Best Advice I’ve Been Given :: AmberLee from Ticket Chocolate and Giver’s Log

by contributor on 17/05/2013

in Guest Editors 2013, Resources

During most of 2013, Whipup.net will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy!

Introducing Destri from The Mother Huddle :: The theme for this month is Advice For Starting and Growing a Creative Business :: Stop listening to the advice of those that say it can’t be done, and seek the advice of those who are successfully doing what you want to do.

Destri :: The Mother Huddle

I have a special treat in store for you with today’s guest. AmberLee owns Ticket Kitchen Chocolate and is the founding editor of Giver’s Log. She is quite possibly the nicest person I have never met — but hope to. She is always generous in sharing her knowledge, and the perfect example that if you’re nice to people and work hard, you can’t fail.
AmberLee bio

About AmberLee and Her Creative Businesses 

I am AmberLee Fawson, mom of three plus one on the way (this will be my second time having a summer baby! bring it on). I live in a little country house in northern Cali and love it. I am also a chocolate maker and make gourmet Hot Chocolate on a Stick and other chocolate goodies, which you can find at my shop, Ticket Chocolate. I am a huge chocolate fanatic, in fact, I consider a good cup of hot chocolate to be a side dish, and nothing makes me happier at lunch time than a big bowl of greens with some Trader Joes croutons and a cup of Bolivian bittersweet hot chocolate on the side. And finally, when I have a free moment I like to read, cook, go on unhurried walks with my kids, or blog about my favorite projects and recipes at Giverslog.
AmberLee in warehouse

Best Advice I’ve Been Given

For me, when it comes to my blog and my shop, there are two kinds of advice.

The first kind of advice is just good business advice. I am always amazed at how much I have to learn, how much I am always learning in my third year of business and fifth year of blogging now, and I always appreciate a few words of solid wisdom.

I think the best advice I ever heard was from a podcast (Stanford’s business school offers the podcasts). One of the speakers said something like this: If you have an idea, don’t wait for it to be perfect before you launch it. Don’t tweak it and polish and perfect it before you offer it to your fans and customers, because who knows, your customers might want something a little different anyway. Just put something out there, a product, a blog post. Your early adopters or first readers will be your best friends and really help you hone in on what you do best.

The second kind of advice might be the advice I appreciate most. It is the advice from other busy moms about how to balance, how to make it all pay off and be worthwhile. There is really nothing like making deicisons of what pressures to put on yourself, of what to say to and what to say no to when you are a mom.

One of my favorite pieces of advice came from a friend, who is a mom of seven now and who runs her own business from home. She taught me that life is tricky when you are a competent person. When you’re competent, you know how well you could play every part in your life. Your pantry could be organized, your dinners could be delicious and interesting, you could be the world’s best room mom for your child’s classroom, you could show up with warm chicken noodle soup at the door step of anyone who needs it. But as you are picturing all this, you neglect to notice that all those things take not only competence, but hours. Lots and lots of hours. So it’s okay to let your standards drop a little in some areas, in fact, it’s often the only way to get your most meaningful work done.

A big thank you to AmberLee for stopping in to share her wisdom today. I told her that last bit could have been written just for me… well the first too!

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Seanna Lea May 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

That is a great thing to remember. I will have to keep it in mind!

2 Suzanne May 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm

That’s sage advice for competent people.

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