How to maintain a healthy Romantic relationship while running a start-up.

So today’s lifestyle topic is about maintaining a romantic relationship while running a start-up.

You may wonder why I’m writing about such a topic on a blog about business (February was the month of love – I was inspired ^_^), well, I like to address all topics that affect young entrepreneurs. To be honest, there are things that we entrepreneurs may not talk about because we’re not expected to, but I’m sure more than once, a romantic relationship has suffered due to the strain of one of the partners (or both) being in a situation where they concentrate so much on his/her business to the detriment of the relationship. This is one of the challenges that an entrepreneur faces, but often will not talk about. Today I want to address the topic.

To be honest, when I started the bakery, I decided to remain single since I was aware that a business would require all the time I had and since a relationship also requires time and commitment, I felt that I did not want to comprise any side (it also helped that I was not dating anyone at the time – so, easy choice ^_^) However, one might find that they are romantically attached to someone and they want to continue the relationship, as well as start a business. It’s not to say that any side should suffer, you just have to work hard on both activities to keep them going as well as plan accordingly. Based on observation (and a bit of experience), I have found a few tips that will help entrepreneur couples to keep their relationships strong as they continue to do business.

You can make it in a relationship as an entrepreneur

You can make it in a relationship as an entrepreneur

If you are in a relationship or would like to be in one and you’re not sure if it will work, I hope these tips will help you in building your relationship or strengthen your current one.

  1. Share at least one meal a day

    As easy as it sounds, it can be hard for entrepreneur couples to find the time to even share a meal together. I would suggest doing so; whether it’s an early breakfast, brunch, lunch or making sure that you eat dinner together. Try and make sure you do so; it’s a great time to catch up on the day, share any ups or downs of the day. This helps you maintain the bond required to build a lasting relationship. If daily is not possible; at least aim for 3 to 5 days weekly.

    Share a meal & share your day with your partner

    Share a meal & share your day with your partner

  2. Communication is important

    I can honestly say that I have been in a relationship that has ended due to poor communication between both of us. For most, it’s lack of it; where you find that you don’t talk for at least 3 days or even text each other. Make sure that you communicate at least once daily and if you can, try 2 or 3 times, no matter how busy you are. It’s good to keep in touch and let each other know how you’re doing, even though it’s one or two texts during the day.

    Communication between both partners is important

    Communication between both partners is important

    Couples that don’t communicate find that they are out of sync and fight more often due to misunderstandings that can be easily avoided.

    Another kind of communication is the verbal kind, it’s good to be honest about opinions and situations so the other partner can understand your point of view on a certain topic or challenge. Some couples just ignore any negative feelings or opinions they have and decide not to share with their partner. Unfortunately all those feelings build up in a negative way and the relationship suffers. So make sure you communicate your feelings in a mature, reasonable way to your partner to avoid misunderstanding.

  3. Personal Time Together

    This is another thing that seems simple enough, but can be tough on entrepreneur couples. As an entrepreneur, it’s hard to keep a balance on personal and work time. Most of the time, as an entrepreneur, work time is all the time ^_^. Make sure you make time for personal dates, whether out or within the home, make sure you try and do it weekly or if not possible bi-weekly. This helps maintain your strong bond, but also lets your partner know that they are still important to you, enough to make time for them. Even once a month, if you’re extremely busy, is enough to make the point ^_^.

    Make time together - go dancing ^_^

    Make time together – go dancing ^_^

  4. Do Something Special for your partner

    When you do something special for a loved one, they feel loved and appreciated. This is something that couples forget (especially when they get past the ‘honey-moon’ stage). When you do something special, and it doesn’t have to cost you anything, it reinforces to your partner how special they are and that you think of them, and they feel appreciated. An example of a few things to do would be; sending a special e-card with a message to them, getting them a coupon for one of their favorite products (like a bakery coupon or a gym gift certificate), getting your lady a single rose to make their day or evening, if you live with your partner; leaving out their towel for them before getting prepared in the morning.

