I'm Dani, and this charming pup in my lap is Walter, who keeps me company while I help overwhelmed business owners navigate the world of social media.
Over the past decade I’ve cheered my clients on as they’ve gotten their first orders. I've given out high fives when they’ve negotiated their first big contract. Sent an unacceptable number of emojis when they signed their 50th retail partner. And damn near cried tears of joy as I snapped photos of their products sitting on the shelves of national giants like Target, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie and Whole Foods!
When people ask me what the best part of my job is, I happily reply: “Getting a front row seat to someone’s dream coming true.” And as sappy as that sounds, I mean it. Getting to be part of a business as it grows from a dream to a reality is something that makes me jump out of bed in the morning.
What makes me so passionate about what I do? It’s simple. It’s the understanding I have of business. It’s the fact that I’m a business owner and entrepreneur myself. It’s the fact that I am as excited about your business as you are. I’m not just on your team to write Tweets and manage ads. I’m there to make sure your dreams come true, and that the champagne is chilled when it does!
Thyme is Honey is where I share this decade of knowledge and experience with you, the small business owners who want a simple, straightforward program that provides actionable steps that are easy to implement and delivers results.
My free newsletter lets me pop into your inbox to make sure you're the first to know about algorithm changes, updates to your favorite platforms, new trends on social media or my favorite editing apps! I also offer online courses, where you can quickly learn new skills that will up your game. If you're looking for more of me, you can check out my speaking, consulting or management services. Thrilled to have you here!
Walter is our 6 year old Jack Russell Terrier. Find more of him at #WalterBtheJRT
content + social media strategist
Dani Bruflodt is a 2004 graduate of Mabel-Canton High School, where she graduated in a class of 28 kids, got detention twice, got cut from the volleyball team (also twice) and was voted most creative. In 2008 she graduated from Luther College, where she was the editor of the yearbook, spent too much time on her Dell Inspiron, and was regularly seen floating down the Upper Iowa River in an inner-tube.
Dani launched her first business in 2009 at the age of 22, and has worked in social media and content strategy since 2010. Since she loves to make dreams come true, including her own, she also designs products for her Etsy Shop, where she has recorded nearly 10,000 sales and well over $150,000 in revenue. Not bad for a side hustle.
She can and will talk your ear off about three topics: volunteering, dogs and food. She has had an active volunteer role almost consistently since the age of 19. She will pet and attempt to hug any dog that wanders within 25 feet of her. She reads a lot of books (here are her 10 favorites), loves to cook, and has been known to stand on chairs in restaurants for the perfect Instagram shot.
Dani was born and raised in the rolling farmland of Southeastern Minnesota, has lived in various parts of the Minneapolis metro area, spent 6 years as a proud resident of Madison, Wisconsin, and as of April 2018 will be living out her dream of becoming an international digital nomad when her and her husband relocate to Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dani's work has been featured at ALIVE magazine, Buzzfeed, The Today Show, Lakeshore Magazine, Midwest Living, The Rising Tide Society and Our Body Book by Cameron Diaz. In 2018 she was named one of the 6 People You Should Know in Minneapolis-St.Paul.
When she isn’t working you’ll likely find her on her bike. Packed into a canoe with her dog and husband. Reminding people to hydrate. Lost on Quora for a couple hours. Or writing about herself in the third person.
"I’ve gotten to send clients that exciting email when they got their first 100 Instagram followers. Made the announcement when they hit 1,000. Planned a celebration for that coveted 10,000 follower mark. Anxiously waited for 49,999 to turn to 50K. And hit refresh a few times when their following surpassed 5 million! My clients are powerhouses, and there is nothing better than getting to be part of their team! "
I asked 4 important people in my life to describe me in one word. Originally I just wanted these words to help guide me as I wrote my bio and site content, but thought they were fun to share.
Currently I volunteer with at-risk children at the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. When we lived in Madison, my husband and I spent two years fostering dogs through Fetch Wi, and were able to help save the lives of 14 dogs.
Other volunteer gigs over the years have been: a fingernail painter at our nearby nursing home, developing a social media training program for the elderly to help them stay in touch with their families, and a youth volleyball coach.
After we relocate to Denmark I have plans to work with an international refugee resettlement program.
Well, if I must (just kidding, I could talk about him all day). We often get asked what kind of dog Walter is. He's a wire-haired Jack Russell Terrier, although strangers on the street like to argue and tell us that he's definitely a Westie (he definitely isn't).
Walter is fluffy because we routinely took him to a groomer as a puppy to have his hair lightly shaved. This makes them lose the wiry texture and instead make them curly and fluffy! Not really accepted in the world of "breed standards", but we think he's adorable and unique!
Walter has the best personality, and knows a lot of tricks! Including cleaning up laundry, playing basketball and will shut drawers on command. He's such a helper! He's happiest when all three of us are packed into a canoe for an overnight camping trip, but we're also that couple who hauls their dog around in a bike cart.
And, yes, Walter is coming with us to Denmark (we'd never survive without him)!