My Rental Space as a Vendor

Starting small is still starting.  A week ago I finally just did it, and started renting a small space at a local junktique place.  When I say small….I mean you can’t get much smaller.  It’s a shelf, but it’s a great start to see what it’s like.

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This place is so cute, and I must have driven past it a million time since we moved here two years ago.  Sometime not long ago, I noticed this cute vintage trailer and stopped in when I saw a yard sale happening outside.

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After going inside, I was hooked on this quaint atmosphere.  It smells of essential oils, and creativity!  It’s like being a kid again.

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I love browsing all of the vendor spaces.  It’s a medium sized emporium, where I don’t feel lost in a sea of endless vendors.

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I forgot to measure my shelf space, but it was hard to imagine how it would all look when I was at home anyway.  I took a few more items than would fit to swap some things out until I got it just so.

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I finally settled on this vintage breakfast scheme on the bottom.  You’ve got your casserole dishes, your syrup, your cream for your coffee, orange juice jug, mixing bowl for your pancakes, glasses, and egg carton.

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On the top, I put together this little 4th of July vignette.

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And at the middle shelf, you can get a gift for someone, or decorate your cakes!

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I mean seriously how cute is this awesome little gem along the highway!

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It’s my Anniversary, and a lot can happen in two years.

Photo credit  Max ☢  Foter  CC BY-NC-NDTwo years ago, I came to Florida after a whirlwind of emotion and events in my hometown of Pennsylvania.  I’d never lived anywhere else before.  I’d never been a resident of another state, and I hadn’t much been on my own.  After caring for him for years, and then quite intensively for weeks at home, my father had just passed away.  My father’s side of the family did an about face on me for trying to honor my father’s last wishes.  They aren’t the type of group to have anyone tell them no, so this did not go over well.  I was quickly cast out, even at my father’s funeral.  Despicable, I know, but I was ok because I knew I was doing what was right.  My husband, who was already in Florida for work, quickly made arrangements to come to PA.  While I was sitting in the funeral home making final arrangements, I got a call that my husband was being rushed to the hospital.  Kidney stones… which required a few surgeries!  SO…. we buried my father, had an estate sale, packed up my belongings, all while working around husband’s surgeries.  When all that was done, we prepped for the two day drive to Florida.
With a deep breath, I knew I had a new chapter ahead of me.  I was determined to finally start calling my own shots.
After arriving here, I quickly sent out my press kit, and proudly was hired by a local dance studio within 4 months.  I let my passions and my heart guide the way while making smart judgments with my head.  If it wasn’t good for me, I didn’t do it.  I finally put me first.
It paid off.
From that one moment of making the decision to pursue the best for me, I landed that studio dance job.  Then I landed a job teaching aerial dance.  Then I landed a job teaching children creative dance for a summer.  Then I landed a job teaching at the college level.  Finally, I just spearheaded a dance program for figure skaters at a local ice skating rink.
I’m still going strong.
Last year this time, I was lost in an idea of something I wanted to do.  I put it on a shelf, and focused on all the above stuff.  The other day, the sidelined idea finally clicked… and now I’m pursuing that.
I’ve got other projects in the works too.
There’s a reason the end of something always begins something new.  Sometimes the old junk needs to end, so you can turn your eyes to focus on the new stuff.
Don’t be afraid to state what you want out of life, and don’t ever be afraid to ask yourself if it is good for you… or not.  If it’s not, say no.  It’s really that simple.
I pride myself on my reliability.  I guess that’s why my dad confided in me his last wishes.  If I say I’m going to do something, I’ll do it.  You can count on me.  If I can’t do it, there’s a really good reason.  I used to go into a long story about why I couldn’t do something presented to me at the last minute, or used to feel guilty if I had a way to change my schedule by didn’t feel like it last minute.  Now, I don’t.  I am not the world’s superhero, and I do enough.  Know when to say no.  Know when to take a leap of faith.  Know when to close the book, turn the page for the new chapter, and know when to soar.
PS:  The photo posted above was one of the first photos I posted on my blog.  Still an ongoing project, (and aren’t we all?) I found it because I felt the blog marked the beginning of a new path… that started out with my bright pink (power) lipstick.  The pink pathway that I decided to head down has led me to so many great things, and I can’t wait to see what else is around the bend!
PPS:  I do have a few beauty products that I have been trying out … stay tuned!

Perk up, Buttercup. Self motivation conversations to… well, yourself.