    Do special things for each other & your relationship will last a long time.

    Do special things for each other & your relationship will last a long time.

    I once had a guy who used to call my phone and leave a voice mail of a lovely song with a message so when I woke up and listened, it just made me smile ^_^. You can even make a music playlist for your special someone of songs you know they love and can listen to during their daily commute or while working out. I’m sure there are lots of small gestures you can think of to do daily, or weekly for that special someone to give their day an extra lift.

  5. Keep the faith during hard times

    I’ve added this last topic since I have been in such a situation where the relationship goes through hard times and it feels that the best course of action is just to break up. I believe that if you are committed to a relationship and you really want it to work; you should try as hard as possible to get through the tough times, they are what makes or breaks a relationship (and when you get through them, they make the relationship stronger).

    Of course, all relationships have different dynamics, however, if you’re both committed, then it should be a question of getting through these times together. When times are hard, try and understand what your partner is going through, and remember why you chose to be in the relationship originally. Talk to someone you trust who is close to you for advice and then work out your problems with your partner positively.

Relationships with entrepreneurs are difficult but not impossible, if you truly want yours to work, it will. Just like a business, you have to constantly work on it, be positive, keep learning from your mistakes, adapt to your partner and situations and never give up.

If you have any other tips to offer, please feel free to comment below, thanks ^_^.

Veggie Soup Recipe

When you’re an entrepreneur, sometimes the stress can get to you and it’s good to have an activity, interest or hobby that you like, it helps you relax while doing it. For me, it’s actually baking (surprise, I know ^_^) or cooking. So for those who love doing any of the above, I’ll be sharing recipes that you can try at home.

If you don’t like baking or cooking, you can also try any other activities, make sure you find out what that hobby is and do it, it helps any entrepreneurs stay sane ^_^.

Today I’ll be sharing a wonderful vegetable soup recipe I tried with my family and they loved it. I hope you do too ^_^!

Ingredients:

  • Carrots (Med) – 3 pcs (Chopped into small pieces)

  • Onions (Med) – 2 pcs (Chopped into small pieces)

  • Tomatoes (Med) – 3 pcs (Cubed)

  • Dhania (Cilantro) – 4 bunches (Sliced)

  • Potatoes (Med) – 8 pcs (Cubed)

  • Veg. Or Chicken Stock – 8 Cups

  • Veg. Cooking oil – 3 Tablespoons

  • Salt – enough to taste

  • Cloves (Ground) – 1 Tablespoon

  • Curry Powder – 1 Tablespoon

  • 1 loaf Home-made Bread

  • Margarine to spread

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot/sufuria, pour in the vegetable oil, the chopped onions and sauté them. Make sure they are clear or see-through.

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    Saute onions, then add carrots & potatoes

  2. Add the carrots and mix with the onions, then add the potatoes. Sprinkle some salt to taste, as well as the curry powder and cloves and let simmer for about 15 minutes.

  3. Add about a ½ cup of water to make sure the stew doesn’t stick or burn. Cook the vegetables until the potatoes are cooked.

  4. Add the water and bring to a boil.

    Add water to veggies and bring to a boil

    Add water to veggies and bring to a boil

    Then scoop about 2/3 of the soup mix; liquid and vegetables, and pour it into a blender or food processor.

    Puree 2/3 of the veggie soup then pour back into the pot

    Puree 2/3 of the veggie soup then pour back into the pot

  5. Puree for about 5-8 minutes until smooth. Then pour the blended mixture back into the pot and continue cooking.

  6. Add the dhania into the soup and stir until well mixed. Add salt and spices to ensure a good taste and bring the soup to a boil.

    Add dhania to the soup for a great taste & look

    Add dhania to the soup for a great taste & look

  7. Remove from the pot into a serving dish ready to serve.

  8. Slice the bread and spread margarine on each slice. Toast the bread slices until they are a nice golden brown. You can use a toaster, but my favorite is using a pan (like a chapati pan ^_^) or a smaller frying pan and toasting the bread on it.

