Travel the World for $45, Starting With Paris…
It’s a small world after all, so small that you can now get your hands on international gourmet goodies from around the world right at your doorstep. Or, maybe you should take them inside and feast from there. Either way, new bimonthly subscription service Try the World is delivering up local treats from cities like Paris, Rio and Tokyo, no passport required.
Sure, you’ve probably been to a fancy gourmet shop that sells French sweets and Japanese teas before, but Try the World is actually mailing you an experience. Their debut box is a mini trip to Paris complete with jams, teas, candies and a generous side of culture: French poems, a Parisian playlist, pro tips for what to eat and sites to see on your next trip there. You’ll get to learn a little about each city you’re snacking in. Yum!
What we love MOST about this new subscription service is that it celebrates makers around the world by spotlighting products from local, family-owned artisans in each city. It’s kind of like if you visited France and made a super cool local friend (we’re assuming she has a pretty bike with a baguette in the basket at all times) and she brought you around to her favorite places. Only you can reap the benefits while wearing sweats and watching Netflix. And not having to brush up on your Français.
It’s a gift that keeps on giving… and it’s totally cool if you just want to give that gift to yourself. You could also bookmark this for your friend with perma-wanderlust or save the idea for a sweet sendoff gift before someone’s honeymoon or study abroad trip. This is way better than a travel book! The Paris Box is currently sold out, but you can spring for the 3 City Tour ($140) or sign up to get the subscription, which is $45 for one box every two months. It’s a whole new world. And don’t you dare close your eyes.
Anyone up for a trip? What city would you want a box from?
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.