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how to come up with a name for your business...

how to come up with a name for your business... / via oh joy!

Over at the Oh Joy! Academy, I've been teaching various topics for small business owners to help them grow and take their business to the next level. BUT, what if you don't already have a business and want to start one? I created this free PDF called, "What Kind of Business (or Side Hustle) Should I Start?" for those interested in the idea of starting something. Since then, I've been wanting to address some of the early business basics that comes after that. So today, we're talking about How to Come Up with a Name for Your Business!

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5 books to start off the year...

5 books to start off the year... / via oh joy!

Last year was the year I started reading books again! I know, you're probably like..."What do you mean, Joy?!" Yes, folks..for several years, I stopped reading books. I mean, I skimmed books from time-to-time, and when I needed help on a topic (like parenting), I would gander through a book about it. But I mostly read articles—and with a rare exception—parenting books. But last year, I dove deeper...I read business books, mental health books, and mémoires. I just starting enjoying picking up a physical book again after a pretty long hiatus. I'm still not into fiction books, but I'll take it one step at a time. So here are five books I have on my list right now to start the year with...

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my clothing spending freeze of 2019 and what i'm doing for 2020...

my clothing spending freeze of 2019 and what i'm doing for 2020... / via oh joy!

Because of our on-going house project, last year, we cut out major travel and vacations from our family budget. And, I cut out about 90% of my clothing purchases. I went on a spending freeze and was on a mission to not buy any new clothes for myself.

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what are you waiting for?

what are you waiting for? / via oh joy!

Do you know what stops us all from achieving our goals, our next big accomplishment, or that thing we’ve been wanting to do forever but haven’t? It’s the feeling that the timing needs to be just right. Or that our website has to be PERFECT. Or that we need to have just the right amount of savings in our bank account to be able to make it happen. 

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remembering...

Nick Slater NYC

It's hard to believe that it's been 18 years. 18 years since life changed forever. I've talked about my experience on September 11, 2001 in past blog posts (here and here)...and no matter how much time passes, that day is still so vivid in my memory.

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so you want to write a book?

How to Pitch a Book Idea by Joy Cho

Whether it’s been a dream since you were a kid or something that just got added to your bucket list last week, turning an idea for a book into a reality can seem completely overwhelming. How does it happen? Who do you talk to? Do you find a publisher? Do you self-publish? I'm here to help! I’ve pitched, developed, and written a range of books (6 in total published by next year!), and I want to share everything I know with YOU! My new 40-page downloadable workbook, "How to Pitch a Book Idea" is here!

How to Pitch a Book Idea by Joy Cho

In the guide, I'll offer insight on...

  • Concepting and refining your book idea
  • Getting a publisher versus self-publishing
  • Researching publishers for your book idea
  • Everything you need to know about book agents
  • Putting together the book pitch!
  • Submitting the pitch
  • What to do if you receive a no or a yes!

We're offering it for a limited early bird rate of $10 for the downloadable workbook. So get it now, and let's get your dreams of being an author realized!

P.S. If you're in Los Angeles (or want to travel here to hang out ;), I just added TWO in-person business workshops in September (about freelancing and licensing your work). See more details and come join me right here!

Oh Joy! Workshops

{Photos by Lily Glass, Photo Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Workbook written by Joy Cho.}

cozy up with our newest pillow collection...

Oh Joy! Pillows

HOORAY! You can now get cozy with our new Oh Joy! Pillow Collection! Pillows are such an easy and cost-effective way to add a bright dose of color and cheer into your home. So for our collection, we've partnered with our friends at Peking Handicraft to bring you eight joyful pillows that can be added to a living room, bedroom, or kid's room. Each one is designed with our signature Oh Joy! colors and patterns, and they're certain to bring a smile to any space. Come check them out...

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy!

Meet Radiant Sunshine! Our new collection has lots of fun shapes, including round pillows, which I love! This one incorporates lots of colors and a fun, whimsical smiley face. 

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy! // Love Pillow

Here we have a mix of pillows—All Smiles, Love, and Abstract Fields—which I love when styled together, too! They make a playful, positive statement for the office, living room, or bedroom. 

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy! // Hooray Pillow

This Hooray pillow is perfect for when you want to cheer loud and clear! Rainbow letters are extra fun and the perfect way to add a dash of rainbow love to any space.

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy!

Ice Cream Sprinkles and Full Hearts make the perfect pair for a nursery, kid's room, or for anyone who loves ice cream as much as we do ;)

Cozy up with Our New Pillow Collection... / via Oh Joy! // Love Pillow

You can shop all eight designs at ohjoy.com now! They all look amazing individually or in groups if you want to mix-and-match to create your own colorful oasis. 

Oh Joy! Pillows

P.S. That's not all! We just launched a ton of fresh new finds for summer over on the shop, so go check it out here now!

{Photos by Lily Glass, Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Written by Traci Michael and Joy Cho.}

happy friday + something new we're trying...

Happy Friday + Something New We're Trying... / via Oh Joy!

2019 has been the year of refreshing and opening my eyes up to new things...both personally and professionally. I wrapped up a year-long session with my life coach, and I'm doing my best to break out of my workaholic tendencies (like go out for lunch on a work day more often!). I really emphasized to my team how much I want them to come along for the ride in continuing to think outside the box both in their jobs and their personal lives as well. We did an all-day brainstorming session a couple months ago to dive deep into new ideas, new ways of doing things, and what's next for Oh Joy. It was great to get everyone's feedback and have their involvement in part of that process.

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happy friday + what to say to strangers at a party...

Oh Joy / The Confetti Project

A while back, I was having a conversation with my friend Caroline about how I often feel awkward at parties where I don't know anyone and have to figure out what to talk about. She mentioned how in the States, one of the first things people tend to ask someone they've first met is "What do you do?" or "What do you do for work?" Whereas in other countries, strangers tend to ask each other about their hobbies or what they enjoy doing. I thought a lot about that as I find myself in social situations often where it's not a work-related event, I am trying to have a friendly conversation with someone new, and I don't want to focus solely on their job. What if they don't like their job? What if they don't have a job? Or maybe they just don't want to talk about work? So instead (inspired by Caroline), I have been saying THIS to new people in these new conversations...

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happy friday + 5 things i'm teaching my children that we often forget as adults...

4 things i'm teaching my children that we often forget as adults

As my kids get older, I find myself navigating so many situations where I need to figure out how to guide them towards the right way to be, how to be kind, how to be a good person...in ways that a kid can understand. Here are a few things that have come up recently that felt like things we can all be doing in our grown-up lives as well...

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