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Don’t Ever give up on your DREAMS!

I wanted to talk a little about dreams, achieving them versus letting them go. Reward or Regret?

As long as I can remember I have been a dreamer, I have had all sorts of dreams. My dreams mean happiness and fulfillment, and the satisfaction of not having any regrets. Some dreams come later in life, when the opportunities are aligned right with the stars. Execution and striving to never give up on the dream little or big is what its all about.

One of my life long dreams was to be a business owner! It took a lot of trials and tribulations, but I finally found my niche and passion. Miss Priss Cupcakes and Such has brought me so much fulfillment and happiness, a success I can pass on to my daughter! I jumped into the “trend” of cupcakes at the right time. Many ventures I tried were not meant to be or I lacked the determination at the time or it wasn’t a true passion. The point is I never gave up and I didn’t let outside voices sway what I thought was right. I truly am happy and blessed, the main thing I am happiest about is my daughter Madison’s verve for the business. She is talented and driven and carries the vision and passion as I do. The sky is the limit with us, we are positive believers and surround ourselves with people who love and believe in us.

Another one of my passions has always been writing. Writing down stories in my head onto paper, it is very therapeutic and helps me stay focused. It is an outlet so to speak, one that I relish. The world is a funny place, in my business I have had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, many interesting and kind people. I have been writing a screenplay, and one of my customers from the past seven years is a prominent executive producer who said he was looking forward to my final draft. I feel so lucky and that the stars are aligned for this other dream I have always held onto with both hands. Many times I thought to just let it go that it is too far fetched. The positive and driven person inside said, do not let your dreams go! Write it, present it, and see where the story takes you. If it doesn’t go anywhere, well at least I tried. No Regrets!

So no matter what your dreams are in life, if there is a will there is a way! Determination and drive to fulfill are what keep you going, I know that is true for me! No Dream is too Big, and you are never too old to go after them! Be kind, be honest, work hard and all will fall into place. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t, the main thing is that you tried. Now, go get your DREAM! Here are a few quotes of inspiration! Hugs, Karie
P.S. Leave me a comment about what your dream is, I am interested!

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2015 Friends! I don’t know about you, but I have a strong and good feeling about the opportunities that are available to me this year if I just MAKE myself available to JUST DO IT. We sometimes hold ourselves back due to fear of failing, and of succeeding. It sounds a bit silly but its true. I know many people who hold themselves back, and once they let go and go for it, they always want to kick themselves because time, and sometimes years were wasted contemplating the notion of taking action. I know I for sure am guilty of this. Execution is my motto this year, taking action without regret. I really haven’t made any resolutions in particular, but I have made myself a promise that I intend to keep and that is to maintain the new-found happiness and peace I have in my life. I will never let someone dictate how my life will be lived or what the terms of my happiness will be. When you completely let go, the feeling of being free from purgatory is serendipitous! My daughter was just mentioning the same thing to me when we sat down for a New Years Day breakfast. She has never felt more secure and eager to build her future. She is so excited about finishing college and taking the next steps with her goals in life. We have had obstacles, but we just dealt with them with dignity and knowledge that one day the past will be just that. No mother could ever be more proud of the strong, beautiful and independent daughter I have had the privilege of watching grow and turn into an amazing woman. We can learn a lot from our children! They give a fresh perspective to problem solving and sometimes teach us what is really important in life.

I am curious, what do you do to execute your goals? What are your goals for this year? I use the word goal rather than resolution. Resolutions are typically broken. Do you want to lose weight, quit bad habits, be a nicer person, get a better job? How will you go about making the goal a reality….or should I say…A SUCCESS!

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas to all my friends and family!

As we near the end of 2014, I can’t help but feel grateful for everyone in my life that I love. My number one love is Madison, my amazing daughter who in her young 21 years has taught me more than anyone that I can be strong. I could have easily fallen apart but with her insistence we started a new life that is full of love and happiness! I will always admire her for the strength and devotion she possesses. We are looking forward to a happy future.

I would like to wish all of you good health, happiness and love as the year comes to a close. Many blessings to you!

I have many interesting topics to blog about very soon. Take care and have fun!

Kisses!
Karie

My Koby has gone to Heaven, I will never forget him!

