• Goals

    Planner People

    With many things in life, there are two types of people. In this case I’m talking about planner people vs non planner people. In what I’m about to write about, you can even break it down further to paper planner people vs digital planner people. I am a paper planner person, I am also, as of a few years ago, a printable paper planner person. This means that I felt that there was no planner out there that had the exact components I wanted in a planner, so I now print bits and pieces from a few different designs and make my own awesome planner. If you meet a fellow paper planner person, you quickly…

  • Goals

    Do you make resolutions?

    I’m not much of a resolution maker these days, but I do I do enjoy using the new year to analyze and regroup a bit. Part of it is that as a business owner, I do this with finances and the various things I track. I have become in the habit of spending the week between Christmas and New Years Day finishing up that year and setting up all of my systems for the year ahead. There are the obvious: closing/starting out planners, calendars, spreadsheets and files and the not so obvious: reviewing my vision, and where I am with short and long term goals. Usually there is an area where I immediately notice,…

  • Deep Thoughts

    Deep Thoughts from The Past Week

    1. It’s weird how much you realize you love some one (pets included) when they are sick. With Mora this week, it was the moment when the emergency hospital vet asked if I wanted to sign a DNR for her. I surprised myself with the level of ferociousness that I responded with when telling them that of course I wanted them to do whatever they could to make sure that she lived. 2. Not all birds will cause dire harm, but SOME birds will absolutely cause bad things to happen to a dog when they eat them. 3. Having goals, a plan to accomplish them and an organized place to track them will make productivity higher.…

  • New branding at Manic Trout.

    Spring Cleaning: blog edition

    You know how you sometimes put things off until the breaking point, and then you have a big mess to deal with? Yeah, that happened this weekend with the blog. It started innocently enough, I swear. As Adam and I such slackers with She Says, He Says, I decided it was time to make it a column of Her Daily Muse and get rid of the stand alone blog. In doing so, I made a phone call to tech support to make sure I redirected the domain correctly and inquired why this blog had been so slow. Well, as it turns out, it was due to my being on a really…

  • Rihanna, Grammys 2015, Giambattista Valli
    Deep Thoughts

    I blame it all on Cedar Fever

    Everyone told me that it would take 3 years of living in Austin before the symptoms of Cedar Fever (our worst allergy season) fully kicked in and kicked my butt. I laughed with everyone when they said this but secretly feared when that day would come. Well that day came. Or it could just be a particularly brutal year of it. Either way, I have been blaming everything from eating too much candy (it’s gotten out of control again) to why I have not blogged in so long on Cedar Fever. It just feels appropriate. I plan on powering through the allergy fog though and while I try and keep my…

  • The 5 of the 6 calendars around my desk necessary for managing Manic Trout

    Happy New Calendar Day!!

    I despise New Years Day. There I said it. The whole, “now is your chance to finally be a great person” aspect of the new year is beyond annoying. As are the goals made that no one accomplishes. Ever. Personally, I prefer to take this one day to reflect on how much I did not accomplish in the last 365 days and wallow in it. As most of the world is hungover, and no one does anything of importance on this day, its a nice time for this type of behavior. By tomorrow, I’ll be back to my effervescent self and ready to take on the world, but today: I grumble.…

  • Goals

    When its time for your brand to grow up

    I should have seen it coming. This past year has been a fantastic one for Manic Trout, the growth so far having exceeded all expectations and I am both in awe and proud of it. So it really comes as no surprise that in order to keep growing and to reach the next “level” (because what entrepreneur is ever happy with where they are?) would not be all easy breezy. Truthfully, it kind of feels like a senior feeling all mighty and then starting all over at the bottom of the totem pole as a freshmen in college. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s start at the beginning… Throughout all of this growing…

  • Apparel tags

    Taking your closet to the next level

    Being a wearer of dresses and skirts, I find that keeping track of the dry cleaning/laundry cycle is a bit of a dilemma. Especially as I work from home and therefore will often wear a dress for only a two hour period and then back on the hanger it goes. This is due to my having a bunch of skirts that are my “studio skirts” that I wear with plain white t’s when in the studio as when I make rings, the wire has been known to attack my arms and clothes as it flies around in the wrapping process. Anyway, I have a system with the skirts that whatever I have…

  • Style

    Dress codes for grown ups

    Twice in the last few weeks I have been given a dress code for an event. This had made me realize 2 things. 1. that I hate being told what to wear and 2. that oddly, I have very few pieces of clothing that adhere to color codes. I was pretty surprised that I really didn’t have anything that was a fit either event. I fudged the first, but the second, as you’ll see is worth dress shopping for. The first was for a white party. It was downtown on a Thursday night and not that much of a big deal, so after freaking out about it for three days, I ended…

  • How Faye is wearing Manic Trout today
    Deep Thoughts

    I can tell you, but then I’d have to kill you

      I joke around with friends of mine who have related businesses that kids these days have it so easy to start a handmade business. There are shelves of books, hundreds of blogs, dozens of groups and even droves of websites on which to sell that are all dedicated to specifically guide you as a maker of handmade goods, to start your business. It is, at the heart of it, still a business though, and it is not all sunshine and roses to build one. Just ask the spouse of an entrepreneur what thats like. So you have all of this info out there to get going, and if you work really…