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Last Wednesday I had a bad day.  It started out innocently enough, but I was depleted in the energy bank, and feeling rundown.  I popped an echinacea, and started my busy day.  I was off to teach a private lesson, then to another spot to perform in the silks and lyra.  I underestimated my pale nature in the heat of the Florida sun.  Hanging upside down, while spinning, in the heat for a few hours further depleted me.  I wasn’t done yet.  I was off to teach aerial and dance classes later on, and by this point I just wanted to lay down and take a nap.
Because of my loopy nature, I hit my head on the lyra after hanging it, which made my already splitting headache feel good for a second as it took my mind off the dull aching pain that I was trying to ignore.  I mottled through that class, and actually was embarrassed at how off my game I was.  I really strive to make every class worthwhile for my students.
Later that night, after making it home driving with only one eye, a blinding present migraine clouding the vision in the other eye, I lay on the couch trying to get the pain to stop.  Drifting in and out of sleep, I had anxiety dreams about the horrible, horrendous, no good class I taught that I was sure no one would ever return for ever again!
The next day I woke up feeling pretty down about myself.  Then I decided to perk up.  I decided to make a plan for myself, and set out to draw up some ideas to better my teaching, and myself.
It’s important to remind ourselves that we all have bad days, and days where, because we are humans and not robots, we won’t be feeling at the top of our game.  But your mindset allows you to stop that chain of bad vibes and to abruptly put an end to the thoughts that are haunting and clouding your judgement about how awesome you can be.
Remember to perk it up, buttercup, whenever you’re feeling low down and not so good about something.  Put a plan into effect to change it right quick.  Go out and be awesome!!!!

 

Welcome Spring, The Spring Cleaning Hustle

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Today’s post is about welcoming spring by reminding you that now is the time to do some work!  Seriously is the work ever done!?  No, it’s not.  And that’s why you need some help.

I’ve created “The Spring Clean Hustle” to help you get your cleaning and organization under control in about 4 weekends.

It’s not going to be easy, and anyone who sells it as such is a liar liar pants on fire.

You actually need to do the work!  BUT, with helpful guides, cleaning tips, and a plan to follow, you won’t be running around from room to room doing more steps than work!

All you have to do is sign up to become an email subscriber in the Nicolyndime Club.  It’s free, plus you’ll get other great information throughout the year.  This is only the beginning!!!

 

Vision Boards to Boost Your Behind

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Is everyone back into a routine yet?  After writing last week’s post, I was pumped to take on 2017!  I had to take a deep breath and get back into a NEW schedule in the NEW year.  I’ve been wanting to tell you all about my exciting news, but was holding off until it was a for sure thing.  Anyway, here it is:  I got a job as an adjunct faculty dance teacher for my OWN class this semester.  Last semester I served as the substitute for the current instructor’s maternity leave for only half of the term.  Over the holiday break, I was asked to teach at another campus.

I’m doing a lot of reflecting on these times, as more and more exciting things are happening for me.  But it wasn’t always that way.  Less than 10 years ago I was so depressed, I didn’t care if I woke up in the morning.  And no matter how many times people told me to just cheer up, my future looked grim.  I had been hearing about this whole “power of positive thinking BS” and figured I didn’t really have anything to lose.  Armed with the words my gramma always told me, “God has a plan for you,” and a new book called “The Secret,” I reluctantly began to rehabilitate my thinking, and created a vision treasure box.  In my wildest dreams I wouldn’t have believed the abundance of the gifts that I have been given, and it is my true belief that it was my vision board that helped clarify that for me.

Here are my tips for creating a vision board that will give you a boost:

1.  Decide whether you want a physical or digital board.  A physical board may take you longer to find and gather the images, but for me, that’s the best part!  As you are seeking out that image, you are putting your heart into that one memento that will represent this dream you wish to attain.  That’s a powerful thing!

