Adventure Awaits

23 Oct

Adventure Awaits HP

Entrepreneurship reminds me of riding the rapids. It seems like we often start out with a plan of handling the challenges and having it all under control. Then something happens that you never could have anticipated. It can all escalate to the point that you are ready to give it all up.

Here’s a word of advice – stay the course. Get perspective. Ask for help. Consider it an adventure. One day this could be your best story to tell when you share your life message.

What has been the greatest challenge you have ever faced as an entrepreneur?

Karen Sebastian is an author, blogger, corporate trainer and gifted speaker who transparently shares the hope she has found in the darkest times of her life.  She is a seasoned entrepreneur who founded HOPEpreneurs, a consulting firm dedicated to helping women succeed personally and professionally. Karen is known as The Hope Lady because she  takes every opportunity to inspire hope by sharing her rich life experience with others – engaging them in adventurous discoveries of the beauty of hope in a dark, cloudy world.

Women in Technology

9 Oct

Ada Lovelace Day - WIT

What an interesting day it is today…

Ada Lovelace was an unlikely heroine and role model for women in technology. Born in the 1800’s she became convinced that there were better ways of doing things. They were using a punch card system and so Ada could be considered the very first computer programmer.

Do you know women in the technology field?

Do you encourage the young women in your life to develop their interest and skills in the STEM arena?

There are no limits unless they are self-imposed.

Karen Sebastian is an author, blogger, corporate trainer and gifted speaker who transparently shares the hope she has found in the darkest times of her life.  She is a seasoned entrepreneur who founded HOPEpreneurs, a consulting firm dedicated to helping women succeed personally and professionally. Karen is known as The Hope Lady because she  takes every opportunity to inspire hope by sharing her rich life experience with others – engaging them in adventurous discoveries of the beauty of hope in a dark, cloudy world.

Happy Selfie Day

21 Jun

Happy Selfie Day

One of the biggest challenges of entrepreneurship is feeling alone.

I want to challenge you today to do more than take a selfie. Today is a great opportunity to connect and reward your customers.

Here are some initial ideas:

  • Get out to see as many of your customers as you can and take a selfie with them.
  • Pull up some selfies from the past and honor those who are there with you.
  • As you take the time to take selfies remember those who are most important in their lives by sending a text or calling them.
  • Post your selfies on your social media and ask others to do the same.
  • Connect, connect, connect!

What ideas are you going to implement today and the rest of the summer?

You are never alone when you reach out to help others. The rewards are amazing. The lifestyle you are building is your own. Keep up the good work. Implement new ideas that make others the hero.

Karen Sebastian is an author, blogger, corporate trainer and gifted speaker who transparently shares the hope she has found in the darkest times of her life.  She is a seasoned entrepreneur who founded HOPEpreneurs, a consulting firm dedicated to helping women succeed personally and professionally. Karen is known as The Hope Lady because she  takes every opportunity to inspire hope by sharing her rich life experience with others – engaging them in adventurous discoveries of the beauty of hope in a dark, cloudy world.

Using this Week Wisely

26 Dec

use the gift of time

This is the week when a lot of people take off work because they are done for the year. As a Hopepreneur you need to think differently. You are not an employee. Use the gift of your time wisely to prepare for the greatness ahead in the coming year.

Here are some suggestions for what to do with your extra time:

  1. Mindmap (or list) some hard lessons from last year
  2. Mindmap (or list) victories from the last quarter of the year
  3. Prepare a way to make significant changes to stop what led you to the perceived failure or resulted in the recent victory
  4. Make habits of what will prevent the hard lesson or promote the victory

This is a week to reset yourself mentally for a great new year.

Please share how it goes.

Karen Sebastian is an author, blogger, corporate trainer and gifted speaker who transparently shares the hope she has found in the darkest times of her life.  She is a seasoned entrepreneur who founded HOPEpreneurs, a consulting firm dedicated to helping women succeed personally and professionally. Karen is known as The Hope Lady because she  takes every opportunity to inspire hope by sharing her rich life experience with others – engaging them in adventurous discoveries of the beauty of hope in a dark, cloudy world.

 

Celebrate Taco Day

4 Oct

Happy Taco Day on October 4th.

