company helping writers monetize their content. After growing that company, she sold it to a prominent content marketing firm in late 2011. Yasmine also started the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop

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There’s More to Branding Than Fonts and Colors

It’s a big day here at #GemNation HQ! I’m thrilled to introduce you to our September Shine Expert, Katell Schmitz, the owner and creative director of Reverie Lane Designs. As soon as I saw her website, I instantly feel in love with the style and quality of her work – I just knew she was someone I had to share with you guys! Keep reading for juicy tips from Katell on why being different is a good thing, the importance of visual consistency for your brand, and her secrets for getting through a creativity block. If you haven’t joined Gem Nation yet, become a VIP today to receive a one-on-one branding consultation with Katell, access to the Guide to Shine: Branding Edition Workbook (coming soon), AND to participate in our Clean Up Your Brand Challenge (details announced shortly). Tell us a bit about your business and how you got to where you are

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Meet The Kid Entrepreneurs Who Are Making A Difference!

A little over a year ago I received an email from a woman who owned an online based kids sock company out of Miami, Florida. This was an incredibly busy time for me, but, although I didn’t think I had the time to adequately spend on a new client, I hate to overlook any potential client inquiries. Especially, a referral from a previous client. Anyway, I took a quick peek and learned a little bit about Are You Kidding Co., the kids sock start-up that was run by two kid entrepreneurs, Brandon and Sebastian, with help from their mom, Rachel Martinez. I know what you’re thinking. Kids can’t run a company. Well, you are partially right- kids can’t run a company on their own if they are still in school full time and well, under the age of 10. These kids have been designing all of the socks for Are You

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Grow Your Sustainable Clothing Collection with Orgotton

Kristy Carabello and Stef Emery started Orgotton in 2009 with the simple mission to “create luxurious clothing with a transparent and traceable business model that is good for both you and the planet”. From screen printing tees in their parent’s basement, these two sisters are now taking the world of sustainable fashion by storm with their classic, multi-functional clothing that is created – from design to production – in Philadelphia. I really admire these two ladies because they prove that with hard work, determination, and an insane amount of passion, your dreams can come true (and can also be made out of sustainable and eco-friendly materials). Keep reading to find out more behind the inspiring Orgotton story: I was lucky enough to take a few pieces with me to NYFW last season and they were unbelievably comfortable, I was so sad when I had to send them back. How can you not need this jumpsuit?! What inspired you

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