“I Love My Business,” by Kismet Andrews

Last week was one of the most amazing weeks of my life, as I and dozens of Indies set sail on my annual signature event, #IndieCruise, aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas. Along with a record number of attendees, I sailed to Belize and Cozumel for MasterMinding, snorkeling, island touring, shopping, sunset watching, horseback riding, and personal growth like you wouldn't believe. We started #IndieCruise with an Intention Gathering where we set our intentions and goals and made ourselves accountable for the investment we were about to make in ourselves and our businesses.

kismet andrews and leigh cronin on indie cruise

As we sailed back to shore at the end of the #IndieCruise, everyone had an opportunity to share the lasting impact #IndieCruise has on their lives. Here is what IBN member Kismet Andrews (pictured, left, with fellow cruiser, Leigh Cronin) of Bar Maids in Brush Prairie, Washington shared.

At the end of the day, after blessing the balms, singing to the soap, infusing love into the lotion. When our most favored vendors have gone out of business, components for our top selling fragrance no longer available, our PayPal account hacked, and the cease and desist letter awaits to be answered, at the end of the day, as we prepare to go home to make dinner for our families, I vow to turn around and take a deep breath.

And just before I lock the door, I vow to to tell my business how much I love it. Each glorious, messy, frustrating, expensive, part of it.

Thanks again for coordinating such a powerful event. Count me in next year.

There was not a dry eye in the house after Kismet shared. Her thoughts opened a flood gate of emotion from women who got so much out being unplugged and focused on achieving their dreams for a full, uninterrupted week of adventure, sharing and growth.

I'll share some of the other testimonies here at my blog in the coming days. Meanwhile, mark your calendar for early February next year for #IndieCruise 2014 when we'll have another amazing time. Details are coming soon!

Connect with Kismet at the Bar Maids Facebook page and on Twitter.

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About Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, providing affordable product liability insurance and mentoring. Donna Maria teaches Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs how to use technology and community to build a profitable, sustainable business.