2.  Make a list.  Put every thing you want on that list, no matter how small or how big.  Add it!
3.  Find images that you really love.  If you don’t love it don’t add it.  It’s easy to think that you have to put something in to fulfill this particular want or need, but don’t add something you’re not 100% in love with because that nagging feeling will be remembered and linked to that thought process.
4.Find something separate for every need on your list from number 2.  Don’t get lazy and assume that this one image conquers 5 items on your list so you can accomplish that task more easily.  Remember, the idea is to really focus on one goal process.  Your image is your ticket to that focus.
5. Don’t paste it with no heart behind it.  Meditate on the end result of attaining that goal.  Get excited about adding the visual image to the representation of how you would write your life.
6.  “You gotta believe.”  In watching my yearly binge on The Twilight Zone New Year’s Marathon, a little boy tells a boxer named Bolie that he’s going to make a big tall wish.  The trick however, is that you have to believe or it isn’t so.  Your intention in pasting that image, has to go with you throughout the most mundane and amazing tasks of your day.  Carry it with you and be reminded of that intention when you look at your board.
7. It’s a vision board, not a top selling artist work.  That doesn’t make it worthless.  It’s priceless TO YOU, because it’s about YOU.  It should contain everything that lights you up and would get you excited to greet every day.  Worry less about the end result of the board and just get started already!  What are you waiting for?
8. Don’t overwhelm.  You might have a list as long as the Empire State Building, but you don’t have to tackle it in one day.  Start with what you want to be the most immediate concern to you.  Even if it’s the biggest order of business on your list.  This will give you more time to put that positive energy into making it happen.
Lastly, this isn’t a magic trick.  You’re not going to paste images on a paper and, like a Twilight Zone episode, have them magically come to life.  Plus remember what lessons we have learned from every fable about getting everything we wished for the easy way?  That never works out in the end.  You have to work for these things!  Your vision board is a visual representation, a road map of sorts, in what you will do to make these goals happen.  If you want that dream job, put it on your board, but then start applying, or going back to school to get the degree you need!  Love’s not going to find you sitting in your home, making a dream board, you still have to get out there.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and allow your dream board to be your spring board!
Now if you are pumped about getting started, I suggest you join my email subscriber list!  It’s free and I’ll be sending out bonus content like where to find free images for your vision board, book suggestions to get you started, and more insight into creating a board to boost your behind!
If you already are a member, you can look for that email in your inbox by Wednesday 1/18/17.  If you aren’t CLICK HERE and join.  Time is limited!  After that email is delivered on Wednesday, you can’t get it if you haven’t already joined!

8 Easy Ways to Keep Your New Year Goals

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We all have our own aspirations and outlooks for the new year.  It can be a daunting task to write those resolutions.  I still remember that assignment each year in school.  Rarely was there a follow up or a check in to that assignment.
So I’m going to give you 8 ways to better tackle your aspirations for 2017.
  1.  No Resolutions!  You’ll notice that I’m very careful not to call them resolutions.  When we make New Year Resolutions, we tend to distance ourselves from that word, reserving it only for the New Year.  I like to use the words; goals, aspirations, and plans, but not resolutions.  We tend to relate more to these words and I think they can carry throughout the year.
  2. Don’t make a goal without a plan.  If your goal is to “learn Spanish” (one of mine actually) then it’s not enough to say, “I’m going to learn Spanish in 2017.”  How do you plan to do that?  You’ll need a road map.  Now the hardest part to this is that sometimes you really don’t know what you should be planning for.  I’m still having serious struggle with this as far as my blog goes, mainly because I don’t know the tools available or what steps would be the most appropriate or efficient to get from point a to b.  Talk to people who have accomplished this goal, ask in facebook groups, and research like there is no tomorrow.  For the “learn Spanish” goal, I want to use a free service (naturally) and Duolingo is going to be my how to my point b.
  3. Too broad a plan.  It might be unrealistic that I learn to be fluent in Spanish by Dec 31, 2017.  So in order to avoid giving up, or becoming discouraged, I need to realize that I get where I get, when I get there.  If I think about checking into Duolingo daily, and see where the road takes me, I’ll be pleasantly surprised at my progress, instead of my frustration that I’m not a master at a second language.  Which brings me to…
  4.  A major goal needs sub goals:  Learn Spanish is a big goal to me.  So for me, I’ll need to break that down into easier to handle chunks.  I’ll start out by visiting Duolingo daily, even if that is to revisit lessons I’ve already completed just to reinforce what I have learned.  I’ll not be in a rush.  And once I’ve completed every Duolingo lesson, I’ll search for a better option based on my level of comprehension.  However, I know where I’m starting (small) and where I can go next if needed.
  5. Is it Hocus Pocus?:  I miss that movie already.  I miss the holidays already.  And it’s scientifically proven that we actually get more enjoyment out of the planning of an event, such as a vacation or party, than we actually do living that moment out in time.  It makes sense when you think about it. The anticipation brings us joy.  So, let’s use this to our benefit!  Journaling and dream board creations work.  There are books and websites solely dedicated to the law of attraction, and therefore it is a commonly accepted term nowadays.  Like attracts like.  You get what you send out.  Creating vision or dream boards, and journaling in the correct way, can be really good for us.  Start thinking about what you want and be as specific and creative as you like.  Journal daily or weekly, but always with the mindset that you already have what you want.  You’ll get the feel good anticipation endorphins, and you’ll also send that notion into the world.  If you need help getting started with this, be sure to join my list, because I’ll be sending out an email to help you grasp this idea.
  6. Put some silly goals on the list.  Start out with some goals you know you can accomplish.  Wash the car.  Clean out the junk drawer.  They don’t all have to be long and laborious goals.  As you cross off these more manageable goals, you will get the motivation to accomplish your larger goals.
  7. Uh Oh.  I haven’t logged into Duolingo in a week, 2 weeks, a month, 2 months, and I feel like just giving up.  DON’T!  “Better late than never”, should be your motto if it’s something you really want to accomplish.   I would rather be a 6 month Spanish learner, than a zero month Spanish learner.
  8. Priorities, Priorities, Priorities…..  Everyone is busy.  There are those people that tend to get more done in their day than others, and you wonder if they have some time machine that’s adding a few hours to their timeline somewhere.  But here’s the non sugar coated reality.  If you really wanted to make a change in your life, and it’s really an important goal to you, you’ll make the time to do it.  Think of it as a job, think of it as life and death, put it before something you HAVE to do if necessary.  Do 5 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at lunch time and 10 minutes at dinner time, and 5 minutes before bed.  That’s 30 minutes right there… and you can manage that!  If you don’t see this as important, it will get overlooked.  If it’s not important, it probably shouldn’t be on your 2017 goal list.  So if it makes it there, it’s important.

