Spring has sprung: another business cycle

Spring has sprung, another business cycle - Dala Muses

Spring has finally sprung in Sweden. Finally! After the longest Winter I ever experienced in my life. It isn’t the first time I mention that I’m really affected by the seasons, even in business. I wrote about Summer and Winter before. It isn’t any different this time. Spring is the season of planting new seeds and ideas, the season of opportunity and blossoms. I’m living more outwards (less introvert), everything feels lighter, I pay more attention to things around me and see possibilities. Read more


Symbol or metaphor: 2017 in review.

Credit: John Flobrant

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas celebrations and are now taking some time off just like me. 2018 is approaching really fast and I want to invite you to reflect on 2017 together with me. Let’s think about a symbol or metaphor for 2017. What was 2017 like for you? I’m not talking about extrinsic successes or rewards, but about your inner process. How could you summarize it with just one symbol? Read more


My ‘wintersleep’ or hibernation

Quote Jill Badonsky - Hibernation - Dala Muses
I haven’t been writing/blogging lately, I know. It was a conscious choice I made a few weeks ago. Just because I deserve my hibernation for a few weeks :). The climate here in Dalarna pushes me into hibernation. It’s cold, snowy and dark and this has an effect on my whole being. I know it’s called hibernation in English and not ‘wintersleep’ like in wrote in the title, but that’s just a wink to my first language Dutch/Flemish where we use that word. Read more


For introvert creatives: my tips to put yourself out there!

It’s the evening before I leave for a short trip to my home country Belgium. I will be visiting family and teach a group of new retailers for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, together with Old Red Barn, the European distributor for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, Fusion Mineral Paint and Cling On brushes. I have done this many times before, I have been on flights on my own before,  I have been in front of a group before, I’m not even traveling to a ‘foreign’ country, but I’m a bit nervous. I just love my comfort zone … said the girl who wanted to start all over in another country. I also love to explore things out of my comfort zone! I’m very complex you could say haha. Read more


Seasons in business: summertime slowdown

Seasons in business: how to deal with the summertime slowdown - Dala Muses

We moved to an area with four very obvious seasons, just like I always wanted to. As much as there are seasons in nature are there different season in business. This season, summer, is always a challenging one and I would love to share my tips with all the readers out there with a small business. Read more