I am fascinated by the growth of Torchy’s Tacos. I live in the North Dallas area and there are so many places to eat tacos that you might think it’s not worth the competition. Well, you are wrong. It is thriving. What are they doing that you can learn from?

Passion

A personal friend first spoke to us about Torchy’s Tacos about six years ago. They had started in Austin and were branching out to the Dallas area. He was working for them and loved their approach to doing business. He felt excited to be a part. The founder, Michael Rypka, started out as a fry cook at Popeye’s. He wanted to elevate the level of tacos available. He started small and handed out samples to all who would take them.

Hope Tip

As you grow, make sure everyone retains the passion of the founder.

A fresh approach

These are not your tia’s tacos. They are unique and delicious. They have weird names like Tipsy Chick, The Democrat, The Republican, Trailer Park, etc. The ingredients are fresh and made to order. For that reason, it can take a little longer than some places, but it is worth the wait.

Hope Tip

Take a fresh approach to your branding and product.

Great customer service

One of the most refreshing parts of going to Torchy’s is that the people who work there seem to like doing so. They were crazy busy when we were there and yet kept checking on us. Even when they make a mistake, they correct it.

Hope Tip

Provide superior customer service consistently.

Personal recommendation

I am always looking for tacos because it was my first husband’s last meal before he had to go on a feeding tube. Now, if you ever needed to have an excuse to eat tacos – I just gave you one. Here we are celebrating his birthday at Torchy’s.

If you have a Torchy’s Tacos in your area, do yourself a favor and go visit them. You will not be disappointed. What is your favorite place to eat tacos? Why?

Karen Sebastian is an author, blogger, corporate trainer and gifted speaker who transparently shares the hope she has found in the darkest times of her life.  She is a seasoned entrepreneur who founded HOPEpreneurs, a consulting firm dedicated to helping women succeed personally and professionally. Karen is known as The Hope Lady because she  takes every opportunity to inspire hope by sharing her rich life experience with others – engaging them in adventurous discoveries of the beauty of hope in a dark, cloudy world.

 

Happy National Coffee Day

29 Sep

coffee day

I remember growing up in a coffee producing country. Yep! I grew up in Costa Rica. I was fascinated with the beautiful coffee plantations with their red berries. I loved the smell of coffee and was fascinated with the way they poured coffee through a sock filled with the dark grounds. The only problem I had as a kid was the taste. Yuck!

Then one day I was introduced to Cafe con Leche (the Spanish version of a latte). The milk was heated and served in a separate pitcher. The coffee was thick like syrup. The key to liking coffee came in filling 3/4 of the cup with the steaming milk and then pouring in a smidgen of coffee.

What’s your coffee drinking story? How do you like your coffee? Are you addicted to coffee?

FYI – there are several places that are serving free coffee today. Check out this link for more information: http://fortune.com/2017/09/29/national-coffee-day-free-coffee-deals/

Karen Sebastian is an author, blogger, corporate trainer and gifted speaker who transparently shares the hope she has found in the darkest times of her life.  She is a seasoned entrepreneur who founded HOPEpreneurs, a consulting firm dedicated to helping women succeed personally and professionally. Karen is known as The Hope Lady because she  takes every opportunity to inspire hope by sharing her rich life experience with others – engaging them in adventurous discoveries of the beauty of hope in a dark, cloudy world.

World Listening Day

18 Jul

worldlistening day

Happy World Listening Day!

Wow! Who knew? I sure didn’t. I have been having fun with crazy holidays like World Listening Day. There was no history on this particular one. The really crazy part is that all the graphics associated with graphics seemed to have someone with a headset on listening to music, podcast or watching a program on their phone or ipad.

I would prefer to make World Listening Day about listening to people without distractions. This is a rare gift. Give it to someone you care about.

Ask questions and then listen up.

Karen Sebastian is an author, blogger, corporate trainer and gifted speaker who transparently shares the hope she has found in the darkest times of her life.  She is a seasoned entrepreneur who founded HOPEpreneurs, a consulting firm dedicated to helping women succeed personally and professionally. Karen is known as The Hope Lady because she  takes every opportunity to inspire hope by sharing her rich life experience with others – engaging them in adventurous discoveries of the beauty of hope in a dark, cloudy world.

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