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What’s In Your Bag: Trina Small

1. Keys 2. D&G Glasses + Zara sunnies, Earrings 3. Calenda Business cards 4. Stella & Dot tech wallet 5. Planner + Pen 6. Phone 7. My Charge  8. Galaxy Tablet  9. Umbrella 10. Stila liquid lipstick in Fiery +  Laura Mercier lipstick  11. Brush 12. Tabasco packets  13. Fitbit + SD card reader

What’s your biggest accomplishment? My biggest accomplishment is building a community where I can highlight my favorite small businesses. To have a small business owner call me up excited about how many sales they received and how many hits they got after one of my blog post lets me know I’m doing my job for both my readers and the businesses that support me. 

What are three books you would recommend to our readers? Sigh… truth be told I don’t read much.  Maybe as my daughter gets older I will get better. But I’ve read a few. I read The Digital Mom Handbook by Audrey McClelland and Colleen Padilla when I first started blogging. It broke down the basics of blogging.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned as a blogger? The biggest lesson I have learned is know your worth. People will try to get everything out of you … for free!  It’s OK to name your price. Another lesson I learned is it’s OK to say NO. I thought I had to do everything for everyone that asked me to. I was wearing myself thin and stressing out when I couldn’t get it done. Now I simply say no thank you or name my price to make it work.

What’s your advice to someone interested in starting their own business?  If you want start a business or a blog, my advice is do your research. Don’t expect for someone to give you a step-by-step manual on how they did it. It’s OK to ask questions but you can find a lot of information online. So many sites are dedicated with tips and resources. A good resource is IFB.b

Trina of The Baby Shopaholic's Phillip Lim Bag

Where do you receive inspiration? I get inspired by hearing other peoples stories. How they started from the bottom now their here *in my Drake voice*. That keeps me motivated. Anything is possible if you work hard for it.

If you could have one famous entrepreneur as your mentor who would it be?  If I could pick any mentor it would be Oprah. Duh. She started from the bottom too. I love that she’s more concerned with helping people better their lives, not just making millions. My ultimate goal is to live a happy life and support my family.

Do you feel your life is balanced between work life and personal life? I think my work & personal life is pretty balanced. With that being said I’m spread pretty thin. There is no room for error in my calendar. I plan my days out at least a week in advance. I limit the amount of time I’m away from my daughter. When I pick my daughter up from school I don’t do any work until after she is in bed. My husband is in there somewhere. LOL! We try to spend as much time as we can together with our daughter.

What is your favorite thing about running your own business? My favorite thing about running my business is that I can talk about my passion for fashion as much as I want. I also get to style my beautiful daughter Peyton.


Gadget: Blackberry portable speaker.  It’s the only way I can listen to my music.

App:  Instagram

Twitter: @brokesocialite  She cracks me up!

Favorite item: My camo jacket I got from ICB. I have to try NOT to wear it all the time.

To stay update to with Trina read her site Baby Shopaholic, Tweet her, Follow Her on Instagram and Like her on Facebook

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