Category Archives: Women Entrepreneurs

WE HAVE WALLS!!

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you have no idea how pathetically excited I was today to open the door to the space and to see real, actual walls!! Holy Moly its been so slow I sure didnt expect to see that today! here are some pics of what it looks like so far!

Walls...real walls!!

Walls…real walls!!

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

My Office!!

My Office!!

Visual Arts Studio!

Visual Arts Studio!

OMG Im so excited! The plan is to be moved in at the beginning of March…so please keep checking on our website http://www.mandalaartcentre.com or add your name to our newsletter to keep informed on registration for classes.

I am still looking for experienced yoga, dance, movement teachers. If you are interested please contact me at jade@mandalaartcentre. com

Just keep swimming…

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I’m truly a person who likes things to just happen…again being calm and patient are not words that would be used to describe me. But I’m going to keep swimming and make this happen. Its pretty easy to get discouraged, but I know in my heart that my idea is great and that people will love the centre when its up and running.

Inspired by a group a friend invited me to on Facebook, I created a group called Women Entrepreneurs of Calgary. I was very shocked when I realized that a group like this didn’t exist yet…are there no women in business in Calgary? that seems absurd, doesn’t it? I know Calgary is a bit of an “old boys club” but there has to be other women out their with their own successful businesses? No? I guess I will see. If you are a women in Alberta, please join the group…I would love to hear from you…https://www.facebook.com/groups/409899075729506/

Thanks so much to everyone who “like”d my Mandala Art Centre page. Im at 62 likes, getting close to the 100 mark. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mandala-Art-Centre/354328764617034

Be the change you wish to see in the world…

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“Be the change you wish to see in the world”…this is a quote I have always loved because it is true in so many ways. Whether Ghandi said it or it was adapted from something he said, change needs to come from the people who see what needs to be changed. Its very simple, yet so poignant. For me, this quote has kept me going on getting the art centre started. Starting your own business truly sucks in so many ways. As a complete control freak, I have issues being patient and waiting on others to do their part. Case in point, the bank…we finally got our business plan done and then the person we were dealing with went on vacation and we got stuck with a woman who was extremely UN helpful. Richer than you think? Hmm don’t think so if we were to deal with this person. So now on to the next plan…looking for other funding sources.

For me, being patient is my area of weakness and something I have to work on…I honestly think this may be my life lesson…to learn to be patient. But the annoyances add up and patience is out the window. This week I am extremely grateful for my partner who reminds me constantly that this is what happens in business and to not forget why we are doing this venture. We want to be the change in the world and we need to be the people to do it.

Its done…

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We stayed up all night to get the business plan done and then the worst thing happened…it got deleted…At 4am we saved the document, then tried to email it and couldn’t find the document anywhere. Talk about painful. My poor, sweet man stayed up til 6am rewriting what we had done. Just awful. Technology for the most part hates me and Im fine with that, but not usually him. Anyway, its done and submitted to the bank and potential investor. Here’s hoping it all works out for us.

The never ending business plan…

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Oh Man … there is a reason creative people aren’t accountants…its absolute torture taking something fabulous and making it one dimensional. So I write what I want to say and then my boyfriend takes it and makes it readable to those who want it summed up in one page. He even wrote in the plan…”boring stuff goes here, Ill do that part”.

So while I’m waiting for the boring part to be written, I’m experimenting with the projects I want to implement with my potential clients. Now that’s where Pinterest comes in…I thought I was creative until I went on there. There are seriously talented people out there reminding me of all Ive missed since being a working stiff for the last 5 1/2 years. Shrinky Dinks, forgot all about them and mixed media art…I’m in heaven. Ill post some pics of what I have done so far.

Getting to be very exciting and scary all at the same time with starting your own business.

the Business Plan…dun dun dun…

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So now that I have the ideas and want to put them into action, I now have to come up with a Business Plan…the very words conjure up images of graphs, financial analyses, forecasts, sales…ahhh…everything I am not. I am an artist, extremely dramatic and able to show my passion when I talk. Trying to get that into a boring one page synopsis is pure torture to a person like me. I feel like Im writing my Master’s thesis all over again. How do you sum up creative on a white piece of paper? Ive sat here for the last three hours and have a page and a half…I know I have to get it done for people to take me seriously but come on…meet me…Ill show you how serious I am…help!