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Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

A Successful Business Started By A 21 Year Old With A Small Budget

“The most important thing was not that I didn’t know, but that I wasn’t afraid to find out.” – Deanna Yang

Deanna at Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

Deanna at Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

Deanna Yang was a 21 year old with little to no money, no family around, and met a couple of friends who believed in her dreams and helped her get a milk and cookie bar off of the ground. In November 2013 she opened her business, made some mistakes, and still kept going. She is a young lady who let go of stability and a full time job to follow her dreams although she had no idea what was going to happen. It amazes me to see how many creative people there are who hold so much determination and will stop at nothing  to follow their hearts.


One thing is for sure, when having a goal and a dream, it is important to get help from others. In order for anything to flourish, it needs more than one person. A house becomes a home with more than one person nurturing it, a business grows and expands with a team of people, it takes more than one person to start and raise a family, and even orange trees need water and sunlight to thrive. This is a world that becomes greater when we have one another. Be true to those who love you. Embrace & appreciate the little things that help us flourish.

Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

Here is an excerpt from her blog describing her determination and drive.

The very first thing on my Bucket List however, that a lot of you know about, was #1. Open a cookie shop. Whilst I am incredibly proud of Moustache & how far we’ve come in our first year of opening, I still feel like he is far from perfect…he’s currently only 2% of my version of perfection. Although I’m known to be incredibly harsh on myself. Despite being my baby and something I love & am proud of, I also feel like Moustache stole my soul and identity. Perhaps because his identity was the only one I had enough time to develop these past two years.

But I’m a sucker for all that airy-fairy shit. All that, wanting to be a better person, wanting to reach your potential and of course, chasing your dreams. Yep, I lap that stuff up because like I said, as a child, I promised myself that I would be exceptional.

After a year of being in Moustache almost everyday and him consuming my every pore, I am tired. Those niggly questions that all twenty-somethings are asking themselves float to the surface; what the hell am I doing? Why am I doing this? But mostly, who am I?

And now, with the start of 2014, I’m working very hard to knock a lot more of my Bucket List out of the park. This is the reason why I am traveling to America. Because, ladies and gents, I am going to Disneyland.

Yes, I’ve knocked the Cookie Shop one out and now it’s time to fulfill more of those dreams. “youngtrepreneur
business through young eyes: stories from the owner of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar”

Check out her inspirational talk where she discusses how she worked through fear and little money to start the now successful Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar


How To Notice When Someone Is Lying

“I always say the truth is best even when we find it unpleasant. Any rat in a sewer can lie. It’s how rats are. It’s what makes them rats. But a human doesn’t run and hide in dark places, because he’s something more. Lying is the most personal act of cowardice there is.” – Nancy Farmer

“A lie has no power whatsoever by its mere utterance; its power emerges when someone else agrees to believe the lie.” – Pamela Meyer

Founder and CEO of Calibrate, Pamela Meyer is an expert when it comes to deception detection. Calibrate was created to train professionals to spot deception during interviews by not only voice detection, but also in eye movements, body language, breathing patterns, and a pool of other ways one can show someone’s being deceptive. Calibrate is currently based in Washington DC and offers a customized curriculum or a private consultation. She is also the author of an amazing book, liespotting, which discusses different ways to tell someone is lying and how to take notice.

In this TED Lecture, Pamela Meyers explains that we are all liars and gives clear examples of infamous people who were caught lying while explaining different ways to detect it with videos and examples.




How To Read To Your Children While You’re Away

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald

Does your job keep you on the road? Do you work 12 hours or more a day and miss spending downtime with your child/children while you are away? Well, this amazing new app, “Storybook Reading” allows you to take your children’s favorite books while recording you reading them both visually or by audio only. While you are away, your children can watch you reading to them which is a pretty good idea. This app will even flip the pages on it’s own and teach your little ones how to read.

This app works on an iPhone or iPad. Check it out here!

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How To Stay Driven After Failing

“I Failed at getting published for almost six years. So for almost six years, every single day I had nothing but rejection letters waiting for me in my mailbox. And it was devastating every single time and every single time I had to ask myself if I should just quit while I was behind and give up and spare myself this pain. But then I would find my resolve in always in the same way, by saying, I’m not going to quit, I’m going home. You have to understand that for me going home did not mean returning to my family’s farm, for me, going home meant returning to the work of writing because writing was my home. Because I loved writing more than I hated failing at writing. Which is to say that I loved writing more than I loved my own ego. Which is ultimately to say that I loved writing more than I loved myself”

Elizabeth Gilbert, the amazing writer of the memoir, “Eat Pray Love”, has took to the NYC TED Talks to discuss her experience with writing another amazing book after the success of her New York Times Best Seller. In this talk, Elizabeth describes her past emotions for failing based off of the value we give both success and failure and how she overcame it as a creative writer. Saying, “I had to find some way to gin up the inspiration to write the next book regardless of it’s inevitable negative outcome. In other words, I had to find a way to make sure that my creativity survived its own success.”

I think this short talk comes right on time for many ambitious people who are afraid to fail. Often times we stifle our motivation because although we dream big, we second guess things. Although we want to be successful and do what we love, we are afraid that the cost is so high that we will not succeed how we want. Our fear and insecurities  break us down, hindering our capabilities, and lessening our drive to succeed. So before you click play, let’s discuss some ways to fail forward.

Life Is About Experience: What is experience? What is wisdom? We naturally fail, almost daily, throughout our years of living. Our biggest well learned lessons come from the bad decisions we make. Every year we make plenty of mistakes. Although it doesn’t feel great, we learn from them, gain experience, and grow. The ability to grow and gain wisdom is a beautiful feeling. Once you can accept that living is learning and that failing is normal, then you can gracefully enjoy creating a plan to take each step towards your goal.

The Company You Keep: The people we keep around us play an integral part on the way we think. These people are our motivators. Those we commune and stay active with are the people we connect and relate to. If you want to be inspired and stay motivated you must be around people who aren’t afraid of pursuing their own goals. Not to say everyone is constantly inspired, because we are human. We all go through bouts of feeling defeat. What I am suggesting is that we should be around people who have no interest in staying defeated. This is what friendship and mentorship is all about.

Self Reflection: Time alone is very important. It is very easy to be distracted as we can distract ourselves purposefully in order to remove distress. No noise, no distractions, just you with your thoughts and a pen and paper is a good step towards regaining inner strength and inspiration. Time alone helps aid in creative thought. It aids in collecting oneself to think clearly. Metaphorically speaking, it is similar to a mobile or cordless phone. In order for it to continue working, we must put it down and recharge.

Work Towards Your Goal Once A Day: Whatever your goal may be, do something each day to aide in its productivity. It can be as small as researching what the next step will be to help bring your idea to fruition, or as paramount as inquiring assistance and moving forward with the first step of execution. Remind yourself that you can succeed through failure and that the only way to succeed is by making mistakes. Virtually every successful thing we experience today stems from trial and error.

Remind Yourself Daily: Create a small journal of the steps you took each day or each week to obtain your goal. This can even be a “To Do List”. Reading articles that relate to your goals is another thing we can do to help motivate ourselves. We must stay positive while envisioning ourselves succeeding as well as failing in the process to succeed.

Take a look at the lecture Elizabeth Gilbert gave on her experience of being afraid of failure and pushing through it.

And Remember, When Life Gives You Lemons…