    Toast your home-baked bread with a bit of margarine or butter

    Toast your home-baked bread with a bit of margarine or butter

  9. Place the slices of bread on a plate, ready to be served.

    Your delicious and healthy soup is ready to eat ^_^

    Your delicious and healthy soup is ready to eat ^_^

  10. Your meal is ready, serve and enjoy ^_^!

Feedback on your soup is very welcome and any other suggestions on additions to the recipe as well, thanks.

5 Herbs that will boost your Immunity and help stay healthier

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Sometimes we can get very exhausted!

As a young entrepreneur in Kenya, you may sometimes find that after all the rushing around that you do and being busy at your business, you are tired and lack energy. (Crazy I know, you’re so full of energy as a youth, but it does happen ^_^) Even though we as entrepreneurs neglect our health sometimes, it’s good to take care of yourself so you can stay strong and live long enough to achieve all your dreams.

Drinking herbal teas is a good way to keep up your energy and stay healthy, you can also use the herbs in your food, or apply them topically depending on the use.

I want to share a few herbs that are helpful to your body’s immunity and therefore help you stay healthy and keep up your energy as well. I try as much as possible to use them as often as possible, just make sure you are not allergic to any of them.

  1. Aloe Vera

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    Aloe Vera Leaf

    You can make a juice with aloe vera leaves, chopped, and put in warm water in a cup to drink. It can also be used topically, to be applied on the skin.Aloe vera is used to heal burns and wounds. It’s assists in cell regeneration. When ingested, it also helps lower cholesterol, it’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, reduces inflammation and boosts immunity.

It’s a great herb for applying on your face, for those who want a natural beauty regimen and it helps prevent colds during the cold season and helps boost your immunity which helps keep up your energy.

2. Cayenne pepper

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Cayenne Peppers

You can use cayenne in food while cooking or as a poultice applied topically on your skin.

It helps ward off colds, sinus problems and throat infections. It is good for your heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas & spleen.

Cayenne is great for your immunity.

  1. Cinnamon

    You can use cinnamon when ground or the bark itself. Ground cinnamon can be used in food while cooking, while baking or in your tea. The bark can be used to make a cinnamon herbal tea as well.

    Cinnamon helps in relieving diarrhoea and nausea. It fights fungal infection. It is useful for diabetes. Cinnamon warms your body and enhances digestion, especially metabolism of fats.

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    Cinnamon Bark & Ground Powder

    It’s great if you want to maintain a great body weight and is great for your immunity and energy levels.

  2. Garlic

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    Garlic Bulb

    Garlic can be used raw or cooked in food with or as an onion substitute. You can make a juice by cutting garlic pieces and warm water in a cup.

    Garlic helps to detoxify your body and protects against infections. It also enhances immune functions. It lowers blood pressure and improves circulation. It helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Garlic aids in treatment of asthma, cancer, colds & flus, digestive problems, insomnia, liver disease and yeast infections. Garlic is good for any disease and infection and therefore great for your immunity.

  3. Nettle/ Stinging Nettle
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Stinging Nettle Leaves (be careful handling the leaves – they do sting)

These leaves can be used as a herbal juice by boiling in hot water.Nettle is good for anemia, arthritis, rheumatism, kidney problems, malabsorption and other allergic disorders. It is also used in hair care products.

It’s very great for boosting your immunity and will help keep you healthy.

All these herbs are easily found in Kenya, most people grow them in their gardens and they are also sold in major supermarkets or health stores. You can use some of them daily in your food like garlic, cayenne or cinnamon. You can also drink the herbal juices weekly in order for them to be effective.

I personally believe in the saying, “Prevention is better that cure”.

Hopefully these herbs will help you in your journey to success. If you have any other herbs to suggest please feel free ^_^.