It really doesn’t take much to make a guest feel special. In fact, if we over-do it, we can make them feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. But it’s the little things that say, “you are a special person.” Think of the little things hotels do…a mint on the pillow; two water bottles waiting for the guests;… Continue reading Hospitality Tip #1: It’s the Simple Things
Mike and Beverly Linder at their home in Colorado Bob Dylan sang, “The times they are a changin” Nothing describes Mike’s and my life more than those few words this past year, which I have written about in other blogs. But our most recent change is that although we have enjoyed having an online shop… Continue reading Rocky Mountain Glow Takes a New Turn!
Maybe it's because we live in the mountains and I know that winter is coming, when it is harder for guests to even get to us. But during the month of August, I wanted to host as many guests as I could in various ways. We hosted two large RV's at the same time, full… Continue reading The Essence of Hospitality
People are tired of being used and manipulated. They are tired of having companies and individuals trick them into spending their money. Here's a simple truth that seems to have been forgotten by many...people, all people, are desirous of having someone who respects them enough to want their best. In these small business tips, there… Continue reading Tips for Small Business #2: Care About Your Customers…for real.
I’m finding it rather exhilarating to own forested land! And it feels like a big responsibility to make this little piece of forest as healthy as it can be. In a couple years or so, we’ll be able to truly enjoy it to the full extent. Right now, having recently moved in to our mountain… Continue reading Thinning Trees in Your Private Forest Land
As I thought about what makes a small business successful and long-lasting, the first and foremost idea that came to mind is: Do what you love, and love what you do! How many people complain that they hate their jobs and loath going off to their daily grind! When we have a small business, we… Continue reading Tips for Small Business #1: Do What You Love
We bought a house...a house in the mountains rather than the city...a "modular" house rather than a traditionally built house...a house with (in many rooms) panels on the walls rather than textured dry wall...a house where most everything in it was the same age as the house itself, 23 years old! But I fell in… Continue reading Making Our New (23 year old) House, Into a Home
My life interests seem to be intersecting...and I'll write about that in more detail in another blog. But I'll tell you now that one of my life interests will always be individuals who have special needs, due to our two children, now in heaven, who had special needs. So this morning, my husband Mike and… Continue reading A Morning at Lions Camp
In my last blog, The Big Plunge, I shared what led us to decide to quit Mike's city job, depend more on our home business, and move to the mountains. Indeed moving from our stable home to an unknown life in the mountains, and having to down-size over 50% has felt a lot like jumping… Continue reading Life After “The Big Plunge”
Mike and I are at a unique place in our lives. When he soon leaves his current job to focus on our business Rocky Mountain Glow, we are free as two birds. I think of the closing scene in the movie Castaway when Chuck Nolan, having just freed himself from a desert island, is standing… Continue reading The Big Plunge