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How to Care for and Feed Your Entrepreneur

By Melissa Gondek

Congratulations on the acquisition of your Entrepreneur!

Your life has taken an exciting turn, full of unpredictability and suspense. Wild success may be just around the corner, or crushing defeat may lurk behind the door. Whatever happens, your Entrepreneur will face it with the enthusiasm and stubborn determination that make this breed so loveable.

As you prepare your home to receive your Entrepreneur, we recommend installing some basic equipment for their safety and comfort. After all, a safe, comfortable Entrepreneur is a productive, happy Entrepreneur!

1. Portable computer with high speed Internet access and large storage capacity. Also consider a keyboard that won’t drive you insane when they’re typing email while you’re trying to watch TV. Your Entrepreneur will type those emails no matter what you say, so plan to enjoy the sound!

2. Business cards and an assortment of marketing literature. Entrepreneurs enjoy the challenge of designing their own cards with no skill or knowledge. They also hate to admit they can’t do something. So don’t worry about hiring professional assistance right away. Your Entrepreneur will cry “Uncle!” soon enough!

3. Brainstorming and note-taking tools. Entrepreneurs never stop thinking, so a steady diet of stickie notes, white boards, art journals, and colorful pens capture their brilliance.

4. Large quantities of healthy snacks. Entrepreneurs can sometimes be distracted by kitchen cupboards and refrigerators, so ensure your Entrepreneur stays healthy by providing wholesome foods that feed their lively little brains.

5. Optional: Color printer with WiFi capability, so your Entrepreneur and her friends can easily print presentations, workbooks, and templates when they come over for Play Dates.

Your Entrepreneur and the Outdoors

Your Entrepreneur will need to be walked regularly, but be prepared to ease into any outdoor time. Their focus sometimes causes them to forget the sun exists, so the first minutes outside can alarm them. Just be patient and murmur encouraging words until they feel comfortable under the sun’s rays. Promising a treat, like a car ride or ice cream cone, can help distract them from any residual unease.

Once your Entrepreneur remembers what fresh air smells like, you may find you have trouble getting them back inside! For this reason it’s a good idea to plan a full day outside occasionally, to let them burn off some of their considerable energy. Just be sure to pack lots of Entrepreneur-friendly snacks, and stay away from areas with free WiFi!

Sleep Cycles of the Entrepreneur

You may find that your Entrepreneur develops nocturnal habits as she discovers new projects to occupy her. This is no cause for alarm. Entrepreneurs have flexible sleep schedules, and have been known to subsist on no more than a few hours of sleep at a time. 

You may find that these sleep habits are cyclical, recurring when your Entrepreneur becomes engaged with a new toy or puzzle. Or your Entrepreneur may settle into unpredictable sleep habits permanently. Look at this as an opportunity to take up more of the bed for yourself, and just one more reason to love your Entrepreneur!

Living Happily With Your Entrepreneur

There are some phrases you should avoid saying to your Entrepreneur. Use of these phrases may result in outbursts of hostility from your Entrepreneur (aka “hissing”). 

Phrase to Avoid 1: Did you leave the house today?

Your Entrepreneur has a busy online world in addition to the considerable activity in her head. It is therefore not uncommon for your Entrepreneur to spend the day entirely indoors, sometimes even without performing customary grooming rituals. These can be her most productive periods, making her both happy and successful.

Don’t let this alarm you. Above all, do not imply to your Entrepreneur that this is anything but desirable. Trust that she will leave the house when necessity demands it, and even sometimes when it doesn’t.

Phrase to Avoid 2: You remember work, right?

When your Entrepreneur takes a break from creating her masterpiece, she spends her time mastering: accounting; marketing; social media; computer programming; website design; copy writing; and client management. For starters.  Any suggestion that she doesn’t “work” belittles her commitment. 

Phrase to Avoid 3: Don’t you want to come to bed?

