That three week gap…too busy to write


It dawned on me today that I had not written about anything the last three weeks. And it made me a smile because this is how the life of a entrepreneur sometimes plays out. I am not sad or unhappy about it – I just know this was at the bottom of the “must do” pile.Continue reading “That three week gap…too busy to write”

The Silence Factory: It is a fun place.


by Atim Annette Oton First published in Calabar Magazine. Every other day, I have the same discussion with someone: an African, a Caribbean or an African-American person. It goes like this: When will we get it together? They complain about how little progress has been made and how we as black people are not ready andContinue reading “The Silence Factory: It is a fun place.”

Small Business Tuesday Tidbits: the September Series


Some days, posting what I think is hard but I know it is important. Three Lessons today to read: Time, Lists and Numbers Time waits for no man/woman. That sure is the statement of the century. I have been at Calabar imports for 10-1/2 years, December will make it 11, and one thing I haveContinue reading “Small Business Tuesday Tidbits: the September Series”

Design Wednesdays: Vision Map


by Atim Annette Oton Have you sketched an idea down before for a client? Have you been keeping your dreams in your head. Well, it’s time to put it down on paper. And I call this process life mapping and my tool is a Vision map. A number of designers wonder and ask me why IContinue reading “Design Wednesdays: Vision Map”

The Head Game: 6 Ways to Break the What Ifs to do Life’s Work


by Atim Annette Oton Most people wonder why I seem to move ahead and succeed in what I plan or intend. My simple response is that my head game is extremely focused and inline with my life, goals and objectives, and I am on a mission to fulfill my dream. Additionally, I think positively and actuallyContinue reading “The Head Game: 6 Ways to Break the What Ifs to do Life’s Work”

Inspiration: The Spice of Life’s Work


by Atim Annette Oton “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is aContinue reading “Inspiration: The Spice of Life’s Work”

Inspiring Designers Across the Globe: Making Sense of the Art of Doing


The Last Week: 7 days of Inspiring Designers by Atim Annette Oton This July, I decided to write a short series of inspiring notes for designers on my Facebook page called Lesson of the Day. It was simple, a daily motivational paragraph to inspire designers and others to rise early and do what they needContinue reading “Inspiring Designers Across the Globe: Making Sense of the Art of Doing”