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Welcome Jennifer to our Women in Business Spotlight! Meet Jennifer Hatt, author and publisher.

(Hair and make up by the lovely Pamela, 902-921-3219)

You can connect with Jennifer:

Website: http://findingmaria.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingMaria

 

52501) What inspires you?

 

Sunshine in any season, anywhere. The blend of light and shadow evokes something different every time: sometimes, it’s ‘wow, the world is so beautiful, I want to be a part of it!’. Other times, it’s ‘I’m going back to bed now.’ But always, there is a reaction that gets me thinking and moving in some form.

I am also inspired by moving water, which also can be found anywhere: the Caribbean Sea, the Northumberland Strait, a puddle in my backyard being surfed by a leaf on the wind. It’s about taking a moment to just absorb and appreciate something far bigger and more important than me.

And indeed, all is better with a glass of awesome red wine. I, of course, am partial to Marechal Foch, and am thrilled to be living in a province that makes some of the best wine from this hardy little grape.

 

2) Tell us about what your business offers?

 

Marechal Media Inc. (yes, like the grape, as above:)) was incorporated to publish the Finding Maria series of books. We are publishing and selling both wholesale and direct. Book Four of the series, Song of the Lilacs, is due out this month (November). There are three more books in the series, plus a few spinoffs planned as well. This past year, we expanded into publishing and author services. We signed author Mary Sheehan to publish When Freddie Gardner Played, her memoir of her time in Aberdeen Hospital Nursing School in the 1950s. We are also providing pre-press services and project management for a self-publishing author, and hope to do more of that in the coming year.

 

3) What is the best thing about being your own boss?

The flexible hours. First and foremost I am mom to three awesome children – Luke, 16; Clare, 13; Mary, 10. All are involved in music, and the band rehearsals, private lessons, and performances not only require my driving, they benefit from my time. I began working from home before my eldest was born, and it has not been easy, but it has been the best choice. The only work schedule that can fit my family and my creative outlet is a non-schedule. That’s not to say I never book a meeting or make an appointment, but I can often space them to a degree to give myself alone time or down time when I need it. There is no daily routine, and that works for me.

 

4)Tell me about some challenges you have faced?

Maintaining flexibility and boundaries in the information age. On one hand, we are told to manage work and life, maintain hobbies and social connections, turn off work to give ourselves time to recharge. On the other hand, if you’re not posting to Facebook twice a day or checking your email around the clock you can be made to feel left behind. Also, with a job outside the home that maintains firm working hours, there is that ability to leave work at work, clock out, and move on. When your office is in your home, there is the constant feeling of being at work, either in body or in spirit. It is an education process, for me and for my clients. I am learning to turn off my computer in the evening, unless I have made a conscious choice to take some time during the day and leave a project to a set period at night. I may have my phone in my home, but I probably don’t want to talk shop at 9 p.m. or on a Sunday afternoon. My challenge is to be clear with myself about my work boundaries and in turn be clear with those I work with, all the while reminding myself that it is not lazy or rude, it is professional.
5) Work life balance? What does it mean for you?

 

To me, balance in life is a myth, right up there with the perfect Christmas and dream home. Life to me is a series of pieces to be  explored, selected, and assembled , and like in any puzzle, some of those pieces will be bigger, and always will be, to yield the picture you want. A wise lady once told me that harmony, not balance, is what is truly attainable. In the midst of finishing a book I may be in my office for hours, or away writing for days at a stretch – there is no way I can balance that with time with my children, cooking, remembering friends’ birthdays, and the like, but my family and friends support what I am doing and accept that I may be a tad unavailable during deadline time. That is harmony. And just like in music, there is nothing sweeter.
6) What’s next for you? Where we can read more?

 

On Nov. 13-16 I’ll be at the Toronto International Book Fair, the first event of its kind in Canada and potentially the largest book event ever in the country. I’m thrilled – and a little overwhelmed – to be a part of it. It will be three days of non-stop action, but hopefully it will introduce our series to a whole new audience. I’ve started working on Book 5 of the Finding Maria series, which could be finished next year. 2015 is also the fifth anniversary of the release of Finding Maria, the book that started it all, so we may have some special plans to talk about there in the months to come.

To learn more about the Finding Maria series and the author, and to purchase our books, visit our website at www.FindingMaria.com or our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FindingMaria.

Are you a small business owner in Pictou County? Want to connect with like minded women who work and live in Pictou County? We have an amazing facebook group, message us & join us, we’d love to meet you:)

 

 

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“I had a great girls day, got to catch up with an old friend. It was amazing how awesome I felt when I saw the pics as we went along. Direction was perfect, settings fun, music great and snacks- yum!  When I saw the images I saw my hard work and dedication to a healthier lifestyle and how far I’ve come”.

“When I showed my husband my book, he said ‘more’….”.

Thanks my darling, it was a fabulous day!

Fabulous hair and make up by the lovely Pamela. Email me today to ask about your beauty and boudoir session, only a few spots available to have images guaranteed back before Christmas.

 

 

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So excited to share the next Women in Business Spotlight, meet Jeanette Gormley owner of Jeanette Gormley Reflexology.

Welcome Jeanette!

You can connect with Jeanette:

Website: http://jgormleyreflexology.vpweb.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jgormleyreflexology

Phone: (902) 485-4909

 

 

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What inspires you?

Gathering with other women in business and the energy, ideas and passion that it can bring. I also get inspired reading stories of people reaching a difficult goal or fulfilling a dream.

 

What does your business offer?

I offer foot and hand Reflexology Therapy which stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself through specific thumb and finger techniques. I also provide Indian Head Massage and Chair Massage treatments. I am looking at offering a series of Mom and Baby Reflexology workshops this fall.

 

What is the best thing about being your own boss?

