Archive for January, 2009

The Mom Song

OK, Time to get your laugh on… How is a woman supposed to get anything done when there’s so much to laugh about?

Here’s The Mom Song. I just love it! Play it for all the moms you know and love.

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How to get it all done (?!@#)

I’m laughing as I write this post, since I am pushing through some crazy stuff to get it done. I’ve been a little absent lately thanks to some great things that have been occupying the space of my prioirities. One of these priorities is standing on the chair I’m sitting in, hanging onto my head, and jumping and dancing to Raffi’s “Shake My Sillies Out” as I grip the computer for dear life, continually hitting the backspace key to correct all the typos and try not to get knocked off the chair.

So I’m singing Raffi, entertaining (lamely) my two-year-old daughter, and writing. This is the life of a mom entrepreneur that I love!

Getting it all done, juggling the various roles and responsibilities I’ve signed up for, balancing between the worlds of mother and coach/business owner… These phrases are loaded with energy, often negative energy, since lots of times we tend to focus on what we aren’t doing versus what we are doing.

I’m giving myself a break. This blog post may not be the most riveting or life-changing one I’ll ever write, and my humming along with Raffi is not the prettiest, and there are lots of better ways to entertain my babes during family time, and there are lots of things I could be doing for my business right now, and the godforsaken laundry is still there, right outside my office door, looking at me…

But I don’t care. I’m doing what I can. I’m doing it right now. I’m laughing at the juxtaposition of my littlest now singing “Shake Your Booty” while I try to compose meaningful thoughts.

This, for me, is having it all. There will be more time for babes and more time for business as my children grow up and my business grows. Both will go through stages that require more or less of me, and I’ll adjust my schedule accordingly.

My other big priority is an interview tonight with Angela Jia Kim on http://www.savorthesuccess.com. I’ll be sharing more on how we mom business owners straddle the two worlds we live in, and some tips for making it all work for us. Please consider joining in! To register for the call, follow this link: http://www.savorthesuccess.com/event/details/58

What about you? What does a typical day of working at home look like for you? What have you decided to let go of that has made you happier with your life? Please share your comments below.

The trouble with “balance”

I’m getting ready to give a teleseminar about time management for mom entrepreneurs, and that’s been taking me away from my other writing (this blog). The seminar is going to tackle some of the biggest issues mom business owners face: having time to do it all, and not feeling guilty for being both a mom and an entrepreneur. Admittedly, this is a tall order. (Find out more about the seminar at: www.mombizcoach.com and click the Events tab.)

One of the reasons this is such a challenge is because there is so much emotion wrapped around big ideas like “motherhood” and “entrepreneur.” Everyone and their dog has something to say about how things are supposed to go. If you’re a mom, you should stay home with your children, breastfeed them until they’re old enough to say, “No more, thanks, Mom!”, provide educational direction, character-building opportunities, and hot, healthy, organic meals to boot until they leave you almost 20 years later for someone/thing they love more than you. Well, those are just some of the things some people expect of mothers.

Entrepreneurs don’t get a much better go at it. They’re expected to be up to amazing tests of character and knowledge, to have the vision of SuperMan, the stamina of an Energizer Bunny, the discipline of a Marine Corps drill seargent, and all of their waking (and sleeping?) hours to devote to the growth of their business.

A lot of people (myself included) promote the idea of a healthy balance of these two completely different worlds. Balance is about three major points:

  1. The goal is to simply accept yourself.
  2.  Once you’re good with that, then set some priorities that are important to you.
  3. When you’re clear on what’s most important to you, then be intentional about how you spend your time on those priorities and let the other stuff go.

This philosophy is what makes it okay for me to feel very successful and satisfied with my life as a mom and an entrepreneur. I might not be successful in someone else’s terms (So what if I haven’t brushed my two-year-old daughter’s hair since she was born? And that pile of clutter easily found in every room of my house? Well, the pile and I have a mutual understanding now. We’ve learned to co-exist. And I know people who work 16 hour days in very stressful jobs who might not think I spend enough time stressing about my business. Hmmm. Ok.), but I am successful according to my own terms.

Balance comes for me when I focus on my priorities, then spend time doing the things that support those priorities, which are the things that are most important to me. It’s also about letting go of the things I’m not good at, or that I hate, or even the things that others want for me, but aren’t the things I want.

To have a balanced life, I have completely let go of the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” paradigm. I am focused on the most important things in my life: my family, my health and happiness, and my business. From my perspective, I’m doing great with the biggies. And I’m really getting good at ignoring the dust bunnies and the laundry mountain just outside my office door. Balance is all about making peace with all the extra things you could be doing, but that don’t matter as much as the biggies. So I think I’m just going to string some Christmas lights on that damn pile of clothes. Make it pretty. Or I could drag it out in the front yard, let some snow fall on it, and my kids would have a blast sledding down it. Now, there’s a SuperMom!

My first live interview–tomorrow!

Please tune in when I am the guest of networking diva Michelle Oliver, The Connection Wizard, on her BlogTalkRadio show Thursday, Jan. 8th at 12 pm ET!

I’ll be sharing my journey as a mom and an entrepreneur and some tips to help other mompreneurs make time for both family and business. Go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/connectionwizard to listen live at Noon (download will be available at this same web address once call is completed). There you will find instructions for calling in or sending a message to us to have your questions answered during the call. I look forward to chatting with you and knowing that you’re there!

You can also leave some questions or comments here, on the blog, and we’ll try to address them during the show.

Let’s barter our way out of this recession

Happy New Year, Folks!

The New Year just about squeaked past me unnoticed since I’ve been travelling and visiting with family for the last two weeks. We just arrived home late last night after a sometimes thrilling trip across 750 miles of icy roads. Time spent relaxing, resting, eating, connecting, playing with family and friends caused a bit of a time warp.

One of the first blogs I read today was The Mogul Mom, authored by Heather Allard. I am so inspired by what this mom entrepreneur is doing to help other mom business owners. Heather has created a “Helping Out Directory” of mompreneurs who are willing to barter or trade their products and services in exchange for other products/services they need. What a brilliant idea!

As business owners, we all have to make choices about our priorities and what we can afford to spend on them. I know that I have a long list of business tasks I’d like to pass off to a VA, but haven’t done it yet for a number of reasons. I would gladly trade my coaching services in return for some VA assistance. I imagine that there are those of you whose businesses are in need of some marketing, web design/maintenance, bookkeeping, organization, etc. Would you be willing to exchange your services to get what you need?

If so, visit Heather’s blog, read about the “Helping Out Directory,” and add your name and information to her growing list. You might find something you need, and you might be able to lend a hand to someone else, all without exchanging a single penny.

Bartering is a great way of doing business when the economy is unstable. A sensible gut reaction to the recession is to tighten the belt and not spend if you can avoid it. But, putting off expenditures (especially investments, which pay you back in time) has its costs, too.  You owe it to yourself to get your business needs met, and bartering is a creative way to do just that. Consider what a system of bartering could make possible for you that you currently believe won’t happen given the circumstances.

Have you bartered for goods/services in the past, or are you bartering now? If so, let me know how it’s working for you and what sort of things you’re trading.

Got other creative ideas for meeting business needs in a recession? I’d love to hear them! Please share your comments here and consider subscribing to my blog (upper right hand corner of this page) to follow the responses of others.


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