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Thursday, June 20, 2013

My Dreams Are Coming To Light

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am about to open a business and that I would talk more about it as it come closer to becoming a reality. The reality is here and now. I want to share this with everyone on blogger. Therefore, here is my dream in detail and the progress I am making with it.

 The Dream:

Everyone here knows that since I was a little girl I dreamed of becoming a published writer. I dreamed of seeing my works showcased on bookshelves in bookstores around the world. There is also another dream that lives within my soul. I have always wanted to own a bookstore. Since I love books, I wanted to be surrounded by them. I wanted to smell that scent that only a book can give off. It is kind of like those people who enjoy that new car smell.

Since going to school I have heard a lot about how if a chance to work in your field of choice comes up that you need to take it. Now they still wanted you to finish school but the teachers feel that you can still accomplish your goals while you are in school. A chance like that has occurred for me.

The Maze:

I went on a class field trip to a business here in Americus to a place called “The Maze”. To give you a little history The Maze is like a higher end mixed market that people are dying to get into with their businesses. The Maze holds a collection of different local businesses that houses antique, specialty, and retro items under one roof. It is a wonderful place and has an awesome rep. There is a waiting list to get in there as a vendor. I do not know why I did it but I signed up to be on the waiting list. I am number 13 (which has been a lucky number for me in the past).

The owner warned me that it might take several months before they could get me into the store. Once people get into The Maze, they usually do not want to leave. I cannot blame them. It is the local hotspot, especially around the holidays. I told him I understood and that I did not have an issue waiting. I figured while waiting I would help to develop a demand for my business. This is when Kim’s Book Nook went from a dream to a reality.

 Kim’s Book Nook is Born:

You have to have seed money when starting a business. Well my beloved invested some money into my business after I explained what I wanted to do. I went to City Hall to get a business license. See I decided that I could establish an online presence for my bookstore to develop a loyal clientele that I could take with me to The Maze. This would allow me to make money that I could later use to invest in my fixtures, inventory, and other overhead items that I will need once I get to The Maze.

I found out that because I live in the county I do not need a business license. Since my home based business is conducted on the internet, I do not even have to worry about Code Enforcement. When I move to The Maze, it will change because I will be in the city limits. I then raced down to the bank and established a business account complete with a card with the name of my business on it. After that, I went on the hunt for inventory and a web-hosting site.

I have started out with a small amount of inventory. I have found a site that is small business and beginner friendly. Now all that is left is for me to design my site, list my inventory, and market my business. My site will have its grand opening no later than July 31, 2013. I will have the Facebook page up on July 5, 2013. I am seriously thinking of setting up a blog for my business too (input on that is welcomed). The dream is now a reality.

What is Kim’s Book Nook:

By now, I am sure everyone is thinking I am crazy to be opening a bookstore. The reality is that with the Kindle, Nook, and IPad now household names a bookstore would seem like a waste of time, money, and resources. Now I own a Kindle and I love it. I would not trade it for the world. The thing is that one cannot get the same experiences from a Kindle that one gets from the feel of a book in their hands.

The feeling of the pages beneath your fingertips as you get lost in a story. When one has had a rough day and the only thing that can make the day better is a nice hot bath and a steamy paperback. Because of these reasons and more, I feel there is still a market for print books.

Since I am a small business, I decided to make Kim’s Book Nook a niche market. I will be selling gently used and hard to find (within reason of course) paperbacks as well as hardcovers at affordable prices. I will also be displaying undiscovered writers in order to help them gain experience (myself included).

There is my dream that is seeing the light of day. I am so excited. This does not seem real and I feel blessed to have a chance to make this dream a reality. I am finally taking logical risks in life in order to live the dreams that once I never thought had a chance in the world. I want to thank you all for being a part of it.
What dreams do you have that you would love to become a reality? What steps are you taking to make it come true? What hurdles are you facing you along the way? I would love to hear what you have to say.






Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Unless You Are Bleeding, Dying Or On Fire…DO NOT DISTURB!!!!!!!


