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Alexis Paquette
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On Building Your Barn
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Maybe a month ago, I was talking with my dad about—what else?—small business, and we were sort-of going over how he got to where he is (he owns two small businesses), where I am in my journey, and where I want to go. My dad is ...

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Where I Went Today: Palace Diner
After a friend shared an article on Facebook raving about the Palace Diner in Biddeford, Maine, I had to visit.  My interest in this restaurant was that its rebirth in a town populated with empty historical buildings and vacated mills was intended, much lik...

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Read Like Crazy: How to Win Friends and Influence People
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie was on my must-read list for ages. I knew it as a book that all people with ambition are supposed to read early in life. As a person of high ambition, I told myself time and time again I needed to get...

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Success: A Matter of Focus
If I was asked to pick one photography tip that meant more to me than any other, it would be this: Pick one subject . I don’t even remember the first time I heard it, but when it clicked—when I stopped trying to cram too much in a frame and instead find the...

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Last DSLR class of the summer!
... Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution. Take Dynamic Shots Whether your DSLR is semi-pro or has all the perks, you can learn to take balanced, well-lit, and sharp photographs. Learn to use natural light... flash 16 cameramake SONY height...

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My Sweet Score: Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Before YCIYWT, I wrote an online series called Spotlight. I found interesting artists who had started making part or all of their living doing something creative that they loved—writing poetry, painting murals, crafting surfboards, designing custom tattoos—...

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Where I Went Today: Profile Coffee Bar
Because I love coffee and because I run a coffee shop, when new coffee places pop up anywhere within a two-hour radius of my workplace, the rumblings reach me quick. The rumblings for Profile Coffee Bar hit long before opening day. Having heard that the cof...

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Read Like Crazy: Start Something that Matters
I wanted to read and review Blake Mycoskie's Start Something that Matters almost from the day I launched YCIYWT. The story fascinated me. How did one man make one style of shoe so popular in such a short span of time? TOMS has only been around since 2006, a...

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Working for Myself: Matt Trahan and Sap House Meadery, Part IIt's
Prelude I’d been told by friends who had visited Sap House, and my brothers as well, that the meadery was in an unmarked building in the middle of nothing commercial. I wondered how I would recognize it. When I hit the road, it was with flashbacks of my fir...

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Where I Went Today: Maine Squeeze
Work has been crazy. We’re two managers down, 30% up in sales every day from the week before, packed to the brink with high school summer staffers and fighting the heat. It’s amazing I have any time to visit small businesses, let alone write about them. Luc...
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