Don’t let perfection be a buzzkill
If you’re anything like me, you have a love/hate relationship with perfection. Specifically, being perfect. When you’re growing a business, a brand or even a baby, you can’t expect everything to go perfectly. It’s simply not going to happen and the more time you spend on things being perfect is more time not spent on growing and even enjoying what you’ve built. Not fun. I have a need to please and a need to be liked and naturally, those needs can’t be executed without a dose of perfection sprinkled in as a… Read More
Do you build a blog or build your life?
I had BIG plans for the month of May in Bettie-land! In honor of Mother’s Day, my plan was to feature our Betties who are also moms and to truly live it up this month in the blog and on our Facebook page by celebrating these women who are leading the family way. And then a few life things happened to derail me, which became good learning lessons for those out there trying to build a business or a blog! The first thing: While I proudly put my ask out for articles… Read More
How living abroad can be more than you ever dreamed.
We continue with words from our international women! Here is an interview with Juwana Jenkins, a singer from Philadelphia who has lived in Prague for over twenty years and now calls it her home. As an international artist, you’ve had to learn to navigate language, place and self as you have followed your passion, dreams and business. How do you find strength? I’m driven and motivated to be my best self. Everyday I’m learning what that looks like and how that feels on that day under those unique circumstances, so learning is… Read More
When pleasing yourself is phenomenal.
It was a self-deprecating morning. I looked in the bathroom mirror and I didn’t like my hair. I didn’t like my dry morning lips. I didn’t like my puffy face. Hell, I didn’t even like my pajamas. There was nothing positive about my reflection. Except, I was aware. I was aware of the dislike and the understanding that none of these physical traits defined me. And I immediately thought, “Beauty is a feeling, baby.” And from that, a poem and ultimately spoken word piece called “BeautiFULL” was born. I wrote it in… Read More
Why it’s hard to be human (or, how to let go of fear).
How do we do this thing, this act of being a human?
When Opportunity Struts
We’ve entered a new year and with that comes that age-old sense of excitement, fear and anxiety. What also comes is opportunity. And that’s a very good thing. I spent the last half of 2018 re-branding Brown Betties away from our beginnings, which was a sultry, sassy, sophisticated lifestyle brand that was performance based and lived primarily onstage in our dinner-theater burlesque cabaret show or dancing at private and corporate events. We’ve enticed many audiences over the years and we’ve always done so with a sense of pride, dignity and sensibility that… Read More
Knowing What’s Right.
Do you spend a lot of time worrying about what’s right? Do you worry if you’re making the right decision? Wonder if you’re doing the right thing? Struggle with making the right choice…? So do I! Being a perfectionist is partly to blame for this “Is it right?!” curse. I’m aware of that. Maybe you are, too. I’ve learned that one way to battle this insanity is through team work. You can’t do things alone. You’ll never be perfect. You can’t get every single thing right. And sometimes you need a good… Read More
Has Being Sophisticated Gone Out of Style?
Think about what makes *you* sophisticated, and be that. – Brown Betties
When Taking Time For Yourself Is a Stretch.
We’re only about ten days into the new year and already I’m not feelin’ so new! This isn’t a bad thing really. I think what happened is that I didn’t take any real time for myself over the holidays. I was very consumed, as a lot of you lovely entrepreneurial types are, with getting prepared for the new year. I wanted to “feel” new and look new with new posts and updated social media sites and new gigs lined up and so on and so on. I feel like I accomplished a lot, but… Read More