Women Entrepreneurs – be honest and open!

A few months ago, I connected with a fun and exciting female inventor through my blog.  We have been working together a bit….bouncing ideas off one another and giving feedback.  This entrepreneur, Becky Lucid, has also been an amazing supporter of the blog, so I asked her to write-up some thoughts for a post.  When I received Becky’s entry, I was extremely flattered and a little embarrassed to run it (it was about ME), but I decided to share it with you.  Not as a big tribute to me, but rather as a spotlight on the difference one woman can make on another with just an open-mind and a helping hand.  I am so thankful for the collaboration that Becky and I share, and while she is not a “mom” in the traditional sense, she is a “daughter” with “mom” responsibilties….read on and you will see:

Becky’s post —

Rachel surprised me when she asked me to share a post on her blog.  I have been “dogged” for a while now & those who read her posts will completely understand the term dogged.  She also asked that I share a little about myself.  I questioned her because I am not a Mom.  She responded back “but you are a caregiver and entrepreneur.”  So again, I thank Rachel for sharing her perspective and giving me this opportunity.

I am sure that there are many others that may find themselves in the same position as I am – taking care of an elder parent full-time.  I absolutely love being able to help my Mom to live in the manner she wants (that is to be able to live in her own home).  I felt a great need to honor this request for her.  After all, she & my father sacrificed a lot to give me a great life as a child and even to this day.

Besides taking care of my Mom, who is a widow, I spend a lot of time on my computer working on getting my inventions to market as well as social media.  I have met some wonderful people on social media who have become great friends & mentors.

I’m not exactly sure who “Tweeted” who first, but what I do know is as soon as I read the Back’nGrooveMom blog, I wanted to read more.   I no longer think of Rachel as one of my Tweeps that I follow, but as a good friend that I learn a great deal from.

Ok, so this may not exactly be about me, but with Rachel’s help & guidance, she is helping me to become the entrepreneur I want to be.  She keeps it real & makes it not so scary to take the risk.  So dreams can become a reality for all those brilliant, creative, intelligent (already said that but worth repeating) and strong women out there.  Like Rachel we should have a CAN DO attitude – if it doesn’t work the first time (and it may not), pick yourself up and keep moving forward.  Look back only to learn from what you’ve done.

Like business plans we are evolving and change as we move forward.  Thank you, Rachel, for this opportunity to write this post, and what I’ve learned about myself by doing it!  Also, a big thank you to your family for sharing you with all of your friends & followers!

Thank you, Becky!  I am so thrilled that we connected.  I think that there are 2 lessons here:

1) When one is honest and open, great connections are made.  If you are blogging or micro-blogging, be true to you!

2) Never forget where you came from….you may have small or tremendous success, but help those just starting out!

You can catch up with Becky @Fannyseat on twitter!

Rachel


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  • Haralee June 3, 2011, 12:11 PM

    It is amazing how you can become friends and feel a connection with some one you know only on line.
    You go Becky and Rachel!

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  • Nicole Fende June 3, 2011, 1:08 PM

    Haralee you are so right!

    Rachel I’m in the same boat as Becky, you are way more than a tweep or SUN connection. Have a great weekend!

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    • Rachel Blaufeld June 8, 2011, 5:42 AM

      AWWW! Nicole….thanks so much! I adore our little skype meetings….Rachel

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  • Sharon Hiebing June 3, 2011, 4:29 PM

    I can’t count how many friends and supporters I’ve met through social media. I totally relate to both of your stories, Rachel & Becky.

    I too am not a mom in the “traditional” sense, but I am a grandma via my step-daughter, so I think that counts! And if you are fully participating in life, we are all caregivers in some fashion, whether it’s to your parents, like you Becky (kudos by the way), a pet, or an employee.

    Giving back is one of our greatest gifts – hats off to everyone who accepts the responsibility willingly.

    Sharon Hiebing
    Relocating Without Rose-Colored Glasses!

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    • Rachel Blaufeld June 8, 2011, 5:43 AM

      Sharon — you are right! Thanks for sharing….we all need to applaud one another! Rachel

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  • Traci D. Ellis June 7, 2011, 4:34 PM

    Rachel, this is a fabulous post, and a real testament (as you pointed out) to the impact that we as women can have on each other! I firmly believe that when we openly share and give of ourselves, our businesses will prosper. That is not the traditional thinking, but it works!

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  • Rachel Blaufeld June 8, 2011, 5:44 AM

    Traci – Thanks for the nice comment. Yes – as women, we do need to help each other out! Rachel

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  • Becky Lucid June 30, 2011, 6:43 PM

    Thank you to all of you that have read our joint post & commented on it! I’m blessed to have Rachel in my life! It took me a long time to get on social media & now I have a hard time living without it. I miss all of my friends on it! While you may not have met the person face to face on social media there is no doubt that you may know them better than some of your life long friends! So, thankful for social media & connecting with like-minded friends! Beck aka @fannyseat

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