Today was cool!  I had an assignment for one of my classes to investigate myself on the Internet.  When I google my name, nothing. I guess I don’t exist.  I will blame this on taking my maiden name back after the divorce last year instead of taking it personally.  But when I typed in Sweet Annie’s Jewelry, the #1 Google result out of over 600,000 was my press release for the grant I won from Urban Hope for my business plan.  The second result was this blog.  Yea me!  I don’t know if this will ever happen again that I’m #’s one and two on Google, but it was cool to see…especially after not having any hits I could find for my name.  I don’t know how their whole rating system goes, but I still got a rush from seeing it.  Too bad my website isn’t fully-functioning yet.  Getting to the webdesigners place and getting it finished is a priority for me after the school term ends this coming Friday.

Sweet Annie’s Jewelry exists in the world!  Now I have to find a way to make me personally exist, too…at least on Google.




A Year Ago Today was a really difficult day for me.  One year ago today, April 18, 2007, my divorce was final.  A divorce I didn’t seek, didn’t want, and am still reeling from.  With all the tears and the trauma involved, it’s hard to find the silver linings, but we try.  It’s gotten to be a thing with me and the kids, looking for silver linings.  For example, none of us like chunky spaghetti sauce, but we made it that way “before” because X liked it that way.  So, one of our first silver linings was smooth spaghetti sauce.  Baby steps. 

And there have been lots more silver linings.  My friends and my family have kept me going and have not given up on me.  God has been ever-present and has made me so aware of these silver linings…one of the biggest has been this jewelry business.  It was my hobby business, the one that I kept small because X thought it might interfere with my being support staff for his business, and it might get too busy for me to take care of the kids the way I always had (alone, basically).  But now I see how God gave me this business that was already trying to grow to help me provide for my children during the upheavals of the past year.  I had not worked outside the home before the divorce, and due to the growth of my “hobby business”, I have been fortunate enough to still be working at home. 

Sometimes the inspiration isn’t there.  Sometimes I feel so sad I don’t want to create.  But at other times the ideas flow and the creativity won’t be quieted without hours at my beading table.  My children are so proud of me and I am learning to be proud of myself again.  I went through the Urban Hope program to learn more about entrepreneurship.  I am finishing up my Bachelor’s Degree that has been unfinished for 23 years.

A Year Ago Today, I thought my life was ending.  Sometimes it still feels that way.  But it hasn’t been the end, it’s just the beginning of something new.  I heard once that when we lose something it just makes room for something else to come into our lives.   I have gained much this year, and there’s still room for more.  I will get up tomorrow morning and continue to try to fill it with more silver linings

I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Expo in Green Bay, WI.  I was part of the Urban Hope area.  For anyone who doesn’t know about Urban Hope, it is an organization founded by Reggie White, the late NFL great.  It is an organization to encourage and train entrepreneurs.  What a wonderful organization this has been for me!  In addition to motivation, they gave me the opportunity to learn from so many volunteer business leaders in the Green Bay community.  They’ve been my encouragement, my mentors and my friends.  Check them out at

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