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Looking for Some Mad People

Posted in Loaded Bow: Following Our Story with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by zoepawlak

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”

-Jack Kerouac


Madona and a Dolphin.  Lucky Dolphin.

Note: This photo has been used without Gen’s permission.  I strongly think she will find it very funny, but in my 20+ years of knowing her, i have been wrong once or twice.  Why not just ask her you say?  Because, want to use it and don’t want her to say ‘no’.

Sometimes I feel as though I am mad.  I read Jack and listened to a lot of Madona when I was a young adult.  Surrounding myself with their words made me feel alive.  They encouraged the ravenous hunger in me to be the best and practice and master my craft.

Now as a female entrepreneur, it is only when I surround myself with the like-minded that I can find peace in my mad quest for this life.  Life is shorter when you have kids and now watching two of them grow so quickly, it is as though there is a daily reminder of the passing of this life which makes me all the more anxious to get it all in. 

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Entrepreneur and Social Media Specialista Gwen Bell

One of my favorite ladies who packs loads of love into her life is Gwen Bell.  From dancing salsa to advocating for the companies and people she loves, she teaches and learns with a fervor and desire.  Using social media as her platform for a transformation of all interactions into good and effective change, Gwen is great example of a lady on line making her mark.  If life is for sharing, then social media is a great place to create and be in community.


Dooce pregnant and exposing her skin ‘sans Dolphin’.

Even if it’s getting a little jump start from White Hot Truth, I have recently responded to my own needs to be with the mad ones.  When I feel the urge to laugh, I have called upon that perfect person who makes me giggle.  Sometimes I just need to read a little Dooce laugh my head off or feel connected as a mother. I have recently created dates with my husband when I have needed connection and make appointments with my business coach Heather White when I need to find a new path for my business.  Putting yourself in contact via web, phone or in person with the people you need in a moment can save you from feeling alone as a female entrepreneur.  It can save you from feeling down and enriches the experience if the experience of life is to be shared.


I intentionally surround myself with the mad ones cuz the ‘same-same’ got us into a mess and, let’s face it, being around the ‘same-same’ just makes me feel awkward.

NOTE: (To my husband who is never socially awkward) BEING SOCIALLY AWKWARD IS A SIGN OF BEING A GENIUS.

Finding like-minded madness is good for the improvement of your mental space, the growth of your business and the development and realization of the truth that was in you since the beginning and is dying to live amongst like minded-mad ones.

“…and everybody goes “Awww!” 



Photo Credits:  Gwen Bell, Dooce and Liberty Post



Posted in Tech Talk (Social Media for your Biz) with tags , , , , on March 6, 2009 by zoepawlak

Gwen Bell is a partner at Kirtsy, Social Media Instructor, World Traveler, Business Owner, Budding Photographer and Lover of Pretty Things. Today Gwen is getting married in Boulder, Colorado 03.06.09 and live-streaming the entire event.


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Loaded Bow has scored BIG time…really we think the world of this lady as we may have mentioned in our intro to Tech month. Five reasons we think Gwen Bell is someone to look to as an entrepreneur and social media goddess-of-goodness.


Joel is not only SO cute, HE IS SO TAKEN! 

1) Gwen is a partner at Kirtsy. Kirtsy is the place to find and/or link to anything and everything on the Web that you’d like to share. It’s like “digg for chicks.” If Kirtsy users like what you submit, they’ll click on it. The more clicks, the more likely your link will make it to the Popular section on the left-hand side of the front page. The right-hand side of the page shows the Editors’ Picks links. Links on the front page are seen by everybody and get lots of love. The front page content is ever-changing and always cool.
2) She was one of the Social Media Specialist at The Mom 2.0 Summit which was just a few weeks ago. The Mom 2.0 Summit was a place for marketers, bloggers, and mompreneurs to get to know one another and hear the best of the best on topics for moms for whom the market is more than a place to buy veggies.
3) She salsa dances in heels.
4) Gwen was named by her peers as being ‘one of the 50 most powerful and influential women in Social Media’ on Ron Hudson’s Immediate Influence blog.
5) She dreamed up Chicks Who Click. This is a Conference Gwen puts on with Denise Smith. It’s all social media and skiing and fun!


KIRTSY ladies!

Interview with  Gwen Bell:
Loaded Bow: ‘Social Media’ is a fairly new term to some business owners. Is it advantageous for everyone to be using Social Media?

GB: I think it’s advantageous for every business owner to know about the impact of social media on our daily life – last week the Rocky Mountain Newspaper closed its doors after 149 years in business. This is the latest in a string of newspapers shutting their doors – and it has a huge impact on business owners, small and large. I think it’s indicative of the fact that people are producing and consuming their media differently now than they were even five years ago. User-generated content sites make it easy and fast for us to all be “citizen journalists” and “eyes and ears on the ground” for one another. We are responsible both for what we produce and consume now. What is social media? It is the heartbeat of what’s happening around the globe, minute-to-minute. Who participates in social media? Whether you’re aware of it or not, all of us.
LB: I spend so much time online that actually have to time myself in order to be most effective and cost efficient for my business. What is the biggest waste-of-time mistake people make online?

GB: I can answer that question in two ways: if you’re spending time developing relationships online, I wouldn’t call it time wasting. Especially if your end game is to continue to grow those relationships offline, in real life. Also, if you’re spending that time sharing valuable information, even if it doesn’t come back to you immediately, it will have a positive impact. I see myself as a web scavenger and spend much of my day commenting on blogs, tweeting content that (hopefully) matters to people, writing blog posts about the topics I see are relevant. No day is a day wasted – we’re all experimenting here.
LB: In a recent post about being at the Huston Summit, you mention a love of teaching. The photo is a gorgeous shot of you teaching a fellow woman. Since the field you are in is always evolving, I would suppose there would be so much demand for specialists in social media. How has teaching been a part of what you do?

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Best Twitter Advice Ever

Posted in Tech Talk (Social Media for your Biz) with tags , on February 25, 2009 by zoepawlak

I just found this advice on Twitter, Tweet-ed to us by Gwen Bell.  SEE!!?  Twitter really can show you the good stuff!



Introducing Gwen Bell and Technology Month

Posted in Tech Talk (Social Media for your Biz) with tags , , on February 2, 2009 by zoepawlak

“You can’t simply sit on the sidelines and bemoan one’s outcast state; it’s not enough. This experience, this life, is our one time to be ourselves.” – Maya Angelou

I found this tagged to the end of yet another incredible post by Miss Gwen Bell.  The tag line on this lady’s blog is “Big Love in a Small World” which goes to show that there’s a lot of love and a lotta world out there for her to post about.  Her writing is delicious and her pictures and thoughts are DARLING!  We hope to feature her more this month as we go into Tech Feburary. 

What’s on the menu?  How to Tech up your world, how social media is driving the dollars and how ladies have intergrated good technologies into their daily routines like breakfast cereal!  The low-cost, no-carb way of NOW is no longer of the future.  Technology is easier, cheaper, faster and we are all about it this month.  So keep reading and enjoying and follow us on Twitter (@loadedbow)  if you want to be hip to our happenings 😉

Thanks to everyone who followed us in January.  We had our record month!  Our goal for this month is to double our hits, so feel free to join us as we talk tech.

I will leave you with another quote by Gwen-Bell-the-Great:

I have a personal motto to make every day an adventure. Even if that adventure is local, I still want to get out into the world (or go inside myself) and make something remarkable happen. Hear a remarkable story. Engage the world in a remarkable way.