KARA: "You run your own business. How difficult is that? Can you give us some idea of what that is like? Any jewels of wisdom for those women out there who want to have successful businesses?"
CAROL: "Oh, some days it is more difficult than I think I can stand, and other days it is more rewarding than I ever dreamed it would be. I have been in business for myself in one capacity or another for many years. Some things I have learned that have helped ME tremendously is that the effort I put in equals the benefits I get in return. I have also come to know that running my business is much easier when my family is a part of it. All of my children can tell you about times when I have violated child labor laws and put them to work. :) Having them on board, included, and supportive, makes the whole thing easier and more enjoyable."
KARA: "Tell us about Cherish Bound, your business. Why did you start it? What keeps your creative juices flowing?"
CAROL: "You want the short version or the long one? In my previous endeavors, I saw that there was a need for the story to be told, not just to have the paper and ribbon to match that red shirt in the photo exactly. I saw that so many people were afraid to actually write something down to really chronicle an event, or worse, didn't even know where to begin. I knew there had to be a simpler way to share the story and really connect with your family by doing so. I found a partner that felt the same way and Cherish Bound and our first Story Starters came out of our collective experience and shared vision. The ability to complete multiple copies of special moments made the entire process easier. To keep up the creative juices, you can ask anyone that works with me, music is very helpful. It helps me tune everyone and everything out and really focus. Of course, from what I understand, that is often frustrating for those that work with me because they have to repeat themselves trying to get my attention.
If you'd like to visit Cherish Bound and see what it's all about, click on the picture...
A few of Carol's favorites:
Song: Come Away With Me by Nora Jones
Book: Good to Great by Jim Collins
Quote: If I doubt - “Our Lord unlocked my mind, sent me upon the sea, and gave me fire for the deed. Those who heard of my [enterprise] called it foolish, mocked me, and laughed. But who can doubt but the Holy Ghost inspired me?” Christopher Columbus
In tomorrow's interview, Carol will talk about staying close to siblings, and trials. Join us!