I love yoga. I try to get in at least a short session a few times a week. Any yoga is better than no yoga, but I do love a 90 minute class. I love clearing my mind of all thoughts except the present, moving with your breath, and maybe even learning a little bit more about yourself during a practice. I always leave with peacefulness, calmness and less stress than I arrived with. My body thanks my brain every time. And oh, the shavasana....I really think every workout should end with one.
Hi everyone! Or no one, for I really have no idea if anyone has been reading this blog ;)
My kids have been back in school for 3 (partial) weeks now. I had planned to hit the ground running with HeadPeace once school began, and that's exactly what I have done. This is the first time in 9 years that I have had 7 hours each week day to myself, and I have filled every minute of that time to the brim. As a new entrepreneur, I've had no trouble keeping busy with my new business. To be honest, at times, it's a little overwhelming. I have a strong desire to grow this venture into a very successful business--not only to fulfill desires to provide for my family while continuing to stay at home, but to help people in need as well. This desire is what can bring on that feeling of being overwhelmed. There is so much information out there--which is a wonderful thing, but when you studied environmental science in college and didn't even realize there was a business school, you've got lots of learning to do. Lucky for me, my husband did go to school for business, and he's done a great job in guiding me to helpful business podcasts, books and online courses. Over the past months, my research on how to increase online traffic has led me to this: create a blog and site link. I have never thought of myself as a stellar writer, but I'm going to give this a go. My plan is to regularly post in this blog about, well...life. HeadPeace was created for "athletes, yogis, hippies and busy people," so I think that's a great place to start. Since I'm so new to this idea, I'm all ears. Feel free to leave comments below on what content you'd like to see here and stay tuned!
The next batch of headbands will be sewn today! This is very exciting news, but what I'm even more excited about is this photo. It warms my heart. Corban, the owner of Purnaa Enterprises (who has become a friend of mine over the past 8 months), thought I might want to see Purnaa in action. Changing lives in Nepal--I'm so honored HeadPeace can be part of that!
New fabric options (with new fabric) are in stock! Place orders soon--inventory is limited until August 20!
After a wonderful trip to Minnesota, I am back in the "office," so to speak. HeadPeace will be receiving its second shipment July 8 with 4 new prints (in a new fabric), and an additional 6 prints will arrive in August! The following places currently sell HeadPeace:
Well, it has been an exciting week at HeadPeace headquarters! ;) You will soon be able to find HeadPeace headbands at Natural Grocers in Colorado Springs, as well as a few boutique stores, yoga studios and coffee shops around Colorado and Minnesota! My next shipment of adult headbands in 4 new prints will arrive by July 1, and a big batch is scheduled for mid-August. And of course, my online store is always open. Contact me anytime with questions or order inquiries!
I will be honest, I have never done anything like this before. I was way out of my element. I had been listening to pod casts and reading books on how to start your own business. I knew I didn't want a service-oriented business, so I started thinking about products I could create and sell. I love headbands, and decided that was where it was at for me. After researching how I would find a manufacturer, I realized most of these textile companies were located in China. This was a little discouraging to me for a couple of reasons: I don't speak Chinese and I really had no idea how their employees were treated. A few weeks after coming up with this idea, I was at my daughter's gymnastics practice. I noticed a new Mom sitting next to me had older kids in the early afternoon class. Striking up a conversation, I asked her if she home-schooled. She continued on to tell me her family was from Colorado, but lived in Nepal. I was intrigued, so I sort of interrogated the poor girl. I learned she and her family have a socially-ethical manufacturing company in Nepal, that helps women coming out of slavery and sex-trafficking situations get back on their feet, called Purnaa. It was meant to be. Over the next few months, my husband and I worked closely with this wonderful couple on designing my headbands and working on another project my husband had going on. I designed the headbands, picked fabric patterns, and created HeadPeace. I had never created a business plan, designed a website, created an LLC, purchased bar codes, designed a hang tag, etc. When you put that much work into something that is all yours, you can imagine the anticipation and excitement of receiving that first shipment. I was like a kid, waiting for their birthday present. When that package finally arrived, I quickly opened up the box and found……my first batch of 650 headbands were too small! I was in tears. I immediately got on the phone with Purnaa. Turns out, the fabric that was ordered to make the headbands was so inconsistent, some pieces were as stretchy as the original sample received, and some was not. I had already launched HeadPeace, so it was time for a quick Plan B. Luckily, I had a few headbands that I could sell. The ones that just weren't stretchy enough were in fact perfect for kids, so my kids line of headbands was born. Purnaa is currently working on getting me some new headbands (from a new fabric supplier), and I will have them in stock in 3 weeks! This has been nothing short of a very long process, but the amount of knowledge I have obtained is priceless.
I am an entrepreneur and stay at home mom. I created HeadPeace because I am a headband person, and I wanted to find a way to continue to stay at home with my kids. I designed HeadPeace headbands by combining a few of my favorite, most comfortable and fashionable headbands and I love helping out people in need at the same time!