Are Your Taste Buds Working Properly?

May 28, 2010 § 2 Comments

I recently finished a book by Banana Yoshimoto called Amrita. It’s a little dark for beach reading, but nice in that the story hums along– you make progress without feeling jostled. One of my favorite parts is a list the heroine’s mother gives her as a way to check and see if she’s happy. On the day before the unofficial start of summer, I found myself saying, “check, check, check.”

  • Are your taste buds working properly?
  • Do you look forward to waking up in the morning?
  • Are you happy all day?
  • Do you feel good when you go to bed at night?

Now. you are standing on the street and you see a friend coming…

  • Are you happy?
  • Or is it a bother?

Look around and notice the scenery…

  • Does the beauty of nature strike at your heart?
  • What about music?
  • How does it sound?

Think about a trip overseas…

  • Is that something you’d be interested in?
  • Do you get excited when you think about it?
  • Or is it just another pain in your life?
  • Do you look forward to tomorrow?
  • How about the day after next?

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone.

Next post = Tuesday.


Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

May 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

The next time I think it might be more environmentally friendly to have a home office, I am going to guffaw at myself.

I am picturing my recruitment brochures now…

Hadley Barrows Inc. Where Target is your supply closet! Subway is your café! And a status with a colleague requires a Google Map and 6 quarters for the meter!

As I was sitting in my car between meetings today, I started to wonder just how many miles I’ve put on Herkie since I started this endeavor. While I can’t say exactly, I can tell you that I drove 50 miles on Tuesday, 100 miles yesterday and probably another 20 today. I have GOT to get more diligent about the bus.

Great Friends. Great Art.

May 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

Megan and I got some nice press on Commemorate the Date in our friend Christy’s monthly newsletter.

Great Friends. Great Art.

Longtime friends Megan Moore and Hadley Barrows are making original art accessible to those celebrating an important date. On paper, the duo might appear to be opposites—Moore with a degree in illustration and Barrows with an MBA. But these divergent backgrounds are perfect for this collaboration.

Commemorate the Date allows customers to commission a Megan Moore original by selecting flowers, colors, and a date or name. “I always thought Megan’s idea was brilliant,” says Barrows, who began partnering with Moore in April. “When I started thinking about it from a business perspective, I [realized] it had a lot of potential.”

 John Riske, who has received a Commemorate the Date painting, agrees. “[The piece is] a beautiful representation of my wedding day. It’s a really tasteful way to mark a special occasion.”

The partnership works this way: While Moore is busy painting, Barrows focuses on drumming up business and making long-term plans for growth. “There are so many details to running a business,” says Moore. “It’s great to have a partner with expertise in the area so I can concentrate my efforts on creating the art.”

Moore developed the idea for Commemorate the Date commissions after creating a version for a friend’s wedding a couple years ago. Since then, the idea has expanded. Customers can commemorate anniversaries, birthdays, or any other milestone, and include a name or date. They can also purchase save-the cards or thank-you notes that feature the artwork, or buy the electronic image to create a signature look anywhere.

“It’s a great way to dabble in commissioning art,” Barrows says. “You know you’re going to get Megan’s original flowers, but you also know the piece will be uniquely yours.”

Each 8-by-10-inch painting on archival illustration board comes framed, and pricing starts at $200. For more info, contact or visit

Read the full newsletter here: newsletter_may10

Recipe for Hope

May 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

  • 1 chance (remote)
  • 4-6 friends (encouraging and/or helpful variety work best)
  • 2-3 generous strangers
  • Elbow grease

Combine ingredients, reduce sleep and stir.

The nice thing about hope is that you can make it for yourself. You don’t need someone to hire you, pick your proposal or even think you have a good idea. You can mix up a batch whenever you notice you’ve got the ingredients on hand (or can at least round them up).

I turned in my RFP today and although I was busy all day, I didn’t run into any snags. Now all I can do is hope. Which when you think about it, is a pretty nice thing to be doing.

(To the helpful and encouraging variety of friends/family who helped me all week: Thank you so much and you are awesome.)

Stay Tuned…

May 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

RFP. Due. Today.

Check back tonight for your daily dose of And Then…

One Down, Eleven to Go

May 24, 2010 § 5 Comments

OK, I’ve been working at Hadley Barrows Inc. for one month and thought it might be interesting to start giving a monthly business/life update as a way to track my progress. (Pssst. Financial types. Don’t get yer hopes up. The methodologies behind this report are willy-nilly at best.) At any rate, here are a few metrics I can report. 

Financial update: Here’s a chart showing my income for the past month. There aren’t specific numbers but the red bar is how much I used to make, which should give you some context.  (Tip, it may help to zoom in to about 200 percent to see my income for May. Ooof.)

Now for the indices. (Note, these are not technically index numbers. They are just numbers. I counted how many times I did each of these things and wrote it down. But “index” sounds cooler and I’m in charge here.)

The Unplanned Out to Eat Index: 4 (number of times we went out to eat when it was not Friday pizza night and/or written down on my weekly meal planner). The goal for the UOE Index is zero.

The Move My Tail Index: 11 (number of times I exercised). The goal for the MMT Index is 20.

The Business Card Index: 10 (the number of business cards I handed out). The goal for the BC Index is 20.

Finally, an overview of the things I did.

  • Started Hadley Barrows, Inc.
  • Started creating marketing materials for Commemorate the Date
  • Provided additional/flexible TLC during the May 2010 Hike Hives Incident
  • Finished a first draft of my first children’s book: Babella’s Umbrella
  • Wrote an RFP for a big project I would love to get (92 percent complete)
  • Planted my garden (70 percent complete)
  • Helped baby proof the house (33 percent complete)

Happy Friday

May 21, 2010 § 3 Comments

I’ve been thinking my head off this week and couldn’t be happier about the upcoming weekend. Well, maybe I could be happier if I were Hike at a park…

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