Beth Tully of Cocoa Dolce Shares her Sweet Secrets to Success

I work for an organization called NetWork Kansas. Their mission is to connect entrepreneurs with resources and sometimes I get to meet some of these very entrepreneurs. I was on hand to represent NetWork Kansas at the launch of Butler Community College’s Entrepreneurial Institute on March 2 and had the opportunity to listen to Beth Tully of Cocoa Dolce.

Beth is a local (Wichita, KS) entrepreneur who shares the story of following a dream. Like many of us, she longed for a life that was truer and more satisfying than the corporate gig she had pursued (very successfully) for years and finally listened to the call to live authentically. For Beth this meant becoming a master chocolatier. Beth’s passion is creating sweet confections but when it came to running a business, she realized there was a lot to learn. Striking the right balance between passion and preparation can be one of the most difficult aspects of entrepreneurship. Beth spent a lot of time planning, although her husband actually urged her to move faster than they’d initially discussed, citing failure as the “worst that could happen”.

As Beth spoke, I was struck by the way that her words resonated with the audience. Following a dream is a powerful image in today’s society, probably because so many of us spend most of our time doing things that aren’t consistent with what’s in our heart. When we align our skills with our passions, it seems like so often a path is opened before us that seemed impossible. When you remove “getting rich” as the motive, business will be more satisfying and often more successful. Of course, you have to earn a living, but that cannot be the only reason you decide to be an entrepreneur. Continue reading

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Housekeeping Tips and the Importance of Living Authentically

I ran across this link and wanted to share. I don’t make this thought explicit often enough in my blog, but the whole reason I write about things ranging from crafty projects to decorating to party planning to organization is that I believe doing small things to make your life more beautiful, aiming a little higher (like, to the stars, for instance…) will result in an exponentially improved life experience.

This blog caught my attention because its writer has the same goal I do. The first words of her blog post resonate with me:

In my endeavor to live life more fully, I’m always evaluating things I want to incorporate into my life and what things I DON’T want. I want to have a beautiful and organized home, but there are other things in life that are important to me too. I want my home to be in order so I am free to nurture relationships and enjoy living, but I don’t want to be a slave to my housekeeping routines.

So, how do I balance it all? I keep it simple.

Although the post that follows this introduction deals with housekeeping routines, the importance of balance and the concept that we should be constantly deciding how we want to live (what is allowed in, what we keep out) can be applied to all areas of life. Socrates said that the unexamined life was not worth living. Infusing authenticity throughout your life, your relationships, and your home will make it taste so much sweeter. For more inspiration + domestic advice, check out The Inspired Room!