KJB About Town: Dale-ness (October 8)

The day after Homecoming, I was invited to a wedding! 


I've known Jessie since 7th grade and getting to attend her wedding was such a treat.




This wedding took place at Alley Park and in attendance were more junior high/high school friends. Being 25 and seeing someone you've known since you both were 13 pledge to love another for the rest of their life is a trip!


This wedding was a fall dream!


Congratulations Jessie & Brannon!




This wedding was a great time with great friends celebrating a great new adventure for our friends!

The Sanderson Sisters
I'm glad that this wedding could be a part of my good-bye tour of Ohio.

xo,

KJB

Sarah, Mary & Winifred Sanderson

KJB About Town: Homecoming (October 7)

The month of October has been a true whirlwind. I realized I was moving at the end of September and suddenly I had to make the most out of everything! 

So I had planned on going up to Akron for my alma mater's Homecoming and so I knew I had a few hours to make the trip really count!

I started with my bff Madison's soccer game! It was precious! This being Madison's first season playing, she was beyond excited to get a trophy.



After the game, it was lunchtime so naturally I decided to indulge in a delicious Akron delicacy ... Swenson's. Something I was surprised to realized that in all my trips to Akron, I hadn't had Swenson's since graduation.


After a quick stop at Swenson's, I headed to campus for some homecoming tailgate fun!

Omega Actives & Alumnae

Met internet friends (and sorority sisters) IRL
After making an appearance at the Alpha Gam tailgate, I headed over for some Greek Unity which just so happened to be right across from the house!









After the tailgate I met two of my best friends and sorority sisters at Szalay's Farm & Market, Akron staple and fall hot spot!


There was corn, pumpkins and a corn maze!







This corn maze covered 3 acres and we only missed two wooden pumpkins.











The day ended with my favorite treat, frozen yogurt from Menchie's! I woke up early and I got home late, but it was a great day spent in Akron!


xo,

KJB

WCW: Nat Meets World

It's Wednesday! So it's time to meet this week's #WCW! Meet Natalie Curtis! 


I've known Natalie my whole life and I can promise you're gonna love her!

Can you tell me about your background? School? What set you up for this endeavor?
Well, as far as school goes, i was a lost kid. WHAT 18 YEAR OLD KNOWWWWWS?? To make a choice on my entire future at such a young age set me up for failure. After I got my partying out of the way and realized I needed to get a degree in something, I opted for the medical field. I was a practicing surgical tech for ten years. Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Lifeline of Ohio being a tissue tech. It was AMAZING, but the hours and schedule were hard. Very hard. Especially with young kids. So, I looked for something else. 
 When I started to want to lose weight, I realized I couldn't do it alone. I was introduced to the Nutrition Club scene by my friend. When I realized the benefits, and saw my progress I wanted more. I learned what I could about the business and I signed up as a Distributor. I worked in the Nutrition Club full time after that. However, I still wasn't 100% happy with my career. I was fortunate enough to be given an opportunity to work from home and it has been amazing. 


If you’re not doing it, what would your dream job be?
I mean, Herbalife is my dream. I have so much i can do with company and I can't wait to make some dreams come true. But let's be real, party planning and special occasions event planning is my calling. Ha ha. 


How important is social media to your business?
Social Media plays a huge role in my business. It is my way to reach out to my community. It is a way to touch base with my clients. It is my lifeline to the outside world. 

 What would you say is your personal brand is?
My personal brand is my passion. My passion to see others succeed. Nothing, and I mean nothing, brings me more joy than seeing my clients succeed. Watching them grow into themselves. Watching them do the things they once thought impossible. Seeing women gain confidence they never knew they had. Celebrating small and big milestones with them. That. That is why I do it. That is why I quit a career I loved to do this. That is my passion. 


What can others learn from you?
I feel that if i could teach someone one thing it would be to love. Just love the differences in one another. Love the imperfections in yourself. Just love. Because love, when used for the right reasons, is a powerful, powerful thing. 


How do you do under pressure? How do you handle stress?
I handle stress the way any mom and wife does. I take time to myself. I take time to unwind. I take time to examine myself. Reflect on myself. Accept myself. And everyday I try to do it a little better. I used to run. However, losing weight, starting a business, being a mom, being a coach, being a friend....it takes more than just running....its a spiritual and emotional journey. So everything makes a difference in your life. You have to work on all aspects of your life. So that's what I do. I de-stress by getting rid of the things that stress me out. I have, over the past year, tried to wipe myself clean of things that make me anxious, stressed or unhappy. And guess what, it works! Getting rid of the baggage you can't help or change and focusing on things in your life that matter, makes things so much clearer. 

