It has been a roller coaster of a winter that began with my mom having major back surgery and ended with my father-in-law passing. I do not want to make this post all about the ups and downs of my life over the last few months, but rather about where my life will take me now. Beyond still supporting my mom, being there for my kids, and lending a shoulder for my mother-in-law to cry on…..I also really need to get my ass in gear with my mompreneur travels. Throughout the winter, I felt proud that I was still continuing to check items off my to-do list while dealing with the swell of personal crises surrounding me. Now that spring has sprung (I think – it is snowing a bit today), I am ready to forge ahead with a new attitude. Just like the sun will be shining daily (maybe), I plan to sparkle again in my pursuits.
This morning in an attempt to get back in a sparkly frame of mind — I am pulling out a few of my favorite gems of information. These little crystal nuggets can help both you and me push forward in our journey:
PUT YOUR PENCIL TO THE PAPER AND WRITE YOUR ONE SENTENCE –
Tory Johnson, at Spark and Hustle, urged us to figure out “What do you want?” and to be specific in our answers. This will help in not getting stuck in the Dreaming part of the equation, Dreaming, Deciding, and Doing! Along the same lines, Tory also encouraged us to think about “What is it about you?” that makes this happen, and to craft a 1 sentence description about ourselves to present to others. My sentence is a work in progress…..but looks a little bit like this:
“I am a Mom, Mompreneur, Blogger, Writer, Life Change Conduit taking a product to market while inspiring, connecting, and sharing my experiences along the journey with other moms needing a change and to get their groove back.”
BE A BIG FISH IN A LITTLE NICHE –
Rick LaPoint, marketing guru, caught my eye in a piece on How to make your blog famous that he wrote for ComLuv. Rick gives a virtual thumbs up to being a “Big Authority in a Little Niche.” It may go against everyone’s belief to try to be everything to all people, but you can become famous in a niche that you LOVE.
AS A MOM, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LET IT GO –
Becky Beaupre Gillespie, co-author of The New Perfect, candidly retells her nasty bout of guilt over RSVPing to a speak at a work-related event before knowing there was a learning fair at her daughter’s school. Becky recalls telling herself to “let it go” and that it would all work out. As moms, we need continual affirmation that it is OK not to be perfect and to let it go! That is what Becky and her co-author, Hollee Temple, give us, and it is just what we need as moms and mompreneurs.
BE DOGGED IN YOUR BIZ PURSUITS & STRESS RELIEF –
Sometimes, I need to take my own advice! On my StartupNation Blog, I opened up about being wrapped so tight that I was not able to clear my mind at yoga. I set a goal for myself to be dogged not only as a mompreneur, but also in my downward dogs. I have let that goal go by the wayside over the last week or two, but it is now time to get back on track…….so, off to publish this blog and go to yoga.
More later – RB