The freedom to make my own decisions about my business, with no one else telling me what to do or how to do it.

 

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced?

One of the challenges I’ve faced, and still today, is educating people about Reflexology Therapy. Although it’s been around for 2500 years, it’s not a widely practiced modality and therefore required me to do A LOT of presentations over the last few years to build clientele.

 

Thoughts on creating a work and life balance?

Certainly as a self-employed woman, a Mom, a wife and a volunteer among other things, finding a balance between working and time for yourself and family can be a challenge. It’s really a continuous thing to be aware of. Although I may not be perfect at always creating this balance, I firmly believe that taking time for yourself whatever that may be for you, makes you so much better at all the “jobs” we have as women.

 

What words of wisdom do you have for other women in business?

Stay true to yourself and do what you feel is right for you, your business and your family. Trust your instincts, keep educating yourself in your field, draw upon the knowledge and ideas available to you through networking with other business women…together we are a great resource for one another in helping each of us individually achieve success.

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So you’ve spent the day feeling pampered, you’ve had your hair and make up done, you’ve had a photo session and you are feeling pretty groovy/sexy/relaxed/excited….now you want a little night out afterwards? Maybe dinner? Maybe meet a few of the girls for drinks?

I don’t consider myself a foodie by any means, I don’t care for the food network and my husband cooks better than I do….but I do love to eat, if it’s gooey & cheesy, maybe a few mushrooms,  I am all over it.

Some of my favorites places to go and my favorite menu items are listed here:

I’ve had the pleasure of eating at Piper’s Landing just off of the Pictou Rotary on several occasions and wowzers, so good every time! It’s the perfect spot for date night. You have to eat the seafood mushroom caps….gooey, cheesey and seafood. Need I say more?

Girls night usually starts at Hebel’s in New Glasgow, I love the New York Steak and the haddock is always awesome…done just to perfection.

Family night we often choose The Appleseed Modern Diner….amazing burgers (as seen below…sorry for iphone image, if I had known I going to blog this I would have taken the big camera…) and by far the best macaroni and cheese I have EVER had, not to mention yummy milkshakes which the kids adore.

Get out, turn off your phone and have some fun in Pictou County, we have some amazing little gems here.

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Fall Mini Sessions are the perfect way for busy families to update their family photos; enjoy a shorter session and special pricing on wall portraits, canvas and our very popular holiday cards.

Book your session with Tara.

Email: pureimages@eastlink.ca

Call: 902-695-6564

Sessions are by appointment only.

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A few images of our very cool new space….so amazing to be able to shoot here.

What are you waiting for?

Christmas is 93 days away….give the gift you’ll both love.

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I’ve been a small business owner for a little over a decade and in that time I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with so many other small business owners both in Halifax and Pictou County.

When I moved to New Glasgow a little over two years ago I started searching for a group of like minded women and was so happy to find a Pictou County Women in Business group. They welcomed me with open arms and  I’ve  have the pleasure of meeting so many terrific ladies I wanted to share them with you in a small business spotlight.

I’m so happy to introduce the first Women in Business spotlight;  Jenny Velchev, she and her husband Svilen Velchev own Winmar in New Glasgow, NS

You can connect with Jenny and Svilen:

Website: http://www.winmar.ca/newglasgow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winmar-New-Glasgow

Phone: 902-695-3511

 

 

Welcome Jenny!

1)      What inspires you? 

The idea of continuous personal and professional growth inspires me.  In order to grow, learning new things has to be a daily activity.   Other women who are positive role models in the community inspire me also.  There are so many in Pictou County and when I interact with them, I get more ideas about how I can improve my life and business.

2)      Tell us about what your business offers?

We have a team of 10 employees who do all sorts of renovations, from exterior work like roofing and siding, windows and doors, to interior work like drywall, painting and carpentry work.  We respond to water and fire damage emergencies on a 24 hour basis and help people restore their homes after such losses.

3)      What is the best thing about being your own boss?

I find the most rewarding thing about being my own boss is that I get to directly influence what kind of values and atmosphere we want to have in our company.  As the boss, I can help create a positive workplace atmosphere that is motivating to our employees and that makes customers feel valued and appreciated, and a place that I feel great about working in every day.

4)      Tell me about some challenges you have faced?

In 6 years we have faced many challenges, big and small.  Building the loyal and skilled team we have today was one major challenge that we are proud to have accomplished.  The unpredictability of the volume of work that is inherent in our industry was another challenge that took some time to adjust to and plan for.  Looking back, I always feel proud that we were able to find a way through the difficult times and come out stronger.

5)      Thoughts on creating a work and life balance?

I recently read an article that has really helped me re-arrange my ideas about work/life balance, and it works.  The article said that for business owners, separating work and life is very hard, maybe impossible.  It pointed out that work/life integration might be a better way to look at things and to accept that they really can’t be separated.  It’s important to find a way to make your personal and professional lives flow together.  This idea has really changed the way I am approaching my days, and it has taken away the burden of trying to separate the two.

6)      What words of wisdom do you have for other women in business?

Taking care of yourself physically and mentally should be a priority so you have the energy and time to give to others, including your family, employees and customers.  If you are in shape and rested you will be much more productive in everything you put your mind to, and all your relationships will benefit from your well-being.  Being positive and happy is contagious.

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We were honored to capture the fabulous wedding day of our besties Shallon and Trig at the Inn on the Lake in Fall River, NS.

It was a beautiful day will some amazing people and we were thrilled to be a part of such a special day.

A special blog post for you as you celebrate your anniversary, we wish you continued happiness and love.

xoxox

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  • Shallon - OMGosh! I love it. Totally unexpected. Thank you guys! I look at our photos all the time and love the moments you captured. Love you guys!

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