One of the biggest problems for a writer, online student, or at home businessperson is the establishing of  time for when they are not to be disturbed. I am no different. People assume because I am taking most of my classes online then I must have time to talk on the phone, do errands, or whatever. A typical conversation goes like this….

Caller: “HI! You busy?”  

Me: Kind of. I am taking my timed test online and then I need to work on my word count for my novel.

Caller: Good. I was hoping to catch you when you are not busy.

My son is just as guilty. He will bounce into the makeshift office we have set up with a look of urgency on his face…

Connor: Mama I need to tell you something important.

Me: Ok, what is it?

Connor: I was on level 200 on (insert Xbox game here) and the monster came out and turned into a butterfly before telling me to clean up my room.

Me: Baby I am working right now.

Connor: But Mom I need you to tell the Xbox to stop cheating. When is lunch?

I understand it is easy to confuse when I am working on the computer and when I am goofing off. Unless I tell everyone verbally I am working, they do not know. Sometimes I will start working when they are out of the house and on a train of thought when they come home. Stopping to make clear that I am not to be disturbed will sometimes kill that muse who had been pushing me forward.

So today, I decided to set up some writing time rules. I grabbed the wooden foldable wall we have been keeping in the living room. I am going to use it as a divider in my store when it goes brick and mortar. I made signs that I pinned on the wooden wall.

Understand that is addressing only part of the problem. I changed my voice mail today too. It states that I am either writing or in class and can’t come to the phone. Now I just have to train myself not to answer the phone when it rings.

Understand that is addressing only part of the problem. I changed my voice mail today too. It states that I am either writing or in class and can’t come to the phone. Now I just have to train myself not to answer the phone when it rings.
I plan to set some boundaries. In the next couple of days I am going to get some pretty curtains and a curtain rod to close my little office totally. I will put a sign up that states that children are not allowed in my office. When I am writing or working on other important things, I will put my signs up.
I know this will not solve all my issues with people disturbing me while I am working. I am hoping that by seeing me disappear behind the curtain it would be just like me leaving the house to go to work. Now the next issue I have to deal with is sitting my butt in the chair and actually working. Maybe I should make a sign for myself:
Hmm?!? I wonder how well that will work? It might be worth a shot.
                                                                                                                                 Have a great day!



Monday, June 10, 2013

Just A Little Blog Cleaning & Update

I know I have been away for a little while. It seems that since I have been gone my blog has become a dumping ground for spam. I went though it today and deleted all those comments I knew to be spam. I do not mind if someone puts their URL address for their blog but when I see advertisements for quick loans and girls gone wild wannabe I start deleting.

I also had a chance to read the regular comments and suggestions left as well. I tried a couple of new fonts and colors in order to make my blog easier to read. Please leave me a comment and let me know if my changes have helped or hurt the overall feel of my blog.

Now on to a brief update. I am in the beginning of my third semester in Marketing Management. I am still as passionate about my program as I was when I first signed up for school. If everything continues to go as planned, I will upgrade to degree by the end of this semester and will walk across the stage in the summer of 2014 for Marketing.

School has been a surreal experience for me. When I enrolled in school, I knew I would be able to complete the course with decent grades. My main goal was to earn that piece of paper that proclaimed I was able to market. Somewhere along the way it became a runaway train of challenges and accomplishments I never expected.

 I am living proof that by stepping out of one’s comfort zone allows for exciting experiences that can change your life. Here are a few perfect examples. We had district competitions in March for an organization I am a member of called PBL (Phi Beta Lambda). The events I signed up were Sales Presentation and Public Speaking. These events require that a person stands in front of three judges and give some form of a prepared speech of sorts.

Now to give a little background about me, I am a very talkative person who has never met a stranger. I have been this way since I was 18 months old. The thing is that when I get in front of a crowd that is more than four people or where I am the primary focus I go either almost mute or become a babbling fool. Therefore, to stand in front of a group and speak is just something I do not do. The thing is at the beginning of the year I had made a vow to step out of my comfort zone. This meant putting myself out there. I am proud to say that it paid off in spades.

