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Hello, I'm Jordan Brantley, and I'm a recovering perfectionist.

I'm craving the real real, sick of the perfectly polished.
But I can't quit! I'm a total perfectionist.

This is my first step towards recovery. 

Jordan Brantley and the flying coffee cups!

In an effort to practice "shipping" content before it's my idea of perfect, I'm going to start sharing more here + an audio blog (can't bring myself to call it a podcast) on Anchor. More of the mess, the real, and what's actually happening in our day-to-day.

This is scary! The pretty, curated grid is safe. You don't have to hear me fumble as I figure things out. I have as many takes at editing as I want before publishing.

I'm pushing past the thoughts of "why would anyone care to listen?" and "is this even worth my time, let alone anyone else's?" because if another mama was in my shoes – trying to build up a strong business and a strong little girl; finding her way in a new city, across the country from what was comfortable for so long; on top of all the other pieces of "real life" – I would want to hear her thoughts. I would want to know what she's trying, what's working, and what is just totally not working. 

So – if that's you, you can find those real thoughts here.

Even though I want to type "I'm going to try to..." so badly right now, I'm not! I'm going to commit to sharing the real real, right here (and on Anchor), every week. 

*Going to feel all the vulnerability regret now – and then get over it and keep going.*

Listen to my first (awkward) audibly documented entry on Anchor or via the player below. (including two options – tell me which one you like!)

A recap of One Spark 2014
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You guys, One Spark was so much better than I ever expected. If you were there, you know! It was five long days full of excitement, innovation, wonderful people and the beginnings of many fabulous connections.

It has been a few weeks since the festival ended, but things haven't calmed down around here. My days have been full of getting to know the people I met at One Spark better and figuring out how we can collaborate, meeting and emailing people about partnering with The Business Bar, and planning my next steps to launch! The excitement I saw in the people I told about The Business Bar has been a huge motivation through the days when I doubt my dream.

Our booth was set up inside my friend Jay's awesome clothing boutique in downtown Jacksonville, Strght & Nrrw.

My favorite part of the booth ( and it seemed to be everyone else's as well! ) was our Passion Profile board. It was a place for people to share what they are passionate about - whether they've turned their passion into a business or not! It was so cool to see the board fill up and hear everyone's stories. The board was also a big encouragement for me. All of these passionate people are the reason I am starting The Business Bar!

I am so grateful for my "street team" who came out everyday and helped me at the booth and spread the word on the streets. Chris, Ginny, Calli, Danny, Sarah, Amanda, Amber and even Liam ;) - you guys absolutely rock.

And a special thank you to Ginny of Photography by Virginia Hobbs for not only bringing me smoothies and cider, repping The Business Bar, but also taking these fabulous pictures so we can remember the start of The Business Bar forever!

The Business Bar at One Spark 2014
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Since my post announcing The Business Bar I've been running at a full sprint getting ready for an event in Jacksonville called One Spark. If you followed my old blog, Create Like Crazy, you may remember my posts about the event last year - here and here. This year, The Business Bar is an official Creator at One Spark. This means we have the opportunity to share the idea and receive funding to make it happen.

How does One Spark work?

One Spark is a crowdfunding festival starting today and ending Sunday, April 13th. Downtown Jacksonville will be filled with Creators ready to share their ideas with the thousands of voters/contributors who come by. Creator's projects ( like The Business Bar ) get funded by hopefully getting a portion of the $200,000 crowdfund that will be divided depending on votes - as well as individual contributions.

How can you participate? 

If you are in Jacksonville during One Spark, you can participate by coming downtown, checking out the Creator projects and voting for and/or contributing to your favorites. The festival is completely free but you must check-in downtown to vote!

If you're not going to be in Jacksonville, you can still participate by going to the website, beonespark.com, browsing the Creator projects online and contributing to your favorites there. You will still need to create a One Spark account to contribute!

Either way, download the One Spark app or create an account on the One Spark website so you can be part of this awesome event!

And of course, we would greatly appreciate your vote and contributions to The Business Bar! Any funding we receive will go towards creating products and platforms that will serve small business owners and help them pursue their passions.

If you are planning to come to One Spark, make sure to come to our booth at Straight & Narrow near the heart of One Spark, Hemming Plaza. ( Straight & Narrow is just a few doors down from Chamblin's Uptown on Laura Street ) We would love to hear your story, learn what you are passionate about and see how we can help your dreams become a reality!

Click here for directions to our Venue, Straight & Narrow

Click here to view The Business Bar's profile and vote/contribute