Change is in the Air

Change is in the Air

I’m sitting on the deck at my parents house, beautiful July morning, looking out onto bright blue Lake Superior, dotted with Madeline Island and Long Island.   As of about 9 am this morning the most valuable thing I own is my 2006 Prius.  I’m setting the bar fairly low in terms of using the word “valuable”, though I really love my car.  

Ten months ago I had a commercial mortgage, a few business loans, a house loan and owned a second car.  But the last of those items, our house, has been sold as of this morning.  

It is incredibly liberating and freeing to not be tethered to a place or institution.  

We are moving our family out west.  My husband, Jon is on the road with said Prius driving to Oregon from Wisconsin.  I am flying there with the three kids in 5 days.     

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Entrepreneur: Nature Vs. Nurture?

Entrepreneur: Nature Vs. Nurture?

I love podcasts.  I used to say things like “I heard this thing on NPR…” and all my friends nodded like bobbleheads because they heard the same thing too. Now the conversation starts,  “I heard this amazing podcast the other day…”

Friends often ask me when I have time to listen to podcasts.  Hmmm when do I fit that in?  Doing dishes and laundry folding are classic times.  Listening helps ease the pain of two things I absolutely hate.  If I play them loud enough I drown out the kids whining.   Unfortunately I do miss some content because of the interruptions, but something is better than nothing.

In addition to my obsession with StartUp, which feels like the love child of my favorite biz podcasts and NPR, I’m really diggin’ ZenFounder.

Zen Founder is a husband and wife team talking about how to stay sane while launching your startup.   This clearly appeals to me because Jon and I have owned a business together for eight years and have had three kids in the last five.  I need all the sanity tips I can get!

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