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Impressive Efficiency

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Impressive Efficiency

This morning we were back at the visa office for a second attempt at handing in our applications. Unlike yesterday, we were met by smiling faces and a very well oiled bureaucratic machine. We were in and out, successfully, in minutes. The major task of today completed before breakfast, what a great way to start a sunny Tuesday!

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Angels - Untangling the Red Tape

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Angels - Untangling the Red Tape

This morning’s frustrations turned into a long day in front of the computer. For a while I was almost worried that we wouldn’t get a hold of the proper documents at all. And then, I met some angels, reps from three different factories that we are visiting. They were able to process our paperwork with lightning speed; changing and retyping letters (and getting them stamped by busy bosses) to meet all of the visa office’s demands. All the communication meant we took the step from mail to Skype, and ended up chatting and seeing the persons behind our business facades as well....

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Frustration

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Frustration

Happy Monday, and welcome to a new week, with brand new challenges. Seven days from now we’re off to meet our suppliers in person. We have a packed schedule of eight factory visits in three different cities in five days, when we will get to see, touch, and try out our samples for the first time. Very, very exciting! This morning we were scheduled to hand in our visa applications, and smack, bang, we ran into our first bureaucratic wall. I thought I had our applications covered, but 1) I did not have formal invitation letters from our partners stating details like my gender,...

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Weekend Inspiration

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Weekend Inspiration

Inspiration comes in many forms; this weekend it comes in collecting race packs for the Performance Series, modifying the race shirt into a comfortable singlet, and heading out for an afternoon run in the rain.  Signing up for the Performance Series – five 2.5K, 5K and 10K events with the hashtag #transcendyourself- is one of the reasons we are here. When I decided to do the 5K races, I had not run since before my back surgery in 2010, and spent the last few years miserably failing at keeping a healthy work-life balance. A pregnancy, two international moves, and months straight of...

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Inspiration

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Inspiration

Today is the first day of summer holidays. Hooray! I’m stealing a couple of hours away from the computer to spend with the kiddos. Tearing my mind completely away from Mollyhopp is harder though, so I combine my loves, and play around with our pattern designs and color themes while our youngest paints lemons and purple flower trees. Mollyhopp’s first collection will feature bright pinks and bold oranges. We hope you’ll love the look as much as we do!

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