What’s the average day in the life of Nat look like?
Oh gosh. Ha ha. Get up when the baby does. I usually try not to sleep past 8. Make my shake, have ny tea and take my tablets. Get the boys fed then go do something with them thats active. A bike ride, a walk, a run, a visit to the playground....something to wear them out. Ha ha. Late morning snack. Usually an apple and Herbalife Formula One "cookie dough" or a protein bar and beverage mix. Get the boys fed and then Finn naps. Finn naps for several hours usually. During this time, is when i try to work. I try to catch up with clients. Check in with them
 Meet with them. Ya know, do the rounds. Lol. Then it's time to get lunch, a shake for me, and whatever the boys want. We usually play outside for a bit and then it's time to clean the house up before Daddy gets home and to make dinner. Once Andrew gets home, it's like I get a second to breath. He is amazing at giving me those few minutes (sometimes several hours) to myself. If i teach class or have to coach at night, andrew does bedtime and dinner with the boys. But usually, After dinner its some playtime and bath, books and bed. Once the kids are asleep, it's time for Andrew and I. Then bed and do it all again tomorrow. Ha ha . 

Do you/Did you have a mentor/mentee?
Well...this is kind of tough. During my time with Herbalife I have worked with lots of great ladies. Among them, I was able to see where they excelled and I learned from them. They all have something they are very good at, and I am hoping i was able to take the best from all of them and use it in my everyday work life. So to answer the question, there have been several 


How did you advance your career?
Well...i am still working towards this. I am not where I want to be. It is a long process if you aren't working. 40+ hours a week. I wish i had the time, but being a mom to 2 kids all day doesnt leave tons of time. 
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I know first hand what a life change is like. I never would have considered myself a "healthy" person. I never would have thought i would long for a run or workout. But here I am, wishing I had had time for a workout today. Ha ha  i eat right (most of the time) and I feel amazing. I do what I do because watching people, women especially, succeed in weight loss, healthier living, self loving and goal crushing...is priceless. It is life changing. 


How would you describe your personal style? 
Quick and easy. Just like my love making style. 


What makes up your wardrobe?
Ummm on a normal, meet clients and be a mom day, workout clothes. Maybe a hat. Ha ha. Depending on the last time o washed my hair. Which usually is no less than a week. 


Who is your fashion icon?
My fashion icon is probably.....Ellen. like...i love her quirky "I'm feminine" but "still a lesbian suit, sneaker combo". I mean...i don't really know if that makes her my "icon"? But...i dig whatever she wears usually. I base my wardrobe like....a notch above going to walmart, but maybe a little too nice for target. Is there an icon for that? 


What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment?
I mean my kids duh. Ha ha but....aside from those soul sucking, completely amazing, trouble making kids....i would say....myself. 
I have come a long way from who I was. Not only physically, but emotionally as well. I have a better relationship with my husband and my family and my kids...because I worked on me first. I think it gets really messy being an adult
 Trying to decide what matters most to you. What things you should prioritize, ya know? But....i think we need to remember that being in a healthy relationship with yourself is what is going to change the rest of your life. Loving yourself is going to make you love others more fiercely. If you don't love yourself, how in the world can you expect anyone else to? So yea, I'm my biggest accomplishment. Accomplishing self love when I was raised to cover up, be ashamed, be someone who I wasnt....its a feat. I ate because I felt like it was the only thing I could control. It was the only thing I could do that made me feel good. So that's what I did. I ate when I was sad. I ate when I was happy. I ate when I didn't want to feel anything. And i got big. And i hated myself. I was ashamed by my giant boobs. I covered them up because I knew it made people "uncomfortable." I thought the things I was "supposed" to think. And I was miserable. So I lost the weight, I gained the confidence and now I am the happiest I have ever been. I am who I should have been for 30 years. I am the loud mouthed, cleavage showing, confidant, libral, mom and wife that isn't scared of who she is. And im never going to apologize for it. 


What is your ‘must have’ accessory?
My phone. Doi he. But if not that, then an Herbalife pin on my shirt. (Sorry, I'm not fashion trendy....at all. Ha ha ) 


What advice can you give others that look towards you to gauge success?
Just do it. It's silly to tell you not to be scared or nervous. But....if you believe in something or someone and you are willing to change your life completely to do what you love....then do it. Or you will always wonder what could have been. 

What advice can you give on failure?
It happens. It happens so often. Yes. You're going to be disappointed. Yes, it will probably hurt. That is all ok. It is even ok to want to give up. But dont. Learn from your failures. See what you did wrong and do it differently next time. Without failure you won't have a way to improve. 


What was your big break?
I'm waiting! Ha ha . This is a funny question because, fingers crossed, I think my break is about to happen. So no details yet, but good vibes my way would be appreciated! 


