You have heard me sharing my thoughts and experiences this summer about clearing the clutter and moving to a new home. You may have guessed but it’s time to share:
The reason I moved and am focusing on “space” is because I have
removed someone from my household. Yes, I am getting divorced.
And it’s not as joyous as some other women in this industry who
have shared similar experiences. It is heart-breaking, draining,
emotional, stressful, and exhausting. It is also liberating,
motivating and exciting!
But my reality this summer is this: while many of you may have
been struggling to work with the kids at home this summer, it
was everything in me to find a few hours each day to spend on
business. And then everything in me to find the energy and
motivation to do anything for my business.
And you may have noticed that things are still moving forward
for me. I am rebranding my site, launching some new programs
that are focused on how to build REAL-ationships ™ instead
of those fake ones just for a buck, and my cash-flow has even
increased this summer!
How is this possible?
Systems and an amazing team.
The truth is that I didn’t really do much of the work this
summer–my team team.
And they were able to because of the systems that we have in
place to implement ideas and track their success.
I want to extend my heart-felt gratitude to my amazing team
and my incredible friends. They have kept me feeling positive
and believing in myself.
As we move into the future, I may or may not share some of the
heart-wrenching lessons that made me stronger and made me
realize that it was time for me to soar–bigger than I have before.
This blog post is not what I intended, but it is. So I will let it be.
I guess there is a reason that it is this and I hope someone can benefit from this truth.
That’s what this blog post was about 5 minutes ago. 5 great tips to help you (and me) avoid the overwhelm and feel accomplished in between dealing with kids running in/0ut of the house, cars breaking down, baseball tournaments, dance & cheer practices, parades, summer camps and life slapping you over the head (or as some say, God laughing at you because you tried to plan something without consulting HIS schedule).
But it’s gone. Missing. Disappeared.
And that brings me to my REAL issue. I am really struggling with this 30 day blog challenge. I am just not sure, with everything in my life, that I have the attention span to do something for 30 days.
And if that’s true, how could I possibly expect myself to be any more successful than I am now???
I am pretty sure that as difficult as it is, it is very important for me to learn how to stay focused to the end of a project. In fact, as I write this, I am sure that my team will LOL (laugh out loud, for those of you without kids) when they read this.
So here is my public commitment. I WILL complete the 30 Day Blogging Bonanza that I created a few weeks ago. (I will even commit to TWO extra days to compensate for last weekend which flew by without a post from me.)
And I can already tell you it does everything I said it would.
I am now getting 2-3 times more new subscribers everyday than I was before.
I am getting great comments on Twitter, Facebook and my blog about the short articles.
I am making new, cool friends.
And I have cool people calling me up wanting to do business with me! (that’s money in my pocket)
So it works. I know. And I will continue.
How’s it going for you?
PS. What tips do you have for warding off the “summer overwhelm”? It would be great to hear YOUR thoughts and perhaps it would jog my memory for the 5 cool tips I thought of, wrote in a cool blog post, then lost and promptly forgot…
Today life hit me. It started last night at around midnight when my 16 yr old called to say that she had wrecked my car. She was fine but my car wouldnt move.
This morning when I got up, my agenda for the day was shot! Instead of wrapping up some projects that have been pending all week, I got my daughter up, directed her with some chores and then we went running–trying to figure out what was wrong with my car and how much it would cost to fix.
I was able to get in a couple of client and team member conversations which was absolutely fun! It was such a relief to be consumed for a couple hours by my business and a new client.
But now that the day is almost over and my blogging task is still waiting for me, I decided I was only capable of sharing my life.
The only thing it has to do with business is everything.
As an entrepreneur working from home, and as a mom whose #1 job is to raise her kids, its not unusual to have life slap you upside the head.
When this happens, I try hard not to get frustrated and I try to feel grateful that I have a career that allows me to deal with life as it happens (the alternative would be to have someone else helping my kids…that wouldnt make me feel better).
How do you handle life when it slaps you unexpectedly?
I’m going to be doing a great call with Debbie LaChusa from the National Association of Home-Based Business Moms (NAHBM) Thursday (tomorrow!), and wanted to let you know all about it. Debbie will be interviewing me about the “5 Ways to Use Social Media to Find and Create Profitable Connections.”
Here are some of the hot-points we are going to cover:
1. What the BEST social networking platform for creating Joint Ventures is…right now
2. How to identify the perfect Joint Venture
3. How to connect with new Joint Venture partners via Social Media platforms
4. The 5 Key Strategies to develop profitable, long lasting joint ventures and…
5. How to leverage the relationship to build your list at record speed and make more money!
We all know how beneficial networking can be for our business, but as a busy solo-professional it’s not always convenient or possible to spend precious time attending networking functions. Plus how many of those events are filled with entrepreneurs just like us who understand the challenges and thrills of being a H0me-based business mom?
Not many, I know!
I am excited to announce that I’ve been invited to be on the Advisory Expert Panel for the brand new National Association of H0me-Based Business Moms - “NAHBM.” The NAHBM, which supports moms in business, is kicking off with a fr*ee Virtual Networking Luncheon on March 31st (tomorrow)! I would like to invite you to participate.
This Virtual Networking Luncheon is a fr*ee call and is a great opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded women, find out what NAHBM is all about, and get your questions about running a successful H0me-based business answered.
JOIN ME, BRING YOUR LUNCH (I will have mine) and meet 10 AMAZING MOMPRENEURS!