I won first place in Sales Presentation and I placed fifth place in Public Speaking at district. I was stun and overjoyed. I decided I would do Sales Presentation at State and took a chance with Business Presentation. I also ran for State Office.

I did not win or even place in any of the events. I did not win State Office. I was one of the lucky ones to be recognized as a Georgia Who’s Who of PBL and I was one of two who was an paid intern during State. I did have a wonderful time in spite the fact that I was as sick as a dog. I am fired up for next year and I know what to do so I do not get sick next year.

I achieved other accomplishments over the last couple of months. I was recognized as a Student of Excellence for my program in March 2012. I also was inducted in May to NTHS (National Technical School Honor Society). It feels like I am in a dream or living in someone else’s life. It is wonderful and I am savoring every experience as it comes my way.

Something else wonderful has resulted due to all the above. I have found the courage within to step out of my comfort zone yet again. As of last Friday, I became a business owner. I am opening an online bookstore called Kim’s Book Nook. It is a store that sales slightly used and paperback books. I will be using the profits to invest into my brick and mortar version of this business. The website should be up in another month (I will explain more about my plans in another post).

That is my life to date. I will do my best to continue to keep my blog more current. I do want to thank all of you who continue to hang in there as I try to get this time management thing down pat. I swear I will get the hand of it sooner rather than later.

                                                                                                              Until Next Time,

                                                                                                                K.D. Storm
P.S. Will have some good pictures next time around too.




Wednesday, April 3, 2013

B & C Are For......

Since I missed yesterday's I figured that I would do a duet post today. I swear every time I think I have this time management thing down pat something happens to prove me otherwise. I guess as the saying goes it is better late than never.

B is for....

1. Babbling: This is a bad habit of mine. When I am nervous or there is a form of dead silence I babble. I have been trying to break this habit but I think it is right up there with smoking or breathing. I guess it is just one of those things that make me who I am.

2. Background: The background is something that I have hid in for a very long time in life. I was the good little worker bee who was comfortable in the background. Then I enrolled in school and guess what? I am no longer in the background. It feels like a surreal dream at times but the truth is the more I step out of the background the more I like it. Who knew?

C is for....

1. Content: I had never realized how comfortable I was with my life. I mean I was not happy where my life was but I was to scared to change in order to make the most of my life. Instead I was content. When I finally took the leap and went back to school I realized how content and stuck I had been. I realize every day how that feeling of content had became my worse enemy.

2. Character: We all as writers know about character in the way of writing. The character is the meat of any story. Without character you do not have a story. The funny thing is in spite, the fact that I am using it in different context, character is still the most important quality of it all. The character of who we are and what we show the world is in some cases worth more than money.

Well these are my humble offerings for today. Hope you all have a great day....

Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for....

I want to open by saying sorry for posting so late in the day. I have been juggling a lot of balls lately and as most have noticed my poor blog is suffering because of that fact. Something I hope to correct this month. I hope you all and my blog can forgive me and I will try my best to improve.

I do not really have a theme in mind. I decided that I will just write about the first thing that comes to mind or my heart on any given day. In turn, I hope that it is something that someone out there in the blog world can use. Now it is time to jump into the challenge...

A is for......

Age: The older I get the more I realize how little I actually know in life. Age does not mean knowledge. As the saying goes it is just a number. Age is also not a good excuse for not attempting your dreams in life. Age does not define who you are in life unless you allow it. Do not become hostage to age, instead become an example of what you can do inspite of your age. You will be surprise how much you can accomplish.

Accomplish: Everyone wants to accomplish something in life. Humans are always pushing themselves harder to accomplish something. Most times they do not realize that they have accomplished so much in life. In the face of their children. The joy they bring to their family and friends. By being the best person they can be in life. A person can be amazed at what they have achieved in life. They just have to truly open their eyes in order to see what all they have accomplished.


