My Journey

Life Is A Gameshow

Angie Houloose

Life Is A Gameshow

My life is a game show.  Truly, it is.  When you are surrounded by so many different moving parts that affect every single area, the chaos can become so out of your control like watching the ball drop on the gameshow, The Wall.  You just have to trust it.  But seriously, trust it?  How? You could walk away with nothing in the end.  NOTHING – so what’s the point of playing? The point is that you are choosing to get into the game in the first place.  You are choosing to try something so different and unique.  You are choosing...

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The Lesson In The Story

Angie Houloose

The Lesson In The Story

I have absolutely no doubt people are placed into our lives to give us a different perspective or meaning on who we are or maybe who we thought we were.  Some will teach us a lesson we are afraid of learning while others will make us take note of a simple thought and find a solution when we are not sure what to do next.    One of the greatest pieces of advice I learned was from my first landlord, Mike Hogan.  As a pillar in our community, some got along with him while others didn’t and he was certainly...

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Perceptions

Angie Houloose

Perceptions

Over the past couple of years, podcasts have become the new norm for me, because they give an in-depth look into some questions I never knew to ask.  They provide business strategy, the latest entrepreneurial trends and, most importantly, they allow you to mull over what’s happening in your company with a twist on the business as usual concept. This latest podcast was on perception.  If perception is a way of regarding, understanding or interpreting something, the first step is to determine what you want to learn.  What about your store gives you that “I wonder if my customers or...

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Don't Call Me Strong

Angie Houloose

Don't Call Me Strong

“I didn’t have the choice to not get through this.  I couldn’t pick what the outcome decision would be.  I wouldn’t have done it any other way.  So call me fierce, courageous, or even a gladiator…but for the love of everything, don’t call me strong.” I wrote that awhile ago, and even today I’m not sure why that saying just rubs me the wrong way.  Maybe it’s that I’ve heard it so many times and thought “strength”?  I’m not strong, I’m struggling.  I’m fighting every single day to get through the next minutes or hours.  I don’t know how to...

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Expectations

Angie Houloose

Expectations

Expectations.  To me it’s almost as bad as the four-letter words we’re always told not to say, yet they slip out anyway.   Those twelve letters can set my anxiety on high alert and devastate me when I’ve been told they haven’t been met.  As business owners, managers and employees, we set them for others and become exasperated when we must come along and clean up the messes left behind.  When we have these expectations, we assume the end result or the intervals along the way will be mastered or happen in a certain way…our way.  But what if we’ve failed...

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