a recipe for success

Sorry, I'm not talking about food with this one. Some appetizing posts are on their way though. This recipe consists of ingredients that help me function and help make my business run. I know my particular recipe is very much a work in progress. The food tour biz is still very young, and the projects I work on for other small businesses are all very new as well. So far though, there have been a few things/people that have made all the difference. Me & the boyfriend Rob

My parents + Rob

Both of my parents own and run their own businesses. My Dad has owned his business for the past 10+ years and my Mom is a social worker/therapist who ventured out on her own several years ago and now also teaches yoga & leads retreats and events for women. I come by my multi-passionate nature very honestly. I could not ask for more supportive parents or better role models. Yesterday I mentioned that I was able to get the food tour biz up and running faster because I had already done the work on setting up an LLC. This was mostly due to Dad's encouragement. They provide moral support, financial assistance, and are always available to bounce ideas around.

Then there's Rob, who had no idea what he was getting into when we started dating, but has been nothing but encouraging since I decided giving food tours was something I wanted to do. He's always happy to listen to my worries and tell me I'm being ridiculous :-).

Running Shoes


I don't do it as often as I should, but it sure does make everything seem to "run" smoother.

Roast Chicken and Veggies


Feeding myself and others is one of my biggest passions. Good food makes for happy bodies and minds. It's also a fantastic way to de-stress and take a break from everything else. I can't tell you how many times I've left work with the beginnings of a headache only to have it disappear while I'm chopping, sauteing, and/or roasting up dinner.

to do list

To-do Lists

These would probably be like the sugar in my recipe for success. (The people who help me would have to be the flour.) I make at least one everyday. It was also the mother-of-all to-do lists that helped me get the food tour biz up and running. It was provided during the course with Food Tour Pros in Chicago and it still proves to be an invaluable resource. I find that writing things down and creating a visible reminder helps me keep myself a little more accountable, even if I don't get to every single item on each day's list.

Green Smoothies

OK, so I'll include a little food. Every morning either my boyfriend or I throw 2 cups of almond milk, 1 banana, 1 cup blueberries, 2 cups spinach, 1/2 cucumber, vanilla rice protein powder, and some flax and/or chia seeds into the blender for morning smoothies. (It makes enough for two.) Even when it's cold outside, I love starting my day with one of these.

Is there a certain "recipe for success" that you follow?