Freedom, coffee and snowflakes

Last week, my proposed coffee packaging was rejected by Montana Coffee Traders up in Whitefish, MT.  It seems the old firearms colloquialism "Don't go off half cocked" is offensive.  I even forwarded the Wiktionary link explaining the source and meaning of the term.  Apparently, (what I get from their rejection) all they see is the word "cock".  (Seriously people, get your minds out of the gutter.) They have the freedom to reject my historically justified packaging, and I have the freedom to tell the story and never deal with them again. They have the freedom to be closed (and quite...

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"Associate with men of good quality"

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This year has been unbelievably BOMBER so far, from the starting gun of the Made in Montana Tradeshow to right now at the halfway point. (Christmas season is the homestretch.) I have had many, many opportunities to work with some amazing people I'd never met or heard of before - the new metal guy cutting my Montanas down in Bozeman (hell yeah!), the VFOB crew, the #livemontana program put on by the state, so many new vendors I met and forged new relationships with at the Tradeshow. Part of the fun of this business is the marketing, the mingling and the...

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I'm So Much Cooler Online

A humbling dose of reality yesterday - I kind of suck at defensive pistol matches.  Granted, yesterday was only my second one, but I came in dead last.  LAST.  Ouch.  For a competitive, it's-never-good-enough kind of person like me, this is incredibly painful. I mean, I do shoot.  We go out with our steel targets and practice with all our pistols.  I'm a dead eye when there's no class staring at me, no pressure and all the time in the world to make a good shot.  I'm good with a rifle, even without a rest when hunting.  I can drop...

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Thanks Flathead Beacon!

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Adversity is NOT a four-letter-word

Yowza how time flies!  I've been thinking about the title phrase for a looooooong time now.  I won't lie - it's been rough figuring out how to keep all my landscape clients happy, build this jewelry business, play office assistant/accountant for my husband's construction business and not lose my mind. (Side note - I may have lost said mind at least temporarily at times) What it all boils down to is the classic saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger".  I would add however, that if you get stronger and it doesn't kill you, you should get smarter too....

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