J.F.D.I.

Oh yea, I went there...

Oh yea, I went there...

 

My motto for 2013? JFDI. No excuses. No procrastination. No fear. I asked my old friend Andy Vastagh of Boss Construction in Nashville, TN to design a poster I can frame for my office to remind me daily that it’s up to me to put on my “big girl” panties and get the hell on with it. He rose to the challenge with a gorgeous hand-pulled screen print that set my heart a flutter. Creative entrepreneurs from every corner of the web clamored for one, too and- well, here we are. Signed. Numbered. Limited edition. JFDI, baby!

 

Andy and I go back some 15 years. His daughter was my daughter’s very first best friend. Madee’s mom and I were running mates in high school and later delivered our first wee ones just 3 months apart. When we lived in Memphis, those girls did everything together. Eventually, I left Memphis and Andy & Co. headed out to Nashville, where Andy began building his silkscreen empire, designing gig posters for some of the hippest names in the music industry (think: The Hives, The Avett Brothers, Drake, Foster the People, Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys…yea, them).

 

My Cloe (left) and Madee (right), circa 2003

My Chloe (left) and Madee (right), circa 2003

 

Andy served up an awesome design that I’m completely smitten with. Here’s the 411 on the project:

 

Finished poster size: 18 x 24”

Image area: 16 x 20”

Production process: Hand-pulled  screen print 

Number of colored used: 3 Colors

Individually signed+ numbered

100lb. Natural Cougar Cover

Each print features eco-friendly, water-based, locally sourced inks.

 

Andy in his uber-colorful workshop in Nashville, TN

 

The first copy was claimed within 60 seconds of touching down at my office. My assistant Christina snatched the top copy and bemoaned the need for a tube to transport it home, saying that it was so nice that she didn’t want to roll it up! It took a bit of convincing to assure her that it would, indeed, be fine in a tube and she carted it off post haste.

 

Andy was generous enough to share pictures of the creation process with us. See below for a gallery snapshot from start-to-finish.

 

Available in very limited quantities direct from Lucky Break Consulting (and no where else on the planet). $35 includes complimentary shipping within the lower 48 states. Snatch one, build your empire and JFDI.

 

 

IBN Regulatory Bootcamp: We Made It Across The Finish Line!

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Raising a toast to indies everywhere!

 

Whew! I am safely ensconced back home after a wild weekend at IBN Regulatory Bootcamp. I rolled into Charlotte on Friday night just in time for dinner with some of my favorite beauty entrepreneurs. We had a fabulous time together! They enjoyed generous + gorgeous margaritas while I nursed a sweet tea. I know, right? I had spent several near-sleepless nights putting the finishing touches on my curriculum and I feared that a single cocktail would either have me: a) drooling on the table or b) asleep at the table. Neither of which is very attractive, so sweet tea for me please!

 

Some of our live attendees from NY, MD and FL!

 

Saturday was the big event! Indies flew in from Maryland, Florida and New York to join others from across the Carolinas for 8 hours of rapid-fire instruction on GMP and federal regulatory compliance for personal care manufacturers. While I freely acknowledge that regulatory compliance discussions are often as much fun as a needle in the eye, dare I say we had a fabulous time? The energy in that meeting room was palpable and dozens and dozens (and dozens- I was stunned!) of entrepreneurs joined us from around the US via a live call-in option. Those virtual attendees surrendered their computer screens to me so that I could take control and push them through 395 slides (!) of information. Throw in 98 pictures of my Bella Lucce staff and facility and 64 pages of handouts and I’m certain you can appreciate my amazement that we made it through every last morsel of instruction in just 8 hours. Along the way, I fielded dozens of great questions from attendees.  We generally paused for brief 5-15 minute breaks every 60-90 minutes so that Donna Maria Coles Johnson could wipe down my forehead, squirt hot tea down my throat and slap my cheeks a few times (a la Muhammed Ali). It was quite the event! The feedback has been astounding and humbling:

 

We had a blast applying "I Just Got Lucky" tattoos :)

 

“I have been to a ton of workshops in my day. This Bootcamp was BY FAR the BEST! Rich and informative content AND a real HOW TO!!! I have my plan and I’m off to GMP my biz!”

