Making Tough Choices

Lately I’ve had to make some difficult choices. They boil down to choosing between the lesser of two evils which is never fun. It’s too soon to see the results of my decisions, but it brought back a reminder of a tough choice I made that turned out to be one of the best things I ever did.

Back in the day – 2005 to be exact – I was just starting Girls Can’t WHAT? and needed a vendor to make my designs into t-shirts. I contacted a local woman whom I had worked with on other projects and we discussed the options. She spent many hours helping me tweak my image files into a workable format for printing. After a couple of months, we had about 10 designs ordered and ready to be heat-pressed. I got to work on the marketing and soon I was taking orders like crazy.

It was then I noticed I was spending an insane amount of time just filling orders and dealing with shipping operations. At that rate, I had no time to do the creative work I enjoyed and my new business was becoming a huge time suck. Fail!

Natalia’s Indoor Hockey Shock

When we were at gym all the boys decided to play indoor-hockey while the girly girls (I mean the queen bees did dance.) Me and my friend decided to be with the guys cause we thought it would be fun.

My crush’s friend came and said “kid, no girly girls allowed, you’ll probably break a nail if you play.
That made me and my friend angry. You know what? I said “Come on get your friends. We’re playing 12 vs 1.”

Kickstart Your Dream: Make A New Connection Every Day

If you’re looking for the fast-track to success, here’s a tip to make reaching your dreams quicker and smarter: Make a new connection every single day. This doesn’t have to be hard. Even for introverts like me.

Choose Your Method

First, select your medium. If you don’t care for face-to-face interaction, fear not. Neither do I! I much prefer email and texting. Social media and the Internet is your best friend here. Don’t feel like you have to be salesperson of the month in order to meet new people. Do what is comfortable and natural for you.

A Simple Response to Negativity

Ever been in one of those awkward situations where someone makes a derogatory statement about someone or something that you are passionate about? You know you want to speak up but you don’t quite know what to say, and remaining silent might mean you are in agreement. I have a solution.

Mucho Thanks! November Sales Support Two More Women Entrepreneurs

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A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who purchased Girls Can’t WHAT? gear during the month of November. Twenty percent of all Girls Can’t WHAT? sales go to support women around the world who are pursuing their dreams. I’ve done the math and this month we are able to support two more women who are working to establish their own businesses.

(For a complete list of all the women Girls Can’t WHAT? supports through Kiva, visit our online portfolio.)

438321Uon Mayom, a hard-working 35-year-old mother of two who lives in Phnom Penh city, where she makes a living selling cakes in front of a garment factory. Her husband contributes to the family’s income by driving a motorbike taxi. This is the time of year in Cambodia, the fish are in abundant supply and prices are especially low, so Uon is applying for this loan to buy a large amount of fish to turn into paste to sell to her customers.

434944Hanin is a young woman who is married with one child. She lives in Saffa Village south of Ramallah City. Hanin’s husband used to work in Israel in a pastry shop but three months ago they decided to start their own business since working in Israel depends on getting a work permit so it is not permanent work.

Hanin and her husband work together in making pastries, croissants, desserts, etc., and sell their products upon request within the village and to shops and restaurants in Ramallah.

Hanin has requested a loan to buy a bigger oven, a refrigrator, and working materials like flour.

Hanin and her husband are working from their house currently and they hope in the future to have their own pastry shop.