6 Ways to Prevent Holiday Season Burnout and Stress

Six Ways to Prevent Holiday Burnout and Stress as a Biz Owner

For most soap company owners, the holiday season is a double-edged sword. It’s typically the largest sales season for a lot of small business owners, which means money – yay! On the other hand, it’s full of fast-paced decision making, supersonic speed marketing, and tons of extra work, from production, labeling, shipping, and so much […]

How to Deal With Other People’s Feedback and Opinions in Business

How to Deal With Other People's Feedback and Opinions in Business

One of the hardest things to do when you start putting you and your business out there is to handle reviews, feedback, opinions from other people without gallons of wine or a few tears. Scratch that. It’s hard to even put yourself out there in the first place because of the weight you might put […]

The Struggle is Real: What to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything

What to Do When You Don't Feel Like Doing Anything

As an entrepreneur, we all have those times where we don’t feel like doing anything. Throw on the stresses of everyday life orĀ a mental illness like depression or bipolar, and sometimes, you have a recipe for disaster. (Yup, totally know that one.) Even when you don’t feel like doing anything, sometimes… you just have to […]

Six Business Lessons My Six Year Old Helps Me Remember

Six Business Lessons My Six Year Old Helps Me Remember

It’s not often that I get personal about my family here on Modern Soapmaking.Ā Some of my little soapy tribe knows that I’m a mother of three (soon to be four) daughters – a six year old, a five year old, and a two & a half year old. InĀ the past two months, my oldest daughter […]

That One Time I Didn’t Die On A Cruise Ship (#IndieCruise 2015)

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Ship in the Bahamas

I promise, I’m not being dramatic. But a little background story would probably be helpful, right? I am pretty transparent about my mental health, so I don’t mind telling you that I am a full-blooded officially diagnosed anxiety mess. A lot of things kick my anxiety into high gear, and I’ve worked really hard on […]

How to Fix it When You Screw Up

One guarantee in biz: dropping the ball

There’s one thing I can promise you about being in biz for yourself. I’d sign a guarantee onĀ it, in blood. I swear. You are going to drop the ball. At least once. Probably more than once. And that’s totally normal. I’ve come to realize thatĀ most of the entrepreneurs around me are just like I am: […]

How to Kick Fear in the Face… Hardcore

Don't worry about a thing cause every little thing's gonna be all right

Being in biz has been a lot about kicking fear in the face for me. When I started Central Soapers Workshop, my social anxiety was so bad that I avoided phone calls with vendors, speakers, and attendees.Ā The night before CSW 2013, I couldn’t sleep because I was terrified of having to face 50 other strangers […]

7 Ways to Slow Down from Your Highly Caffeinated Life

Are you going a million miles a minute as an entrepreneur? Drink so much coffee that you’ve considered an IV drip? You aren’t alone! I promise! There’s always a ton of things to do, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Today, I want to talk about seven ways you can cut down on the anxiety, […]

The Reality of Mental Health Awareness as an Entrepreneur

It's like a man riding a lion. People think, 'This guy's brave.' And he's thinking, 'How the hell did I get on a lion, and how do I keep from getting eaten?

Like thousands of other teenagers, I found solace in self harmĀ and substance abuse. I’ve sat aloneĀ in darkness (bothĀ real andĀ imagined), andĀ contemplated suicide more times than I can count. I had my first brush with a mental hospital in high school. As a young adult, I found another way to self-medicate: work. It didn’t take long to […]

Do you embrace the 90/10 principle?

Did y’all know April is Stress Awareness Month?! As a small biz owner + entrepreneur, stress is no stranger! Sometimes, it becomes unbearable and overwhelming. Other times, it becomes fuel for the fire and creates a storm of productivity. When I found out about Stress Awareness Month a few weeks ago, I began to wonder […]