My Happiness Project

What is a Night Market Anyways?

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This is always the first question I get asked.  What is a night market anyways? I have to admit I always laugh in my head before I say ” It is a market… at night” . It seems simple.  When I think about it, I know I have been creating this space in my head for years.   I can’t expect that you have been in my head all this time.

As the day turns to night, and the drab days of routine and obligation fade away, we begin to look for something to entertain us.  For as long as I remember I have loved to entertain people, make them happy, find their joy… bringing people together is my jam, where the laughter fills the room and happiness becomes palpable.  I do not need you to bring anything … just yourself, you have been invited because you are part of my tribe. You understand that life is made in the small moments…

Just a Little Night Market is my happy place.  It is the recreation of the places that made me happy all around the world. Sure… it is hard work, takes determination and thick skin.  People like to shit on my dream and tell me how I haven’t done it well enough or good enough.  That’s ok… they were never part of my tribe in the first place.

Just A Little Night Market is a marketplace with food, drinks, music and a lot of laughter.  Without the context it seems rather mundane.

 

Living the dream …

Well, it has been about a week since my lovely virtual assistant started from way overseas… there has been some learning on both sides of the sea.  She works from 2am – 6am our time.. I thought I would not like this or not like having to rise early enough to communicate with her.  Quite the opposite, I enjoy waking up each day with a log of what was completed and seeing I have actually found a way to work in my sleep….

For all you small biz who are boot strappin’ it… Canva is your friend, Recur post works great and spend a 30 – 60 min a day on accounting, replying on IG, keeping up with the tweets … living the dream ..download

When work doesn’t seem like work….

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I have the good fortune of working with a group of MBA students who are helping me hone my business and the next steps.  Today, they made me think about my business values, my fundamental purpose, my mission… it has been awhile since I did this exercise.  The last time was when I wrote my business plan over  years ago.

There are things I do because  I have to.  There are things I do because I get lost in them for hours.  In business you should focus on what you are good at, the value you add to your business and try as much as possible to fan out the rest.  Today I got lost… in what I do best creating, inventing, planning… organizing.  It reminded me of what I should be working on and accept the painful truth that I need to hire some assistance for social media and bookkeeping.

While being lost I found this great picture of these beautiful Spanish ladies… I will find one of those dresses and I will strut around market pouring wine for others and spreading joy… another thing I am good at.