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Life has a certain flavor for those who have fought and risked all that the sheltered and protected can never experience. ~ John Stuart Mill

Welcome to FemmeFlavor.com!

Home to my pet projects, FolioFiles, which has gotten the most attention (though in fits and starts), and The Frugal Femme, my initial product review adventure which hasn’t been updated in quite some time, Femme Flavor itself has never had an identity of its own. Until now.

It’s time to get back to writing, kids, and this time, I’m not messing around. I am going to begin dedicating a set amount of time each day, greater on the weekends, to building a freelance writing business. I have spent enough years trying to turn jobs into careers, working hours that don’t fit my life, and letting my fear of failure keep me from pursuing such a risky move. Because it is a risk. I know that. I know that even if I can generate enough income to leave the 9-5 world, there are no guarantees, no benefits, and no one to hold me accountable but me. But you know what? I think I got this.

So, I’m going to write something – anything – here every day, and share one lead I’ve discovered, one step I’ve taken toward creating a viable home office, and one original idea – a possible article topic, potential title for a piece, a new way to build my social network, etc. I’m giving myself this last week of 2011 to redesign the page so I have a fresh, clean look to start with, and to set some goals so I’m ready to jump right in with the start of the new year. Here’s to new beginnings, and to a successful 2012!

Today’s lead: The Bollard. Launched online in 2005, and then in print in 2008, I’d not picked one of these up until just last week. I really enjoyed this month’s cover story, and look forward to poring over its neat and well-bound pages. I’m paying particular attention to the advertisers in these publications, as I believe that to be a good place to find businesses with a marketing budget (potential clients!) and also to determine the “slant” of the readership. It’s never foolproof, of course, but it’s worth checking out.

Today’s office prep step: I’m actually cheating and using last night’s – I cleaned off my desk. Mostly. I’ll finish it tonight, maybe even go so far as to put the paperwork in a filing cabinet, and the DVDs away instead of just in a neat pile. :)

Today’s brainstorm: Create a formula for culling and creating one’s library – then actually go through with it myself!



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