 

Soul Sisters Feature| Female Entrepreneurs who Empower: Miriam Popp

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My second strong female entrepreneur in the series is Miriam Popp.  Miriam contacted me, and once I read a little about her on her website, I knew she would be my next feature.  The first thing that drew me to her was her clever use of her name in her tagline.  Vibrant Lifestyle Coaching, Let’s add some Popp to your life.  I love it when businesses do this, so much so that I named my blog/ business Nicolyndime.  (I’m Nicolyn, nice to meet you by the way.)
Miriam is a Serenity Coach who encourages women to “throw glitter all over their life.”  Glitter makes everything better.  She owns Vibrant Lifestyle Coaching.  We all feel a little lost sometimes, and it’s great that there are passionate people like Miriam who have paved the way for themselves, and walk their talk, to make it easier for those of us that need a little guidance to make something happen in our own lives.  Miriam holds one on one coaching, as well as group coaching sessions around LA called Soul Workouts that empower women to glow and grow through exercise and deep real talk for self discovery and connection.
In her late 20’s she began to discover that she needn’t be a victim to her negative thoughts, and found new coping skills for her life.  She spent a time doing fitness competitions and was completely involved in dieting and exercising, but felt completely disconnected from herself.  Her life wasn’t at all what she wanted, so she did something about it.  Miriam pursued an education in holistic wellness, which led her to her current work in helping other women.
She loves watching women come into the realization that they had the power all along.  Sounds a little like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, but Miriam’s favorite character is the Little Mermaid because she went after what she wanted full force, and did not stop until she had it.
Miriam’s greatest joy is seeing women flourish as limitless and boundless beings who go out into the world and find their own answers.
When asked what she would tell her 10 year old self she said, “You are likeable, it’ll be so easy to make new friends.  Just be YOU.  Don’t worry you are safe.  Get all the Lisa Frank school supplies you can and save them forever.”
Ah yes, I’d tell myself to save a lot of those kinds of things too, Miriam.
Her final thoughts:  “You’ll find what you are looking for in life, good or bad.  Go after your happy ending.  What you seek you will always find.”
You can just feel her inspirational, can do attitude exude from her interview.  Miriam’s journey is a lot like mine, and many others, which is why it’s important to find a coach that you feel a soul connection with.    Either way, her words are true and hopeful, and we can all find a little hope in ourselves.  If you need a little help, try contacting Miriam through her website above.  I’m sure you’ll feel better just by visiting her website, but also be sure to stop by her Special Gifts page!