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La Petite Peach_5 tips smart entrepreneurs follow

After receiving such wonderful feedback from my Five Simple Business Tips post, I wanted to share what I think the best creative entrepreneurs do in their business. BUT I would still love your feedback, please comment below on your own experiences, successes and even mishaps!

Cultivate Your Tribe: This may take longer than you expect it would, it did for me after I went from a wedding industry entrepreneur with a HUGE community of local friends and colleges (from the west coast/beyond) to crickets when I started looking for local blogger friends. When I made the move from the wedding industry to full time writer, my tribe became hard to find. My initial thought was that other bloggers and writers would be “my people”, I joined a few groups and met some amazing people…in Boston…an hour away. What I needed was some local people in my tribe. It turns out, there aren’t many bloggers on our little island but there are a ton of super cool photographers! These lovely people help me create gorgeous content that supports my blog. These friends are most definitely my tribe, which leads me to…

Confide in People you Trust: This can be a super smart and great listener of a friend, to your partner or even a relative. However, once I cultivated some amazing tribers, I found I could bounce ideas off them and even ask for their input with my content. I am one of those secret writers/idea people who doesn’t like to share until it’s perfected, but with close creative friends I don’t feel shy about asking their opinion. They are a few trusted bunch who’s opinions really mean something to me!

Discover your work environment: This sounds strange right? BUT are you working from your bedroom floor with papers and notebooks everywhere? There is no way you can be as productive as you want to be without your own space. This doesn’t have to be a full office, it can be a corner in your kitchen or your bedroom. Ask your self where do I do my best work? Embrace it! But you do need a few things… a small desk or writing space, organized files, a pen/pencil/ruler holder and a meaningful trinket (ie. a candle, family picture, etc.). All of this will “up” your productivity.

Be Decisive: One of my least favorite things about myself is that I can be so indecisive. Guess what happens while you are mulling things over for days? Someone else thinks of it, jumps on the idea, and you are left in the dust! Being able to make decisions with ease is one of the best qualities an entrepreneur can have. What is the worst that could happen? You made a wrong decision, so what! You learn the most from making the wrong choice, it leads you in another, maybe even better, direction.

Never Stop Learning: You don’t have to be sitting in a classroom to further your entrepreneurial education (although you should try it out!). You can take an online class, workshop, or conference. I love taking online classes but nothing beats an in-person workshop. They are usually only a day long which is perfect for a busy mama and you can find them through professional groups (tribes!). However, one of my favorite ways to learn, is to listen to podcasts. There are SO many educational podcasts for creative entrepreneurs. For example, Being Boss is a great one I listen too,  Invisible Office Hours is another, and also After the Jump. Check out itunes for more suggestions on great podcasts.

Photo by Cambria Grace Photography

La Petite Peach_Cape Cod Summer

Nothing says summer on Cape Cod more than the Kennedy’s.  I was in a rush last week to bring my son over to Hyannis for a baseball game (it’s about 15 minutes from our house) I was feeling just stressed and aggravated about it. I’ve been hustling so much lately with the kids’ schedules I keep forgetting to stop, take a breather, and have some gratitude. Well, I rolled down the windows then drove slow trough Hyannis Port-we had plenty of time to get to the field and there is no reason why I shouldn’t. It is just SO charming, I got to thinking about how it’s looked exactly the same for as long as I can remember. My mood shifted instantly and I’ve been day dreaming of summer on Cape Cod since….this weeks link love is all about warmer weather.

My favorite coffee table book about the first family of Cape Cod.

Good beach chairs are SO hard to find, it took me my whole life to find this gem.

Summer Catch…it’s cheesy but all us Cape Cod girls have been there!

Short of being in the ocean all day, this beach spray is the only thing that makes my hair come close.

A pencil shop in Manhattan has me grabbing my notebook for an adventure!

Did you hear Planet Blue is coming to the Hamptons?! EEEK!

Speaking of the Hamptons I will also be at Serena and Lily’s pop-up!

Personal branding course with Braid Creative…you need to take this NOW!

10 ways to jolt happiness right now, from Gala Darling.

An awesome giveaway.

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LaPetitePeach_5 Things I learned about raising a baby in Europe

When I lived in Italy with my then 19 month old, I spent time observing and learning from the way the Italians lived, ate and played. It was the most influential time in my life as a parent.  Something in me changed, and I can attribute it to these 5 short life lessons.

1. Family Comes First (no matter what): We all put family first right? I think when it comes down to it, most of us at least want to put our family before anything. But do we cherish our family every day? Are we present with our kids and not trying to juggle 700 things at once? I am not sure we do. But, we most certainly could be. Being a present and mindful parent but also person, in whatever we do, can bring happiness that I think the Italians have down pat. One thing that helped me get there is Dr. Shefali’s book Conscious Parenting. It’s a favorite of mine and I know you will love it and find it live changing.

2. Food: While I was living in Italy, I consumed some of the most pure and delicious food. I ate SO much, as in I didn’t hold back from eating, at all, ever. The Italians took such pride in their food, as they should, but what stuck out more to me was how mindful they were about eating. What I mean is, they carefully and mindfully went to buy each ingredient. They went to the market to get fruits and veggies, to the butcher to get the meat, and to another specialty shop for fresh cheese. They weren’t in a rush, the best ingredients mattered to them! They cook all day and slow. I used to whip up a red sauce in 30 minutes, but why?! If you buy fresh plum tomatoes and slow cook it all day, it is SO divine. Love was shown with food, everyone comes together, it’s scrumptious family time. I learned to appreciate good ingredients to cook with and to teach my kids how wonderful that can truly be!

3. Siesta: YES the famous siesta! Take a breather! The whole city just stopped in the middle of the day, shut down and everyone went home to rest. It sounds unrealistic right? At first I thought this was annoying! I love a spontaneous wine and cheese platter in the afternoon, but nothing was open. So guess what? I got up earlier and enjoyed a cappuccino then hit the markets. Eventually, I even stopped, slowed down, and napped with Luke in the afternoons. There was NO reason to hustle bustle all day. I could get plenty of work done at night. If your a working mom, this can be hard to do but it is possible. If you live close to work, go home for your lunch break. If you don’t, find a quiet spot nearby and eat your lunch then rest quietly (no phone!) for 30 minutes. Maybe even promise yourself one a week you will leave work early and do something relaxing. I promise, taking a siesta is, and will be for you, life changing.

4. Travel: Europeans are well traveled. They live just a train or short plane ride away from the next amazing European country. Their children are well traveled as well. These are not extravagant vacations keep in mind. They may be a few days or even the whole month of August (everyone disappears!) but they travel and their kids travel too. There is nothing like going to a new place to open your eyes and humble you. It even makes me more grateful for home which leads me to…

5. HOME is where the heart is: Above all I learned that because travel is so easily accessible to the Italians, they really appreciated their home, where ever that was. They didn’t complain about being stuffed in a tiny city apartment, or living in the middle of nowhere in the countryside. They are humbled by everything they have and are grateful for where they live. Whenever I travel, I begin to appreciate my little town as well. After all, there is no place like home!

Photo by Jocelyn Filley