Kristin Hiemstra

Launching Your Business

On this weekend’s Art of Potential show, you will hear some great advice about how to start your own company from Alec Guettel, Social-Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UNC. Guettel was recruited by UNC’s The CUBE (Creating University Born Entrepreneurs) program because he has launched five start-ups including Axiom Law and Sungevity, a leading rooftop solar company. The CUBE’s model of pairing students, mentors and resources serves as a business incubator not only for UNC students, but also for people like you and me. They provide great workshops and support for wannabe entrepreneurs with great ideas but lacking experience. According to Guettel,...

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5 Secret Strategies For Planning An Awesome Road Trip

Whether your inspiration is Norman Rockwell or Chevy Chase, a family road trip can be the highlight of the summer. You are guaranteed to create life-long memories. The question is will they be memories of joy, or of your bundles-of-joy pulling each other’s hair out? These few tips can make all the difference. They are things our family of four did on our month-long jaunt across the US. Please note: I have an equally robust list of things not to do. 1. Build anticipation and buy-in. About a month before we left, I gave each daughter fifty dollars and...

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Where The Heck Am I Going?

I don’t know about you, but every once in a while I have one of those moments when I look at my life and literally say to myself, “where the heck am I going?” (Okay, I really say “where the hell am I going!?!” but I know not everyone appreciates a good curse word the way I do.) I say this in moments when I feel lost, like I’m not headed in a particular direction and at the same time, headed in every direction. That typically happens once a week. When I don’t know where I am are going,...

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Rites of Passage: Little Miss Muffet vs. the Spider

In anthropology, a rite of passage is a time in our life’s journey when we gain a new standing in the community or move from one status to another. Each time we experience personal growth, it typically involves overcoming some type of real, imaginary or existential fear. Case in point – Little Miss Muffet. Personally, I think Little Miss Muffet would have had a very different world view if she had stood up to the spider rather than running away when it sat down beside her. All cultures have some rite of passage that occurs around puberty; in the...

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Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

The next two weeks’ Art of Potential radio shows are on raising emotionally healthy children. My guests include Nadia Vasu, LCSW, and Melanie Butler-Williams, a current principal and former school counselor. The reason this topic is so near and dear to me is because, as a school counselor, I see the results of children who struggle with emotional health every day in my office. First, let’s talk about what emotional health is: it is the ability to identify, name and handle our own emotions as well as read, name and understand the emotions of others. “Handling” our emotions can...

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Three Steps To Unleash Your Awesomeness!

If you are like every other human on the planet, you have not yet figured out how to get younger. Until that changes, we are all subject to time. Time, well… it’s a beast. It keeps going no matter how much we protest, and it is a TERRIBLE task master. You can lose track of it, and before you know it, whole years have flown by and all those dreams you’ve had are still just that… dreams. There they are – floating around in your head anchored to nothing. “One day,” you think, “I will…” This is where goals...

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A Parent’s Guide To College Applications

“Parents need to be aware of how drastically the process has changed since we were applying to colleges.” says Christy Schmidt, mother of three college-aged students. For over a decade I have worked with families navigating the admissions gauntlet and agree completely. It has changed and here are a few tips that can help this process go smoothly for everyone involved. Pick good matching colleges Picking a good college match is both an art and a science: The art part of picking a match has to do with the school’s personality, character, and academic offerings. Kim Cullen, mother of...

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Beating Procrastination

I’m one of those people who is really good at getting inconsequential crap done especially when the important stuff is looming out there. Need to write an article on college admissions? Well, I absolutely must go buy a mustard yellow jacket like the one I saw on Pinterest. It will take hours to find one…and of course, it must be on sale which means it is an all day expedition. Need to sign up for a retirement plan? Well the kitchen must be cleaned ahead of time because no one can think about money when the kitchen is a...

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Parenting Tweens

Well yesterday was payday, so today I spent my day in the mall while my daughter went back-to-school shopping. She has been waiting for this moment since August 1st rolled around and all the catalogs began showing the newest fashions. She understands that August is not a good financial month for educators on 11 month contracts and patiently bided her time. While she was waiting I had the opportunity to think about how I wanted to approach this shopping season. As luck would have it my Allure magazine arrived featuring Jennifer Garner Affleck, the quintessential girl next door. Her...

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