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The Waiting Game

We’ve all had to do it. It’s not fun. It sucks! It’s life.

What’s that, you ask? The waiting game… waiting for an answer, waiting for test results, waiting for a callback. No matter what you are waiting for, time ticks slowly. P-a-i-n-f-u-l-l-y slowly.

I am in the waiting zone. I am waiting to hear from Shark Tank to see if I made the cut, get to take the next step, continue the adventure in a big way.

PillowPack will move forward with or without Shark Tank, but it would be wildly exciting to proceed to Door #2!

I am finding that I am growing in mental toughness. I’ve always thought of myself as resilient, but I am now adding the word TOUGH.

While I wait, I am committed to using my time wisely. (Not waste it on anxiety and worrying. God has my back.)

  • I am analyzing the market and strategizing for exposure and growth. It’s kind of exciting in its own way.
  • I am streamlining the PillowPack construction process for efficiency and cost.
  • I am researching large scale manufacturers.
  • I am working on my other business, Color Street Nails.
  • I am catching up on household tasks.
  • I am enjoying the ride of a lifetime!

In my research, I am coming across so many travel bloggers and minimalist bloggers, giving voice to new and unique ideas and adventures. Who knew?

It is enlightening and exciting. I feel it expanding my entrepreneurial world. My dreams.

How do you handle waiting? Leave a comment below with any tips you have found useful.

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PillowPack: (un)Luggage Marketing

Do you get obsessed with ideas? Does your brain just go in circles, working to go down every rabbit trail in order to nibble on every bit of creativity available?

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That ‘s where I’m at right now!

I ponder while I should be asleep and daydream while I should be awake.

BUT, I am so thankful that God keeps give me new insights into how the PillowPack can be used… and how it can be marketed.

PillowPack Versatility

Here are all the ways I have thought of using the PillowPack:

  • General clothing to avoid luggage fees
  • Everything you need in case your checked luggage gets lost
  • Take unpacked and use for trip homesince it’s always challenging to pack a bag for the return trip
  • Take unpacked and use for souvenirs / gifts
  • Great accessory for hiking (for supplies and then a pillow)
  • When you have to spend a looong time in the waiting room at a hospital (doubles as a pillow)

PillowPack Marketing Ideation

While working on my presentation for Shark Tank, I had to encapsulated all of the benefits and greatness of PillowPack into 90 seconds!

I started thinking outside the box. That’s when I came up with the concept of  “atypical” luggage, an “invisible” suitcase, “disguised as a neck pillow” and my aunt thought of (un)luggage.

The thought evolution has been fun, amazing and invigorating!

Do you have any other ideas as to the benefits of the PillowPack? Share here or, better yet, share this post on your favorite social media and add your ideas.

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I Think I’ll Patent My Neck Pillow

I can hardly sleep. Creativity is in my blood and this entrepreneur-inventor thing really has me hyped! My heath is back, I can do anything.

Friends have told me it is INGENIOUS!

I eat, drink, think, talk, sleep, DREAM ideas for my neck pillow. I am committed to this. I will seek to patent my neck pillow. 

I finally said it!

I’ve thought it since the idea [divinely] popped into my head.

I’ve asked for patent attorney referrals on FB. I keep Googling for foundational info and finally feel like I’m understanding more fully the concepts involved, like intellectual property and non-disclosures. 

Hiring a KC Patent Attorney

Sepembert 4th, I contacted three attorneys. Two were pessimistic killjoys. I chose the one who said he wanted to buy one! He believed in me, too. They all told me to not talk to anyone—even my family— about my idea. ‘Hush Hush’ is hard for me, I want to tell the world.

September 25 is my dear friend’s birthday. She died of cancer last year. This year on this day,  I will be doing something daring. 

I hired a patent attorney. 

I am so excited and I am so scared.

And distracted!! Wallet at home. U-turns, Need fuel, Empty crockpot cooking, etc, etc, etc!

p.s. Guess how much money I have in my saving account? Yep! The exact amount I need for this. Divine!

The day I met my patent attorney!
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New Neck Pillow Design

Beats the Stuffing Out of the Old Design!

luggage and backpacks

Cancun is booked … but wait: we have to pay how much to bring carry-on suitcases? Seriously?

I was disheartened… to say the least. Our carry-on suitcases were going to cost $280 RT to go on vacation with us!

I had to find a more cost-efficient way for us to travel with the 2 kids if we wanted to take any excursions while in Cancun. (I tried to get the kids to agree to wearing multiple layers to avoid luggage! It didn’t work.)

 I lost serious sleep plotting. I was determined. I was searching for under-utilized space on an airplane.

Ah-ha. A neck pillow. It’s perfect! And thus, the PillowPack was born.

I started sketching designs.

Neck Pillow Sketches & Scratches

I began sewing samples, perfecting the pocket, the fabric, the latch, the image.

The First Neck Pillow

The contents that fit inside the first packable neck pillow.
The first packable neck pillow I sewed.

I started thinking this was a great invention. Is there anything out there like it?

I Googled all sorts of variations of the term “neck pillow” and  there was not a packable one out there!

I was shocked! No competition, so probably no patent out there, either.  It is a gift from God placed in our laps…or more accurately: on our necks!

Stay tuned. Next step is starting the patent process.