Sunday, July 19, 2009

Week 27 HITS

The heat in Sacramento has finally gotten to me, since all last week it was in the 90s and 100s. Despite the sweltering temperature I was super productive in my life as an artist and business owner. One day I was babysitting two brothers who are friends of the family. We drew our own coloring books, baked cupcakes which they covered in a mountain of sprinkles and chocolate chips, read some books, assembled many puzzles and had a fencing lesson from me at the park. I love spending time with them. They are so much fun! Thank you!

Cooking is an art (that's why it's mentioned here.) This meal was particularly memorable since the last sandwich that conjures up an image is from 4 years ago from the W Hotel in San Francisco. Since being diagnosed with allergies to "all things American" like eggs, dairy and wheat, sandwiches went from a staple to an occasional snack. The bread that I can eat isnt anything to get excited about until I created these mini sandwich master pieces!

Sandwiched between rice bread:
veganase (which ended up not being needed since I'm use to not eating mayonnaise)
Dijon mustard
avocado with sea salt
cracked pepper Turkey breast
and goat cheddar cheese!!!

In the background you'll see a berry smoothie which was a perfect compliment to this meal.
It filled me up so much I skipped dinner and that is super unusual for me. I normally eat every couple of hours. *Huge smile

I cannot wait until I am hungry again and eat another sandwich!

Nomadic Virtual Assistant

More paperwork was knocked out for setting up my virtual assistant business. I am so excited to be in the industry group called "professional services." That makes me sound so grown up!

In the mail after 3 days of filing the fictitious business name it came back to me approved. I then posted the fictitious business name (that sounds so funny) in an ad in a local newspaper via the Internet! The Net can make things so easy.

The business website under went more adjustments, the cover letter and skills resume were also written. A skills resume was something I'd heard of but never analyzed on how to construct my own, so thanks to Google I fashioned one. I also signed up for a client/invoice tracking system that has oodles of other tools like tracking how much time is spent on each project and listing expenses. I love spreadsheets! It's called Freshbooks and so far so good. After signing up a few days later the company called me and asked if I had any specif questions on how to use the program. The quickest way to win me over is with exceptionally great customer service, which is why my web site is hosted by GoDaddy.

On Saturday I was at the bank making a deposit and I remembered that I put the approved fictitious business name paperwork in my wallet. I went inside and opened up a business checking account! It was so exciting! Now I have a credit card for that account and temporary checks. I feel like somebody special.


I'm planning the next projects for the families I am teaching how to knit. To my surprise on the Net there are tons of free and simple knitting patterns. I adore books and going to the library, so I didnt think of searching on the Internet sooner. I'm loving the pumpkin hat. Super cute!


As a refresher from making decisions on the computer, I've been reading 2 very fascinating and entertaining fictional books. If you want you can read more about them on the 2009 book list.


I wrote the latest article for my column on called Stepping out of your comfort zone to advance business. It came from the success of breaking my pattern of planning and practicing to be a business owner into taking the next step of applying what I've learned.

I've planned many businesses, but hadnt gotten past finding the government forms to make it official. The 4MAT teaching style (pictured above) shows that people have natural preferences on what tasks they prefer to do. I'd a die hard quadrant 3! This means I love to do quadrant 3 tasks first and this can leave the rest of the to-do list in neglect, thus hurting business.

Read the article to find out how I accomplished what was unnatural to me to get my business up and running.

Week 28 HITS
Week 26 HITS
Table of Contents for HITS (Happenings in the Studio)

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