 

“Fabulous seminar! It was SO MUCH EASIER than trying to extract the information from the FDA website. It wasn’t overwhelming at all, chock full yes, but very doable. So glad you covered all the material in one day.”

 

“Thank you so much for the GMP (Get More Mimosas-please) Class. I can’t tell you how invaluable it was…”

 

“It was great. I thought I already knew a lot about business but this was so much more! The organization part of it was amazing.”

 

“The amount of information you gave us today was insane!! #priceless. You guys are such a blessing to me!”

 

“Incredible day of learning today.”

 

Your words touched my heart and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to share the day with each of you!

 

Donna Maria and I have fielded lots of requests over the last 36 hours to either host the class again or make the digital capture widely available. We’re percolating on a plan and will keep you posted. Until then, I can’t wait to see the domino effect this class has on GMP compliance amongst indies. I know it’s a lot of work, but I have every faith that you gals can do it.  Onward an upward! xo

 

Meet Jessika, my personal branding guru!

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As I began to assemble the team that I wanted to surround and support me in this new Lucky Break venture, I knew I needed a brilliant graphic designer with style, spunk and pizzazz who could serve up ninja-caliber design skills on teeny weeny timetables. I searched Le Internet high and low, but my search stopped the moment I stumbled upon the great and mighty Jessika Hepburn. The amount of fabulousness that we created together can’t be contained in a single blog post, but God love Jess for trying.  You can read the inside scoop of our branding extravaganza (and enter to win my book!) at her blog right this very minute.

 

Jess curates an amazing community of creative entrepreneurs over at the Oh My! Handmade site. She’s a mama to two sweet’n’spunky girls and branding guru who dwells in a charming Victorian village in Nova Scotia that looks like it was ripped from a storybook. Oh, and she managed to get herself engaged to a solidly handsome fellow in December. Squeeeeee!

 

Jess brilliantly articulated my branding vision for Lucky Break,. Then she served up a brilliant design for my just-published book. And now we’re plotting an exotic collaboration in a faraway land that can only be described as “swoon-worthy.” But more on that later… Jessika has graciously invited me to join her community of forty seasoned OMH contributors who serve up wit, wisdom and inspiration for entrepreneurs 365 days a year. I am over-the-moon excited and will be unveiling my first contribution later this month. In the meantime, I asked Jessika to sit for an interview so that you can get acquainted with my newest best friend and her amazing community of indie business goodness…

 

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Anyone remember this?

Oh yea, I went there...

just effing do it screenprint
 

Oh yes, I went there!
 
Limited edition. Hand-pulled screenprint. Eco-friendly inks.
 
I’m playing for keeps with this one. Landing exclusively at the Lucky Break website on Monday, January 14th.
 

Just Added: Live Call In Option for my January 12th Beauty Regulatory Bootcamp

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Heads up beauty entrepreneurs! My IBN Regulatory Bootcamp is going down January 12th in Charlotte, NC. A full-day of GMP+labeling goodness and a volume of information that will blow your mind. Our brilliant host Donna Maria has just added a live audio call-in option to registration. Dozens of you said you wanted the information but couldn’t be with us that day in North Carolina. Well, here’s your chance! Early bird registration ends Monday, December 31st at midnight.

 

Do not pass “go.” Do not collect $200. Register now and let me whip your beauty business into shape in the new year! If you attend in person, I invite you to join both Donna Maria and I for dinner the night before. I’d love to share a glass of wine with you! We have attendees flying all the way down from New York and it’s going to be one hell of a good time…have you sent in your RSVP?

 

Bonus Points: I’m bringing presents for all of our “live” attendees. Join us physically on the day of the event and enjoy your choice of:

• $100 off my virtual class Romancing The Press

OR

• $100 off my upcoming virtual class Imitation Is NOT The Sincerest Form of Flattery

OR

• A signed, limited edition 18 x 24″ silkscreen JFDI poster (coming to the Lucky Break website in January)

 

I’ll bring all my goodies to the event on January 12th and you can browse through my treasure box to pick your favorite!