Simplicity Lessons from Kidtrepreneur Clara Isabel Logsdon

by Kelvin Belfon

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Meet Clara Isabel Logsdon. She’s a 9 year-old girl who resides in Franklin, TN. There’s no doubt, she’s the youngest businesswoman I have met.

Clara was introduced to me in a recent Coaching With Excellence workshop I attended hosted by Dan Miller. During the orientation, she stood up to promote the muffins she had for sale. Although her mother was nearby, speaking before a group of over 40 adults seemed to be a usual practice for her.

This kidtrepreneur is sharp on her math skills. She’s creative and has a gregarious personality. She’s both an excellent baker and talented artist with the paintbrush; and with those two skills, she’s learned how to earn income for herself.

Clara is an unschooler. Ashley, her mother and I had a fascinating discussion on the subject. If you wish to learn more about unschooling, check out Ashley’s MamaSaysNamaste blog or ZenHabits Unschooling by Leo Babauta.

On the last day of our training, I bought Clara’s book and greeting cards. The cards were 1 for a $1.00 or 12 for $10.00. So I got the bundle deal. What happened next was totally unexpected.

Then the young author and businesswoman asked me, “Would you like me to sign your book?”

“Sure,” I replied. How could I object?

Later, I waited in line to get a picture with Clara. When the moment was right, I asked her following questions. I hope her responses will be as enlightening to you as they were to me:

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How did you start selling books?

Paraphrased: Well, actually, I started selling muffins. Then I did greeting cards because it makes more money. Then I wrote the book with my grandma Yia-Yia (Joanne Miller).

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Paraphrased: I want to be an actress. I like acting. I make my own movies on iMovies and edit them. I like painting with watercolors, illustrating pictures for books and creating stuff. I also like creating images on canva.com and putting stuff on my website.

Oh, you have your own website?!

Paraphrased: Yes, I do. My 6 year-old sister, Ellie Rose has one too but not Juliet because she’s too little…she’s only 3!

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After my quick interview with Clara, I walked away challenged and inspired all at the same time. Out of the handful of speakers and new friends I met at that two-day conference, it is quite possible that I learned the most from little Clara. She has forced me to take an honest look back on my journey.

You see, children are sages. They teach us truths that we have either become too busy or too complicated to see. If you have little ones or care for them, you know what I mean.

The biggest lesson I learned was to be child-like in your attitude towards life. Clara’s book title, “What If It Were Possible?” says it all. Dream big. Use your imagination. Set no limits to your creativity. Be bold, fearless and productive without worrying about perfection.

Helpful Notes 

  • Need a motivation with your decluttring projects or with simplifying your life? I’ll be launching a Simplicity Coaching Program. Stay tuned!
  • Lastly, would you like a FREE copy of Clara’s book, “What If It Were Possible?” or her original set of twelve greeting cards? Simply leave a comment below. The book will be the first drawing, then the greeting cards. Winners will be announced on May 24th and contacted via email. Only US shipping, please. Thanks.

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11 thoughts on “Simplicity Lessons from Kidtrepreneur Clara Isabel Logsdon

  1. Denise Moraima says:

    This child is inspiring! Shame on us when we give up on what could simply be a success. Thanks Miss Clara! I’m going to need a copy of that book…

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Hi Dee:
      Yes, this young lady is an inspiration to us all. My children enjoyed the book. I love the title, “What If It Were Possible?” If only we would remove the self-imposed limitations we set on ourselves…Oh, we would do so much more.
      Thanks for dropping by sis!

  2. Calla says:

    What an inspiration! I’m sure she’ll go far in life, not only starting as young as she did, but with her talent. Glad you got to meet her and share her story with us. Best wishes Clara!

  3. WOW! I am so inspired right now. Can’t wait to show this to my 9YO daughter.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Hi Kayla,
      Thanks for the visit! I read Clara’s book to my children and they loved it. She’s an inspiring young lady.

  4. Dona Sogbandi says:

    This young Miss has touched my heart!! I sit here crying and reading through the tears in reflection the inadequacies of my life.

    Miss Clara just taught this 56 year old woman with a free thinking mind, how important it is to think “What If It Were Possible?

    Now, I know to look at life through her eyes and to not let anything not be POSSIBLE!!

    Thank you Pastor for sharing this young lady and her inspiring thoughts!

    Praise God!!

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Yes Ms. Dona,
      This young lady is special. I was blessed to meet her and learn about her journey.
      Thank you for sharing. I’m sure she appreciate your kind words.

  5. […] At the event, Clara made such an impact on people – not just selling her products, but giving it the personal twist by autographing the book, taking pictures with those who bought, and speaking in front of the room about what all she is doing and learning.  One of the attendees wrote this blog post about her, which hit a cord with many in his audience: Simplicity Lessons from Kidpreneur Clara Isabel Logsdon […]

  6. Thank you all for your kind words, and to Kelvin for posting this! I just did my own post about the event and our unschooling if you want to learn more about Miss Clara and her sisters: http://www.mamasaysnamaste.com/i-am-not-a-teacher-but-i-unschool/

    And if any of you want a signed copy of her book, she’s selling them on her site here: http://www.claralogsdon.com/product/what-if-it-were-possible/

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      You are welcome Ashley!
      You and your husband are doing an amazing job with your children. You are an inspiration to us all.
      Thank you for the opportunity to share Clara’s story.

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