Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Places in the Finger Lakes that we Recommend

Low Key Eats: 
FLX Weinery
Berta's Cafe
Glen Mountain Bakery
Two Goats Brewing

Easy Lunch and Dinner Favorites:
Asia Cuisine
Vietnam Restaurant
Ale House
Taste of Thai
Viva Taqueria 

Locavore Foods:
Nickle's Pit BBQ
Stonecat Cafe
Roosterfish Brewing 
Moosewood Cafe 

A Bit Fancier: 
Taughannock Farms Inn
DaƱos Heuringer 
Captain Bill's Seneca Lake Cruises

Brewery and Winery Hang Outs: 
Two Goats Brewing
Ithaca Beer Company
Roosterfish Brewing
Barnstormer Winery
Hector Wine Company
Hazlett Vineyard Oasis

Pubs and Lounges:
Corks & More
The Westy
The Chapter House

Liberty Balloon Company
Finger Lakes Skydivers
Seneca Sailing Adventures
Schooner Excursions

Treman State Park
Buttermilk State Park

Watkins Glen State Park
Treman State Park
Buttermilk State Park
Finger Lakes National Forest
Taughannock State Park
Sugar Hill State Forest
Hammond Hill State Forest

Mountain Biking:
Shindagin Hollow State Forest
Connecticut Hill State Forest
Danby State Forest

Ithaca Farmer's Market
Reisinger's Apple Country
Lively Run Dairy
Silver Queen Farm
Kestrel Perch Berries
Windmill Amish Farm and Craft Market
Farm Sanctuary*

Hands On Activities:
Corning Museum of Glass
Ithaca Science Center
Dynamic Ceramics

Theater and Music: 
Hanger Theater
Kitchen Theater
Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
Dan Smalls Presents
Cornell Summer Concert Series

Greater Ithaca Art Trail

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Good Business, A Poor Business

A fellow horseman and rising star just posted: "A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business."

And a business that does nothing but good and makes no money is a poor business, literally. 

Trust me, that's what I tend to do to myself!! I have used my horses to change people's lives, sometimes dramatically. Depressed adults, lost teenagers, autistic individuals, etc... I've made a huge impact. But all of this I did often taking a loss. 

I have finally learned that I should ask for enough money so that I don't have to struggle. Life shouldn't be this hard and I shouldn't have to worry about the viability of my business financially because I gave others a significant discount, many of which could probably afford more than they actually realize. The realization is that the "good" business, the over generous business won't last long. The stress limits my ability to do what I do best: share horses with those who need them most. 

There's a balance.