Are you a member of any organizations? Trade Organizations, etc.
Hmmmm....i don't think so? Do they have like a Harry Potter Addicts Anonymous Organization? Cause i would be into that. 


What’s next for you?

So much. I am just starting to chip the iceberg in this company and in my life. I am working on starting an empire. A business where women support each other, love each other, work together for common goals, lift each other up and have the best time doing it. I'm in the market of building up a team of strong women to help me, so if you know anyone, send them my way! Ha ha. The future is bright. Like...a scary, end of the tunnel bright. Bright, none the less, tho.

Thanks, Nat!


xo,

KJB

WCW: B Sage Meets World

Happy Wednesday! Meet this week's Woman Crush Wednesday, Bianca of B Sage Studios! 



Can you tell me about your background? School? What set you up for this endeavor?

As most tales go, it all started when I was a just a tot. Growing up, it was rare to find me doing something other than being creative. Whether it was creating art or remodeling my Barbie's house eight times a day or making up roller skate dances to the Spice Girls, I always had to be "making something". I knew I wanted to be a designer by the age of twelve, and I have been pretty hell-bent on doing just that ever since. I went to Ohio University and graduated with a B.A. of Studio Art and a certificate of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I started B. Sage Studios around the time that I graduated, even though it had been a brain-child for several years prior. I'm also currently working on a side certificate concentrating on the supply chain in the fashion industry. One day I'd like to go back to school to get my Masters, and maybe even a PhD. 


If you’re not doing it, what would your dream job be?

I would say that I'm doing a form of my dream job, but what I do currently for my company isn't necessarily the end of the road. I love what I do right now, but I could see myself doing other types of creative businesses as well. My biggest thing is that I want to work for myself. I've never liked working for others; I've always felt hindered. 
If I wasn't working for myself though, my dream job(s) would be either a retail window display designer, like for Bergdorf's, a creative director for photoshoots, or a layout designer for an indie fashion magazine. 


How important is social media to your business?

Social media for my business, and any business right now, is crucial. It’s my least favorite part of my job. I've yet to master any S.M. skills, but I still do what I can. About 98% of my business is done in person, face-to-face, which I find to be rare even with small businesses these days. But, I've also seen the importance of what social media can do. If it wasn't for Facebook or Instagram posts, people wouldn't know where to find my next market or show, or when a new product comes out. People are so dependent on getting their news from online, so we businesses, like it or not, have to adapt to making it part of our routine to be omnipresent to some extent. 


 What would you say is your personal brand is?

Oh, the personal brand question. It's a hard one to answer sometimes, as we are all such complex beings. I guess if I had to describe myself as a brand it would be the black-sheep. Or a bi-polar brand. I'm really defiant, but extremely loyal. I'm weird, but alluring. I'm a hot mess, but very OCD. I'm super sarcastic, but friendly. I’m a dreamer, but I'm a realist. I’m a really private person, but I will talk your ear off. I’m motherly, but I'll tell you like it is. I'm proudly an INTJ personality type; if you tell me I can't do something, it's all the more motivation for me to do it 10-times better. My personal brand is just about staying true to myself.

And I'm a crazy cat lady. 


What can others learn from you?

I feel like I should have a deep meaningful answer for this that would be super enlightening and change someone's life.
I do what I do. And, I have a lot of people come to me seeking advice and questions about what I do. Most of the time others want to know just the general ins-and-outs of what it's like to start a business. I'm always happy to help teach others and pass along any wisdom I've gained. I also think I learn a lot from the people who ask me for advice, too. Somewhere in the conversations we both end up learning something new. 






How do you do under pressure? How do you handle stress?

When I read this question I immediately knew how to answer it. But for fun, I asked my husband how he thinks I do under stress. His reply was "hmpshahaha!" And he’s exactly right.  
I’d be lying if I said I handle stress well. But, it also depends on the situation. I'm usually one extreme or another. If it's an internal conflict I'm usually freaking out, panic attack style. But, if it's an external conflict, let's say with a customer or something like that, I'm pretty collective and can delegate matters calmly. No matter my stress level, though, I don't let it stop me. I just push through it, and normally it all comes together and works out. 


What’s the average day in the life of Bianca look like?

Depends on the day. The first half of the week I focus on my household and family. I do errands like grocery shopping, food prepping, laundry, and cleaning. Thursdays-Sundays are all about work. I spend the days making product, prepping for markets, scheduling Facebook posts, editing the website, and going to markets and shows to sell. It may not sound like a ton, but it's a lot of physical activity. I'm not sure people understand how much goes into it all. Customers only see the final booth display, or website. They don't see that it can take hours to do new graphics for the website, or that I spend days redesigning my booth display and signage depending on what show I'm doing next. There are a lot of lists that are made and stacked on my desk. I love it, though. 