Questioning your Entrepreneur’s nocturnal habits will not affect them. Trust that if your Entrepreneur stays up until 4:00 am, the resulting masterpiece will be breathtaking. Or at least that a breathtaking masterpiece will happen sometime in the future, and this is practice.

Phrase to Avoid 4: Relax, it’s the weekend.

When living in the wild, Entrepreneurs habitually remain active without regard to day-of-week. Scientists believe this relates to their flexible sleep habits, but further study is needed.

In the meantime, allow your Entrepreneur to exercise her mental muscles regardless of weekday designations. You’ll find that she is an energetic companion whenever she puts away her projects, and never more so than when she feels that those projects are “complete” for the time being.

Phrase to Avoid 5: Just get off the computer already.

Your Entrepreneur is naturally obsessed with her business world, and may go long periods without recalling the outer world. This may regrettably result in a weakening of your bond with your Entrepreneur, especially if these periods are very frequent and/or lengthy. Unfortunately, accusatory remarks will have the opposite effect to the one intended.

Stay calm. Offer your Entrepreneur subtle, friendly invitations to rejoin the outer world. Once she has made the transition, let your Entrepreneur know that you miss her, and would like to re-establish your bond. Suggest some activities and be open to her suggestions. In no time, you and your Entrepreneur will be back to your usual unpredictability and suspense.

Above All, Love Your Entrepreneur

Some last words before we leave you to discover your Entrepreneur’s quirks and foibles. Remember that you acquired an Entrepreneur because you relish her independence of thought and strength of will. Entrepreneurs are nothing if not resilient, devoted, and conscientious, so cherish these strengths.

As with any breed trait, you’ll encounter joys and challenges with these characteristics. But the time you spend nurturing her natural spirit and enthusiasm will be rewarded by her deep gratitude and devotion. 

Your Entrepreneur lives with gusto, and in choosing to make an Entrepreneur part of your life, you do, too. So embrace your Entrepreneur and love them! 

Unless they’re working on something, in which case you should probably just go have a sandwich.

You can find Melissa getting her hands dirty over at Small Company Artworks, where she sculpts small figures to make spaces smile. She also blogs about art, creativity, and surrounding yourself with life's little pleasures at Small Talk. She's been known to hang out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, especially when she has work to do.

Kinfolk Retreat // Australia

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After a quiet week here on the blog I just wanted to pop in and say hello - admittedly my consistent posting here took a detour after a particularly crazy week prepping for our Lens & Layout class this Friday. I promise to be back on schedule next week with my Friday Files wrap up and of course a few other cool announcements up my sleeve. To say I'm excited about this workshop is an understatement, I've poured my heart and soul into this class and can't wait to see how it all turns out. Keep an eye out on Instagram for live updates.

I also couldn't wait to share the news that our Kinfolk Retreat in Australia, which took place last November, is finally up on the Kinfolk website (a surreal moment if I do say so myself). Have a look, it was one of the most incredible and rewarding weekends I've ever had, surrounded by like-minded, creative souls for two blissful days.

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 Photographs by Jonathan Wherrett & Luisa Brimble

The Launch

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After years of dreaming, months of planning, sleepless nights and early mornings I am proud to officially launch Blog Society.  We're hitting go, closing our eyes and waiting to see what happens.  

As most ideas do, it all started with a feeling, a gut feeling that could or is often pushed aside.  Self doubt and fear tend to creep in and squash those grand ideas or big dreams - but not this time.  I was determined to make this idea flourish, to see it though and most importantly where it would take me.

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It was and is, a scary adventure and looking back to this post I first wrote on Little Paper Trees shows me how far we've come since hitting go.  So I'm glad you're here for the adventure, on this blog we'll be posting about news and inspiration on all things blogging, giving you behind the scenes glimpsed into our event and of course the full wrap up of each gathering so you can experience it for yourself...enjoy!

x Jaclyn

p.s - if you are a first time visitor to this brand spanking new site we'd love your feedback, thoughts or suggestions...feel free to send them to Jaclyn@blogsociety.com.au