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I never thought I’d be programming anything on my computer. It all started because the nutrition software I’m familiar with didn’t seem to suit the needs of the labels I need to make. I’ve contact some food labs, but I went online to see what I could find. Long story short, I came across open software programs that I want to test out. Luckily, a friend of mine used to work in the industry and when he couldn’t get remote access to my computer I became the default. I found myself entering commands in terminal today. I can fully say now that it’s not a fit for me.

I’m finally starting to see quotes from printers trickle in. It’s pricey to say the least when you’re just starting out. I’m trying to decide how to go about this dilemma. I don’t want to end up with boxes extra boxes I won’t use during the first run. There will be changes as I’ve been told by nearly every entrepreneur in the industry when we chat about packaging. Print a small quantity.

Every morning I wake up instantly thinking about all the things that need to done. Nutrition labels still need to be made, packaging design needs to be finalized, our permanent website needs to be completed, the blog needs to become active, run a large scale test batch and more…

AKA Serena

I got a call from a vendor this morning. He asked for Serena. I recognized his voice since we spoke earlier this week and I asked, “are you looking for Sue?” This reminds me of when I used to work in Back Bay and go to a gym next to the office. One of the group fitness instructors used to always call me Maria even after I mentioned multiple times my name was not Maria. Now I have a business and gym alias.

Oprah was on the Steve Harvey show this morning. I love what she represents and how she inspires others. On the show she said, “use your life as a service to others. Have a purpose greater than yourself. Figure out your pattern and when you’ve grown it’s time to move on.” I couldn’t agree with her more!

How do you know if you don’t try?

It’s one of those days that I feel like progress is too slow with the brand and my personal life is a hot mess. Times like this I resort to the combination of exercise, reading inspiration quotes & articles, remind myself of what really motivates me to strive for success, and visiting the produce section of a nice grocery store. Sounds rather odd that I just openly admitted this, but I it’s relaxing to me because it reminds me of happy times spent with friends and family over a great meal, the colors make me happy and bring me back to the basics of what’s important in life. Friends, family, good food, and health. I’m working to eliminate the word if in my vocabulary.

Here’s a good article I read today about conquering confidence killers from Sheryl Sandberg’s perspective.

They’re just not that into your start-up

I’m waiting to hear back from lawyers, vendors on pricing, and a graphic designer. Editing photos is taking a long time! I’m trying to edit, but I’m really not good at it. This is not because the pics need major changes, but the background needs to be smoothed out and uniform plus I have to decide if I want to keep the shadows.

How to tell if a business is just not that into your start-up
1. They don’t do what they say they will
2. You spend most of your time following up with them
3. You have a gut feeling it’s not working out
4. They aren’t very responsive
5. There’s always an excuse of why they haven’t been available

Have a plan B & C!