Audiocassette: As silly as it seems I miss audiocassettes. The best way to express that you liked someone in the 80's was with an audiocassette. When they would get tangled in the tape player all you needed was a number 2 pencil and it was as good as new. I like my Cds and MP3 players but my heart still belongs to the audiocassette.

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Last Day Of The Year

Today is the last day of the year, as most know. A lot has happened in the world over the last year.  We have lost a few icons that most of us have grown up on as kids. We waited to see if the world would come to an end and sadly after watching some of the stuff happening in the world some of us thought that maybe it should end. The point is that we survived it and soon we will be tackling a new year with new issues as well as coping with the old ones that are bound to carry over.

For me it is a time to reflect on all I have accomplished as well as saying a pray for those I have lost in my life. The one thing that had the biggest positive impact on me was going back to school. Since going back to school I have felt as if I am getting a bit closer to my goals I have set for myself. I have also met some great people along the way and have established more of a sense of purpose in the process.

I have also have lost some family and friends along the way this year. I l know it is never easy when you lost a loved one but there were four deaths that really threw me for a loop and I am still having a hard time wondering why it had to happen.

The one that blew my mind the most I think was my father. We never had a strong relationship. Due to my behavior in my younger years, we had not seen each other since I was seventeen years old. My last memory of my father was not a good one and sadly, there is not a way to correct that now that he has passed on from this Earth. The only comfort I have is a few memories from when I was young and the fact that when he passed on he was surrounded by those who meant the most to him.

The silver lining is that I was able to reconnect with other members of my father's side of the family. It was awesome to see cousins and siblings I had not seen since I was a teenager and to visit the place that had an impact on who I am as a person. It was also great to meet those relatives I hadn't met in my lifetime.

The other two deaths of family members were of two great women I either only met a couple of times in my life or sadly never met at all. I am glad I got a chance to learn more about them through other relatives as they shared memories of two beautifully brave women who will be missed by all. If I ever am lucky enough to be half as strong as these women were then I will be blessed in life.

Another death that affected me greatly was of a good friend, Delmar Singleton. I met Delmar ten years ago when I started working at a bar called A.P.'s Hidden Hideaway. He was the director of ABATE of District 7 in Macon, GA. (A group that speak out on the behalf of biker's rights). Over the years, I watched as Delmar gave of himself to those who were in need. He was a friend to everyone and always had time to listen when someone came to him with a problem in life. On the evening of November 17, 2012 Delmar was struck down by a careless driver while he was on his motorcycle in Warner Robins, GA. We all put him to rest the following weekend.

What has all of this taught me over the last year? Be the best person you can be in life. Do your best every day to be a blessing to those you might meet in life. Finally yet importantly, never give up on trying making peace and reconnecting with those you love in life. If we all carry this into 2013, I am sure it will be a wonderful year for everyone.

Have a safe and happy New Year. I will resume posting on January 07, 2013.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Is It The End of The World As We Know It?

Today is supposed to be the end of the world. You cannot go anywhere or watch anything without seeing something mentioned about it. People are out hoarding staples like they did during the Y2K scare. Television stations like the Discovery Channel have been airing shows all year about the end of the world. I confess that I myself am a little nervous since my son and his father will be getting on an airplane to go up North this afternoon.

Here is the question I have. Is it really going to be the end of the world today? How do we honestly know this? Not trying to disrespect anyone’s beliefs but why would we place faith in an ancient tribe from another time period?

I do not believe that any man knows when the world will come to an end. The only being who knows is God and I know he has given hints but that’s all he has given. The bible makes it very clear we will not know when the end comes until it gets here.

Instead of worrying ourselves sick over trying to guess and the unknown I think we should live in the here and now. We should help those who are in need around us. We should give God praise just because we love him. We should hold our kids tighter and try to be a blessing to those who are hurting.

If I am wrong and today is the end of the world all I can say is that in spite all the detours along the way. I have been blessed to have been given life. I have been blessed to have a family who loves me and I have been blessed to have met wonderful people like you all.

What do you all plan to do today? Do you think this is the end of time? If so how are you going to spend it? I would love to read your comments.