There comes a time when you've got to step back and take a look at work-life balance. And for me - for the STRUCTUREbag's family - now is that time.

For the past 18 months I've been easing my way back in to the world of structural engineering. You may have noticed... things have slowed down a bit on the STRUCTUREbags' side.

When you are juggling a part-time engineering job, a small accessory business and being a full-time mom things sometimes slip. And the one thing I could let slip (without being yelled at!) was STRUCTUREbags.

I finally had the courage to step away from the part-time local engineering job and take a huge leap of faith - in myself.

What's the big deal?

I am now officially the owner of three businesses! And I know I will have a better work life-balance. Crazy!

This week I officially became the CEO of Guyader Consulting, a structural engineering firm of one specializing in seismic analysis and peer reviews (future home at And, I'm branching out in to some business mentoring (future home at There's a lot a person learns over the course of running a top-tier engineering office and then starting up a small business like STRUCTUREbags!

But you know what is craziest of all? I know deep in my heart this will give me more flexibility to spend time on STRUCTUREbags and my family. From time-to-time I may share some adventures from my other businesses here - especially from the business mentoring side - but STRUCTUREbags is alive and well.

So, I look forward to a robust and exciting holiday season. Including the reintroduction of our beloved hand-felted one-of-a-kind wool accessories. We will be once again honoring our military through our "Season of Thanks" campaign - coming in November. Plus, as always, we will celebrate another year in business with some fun deals and thank you gifts.

For now - I appreciate your votes for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. So honored to be chosen as a finalist by the Martha judges.

Much love to you all!


P.S. Have you checked out my other side gig? A little web design on - a football analytics website by someone pretty darn talented: Andy Guyader, PhD!

And if you have a small biz that needs a little help on the operations side (think numbers...) - drop me a note at!

Written by Brenda Guyader — October 07, 2015

Balboa Park Inspiration

A recent family trip brought us to Balboa Park - a little treasure in the heart of San Diego. And inspiration and beauty were everywhere.

This Veteran's Day we share our most popular posts about our military and their families.

Fall is in the air - even here in sunny California.

So, grab your pumpkin latte - if that's your fancy - and follow along... Because today we share a couple of ways we've made our home a little more festive this season: DIY style!

Written by Brenda Guyader — October 13, 2014