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Monday, February 28, 2011

Willow's Ramblings...

This morning I was talking to a friend, telling him that I made a blog post on February 9 after being inspired by Donna Maria’s article, “The Power of Pause”. I had every intention of taking a few moments everyday for myself.…just a few moments to meditate, maybe practice yoga,  take a walk,  write in my gratitude journal…something other than work  or taking care of family– no phones, no computer, just me and some quiet time.

I told my friend that I had even put my favorite guided meditation CD on my desk where I could see it every day to remind me to take a break. At that point, I still hadn’t gotten back in the habit of pausing or taking advantage of a little “me” time.

A few hours after our conversation, I came upon this quote…

“Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? Remember, you must use it, as it is given only once. Once wasted you cannot get it back.” Anonymous

I decided that today was the day I had to start! So I took a few moments and wrote in my gratitude journal and spent some time reflecting on those things that I am grateful for…one of those things being that I have the choice on how to best use those 24 golden hours we are given in everyday.

I’d love for you to share your favorite ways to pause and how it makes you to feel to take that time for yourself.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Why Should You Have The Proper Tools?

How important are the tools of your trade?

Why is the proper equipment critical?
 Say you have 10 small tray molds that you paid $250 for and they make 400 bars, a few months later you have more new customers and you need to double this. Do you spend another $250 and plug the gap or do you see, this is going nowhere? If you grow and hopefully you are planning to, eventually you will be forced to change. Maybe it would be better to look at making it easier to grow and finding a more profitable way to supply your customer base.

What about your own time in dealing with an inefficient method?

Is it worthwhile to make, 10,000 bars, twice as fast, over the course of a year….a month? Can you take this time and focus it into sales? Would it be worthwhile?

All you have to do is consider the role tools have played in the advance of our species.

There are many, things that can boost production, save time, make life easier. TOOLS are to us what claws are to a lion or speed is to a gazelle. A broken claw on the fore paw of a lion is a loss of 10% of it’s probability in having lunch that day. We as humans have the advantage of going beyond what we were born with. The invention of the wheel definitely increased our status in the scheme of things but imagine how much quicker things moved with the rubber tire.

Shouldn’t the Equipment you use everyday be Custom Designed Just For You? Vistit this our Custom Design page for more infomation.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Last month I talked about all the Soap & Candle Shows, Conferences and Gatherings that are being planned. I’ve updated our Handcrafted Body Care Industry - Calendar Of Events as well as listing them below of those events that I have dates and information on.

If you know of any other Shows, Conferences or Gatherings that are not listed, please let me know so that I can add them to the calendar.
We would love to hear about your experiences and favorite conference memories. Share your stories with us by commenting to this post.
2011 Events – For more information click the name of the event (when available)

Ohio Soapmakers Gathering – April 9
HSMG Conference – May 18-20
Alabama Soap Meeting – June 10-11
Lone Star Soap and Toiletries – June 10-11
IGCA Convention – June 13-16
Mid-Atlantic Lights and Lather – July 23
CNY – Bubbles and Blazes Gathering – July 30

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Willow Way HANDcraft 3" Tube Mold with Teflon Liner

A while back, David Fisher from About.com tested our Willow Way HANDcraft 3" Tube Mold with Teflon Liner. He wrote a wonderful article with lots of great pictures about his experience.

Check out this article to see what David thought about our HANDcraft Tube Molds with Teflon Liners.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Upon Goodbye...

I read a beautiful blog post last night written by Kayla Fioravanti of Essential Wholesale, upon the loss of her mom. The post is titled Upon Goodbye: My Mom

Kayla – our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to you!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Members of Congress Hear From The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild

Members of Congress Hear From The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild

HSMG President Leigh O’Donnell along with Debbie May of Wholesale Supplies Plus, and Donna Maria Coles Johnson of Indie Beauty were back in Washington, DC this week. They were led by the DC advocates, Mary Anne Walsh and Rick Limardo to meet with twelve Congressional Offices to discuss the Safe Cosmetics Act. Read the HSMG Blog Post in full for more information.

I would also recommend checking out the Legislative Advocacy page on the HSMG website for more information about what’s going on, more info on the DC Advocates and how you can make a contribution to the Advocacy Fund.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Taking a few moments to "Pause"

I'm going to start taking a few moments to "Pause" again...

Donna Maria has a great blog post today titled “The Power of the Pause”. You should definitely check it out @ http://www.indiebusinessblog.com/.

I used to be really good at taking a few moments everyday to meditate or just take a break from everything. Reading this blog post has encouraged me to try to get back into that good habit again.

Monday, February 7, 2011


I recently read an article written by Bob Goshen called “WITHOUT A DREAM YOU HAVE NO DRIVE”.

Today, I’d like to share an excerpt from this article with you.


1. Never be fearful to Dream

2. Without a Dream your goals and plans have no life

3. The Dream becomes the driving force when you feel like giving up

4. There is no room for Doubt when you have a Dream

5. When you stop Dreaming you stop living

6. You are never too old to ignite a Dream

7. A Dream without action is only a fantasy

8. If you have lost your passion in what you are doing, you have lost your Dream

9. Doubters always make room for Dreamers

10. Leadership requires life and life can only come from a Dream

Bob goes on to say…If you have lost the rush of getting out of bed each morning to accomplish your goals, then I suggest you return to those days when you could hardly get to bed the night before in order to greet the new day. Your occupation may remain the same but it can only become boring when you lose your Dream.

Bob Goshen is a professional business speaker helping individuals, corporations, and associations in the area of leadership. For more information about Bob Goshen visit his website at bobgoshen.com