I am so excited to be a part of NAHBM because their focus is on the three key areas that I know are critical to building a successful H0me-based business and happy life as a working mom: Empowerment, Education, and Enlightenment.
Plus, NAHBM’s panel of experts will be sharing information and tips in all the areas that are important to us moms, NOT just business. So in addition to sharing information on topics such as marketing and sales, you’ll also learn tips on parenting, health and fitness, time management and getting organized, and much, much more.
And, your first Virtual Networking Luncheon is on NAHBM!
That means you don’t have to be a member to participate in this kickoff call. We want to give you a chance to come to a meeting, see what we’re all about and meet some of our members and experts.
To learn more or attend, simply go to http://sn.im/nahbm and register for the NAHBM Fr*ee Special Report and weekly ezine. When you do, you will also receive call-in details for the Virtual Networking Luncheon on March 31, 2009 at 11am PT (2pm ET).
If you can’t make the call, you can still register for the Special Report and complimentary ezine subscription where you’ll receive tips and advice every single week from me, and the other 15 NAHBM Experts, to help you make the most of your business and your life.
I hope to “see” you on tomorrow!!
So I love videos, but really, when OTHER people do them. This is my attempt to personally invite all mompreneurs to our telesummit that starts this week–despite my 11 yr old peeking through the blinds in the background and my 5 year old opening and closing the front door multiple times…
I’ll bet you’ve noticed this trend too…have you been aware of more and more moms running their own businesses? Well you’re exactly right. Statistics show there are more and more Mompreneurs everyday. Unfortunately you can’t get a college degree on how to be a Mompreneur. Figuring things out on your own takes years and is filled with a path mistakes. Trust me, I know. I’m the mother of 4 and I’ve been an entrepreneur for over 20 years.
Because I REALLY want to help other Mompreneurs reach maximum success in the shortest amount of time, I asked 20 of the most successful women I know to share their knowledge with you. To my surprise I actually got confirmation from 22! They are making themselves accessible to you from February 16 through the 25th in the “Savvy Mompreneurs Telesummit.”
And they are all sharing real world techniques that are sure to push your business to the next level, no matter where you are today. There is really no other training for Mompreneurs available right now on this scale.
I’m sure you’ll recognize many of the names of these powerhouse Mompreneurs. We’re kicking off the series with Kristi Frank of “The Apprentice” fame. There are so many others I’ll just let you read for yourself. All the details are on this page. I look forward to hearing you on the calls and learning all about YOUR successes!
“It’s No Accident How These Savvy Mompreneurs
Have Run Successful Careers AND Happy Families…
And How YOU Can Too!”
From the home office of MaryPat Kavanagh
Monday, 9:23 a.m.
Hi fellow mompreneur!
Let’s face it. Moms are probably the best multi-taskers around. We can balance a toddler on a hip, while making a PBJ sandwich, and talking to our most important client on the phone.
But just because we CAN juggle so well doesn’t mean we always make the best choices about our businesses.
Did you miss the free preview call with myself and Lisa Sasevich? Now you can listen to the replay below!
No Matter What The Daily Pressures Are, A Lot Is Expected From Moms…
No Matter What The Daily Pressures Are, A Lot Is
Expected From Moms…
To be honest with you…moms have it tougher than your average person. Yes, we’re all time-challenged. But no matter how far we’ve come in gender equality, women are expected to juggle more. We are still maternal. It’s in our DNA. No turning that off. We want our children to thrive and be successful at everything from infancy to adulthood. And of course we want to make enough money financially to afford the freedoms that brings.
FOUR STRATEGIES FOR CREATING SUCCESS AT HOME BY
STAY-AT-HOME-MOM & FORMER ‘APPRENTICE’ KRISTI FRANK
Online entrepreneur Kristi Frank went from “You’re Fired” on Season One of ‘The Apprentice’ to “I’m Inspired” in her exciting and inspiring new reality - creating an online marketing site for stay-at-home mom’s just like her. Chosen by ‘The Donald’ to be in the first group of women ever to appear on NBC’s ‘The Apprentice,’ Kristi Frank left the show, got married, had a baby, and began working to become the new mentor for millionaire moms working at home.
By the age of 25, I had a degree in Engineering from USC and a real estate broker’s license. I’d already dealt in highly desirable Santa Monica real estate while earning money in my spare time dealing casino Blackjack. But I certainly wasn’t prepared for what was about to happen next. Chosen from over 250,000 applicants to appear in NBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ with Donald Trump - the first and still the highest rated season in the show’s history - I was happily running my successful Santa Monica restaurant when I took a shot at a New York long shot - ‘The Apprentice,’ created by Mark Burnett of ‘Survivor’ fame.
After hearing those dreaded two words directed from ‘The Donald’ to me, I was fortunate to take part in a whirlwind media tour, appearing as a guest on ‘Oprah’, ‘The View,’ ‘The Today Show,’ among many. I spoke privately with Barbara Walters and Katie Couric backstage, and on the way back home to Los Angeles, began to create a business plan for my next adventure. These days, when I’m not at home in Los Angeles or Park City, Utah with my husband and toddler son, you can catch me flying to and from marketing conferences across the country creating an online business specifically skewed to women. My sole intent is to empower “moms” with a soup-to-nuts online marketing business site that presents in a clear, linear format how to launch products and infomation online. But in the midst of developing my ultimate “mom’s” marketing web site, I thought I’d take pause and share some of the strategies for success I’ve employed in my own business and personal life. (more…)