Paris is always a good idea. Especially if you’re hungry.


Paris is always a good idea.


Especially if you’re hungry.

So let’s brush up on our French first.

(And then go eat some french fries to calm our hunger pains.)

La Cigale et la Fourmi

La Cigale, ayant chanté
Tout l’été,
Se trouva fort dépourvue
Quand la bise fut venue :
Pas un seul petit morceau
De mouche ou de vermisseau.
Elle alla crier famine
Chez la Fourmi sa voisine,
La priant de lui prêter
Quelque grain pour subsister
Jusqu’à la saison nouvelle.
“Je vous paierai, lui dit-elle,
Avant l’Oût, foi d’animal,
Intérêt et principal. ”
La Fourmi n’est pas prêteuse :
C’est là son moindre défaut.
Que faisiez-vous au temps chaud ?
Dit-elle à cette emprunteuse.
– Nuit et jour à tout venant
Je chantais, ne vous déplaise.
– Vous chantiez ? j’en suis fort aise.
Eh bien! dansez maintenant.


-by Jean de LA FONTAINE   (1621-1695) (hey, like, that’s +300 years ago, you guys!)

Didn’t understand a word?

No problem!

Here. I’ve faithfully translated it for you:

Cindy Cicada and Miss Ant

Cindy Cicada, after having sung
her heart out
all summer long,
found herself
positively famished.
A chilly wind whipped around
the corner of State & Lake,
sending shivers down her spine
and makin’ her tummy go rumbly.

She hopped on the “L“,
boarded the Brown Line,
got off at Irving Park,
plodded the half-mile to her two-flat,
unlocked the door to her Apt. #1C rental,
bee-lined straight for the kitchen,
opened the fridge,
and peered inside.

“I spy with my little eye…..nothing.
Oh, wait! I see something green
in that Mason jar on the bottom shelf.”

Cindy took a sip.
And spit it out real quick.

“Eeeeeeww. YUCK. Gross.

Musta been that green smoothie
I made way back in May
(and musta forgot to finish)
before summer started.”

Quick as a cricket,
she hopped over
to Apt. #1A across the hall.

“Heya, Miss Ant, high five!
Whacha doin’?
Long time no see!
Got a bite for poor lil’ ole me?
I’m staaaaarving!
Got any of those yummy kale chips?
How ’bout some quinoa salad?
No? Nothing? Nada?
OK. Hmmm. Uh.
Could you spare me some dimes then?
I’ll just pop down to the street
to get us some tacos and green tea lattes.
How about it? Say yes!
Pretty please, Miss Ant?
With raw sugar on top?
I’ll pay you back before June.
August at the latest!”
promised Cindy Cicada to Miss Ant,
“Cross my heart, hope to die,
scout’s honor, pinky promise,
and all that jazz, ya know?

Neither a borrower nor a lender be“,
retorted Miss Ant.

“I’ll even pay you interest!”
countered Cindy.

“I’ve got a question for you, Ms. Cicada.
Just what exactly were you doing
all season long when you’ve been gone?
Weren’t you supposed to be out looking
for a job over summer vacation?”,
Miss Ant interrogated Cindy Cicada.

“Um, ah, I was following my passion,
ya know, Miss Ant!
Ya see, I’ve got a song
inside me and
I’d sing it in the morning,
I’d  sing it in the evening
all over this land,
to every person who’d come my way!”

“You were singing?
Yes. OK. Alright. I see.”
said Miss Ant sternly.
“I am so very happy for you.
Well, then, why don’t you
go and dance?
With the stars?
Just don’t be deluded
into thinking
you’ll be chosen for
America’s Got Talent.”


Miss AntMiss Ant
A financial adviser who regularly shuffles papers 9-to-5 plus overtime and week-ends.
Appears weekly on CNN Special Insect Hour.
During her down time, she is a successful de-clutter lifestyle blogger whose informative articles have been published by the New Yuck Times, Huffingbug Post, and Respidery29.
Wakes up at 4:45 a.m. to tread on her Step Master and write +2000 words in her book before heading out to work.
Favorite foods: Kale chips, mango spinach smoothies, and chocolate caramel sauce.
Biggest Confession?: Devours entire boxes of Dunkin’ Donuts in one sitting when no one is looking.

Miss Ant as seen bogging on www.HelloMyGoddess.comCindy Cicada
Multi-passionate entrepreneur who sings acapella
while weaving, felting, and tap dancing.
Crochets golf stick covers in her spare time.
Enthusiastically collects heirloom recipes.
Wears her sponge bob pajamas all day long.
Loves to snuggle with her pug named Unicorn.
Big fan of Barbie’s instagram. 
Favorite foods: Red Hot Chili Pepper Flavored Dark Chocolate Ice Cream.
Oh, and of course, Hulk Pancakes.
Biggest Confession: Spends Sundays
(and most Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and sometimes Saturday nights)
on pinterest searching #Anthofave.

What a pity these two lovely goddesses have nothing in common.

Or do they?

