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I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

Biz Tips: Don't Be Afraid to Fail


Behind just about every great success story, there is a story of failure. We see the end result, the end of a long journey. We need to remember that behind all of those success stories, there are challenges and failures. In a recent interview with Success magazine, Kendra Scott, founder of Kendra Scott Designs, spoke of her first big business venture before the Kendra Scott brand turned into a huge success.

About Kendra

There is a lot of inspiring advice out there that talks about not being afraid to fail and getting back up again, etc, etc. I myself have advised many times that the two biggest keys to success are hard work and persistence. But what most of that advice neglects to point out is that it isn't just about failing then trying again and eventually coming out on top. It's isn't about doing the same thing over and over with little success. It's about failing on purpose. Knowing when to give up. When to try something different.

Before starting Kendra Scott Designs, she invested and lost her life savings in a failed attempt at a retail hat shop. She never gave up on her dream of owning her own business in the fashion industry, but she did give up on this specific business. More time spent on that would've been more time wasted. She took a little time to wallow then picked herself back up and moved onto the next thing...something that would turn into a multi-million dollar company.

It can be hard, I know, to give up on a challenge. The thing about the type of people who are prone to succeed, to persevere, we have a bad habit of sticking it out - that tendency to keep fighting the same challenges and hoping for a different outcome. We have a deep need for our efforts to pay off, but some challenges are meant to be set aside. Sometimes the biggest successes come after failing, because rather than continuing to swim against the current, we decide that there should be a better way...an easier way. This often leads to a better path.

Take for example a bad marriage. Our tendency is to stick it out through thick and thin. Now, I'm not about to say I'm against commitment and loyalty. But there is a huge difference between a good, loving relationship with challenges here and there vs. a bad relationship that never gets better no matter how hard and long you try. It's hard to fail.


But if you've found yourself in a place where you're swimming against the current, if you continue on that path, you will always be swimming against the current. Things will never get better. There may be somewhat easier times here and there, but the same struggles will always be there...the same pains and sacrifices with no payout, so really, what is the point?

In business (and in relationships) however, there is some work involved, some sacrifices to be made. How can we know that the sacrifices are worth it? How do we know whether or not it's time to fail? In a word - progress. There should be a measurable pay out. There should be fruit. If you've already taken a good hard look at different areas you can improve and given it all you've got, and you've yet to see a measurable and continuously increasing improvement, it may be time to fail. To see what success there is to be found by going in a different direction.

I don't agree with everything in Kendra Scott's interview. For example, I'm not going to sit here and say that the struggles in your life have happened because there is something amazing waiting for you...an open window. While the struggles do make you stronger and more equipped to be successful in the future, the futile struggles aren't here because of a possible future success. Rather they are things we have to go through, things we have to push along, things we have to stop just accepting as they are, things we have to demand get better. And if after your best efforts, there is still no progress, it's time to fail. Time to walk away. This is the quickest way to success. I really have to credit my fiance here, because while I've had a habit of making the best of bad situations, he has caused me to question why those things in my life weren't better. If you're after success, you have to demand things get better. Test the hypothesis. Don't just dream of success (or a good relationship for that matter). Put your efforts to the test and, whether good or bad, see what comes of it.


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  1. These are all such great points. So glad I found your blog, too. Love it!!

    Shauna

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  2. These are all such great points. So glad I found your blog, too. Love it!!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  3. thanks for sharing!
    xo
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  4. It always interesting to read about other successful people and their journey! I'll have to check out this article. Thanks for sharing!

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    Vanessa

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    1. Thanks! Definitely check it out. It's a great read.

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  5. Such an inspirational post! Hugs, Kait
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  6. Love your post! So inspiring!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

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  7. Failing shows you're not afraid to try. You can keep trying, different angles or directions but it shows you take risks and those who take risks are more likely going to achieve success than someone who takes the straight and narrow path.

    Meghan | www.beyondbasicblog.com

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    1. Definitely. It's so important to at least try. And until we put forth our full effort into situations, we're more likely to just dream about certain things working out instead of finding out for sure if our efforts will in fact pay off. Makes us more likely to get stuck in a bad or mediocre situation.

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  8. great post, thanx for sharing
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  9. Such a great post! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  10. This is so inspiring, I love reading stories like this
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  11. Good posts and thoughts. Kendra is amazing and a reminder to us all.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  12. This was so inspiring to read! I love Kendra Scott and the owner/creator of Spanx also has a great story behind her as well.
    http://stopdropandvogue.com

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    1. Thanks, Taylor.:) I'll have to check out the story behind the Spanx creator.

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  13. Such a great post! Loving the story behind!

    -Tatiana
    We Shop in Heels

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  14. Great points and very interesting...
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: WORKING (TRENDY) GIRL LOOK!

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  15. Okay, I'm just going to echo everybody else here and say this is great advice!

    (I'm probably the only one here who has no idea who Kendra Scott is....)

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    1. Ha! That's okay, Norma.:) She designs jewelry. And thanks.:)

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  16. We all have our ups and downs and the downs definitely make us appreciate the ups so much more!

    XO

    Bridget || www.bridgetrosebeauty.com

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    1. Totally! Those struggles make the success so much more rewarding. And bad times help us appreciate the good ones.

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  17. amazing post! Thanks for inspiration!
    Have a wonderful day!
    much love, Len
    www.lenparent.com

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  18. I LOVE this post, K! SO true! It's about getting up and not giving up! I couldn't agree more with you and Kendra Scott! Many fail because they quit when there are rocks on their road. But it's about learning to push them aside and keep on going! You are such an inspiration! Really loved the post!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Vanessa.:) Glad you liked it!:)

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  19. This is such a great post, Krisztina! First off, I love Kendra Scott's pieces, they're great quality and reasonably priced. I never knew she had a failed business attempt before, so it was great getting more knowledge of her journey and path to success from this post! I agree partially to what she said about purposely falling. The reason is because there are quite a few billionaires now who at the beginning attempted to start and grow a business and failed innumerable times, such as JCPenny, Donald Trump & Lord & Taylor to name a few. In fact, Lord & Taylor was named this because Taylor was the name of the entrepreneur and he was seeking The Lord (God) to help guide him in his business venture, isn't that amazing?! So, I do believe that sometimes, if you're really determined about something and fail at it 100 times, you can certainly still see a breakthrough at 101! However, I at the same time, I do agree that if you're seeing something fail, it can be a good indicator that it's not meant to be and perhaps a sign to try something new. I guess we all get that feeling inside that prompts us to either keep at it or try something different. Such a great post, girl, thanks again for sharing and I hope you have an amazing rest of the week!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Thanks, Jalisa! I absolutely believe in trying again and again if you're giving it your all and seeing some progress along the way. That persistence is crucial for success. I think some people get stuck in mediocre or bad plans,just hoping for a break through instead of acknowledging that a particular plan of action isn't quite working. It's about giving it your all from one angle, and if that doesn't work, to quickly move on to a different one that could work better. And though some progress may be small, if it produces results and continues to produce results, that's when it's time to keep on trying, knowing that the hard work will eventually pay off.

      Thanks again. You have a great week too!

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  20. Amazing tips. I think it is helpful for getting success. Thanks for this inspirational tips. Love this post.

    Makeup and Beauty

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  21. So many great points, thanks for sharing!

    Jamie
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  22. Such an inspiring post. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Fash Boulevard

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  23. This is so inspiring, such an amazing post! Thanks for sharing :) xo Vivian

    www.twoward.com

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  24. I love KS- she's an inspiration! (Plus her line is amaaaazing.)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Me too! Her jewelry is so, so beautiful!

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