Krista Cormier – Founder of Furry Lil Shenanigans

“Do your research first, learn from others who might have insight or experience, and go with the flow!”

Meet Krista Cormier


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I am a 36-year-old “cat mom” to a Tuxedo cat named Frankie, a part-time Psychology student (hoping to become a Peer Counselor), personal care attendant to my friend with Cerebral Palsy. Frankie and I currently reside in Middleboro, MA, about 1 hour south of Boston with my 76-year-old father.
I grew up with emotional and learning difficulties, and have been dealing with mental illness since my teen years. After 3 jobs in the Medical and Biotech fields with broken promises, I decided to be my own boss and pursue writing. My first book about my dog of 13 years, “The Prince of Rockland” is now available on Amazon. I am currently working on a series of children’s books based on my Pinterest board called “Furry Lil Shenanigans” based on my cat Frankie and my two stuffed animals I grew up with, BG Mouse and JM Bear. Also JM’s “cousin” Patches Bear, who I got when I was sick with my first Autoimmune illness. This has been something I have always wanted to do going back 20+ years.

How long have you been an Entrepreneur?

Officially started late last year

Did you leave a job to become an Entrepreneur?

Yes

What is the name of your current project / company?

Furry Lil Shenanigans- Company Name and Name of Children’s Book Series

Please describe for us in 1 sentence your current project.

The adventures of a mouse, dog, cat and two bears and how many shenanigans they can get into with a lesson to be learned along the way.

Where did the idea of your current project come from?

I have had a stuffed mouse and bear since childhood, and grew up with a dog who got into many shenanigans. Sunday mornings I looked forward to reading about the adventures of Calvin and Hobbes, and got ideas for the shenanigans the mouse and bear would get into. This has been a dream since I was young to publish children’s books about these characters.

Why do you do what you do?

After 3 jobs with broken promises, I want to be my own boss and now have the time to put my ideas to work. The dog I grew up with did some silly things in our neighborhood, that every time I shared his stories with others, I was always told “you gotta write a book about him!”, so last fall I did. Now I am putting the children’s books together in a series about the dog, mouse, bear(s) and my cat, and based around the neighborhood I grew up in and my travels with the mouse and bear.

What’s the one thing you wish you could go back and tell your younger self?

Slow down and do not be afraid to ask for help!

What’s the most important piece of advice would you give to someone just starting?

Do your research first, learn from others who might have insight or experience, and go with the flow!

What is the hardest thing you have had to do regarding your business?

Using other people’s computers/printers and my laptop is ancient!!!
Also getting my book out there and getting leads/followers

What does your typical day look like?

Feed Frankie EARLY, get my breakfast in, get myself together, check in on my father, and go to the Plymouth Bay Clubhouse (http://www.vinfen.org/services/mental-health-services/clubhouses/) where it is a safe, stigma-free place and I can accomplish my classwork, mentor others and work on my books. In the afternoons, about 2x a week I take care of my friend with Cerebral Palsy.
When I come home, I usually cook for my father and help with clean up and errands as he has several health issues going on right now. We both have Psoriatic Arthritis, and the New England weather is not nice to us (this morning it was almost 50 degrees and sunny and then it turned cold, windy and it started to snow!)

If you were to start again, and could change one thing, what would it be?

I would have researched and gathered my resources and listened better to others when it came to pursuing my dream of self-employment.

What is the most important thing in life?

Dunkin Donuts Iced Mocha Lattes!!!!
Having some sort of support network to fall back on when life gets tough.
Also knowing no matter what your struggle is, you are not alone.

What is one problem you encountered as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

Marketing my first book.
You have to keep going and have a “go-getter” mentality and never give up.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other outlets (I used some Christmas money to get postcards via Vistaprint) can be useful if you target the right people.
I sent the postcards to area libraries to promote my book and kept extras in my purse to hand out to interested people.

Tell us something unique about yourself.

I have endured so much mentally and physically throughout my lifetime. Usually some people give up, others turn to substance abuse to cope. After it all, I have never turned to substance abuse and I keep on going.
I must get this from my mother’s side of the family as our ancestors fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Also we are related to the artist/inventor Samuel B. Morse.
Our other ancestors include: Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman), Rebecca Towne Nourse (hung in the Salem Witch Trials) and yup even Lizzie Borden (it was her step-mother who was killed, her mother is related to our lineage!!!)


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    UPDATE: Got a laptop last week!!!