Let’s see:

Miss Ant thinks Ms. Cicada should act like an adult
once and for all
and get herself a real job.
As for herself, Miss Ant secretly admits
to feeling constantly stressed out
but, hey, “no pain, no gain”
is her motto.
She’s been worried lately
about her blog readership
and is keen to learn the secrets of
doubling her followers on FB, twitter,
Instagram, Linkedin, YouTube, Google+,
and Periscope.
Oh, and especially on her blog.

Cindy Cicada thinks Miss Ant works
at a soul sucking job
and will regret her dull life
on her deathbed.
As for herself, Cindy secretly admits
that her vision boards
and tapping
aren’t exactly
having money appear
miraculously in her bank account.
She feels confused.
She knows she should monetize her voice skills.
But how?
Perhaps she should begin by learning how to
double the followers on
her (*ehem* kinda lame and boring) blog?

How about you?


Are you feeling stressed in your 9-to-5 like Miss Ant?

Are you feeling confused like Ms. Cindy Cicada?

Are you hungry for some blogging advice?


Do YOU want to double your followers on your blog?


Never fear, April is here!!!


“How can that be”,  you ask, “if it’s still  September?”


Because April is not a month.

April is a faery-god-mother-good-witch-of-the-east-of-Blacksburg!

And she’s here with some darn good ol’
solid put-it-into-action-straight-away advice.

Amazing April is teaching on CreativeLive
so that Miss Ant, Cindy Cicada, and me (and you, too!)
could learn the secret to to doubling our readership followers.



Let the show begin!

Deets on the who/what/where/when/how/& why:

This post is a part of the Double Your Followers blog tour
to spread the word about April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming CreativeLive course.
Does hearing the word ‘marketing’ make your armpits start to drip with anxiety?
Are you terrified of sounding salesy or like you have the personality of a dead blowfish?
If so, come join me and 2,500+ entrepreneurs who’re taking
April’s latest CreativeLive course, Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing.
You can RSVP and watch for FREE.
Yep, free.
High fives, wildflowers, wine samples.
Who doesn’t love free?


Are you going?
Tell me in the comments below!
So we could pass each other notes during class 😉

Create Digital Products that Sell While You Sleep



Are you ready to make your creative work
























What are you are doing November 10th & 11th?

Don’t know?

I do!

I’ll be watching April’s class while it is taking place LIVE in San Francisco at the CreativeLive studio.



  • Because April rocks! I first “met” April on a post over at etsy, talking about marketing for creatives.
    I then clicked to her blog Blacksburg Belle, out of curiosity, and immediately fell in love.
    Her content, her photos, her presentations…it made me want a blog like that myself!
    For a creative junkie like me, who has big problems about marketing myself and my products,
    April’s blog held the answers to many of my doubts.
    Oh, and did I mention?
    Her smile is contagious 🙂


  • I had been toying with the idea of making clothes patterns
    and selling the digital copies for quite awhile now.
    I know how to make clothes patterns on paper
    but was hesitant about how to turn them into digital copies
    (my patterns are BIG!) because of any tech issues
    that either I could encounter AND
    the potential future client may run into while downloading.
    April is sure to cover trouble-shooting! (Right, April? 😉


  • Marketing, marketing, marketing!
    (That may be the MAIN reason I haven’t created digital patterns already….)
    I can never seem to learn enough about this topic
    as my #1 issue is sales.
    I am imagining that April will touch on this also.


  • I watched April’s class on CreativeLive a few months ago on how to
    “Build a Successful Creative Blog”.  It was the first CreativeLive class
    I had watched and it did not disappoint!
    HERE is the link to that one.
    From what I’ve seen already as April as a qualified teacher,
    I know that this class will just as good, if not better!

Here’s a bit about what I’d love to sell:

clothes and accessories sewing patterns.

There are already so many out there on the internet

that I’d like to see how I could stand out from the crowd somehow.

As I develop my confidence on both my marketing and digital skills,
perhaps I could also develop an e-course on pattern-making and sewing tips.

Here’s just a tiny peek into what I’ve made in the past
(everything from the initial sketch, to the pattern, cutting, sewing, styling, and selling).

Wedding dresses, skirts, jackets, dresses, pants, shorts…..

If you can dream of your favorite outfit, I can make the pattern!

















Maybe 2015 will see the start of IV INDRE patterns?




What is the advantage of watching Create Digital Products that Sell While You Sleep live?

You can watch it for FREE!

For those of you who are interested but cannot make it, no problem.

You can download the course, for a fee, and have lifetime access for only $49.

(Be forewarned, if you are not familiar with Creative Live, the prices do go up in the future.)


What about YOU?

Have you always dreamed of creating a digital product?

Join me on Nov. 10 & 11 at April Bowles-Olin’s “Create Digital Products that Sell While You Sleep“!!!!!

Let me know in the comments below what you’d like to create digitally!

*This post is part of the Create Digital Products blog tour.
Just so you know, I am not making any money by talking about April and her Blacksburg Belle blog, nor about CreativeLive.
I sincerely love their content and just wanted to spread the news about these great web places for creatives.