Tips to help other parents navigate the college scene.

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When I graduated from high school, I had to support myself. I got a job, moved into an apartment, and got a crash course on being an adult. College wasn’t in my mind at all. Today, they call this a “Gap Year”. Looking back, I was more focused on paying the rent, buying a car and riding my horse. College wasn’t in the thinking phase of my brain yet.

Fast forward, 12 years later, I am married, with 3 young children. I know that if I want to make good money; I need to go to college. …

Replacing negative thoughts with positive affirmations isn’t easy

Coffee, journal and writing materials on the bed
Coffee, journal and writing materials on the bed
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I was drowning in despair. I got a phone call that my mom was being rushed to the hospital. She had tried to commit suicide. At first I was in disbelief. I had spent time with her the day before, and I did not see any signs of depression or issues.

I grabbed my purse, car keys and cell phone and jumped in my car. I swear the more I thought about her and what she had tried to do, the angrier I got. My little Geostorm was doing 80 on the freeway! …

Entrepreneurs are the last people to acknowledge they need a day off.

Woman laying on rocks working at relaxing
Woman laying on rocks working at relaxing
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When I mentally and physically shut down, there isn’t any way that I can be productive. I am a one-person small business, and I pride myself on doing quality work, working through client issues, & being accessible.

This energizer bunny completely loses her energy. I can’t think straight, can’t remember phone numbers, and literally cringe when that cell phone rings. I hit a wall. I am a multi-tasker and think on my feet. What I didn’t realize I was doing, listening to my own warning signals. …

A day doesn’t go by, I don’t think of him. With his birthday approaching, it fills my heart with sadness.

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Chad Musgrove with son Kaden

Chad David Musgrove arrived on November 16th, 1971, with a set of lungs that let the entire hospital know he had arrived. He was 10 1/2 pounds and 23 1/2 inches long. It shocked my doctor that he was so big! He never wore newborn anything. His clothing size started at 6 months. His aunt Sharon made him newborn size flannel diapers and I couldn’t even get them around his little rear!

Chad was always hungry, his feedings didn’t satisfy him for more than an hour! An older friend of mine suggested we add a little rice cereal to his bottle, just to give his formula a bit of thickness. We weren’t sure if he could handle it or not — but guess what! He did! I figured out that all we had to do was “feed” him and change his diaper, to keep him happy. …

A Mental Mind Shift that isn’t easy to navigate

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You’ve decided to work from home. Whether you are an entrepreneur or working for an employer, it is an enormous change. Yes, it sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? The one thing I hear a lot “you can work in your pajamas!” Realistically, you wouldn’t be caught dead going to work in your pajamas, so why would you do that when you only have to walk from one room to another?

I don’t know about you, but when I first started working from home, I did not treat the work as a job. Which was a huge mistake. I had dishes to do, laundry to sort and beds to make! That took precedence over the actual work I had to get done. I found myself deep into the night working on the “work” I should have gotten done during the day. …

Those mornings I want to crawl back in bed are not an option with Sir Riley around . . .

Judy and Riley getting ready for their morning walk.
Judy and Riley getting ready for their morning walk.
Image by the Author ~ Judy and Riley getting ready for their morning walk.

Introducing Sir Riley, my three-year-old Sharpei! My buddy, my pal, my inspiration! Weighing in at 52 pounds, all muscle, and so many wrinkles you have to search for his eyes! He is a loving, gentle soul, but he showcases a bit of rebellion when you least expect it.

If you want to feel really guilty for not doing your exercise routine, get yourself a dog! They absolutely do not know what “we are not walking this morning” means.

I stumble out of bed, let his majesty out to do his business, and turn to the kitchen to prepare his breakfast. When I let him in, I have to get myself dressed and ready to go. But first, I make the bed, throw dishes in the dishwasher, feed the cats and throw a load of laundry in. I have to find my gloves, my scarf, throw my jacket on, make sure I have enough poop bags, and grab his leash. …

Getting people back on track isn’t easy.

Train Tracks which one do you take?
Train Tracks which one do you take?
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Anger is growing. When the House and Senate do not come together to resolve an issue, and the issue becomes a battleground, the people it hurts are all of us. Yes; we have voted in a different regime to help us move forward as a country. In the meantime, damage is continuing to grow.

Have we gotten too complacent with the Government? There are programs in place to help us when we hit a snag in our income, our health, and our food. …

Will not make it to the “5 Year Mark!”

Home work area — laptop, light, glasses & notebooks
Home work area — laptop, light, glasses & notebooks
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Does this sound harsh? I hope so! I cannot tell you how many small business entrepreneurs put a kibosh on the numbers. They think things will just work out.

Not so! I have been a Quickbooks Pro Advisor and am currently a Quickbooks Bookkeeper for many small businesses. Getting information out of some owners is like pulling teeth.

Let me give you a few examples:

  • Accounting is not a strength of the Business Owner. Running a business, producing products or services is there forte.
  • Self Funding. Many small businesses start because of a successful hobby. These entrepreneurs self fund their business. They understand that keeping track of the accounting is key, but it focuses them on producing that product or service, not tracking the income and expenses. …

How I motivate myself to keep writing even when no-one sees it.

Young man writing sitting on a concrete weall
Young man writing sitting on a concrete weall
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Let’s face it. Writing sounds easy. I love to write ~and writing is a strength of mine. When I found out about Medium, I dove right in. Figuring this would be a piece of cake!

I could not have been more wrong. Let me explain. In 2008, I started a blog. I wanted a place to showcase different business tips and tricks for the boomer small business entrepreneur. That came easy. Why? I knew who my audience was! …

Why does the term “Entrepreneur” attract you?

Woman sitting on the floor in her home working on the laptop
Woman sitting on the floor in her home working on the laptop
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As you prepare for the workday ahead, you dream of someday becoming your own boss, taking your hobby and turning it into a business venture. While attractive, you also wonder how do you shift from an employee mindset to the entrepreneur mindset. If you are already thinking along those lines, it destines you to becoming an entrepreneur. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

If you are the employee whose workday doesn’t end at 5 p.m., you are in the top 14% of working-age Americans who are thinking about starting or running their own businesses.

My own experience into the world of entrepreneurship didn’t begin until my early 50s. Being in the tech industry constantly challenged me, which lead to my staying employed. However, I also did graphic design and website creation on the side. This was a hobby of mine. Yes, I got paid to do it, but it wasn’t my primary income, nor did I have aspirations of working for myself yet. …


Judy Musgrove

Creative Wordpress Web Designer, Content Writer and Blogger. Business Tips for the Small Business Entrepreneur -

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