Simple Steps to Control Entrepreneurial Overwhelm

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Blog, Focus, Small Business | 0 comments

Yes, workers have taken on extra duties and responsibilities after this recession thinned out the workforce, but that’s nothing compared to what small business owners take on. Making that transition has been eye-opening for me, that’s for sure. When the overwhelm starts to creep up my legs and before I feel like I am drowning, I take some steps to beat back the fear and anxiety. I have gathered some strategies that work best for me. You have to find your own “best practice,” but maybe some of these will find their way into your arsenal: First, reduce or eliminate distractions: Turn off the news. We get bombarded with every little happening and...

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Coincidence or a Lesson for Business?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Blog, Thoughts | 0 comments

Do you ever feel like the universe is talking to you? I get that feeling when several things all happen to me in a relatively short period of time that are coincidentally connected. (Some people don’t believe in coincidence… do you?) Last week I was sick. In the past, that never really slowed me down – I just pushed through it. Not so good at that any more; figure it must be age catching up to me. Anyway, even though I am much better this week, I sat down at my desk on Monday feeling a little overwhelmed with everything.I sorted through it all and yes, there was a reason to feel overwhelmed; deadlines looming and more coming in. A good problem to have,...

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Finding the Joy in Small Business Stories Adjusts the Goggles

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Blog, Thoughts | 0 comments

I drove 100+ miles today to and from an interview for a story in a local publication. The fact is that I am probably paying to do this article, but you know what, there are some things I do just for the joy of doing them. Talking with small business owners who are excited about their businesses or community leaders who are seeing the fruits of all their labors fills my joy bucket. And today was one of those interviews when the interviewees smiled broadly the entire time and talked really, really fast because they were really, really excited and thrilled to be able to share their excitement. I am one of those people that put my nose to the grindstone and just keep going...

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Did you notice when it happened?

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Thoughts | 0 comments

My grandchildren spent the night recently and early in the morning I wandered into the bedrooms just to check on them. I guess those mothering instincts don’t ever really go away. Both of them were peacefully sleeping that sound, deep sleep. In the room with the big white metal bed my granddaughter nestled beneath a pile of blankets pulled up to her chin breathing softly. I tiptoed out to start a pot of coffee thankful to have little ones in the house again. Grandchildren remind me of so many things – my son growing up, the excitement of living and the thrill of learning – and just fun. It’s the simple and mundane moments that grab me by the chin...

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Whitesides Words has Been Busy Publishing!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Blog, Business stories, News Release | 0 comments

It has really been a whirlwind the last couple of months! Whitesides Words published Sherri’s fourth novel, Forever the Willows late in December. It is a wonderful story that speaks to the heart of any woman who has ever faced the death of a dear friend. It provides comfort, levity and yes, even hope that all is not lost. It is available through Sherri or at We also had a huge download day on the Kindle version of Lies & Legacy: Frankie’s Story. More than 10,000 readers – almost 11,000, in fact, downloaded the book in a 24-hour period. The book signings in November were both a huge success. Everyone had fun and loved the three...

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Sherri Coner Book Signings: Planning, Organizing and Hosting, Oh My!

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Blog, Community & Relationships, Marketing | 0 comments

We’ve been planning a couple of exciting events – and stressing. You know, it’s just like the holidays that are coming and every woman around knows what that means: cleaning house – over and over again decorating to make everywhere within eyeshot festive polishing the silver and serving pieces planning menus from drinks and appetizers to full-blown turkey and all the trimmings cooking all those yummy meals and to-die-for decadent desserts shopping for the food, the presents, the holiday attire wrapping all the presents and it’s not just for one day or event, it’s over and again. And, even if you aren’t hosting, you have all...

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