Start 2014 in the Brag Basket

Happy New Year basket

Photo (CC) by SummerBl4ck on Flickr.

Time for the first Brag Basket of 2014!

What can you do in the Brag Basket?

  • introduce yourself
  • share some great news from this week
  • congratulate a friend
  • laugh about something wonderful that you tried that failed
  • applaud for each other

How do you join in?

  • Below this post is the comment section. Add your brag there.
  • If you read these by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments.

Don’t hold back because of that word, “brag.” When you hold back, you hide your good news and accomplishments that might inspire others. Even though I call this the Brag Basket, it’s not really about bragging. It’s about sharing.

This lets you meet each other a bit. Reading each others’ stories brings us a bit closer to being a community.

This is not an ad. (I delete the ads.) If you talk more about the people involved than the things, you’ll be fine.

It’s a conversation with friends. So jump in. And remember to cheer for each other.

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About Becky McCray

Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband own a retail liquor store in Alva, Oklahoma, and a small cattle ranch nearby. Becky is an international speaker on small business.

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  1. says

    I just found this site and am so excited to become a participate, both sharing and learning from other small business owners. My “brag basket” is that I just graduated from Kaplan University with my Bachelor’s in Business Administration majoring in Internet Marketing/New Media. I am in the stage of my business where I have everything set up and have strategic partners to help with my services but finding funding is, I am sure, many people’s issue. I don’t need much to start my business but I am trying to start on an empty budget at the moment. Another great stage of my journey is that I start my Master’s program on January 22, 2014. I am excited to be able to start this new journey as well. I truly enjoy learning from others, and sharing what knowledge of have. I love the word “collaboration” and strive to attain this in all aspects of my life.
    Thanks so much for your time.
    ~ Holley Jacobs

  2. says

    Hats off to one of our Palestine Development Board (PDA) members, Susan Goodwine! At our most recent meeting Susan announced that thanks to 3 community grants and her bargaining with the manufacturer, our group’s playground equipment project for the village’s park was within reach. PDA agreed to use some of the proceeds from the 2013 Wine & Art Festival to complete the project! Leaverton Park should have a fun, safe, new play area for the community’s families to enjoy by Spring.

  3. says

    A few days ago I left my day job of nearly 34 years to become a full-time potter. I’ve been a part-time pottery for a very long time as well, but financially, the time was right to make the switch. I’m working on my wholesale line sheet and putting together plans to increase the pottery sales in ways I couldn’t while I was still working full-time elsewhere. If you have an opportunity, please check out my blog and let me know what you think. Have a great New Year everybody.