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Teacher Gift Season is Just Around the Corner.

Posted by Robin Abel on

Teacher gift season is a delicate mix of figuring how many people to include, brainstorming the perfect gift idea, and not completely freaking out because you've either not done enough or done too much.  Obviously we want to say thank you to those very important leaders in our kids lives but those over active Pinterest moms just make us feel like failed the assignment. How can you find a balance?   1. Just be you!  It's truly not a contest but time to say thank you.  If you are a super crazy Pinterest parent, then this is your Christmas and...

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Put the pretty things on top!

Posted by Robin Abel on

It's been a honor to meet and develop relationships with other small business owners.  When you understand there is a story behind every business and people are there not simply to have a job but build something special, you tend to slow down and see these owners has humans.  You ask questions, you have conversations rather than transactions, and they tend to become part of your journey even in the smallest of ways.   One of these owners is Ann, who created The Holistic Pet Nutrition Center in Harmony.   Through the last few years of dog ownership, I've had many conversations...

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Trick or Treat insights

Posted by Robin Abel on

How do you celebrate Halloween?  Is it your favorite holiday or your worst?  Do your kids love it or are they on the phasing out age?  Did you learning anything this year from the holiday? ;)    Our kids still, for the most part, have fun picking costumes and going out for Trick or Treat.  The week before the holiday is filled with costume changes, questions on where we go candy hunting, who is going with whom...  This year, I walked around with just one of my kids which was a first since usually we have at least 2 with...

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Waiting is so hard!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Waiting for anything is the worst!  Nobody likes it and as a society, we work hard to get rid of it.  Don't want to wait for dinner?  Fast food.  Want that new book now!?  Amazon Prime.  Hate waiting in the lines at Disney?  Fast pass.  The list goes on.     I'm not sure why we hate waiting so much.  I mean, I get it but in reality, you have to wait for almost everything.  Think about how excited you were when you earned a drivers license!  Have you gotten married and waited a crazy amount of time for that event?...

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Being creative and growing together

Posted by Robin Abel on

Melinda first walked into our former Harmony location as a new member of the community checking out the sights.  We talked for a while and learned that she was a former teacher with dreams of creating something very different than another classroom experience in this new season of her life.  Melinda had taken to screen printing and being creative with so many thing such as cutting boards, dishcloths and t-shirts.     One day she stopped to tell me she was super excited and super nervous about another adventure she was on.  Melinda had rented a small shop in Zelie to turn...

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