Do you/Did you have a mentor/mentee?

I've never had a mentor per-say. I grew up admiring my mom. She has had a lot thrown her way, but she handles life like a boss. And my husband is my number one supporter; he inspires me daily. There were a couple college professors I had that were awesome and pushed me to just do. One moment in particular sticks out to me. I remember presenting an assignment proposal to my graphics prof. I was really nervous that he was going to think it was a stupid idea, because before him I had some pretty mentally-abusive instructors (welcome to art school!). He said "Do you know what you are biting off? This is a lot of work. But, if there is anyone that can pull this off, it's you." Two weeks later I turned that assignment in, early, and after looking it over he smiled and said "Keep doing this. Don't ever stop. This is awesome!" That was the first time I had a professor believe in me in that way, and it didn't happen until my senior year. It really changed my perspective, and I started believing in myself. To this day, I utilize that project's principles in my business.


How did you advance your career?

I quit my day job. I decided it was time to either sink or swim. I was doing B. Sage on the side while I was working full time for an art museum. One day I just knew it was time to let go of the security blanket. It was the only way to give my company full attention and figure out its true potential. That was almost two years ago.


Why do you do what you do?

It just feels right. It’s the only thing that makes sense to me. I've tried imagining doing something else, and my mind literally goes blank. 




How would you describe your personal style?

I always joke around that I dress like a 13-year-old boy that maybe collided with an artist from the 70s. Haha. As much as I love clothes and dressing for different occasions, at the end of the day, my job dictates what I wear. My job consists of hauling things around, setting up dirty tents, getting rained on, wind-blown, and sweating in 94-degree weather. It's not pretty. I have to be comfortable and functional. When I can, though, I like to dress up in something funky. I like to be feminine, but a little gritty at times, too. I'd also like to think my personal style has evolved into being more about my attitude and my intelligence over the clothes I wear. I think that is where real style really comes from. 


What makes up your wardrobe?

Most of my clothes are either vintage or second-hand. I can't even remember the last time I bought new clothes. If I do, though, it's because I know I will wear it to pieces. I try to be a conscious consumer.


Who is your fashion icon?

Joan Jett. Or Debbie Harry. I love how both have this sort of juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity in their own ways. Plus, when I put on a leather jacket, I too feel like a total badass. 


What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment?

I don't know that I've had one particular great accomplishment. I've had a few that I'm pretty proud of: graduating college, starting a business, getting married, opening a store. They all fill certain areas of my life in different ways. 




What is your ‘must have’ accessory?

It may sound gushy, but my wedding band is the most meaningful thing I wear. So, it's a must for me. After that, either a necklace or if it's winter, a scarf. I also love a good lip color.


What advice can you give others that look towards you to gauge success?

My advice on success is not to gauge success by others. Don't ever compare yourself to anyone else. It's hard not to, but remember the grass is always greener on the other side. Your goals for your business will not be the same as another business, so it doesn't seem quite fair to compare. The best way to be successful is to have a clear idea what YOU want YOUR business to be, and run with that. 


What advice can you give on failure?

Failure sucks. And it will inevitably happen at some point, in some way. I'm a super prideful person, so when I've had a failure it feels like a punch in the face. I think that if I fail I will have to explain it to the world. But, I've been working on understanding that it's not really the world's business if you decide to change your mind, your business structure, or decide to just quit and do something else altogether. It's all acceptable. And it's healthy to know when to cut your losses, because there will be losses. Failure is just an ugly term for "something better is coming". Failure is only ever really failure if you don't learn from your experience and implement it into the next thing. 


What was your big break?

I'm not sure my "big break" has come yet. I just take the little experiences I have and keep chugging along. 


Are you a member of any organizations? Trade Organizations, etc.

I'm not currently a part of any organizations, unless you count the marketplaces that I sell at. Each one has become like its own little community, where all the vendors just help each other out, and the customers become friends with us. 



What’s next for you?

Hopefully something awesome and full of cats!

But seriously, only time will tell what the future holds. I've been working on building a blog for a few months, The Little Green Room, which is more of a personal project focusing on creative living and personal adventure. It will be launching soon, and I’d like to see it build over time. I'd also like to open another store front when I find the right space for B. Sage. 


Thanks, Bianca!

xo,
KJB

Keep up with Bianca and B Sage here:

My personal Instagram: @bianca.sage
My personal blog website: www.thelittlegreenroomblog.wordpress.com  
B. Sage Studios Instagram: @bsagestudios
B. Sage Studios website: www.bsagestudios.com
B. Sage Studios Facebook: www.facebook.com/bsagestudios

KJB About Town: Dale-ness (October 8)

The day after Homecoming, I was invited to a wedding!  I've known Jessie since 7th grade and getting to attend her wedding was su...