Life in the Soap Lane — challenge

| Danielle Vincent

The art of jumping.

I take a lot of risks in my life. I risk financial security, career stability, stability of my heart and mind, and a stability of living situation. To me, life is messy and unstable. Whenever I have made decisions based on what is the most stable, I have always reflected on that as a bad decision in hindsight.

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| Danielle Vincent

Breaking through creative blocks: How to draw inspiration from a stone - WARNING: strong language and a playful representation of Jesus

Or maybe not a stone… maybe that metaphor doesn’t work. I don’t know. It’s 4pm and I’m working on this doomed piece of blank screen so I can make my deadline for the blog post and publish it by 6am tomorrow. The irony: It is punching me in the face like a mighty fist piston. Lori asked about what I do when I have creative blocks. Here I am, at nearly the 11th hour, showing you exactly where it’s at: I’m working anyway. My creative window is between...

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| Danielle Vincent

10 Quotes to Inspire Great Work

We believe in the importance and value of diligent work. Our business requires it and we're (usually) happy to roll up our sleeves, pull up our gloves, and get stuff done. These are quotes that inspire us as we do our work. If they also inspire you, we hope you will share them.

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| Danielle Vincent

Time Management and Knowing When to Go to Bed.

Susan: How do you know when to go to bed at night when operating your own, handcrafted business? The Husband? The Dog? A smartphone alarm? Ah, the question about time management and life priorities… How we as business owners know when to stop working and get some rest. Benjamin Franklin once said “Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.” I am a diligent person. I enjoy work. This used to be a huge problem for me. In fact, I really struggled with drawing lines around work and play time. But no longer. And the reason is simple: I don’t sweat it.

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| Danielle Vincent

The 30 Day Blog Challenge: striking flint until we get fire.

 I've been writing pretty regularly for about 20 years, and writing casually before that, always with the intention of honing my craft. Unfortunately for me, I found writing only gets harder the more I do it... mostly because as I get better, I have less tolerance for my own bad writing. For example, this blog post is now two and a half sentences long and I've spent about 15 minutes on it, deleting and re-writing and re-wording it. And even still, I'm not happy with it, so we're just going to have to move on.

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