Prosperity’s Kitchen Mission 2: A Brand Manifesto


PK Mission 2

Alright, it’s time for me to catch you guys up on Prosperity’s Kitchen!

We’re now in Week 5, but I really wanted to share all the info with you, so that’s the reason for the Week 2 post.

Episode 2: Branding

If you have a business you probably struggle with branding.  It’s tough.

It’s not just about the visuals.  It’s about the core values and vision and mission of your business.

I’m by no means an expert, so check out the great video below for tons of great stuff on branding.

You can find the bonus reading/material here.

My Mission Project

The mission for this week was to create a brand manifesto.  Really show/tell what your brand is about.

I’m kind of “redoing” Sweet Phenomena.  Although, I don’t really know exactly how I want to accomplish what I want to do.

I’m figuring it out as we film.  It’s definitely a struggle.

But, I felt this exercise helped give me much more clarity.  I’m still not there, but I’m getting closer!

Feel free to check out my manifesto!

Super Big Blissdom News


I'm a BlissDom Community LeaderSo I can finally, finally let the cat out of the bag:

I’m a Blissdom Community Leader this year!

Can I get a fist bump?

If you were a reader last year, you remember that I went to Blissdom and I loved it.

I didn’t think I’d be going this year since the location has changed and ticket prices went up.  I was sad.

But now I find myself a Business/Entrepreneur Community Leader and I’m so excited to share all the awesome knowledge I’ve gained from so many great entrepreneurs.

I love being in business for myself, and recently I’ve been investing in my education and I’m seeing results.  It’s an exciting time.

Are you going to Blissdom?  Will I see you?

I’d love to connect!

Prosperity’s Kitchen Mission 1: My Ideal Client

Market Research Badge

Market Research Badge

I announced over in this post that I’d be taking part in Prosperity’s Kitchen, a crazy, fresh, new little online show designed to help us on our journey to being awesome.

Business awesome.  Well heck, personal awesome too.

You can’t really do things like collaborate with others if you’re a totally selfish a-hole.

Anyway, I’m going to be blogging about my experiences a week behind, mainly because I just don’t have enough time to do it the week of.

And there’s a really good reason you should care about the sharing:  all this freaking awesome info is yours, free.  Sure, you can’t compete for the prizes, but you get to view the videos, PDFs, and more, FREE.

Episode 1: Market Research & Your Ideal Client

I’m going to be honest: I was loathing this episode.  I like research, and I like to learn, but this just seemed so stale.

Oh em gee, I was wrong.  This ended up being a fantastic start to the competition.

You can view the episode below.

Ideal Client

Who is my ideal client? Who is your ideal client?

Everyone’s ideal client will be different, and that’s what makes our world go ’round.

Have you ever stopped to identify your ideal client?

It’s heavy.  There is a ton of research and thought that goes into it, but let me tell you, when you do it, you get that clarity everyone’s always talking about.

I got so totally excited after completing the mission, which was to put together a Pinterest board illustrating your ideal client.

I chose to focus on the domestic violence resources I’d like to put together, since it definitely carries a specific group of people.

You can take a look at all the Pinterest boards submitted by visiting this page.

Initial Thoughts

I was excited to be chosen to a part of Prosperity’s Kitchen, more for the education I’m receiving, and less for the winning.

I love to win.  But everyone can’t win the prize; that’s life.

Know what we all CAN win though? The fabulous access to the mentors and the education we’re receiving.

I thank my lucky stars each day that I’m part of this program.  I already know it’s going to be pivotal in pushing me forward.

Oh, and I’m more excited about getting my badge each week than anything.  I want every. single. one.

Who knew that would be one of the most fun parts?

Beat the Winter Blues {Guest Post}

Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues as a Family

I’m posting over at The Home Life {and Me} today!  Be sure to check it out; I’ve got some great links up, filled with creative ways to beat the winter blues!

What’s Happening Around These Parts in 2013?


There’s been an absence of posts here on Sweet Phenomena lately.

There are a couple of reasons for this:

  1. I decided that I had to focus on my family instead of my blog and every other little thing I’ve got going on.
  2. I have quite a bit of other stuff going on.

I have enjoyed the time with my family, and I feel much less stressed now that I’ve taken a few things off my plate.

But I’m also excited to let you guys in on what’s coming up and what’s been going on!

Woot Woot! I Got an iMac!

OK, OK, maybe that’s just exciting to me, but I had to share nonetheless.  Not in the “Neener-neener, I got one!” kind of way, but in the “Oh man, I’m so glad that I have a clean desk and all the tools I need to get my work and other activities done!” kind of way.


It appears I need more light, but it’s really not that bad when I’m sitting there…

This is my first “real” Apple product {I don’t count my iPod Touch as a “real” thing, it’s a toy} and dude, I’m in love…

My pretty pink desk accessories from Poppin {LOVE them!} add a nice punch of color, and my Martha Stewart discbound notebook {best. thing. ever. it’s like having a spiral bound notebook that you can add to and take away from} filled with my Life is Messy Bootcamp planner pages is totally rocking my world.  Heart. It. All.

It’s all helping me focus on…

Woot Woot! A Marketing Competition!

You read that right my friends, I am about to start sometime completely new and different.

I’m a contestant on Prosperity’s Kitchen!  You can check out my contestant page {which also houses my audition video} to learn a bit more about my business-y stuff, and you can check out this post to learn more about my two teammates {we’re team three}.

Also check out the video below.  The producer put together a montage of all the contestants’ videos; it’ll give you a chuckle.

Side note:  Why do I look SO serious?

The series starts on Monday and I’m so excited!  It’s going to be quite a bit of work though.  We’ll have several weekly meetings, missions to complete as a team, missions to complete individually if we want, and kick-butt presentations to put together.

 Woot Woot! A New Business!

So, I haven’t officially launched The VA Boutique, but I have clients, so that counts for something right?

I decided to formally organize what I’ve been doing for a while:  helping folks with social media, WordPress, blogging, calendar and business management, etc.

I absolutely LOVE what I’m doing and am so proud of this venture!  But, as I’m sure you guessed, it takes up a chunk of my time…

Woot Woot! News I Can’t Share With You Yet!

I probably could share it, but I’ve not been given the official go-ahead, so I won’t.

But, it involves Blissdom.  Totally wicked, rocking Blissdom.

Woot Woot! Life!

Life right now is full of fun stuff {homeschooling, playing video games, going out to super restaurants}, but it’s also full of not-so-fun stuff {HOA board anyone?}.

Either way, it keeps me busy.  Sweet Phenomena isn’t going anywhere, it’ll just be utilized in a more focused way.

I want to give you guys quality, not quantity, and the only way to do that is to dial back and post less often.

What’s been up with you guys?  I so want to know!