IMG_3194IMG_3213We recently lost a very important part of our family, our pup Koby. I was so devastated losing him, I was not able to write or have inspiration to write. Many people don’t understand that pets are a special part of our lives, and I treated Koby like a kid, I loved him dearly. I raised Koby from a tiny puppy to a grown stubborn boy who passed at the age of 13. Koby was a beautiful German Shepherd/collie mix, he had the shiniest coat and had such a handsome face. Koby had separation anxiety when he was very young, and he did naughty things like eat the arm of the couch. I know that most people would get rid of the dog or seriously punish them, not me! I protected him! Madison was in elementary school when we rescued our pup, so I raised them together, he knew he was adored! I wish it didn’t hurt so much to lose our pet, a family member, a helpless animal who cannot speak and let us know if they are in pain or ready to go. We have to make this excruciating decision when its time for them to go to Heaven. Knowing he is no longer in pain is what keeps me going. I hang his collar around my rear view mirror and when I am having a bad day I look at it and it somehow fills my heart with fond memories and it dissipates what I am worrying about and makes me realize the trivial things in life are just stupid events we go through and how unimportant they are. Losing Koby gave me perspective! I will love my boy and remember him forever. Thank you Koby for showing me a love I will never forget, and thank you for all the times you let me hug you when my life was in turmoil. The unconditional love you gave me and Madison will be cherished. We miss you everyday and love you! Farewell my Angel Puppy, mommy boy, puppy wuppie….

Question…What steps are you taking to make your dreams come true?

I am nobody, but I am somebody! I have always enjoyed talking to and meeting new people.  It interests me to see what makes certain people tick and strive for something that makes them happy.  It could be anything, we are all so different and have a vast array of interests.  It is so easy to just sit there and watch the years pass by like minutes while you dream the dream and never do anything about it.

My entire life I was in search of my Niche, even in my teen years I always had several jobs and did charity work.  I think in my early Girl Scout years the lessons we learned with giving back really had an impact of who I was or wanted to become.  Throughout the years I tried many different things, call me a jack of all trades.  When my daughter was a baby, I started a house cleaning business, and it went really well for a while, but it got to be too difficult bringing her to the jobs with me, so I let that go.  I started a business called Eye Spy Quality Control, which was a mystery shopper type of business,  I mainly had restaurant gigs.  All in all it was too difficult because my first priority was raising my daughter, she never had a babysitter.  So I tried different things I could do at home to make extra money.  I made gourmet gift baskets, naughty gift baskets, (which were very popular), I did floral arranging and center pieces, I wrote screen plays, and the list goes on.  Even though I enjoyed all of those occupations, it never satisfied my inner self.

When Madison entered kindergarten I became a Realtor with Remax.  I sold homes for 10 years and I made a very good living at it, but in the summer of 2007, I knew the market was going to crash and I needed to re-invent myself so we could survive!  Soon thereafter Miss Priss Cupcakes & Such was  born.  If I hadn’t made cupcakes for My Best Friends daughters 16th birthday I wouldn’t be where I am today…And what I mean by where I am today is…Happy and proud of what I do, its fun, and creative!  Running a business is hard but it is a labor of love.  Keeping yourself surrounded by people who love you and want the best for you is what its all about.  Purging all negativity somehow makes everything better.

I was in business for about six months when I decided to go after the tv/movie industry.  This is not an easy task.  It is difficult to get the crafty’s to work with new vendors, but I got lucky!  My two favorite shows at the time were Grey’s Anatomy and Entourage….I scored, they both used Miss Priss for dessert!  It was awesome and I was grateful!  I worked with Joey on Entourage for 4 seasons until the show ended.  They just finished shooting the Entourage Movie, and I was happy to hear from Joey to join them again!  You know, it was always so incredible to visit the location or set of Entourage because everyone who works for the production is always so nice.  Whenever I would greet someone with a hello, and how are you, they would always respond, “Living the dream!”  That always stayed with me, there is nothing better than knowing where you work that you are living your dream!  It doesn’t get any better than that!

A few years ago I was asked to speak to a business class at DeVry University.  I was told it would just take about 10 minutes to talk about my business.  I was there for over an hour, because the students kept raising their hands and asking me questions.  They were so engaging and I had such a great time speaking to a room of hopeful, future business owners.  I felt very comfortable and in my element.

Please share some of your stories with me :)  I am always interested!  Have a prisstacular day!!