April 1, 2015

A to Z of being a mom in business: a daily blog series

Filed under: Mompreneur — lidia @ 8:47 am

A to Z blogging challenge

 

Today marks the first day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, a daily blogging challenge that takes place in the month of April. There are more than 1,600 bloggers participating in the challenge this year!

Follow along with Biz Mama this month and read my A to Z of Being a Mom in Business, along with corresponding A to Z images from my Typography in the City blog.

June 18, 2018

Recap: A to Z of Design blogging challenge

Filed under: Design & Art — Tags: , , — lidia @ 10:00 am

For the last 4 years, I’ve been participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge—a daily blogging challenge during the month of April.

Last year, I started a series called A to Z of Design (including basic design terminology for non-designers) but work/life got in the way and I never finished it. So this year, I restarted the series and I’m happy to say, I finished it!

Read the A to Z of Design and learn design basics—everything from A (alignment) to Z (zip)!

See my past A to Z blogging series’, A to Z of Being a Mom in Business and A to Z of Branding.

April 1, 2018

A to Z of Design: a daily blogging challenge (redux)

Filed under: Design & Art — lidia @ 7:27 pm

A to Z of Design

For the last 4 years, I’ve been participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge—a daily blogging challenge during the month of April. (See my past series, A to Z of Being a Mom in Business and A to Z of Branding)

Last year, I started a series called A to Z of Design (basic design terminology for non-designers) but work/life got in the way and I never finished it. So it’s time for a redux. Read along and learn everything from Alignment to… whatever I come up with for Z!

Follow along with me here or on Twitter at #atozdesign and learn your ABCs of design.

See all of the A to Z of Design posts here.

April 1, 2017

A to Z of Design: a daily blogging challenge [intro]

Filed under: Design & Art — lidia @ 5:49 pm

Today is the first day of the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge, a daily blog challenge I’ve been participating in for the last three years. (See my A to Z of Being a Mom in Business and A to Z of Branding)

This year’s topic is A to Z of Design, basic design terminology that will come in handy if you work with graphic designers.

Follow along here during the month of April or on twitter at #atozdesign

See all of the A to Z of Design posts here.

April 1, 2016

A to Z of Branding: a daily blog series

Filed under: Branding — lidia @ 3:20 pm

A to Z of Branding: a daily blog series

Today marks the first day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, a daily blogging challenge that takes place in the month of April. There are over 1,800 bloggers participating this year!

You may recall I participated in the challenge last year with my A to Z of Being a Mom in Business series.

This year’s theme is one of my other passions: A to Z of Branding. Follow along to learn a little something about branding, improve your own branding and have fun while you’re at it (and see what word I will come up with for the letter Z!)

Follow the A to Z of Branding blog series here or on twitter at #AtoZBranding

April 30, 2015

Z is for zzzzzzz…

Filed under: Mompreneur,Time Management — lidia @ 10:00 am

A to Z of being a mom in business: a daily blog series

Z is for zzzzzzz

The last word for my A to Z Challenge was actually my husband‘s idea. I thought it was perfectly appropriate for moms in business because “zzzzzzzs” are a common topic of conversation. Whether it’s our own lack of sleep (an early-rising child, late-night work) or our child’s sleeping habits (or lack thereof), we always seem to be talking about sleep.

What most working moms can usually agree upon is that we don’t put a high enough priority on sleep. I know I’m guilty of staying up late reading a book—and getting much-needed “me time”—when I should be sleeping. But sleep is what recharges your body and makes it easier to tackle the next day.

So, I’m officially declaring to shut off my iPad library app earlier each night (or better yet, start reading when the battery is low so my end time is imposed!)

How do you make sure you get enough zzzzzzzs each night?

And that’s a wrap on the A to Z Challenge!

Wow, one month of daily blogging wasn’t so hard after all. Thank you to A to Z Challenge community for presenting this opportunity to better my blogging skills. And thanks to my readers for following me on this journey and participating in the discussion.

Click here to catch up on the entire “A to Z of being a mom in business” blog series.

April 29, 2015

Y is for yell

Filed under: Mompreneur — lidia @ 10:00 am

A to Z of being a mom in business: a daily blog series

Y is for yellY is for yell

Toddlers yell, especially when they don’t get their way (case in point: my 3-year old having a meltdown this morning because he insisted on eating crackers before getting dressed). I like to think the concept of yelling is not bad: toddlers are not yet emotionally-mature enough to manage their feelings like adults do. So their frustration comes out as a YELL.

Sometimes, small business owners would like to yell too. But we (hopefully!) find a way to channel those emotions into something less, err, loud. Like taking a few deep breaths or hitting the gym.

How do you channel your “yelling” emotions?

April 28, 2015

X is for x-ray

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A to Z of being a mom in business: a daily blog series

X is for x-rayX is for x-ray

Whenever I ask my toddler “what starts with the letter X?” he always says “x-ray.” And wouldn’t it be nice if us moms had an “x-ray” that told us what toddlers were thinking when they say or do something, ahem, questionable?

It would also be nice in small business to have “x-ray vision” into what people are thinking (Why didn’t that prospect call me back? Why didn’t I get chosen for that project?). As hard as it is though, sometimes you have to make peace with the mystery of not knowing—both in business and motherhood.

What do you wish you could “x-ray?”

April 27, 2015

W is for worry

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A to Z of being a mom in business: a daily blog series

W is for worryW is for worry

Moms tend to worry a lot. As a new mom, you worry about your baby’s sleeping, eating or crying. Then they grow into active toddlers, and you worry they will fall and hurt themselves (or have a tantrum in public!) I find the key to worrying is to make it productive: use the worrying to find a solution and then let the worry go.

Worries can creep into small business too. I worry when I don’t have enough work, or when I have TOO much work (I know, it’s crazy). But I try to diffuse the worries by being productive, grateful, or reaching out to my network for help.

Do you channel your worries into something more productive?

April 25, 2015

V is for vanity

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A to Z of being a mom in business: a daily blog series

V is for vanityV is for vanity

When you become a mom, all sense of vanity seems to go out the window. First off, you quickly realize you have absolutely no idea how to take care of a tiny little person (“but I know how to run a business, I’m sure I can figure this out!”) As they grow into little toddlers, you find yourself going to work with mud stains on your pants and just shrugging it off.

As a mom in business, you also have to lose some sense of vanity. Not everyone will “love you” or be your ideal client. And sometimes you feel like you’re doing a pretty bad job juggling work/home priorities. But you just have to shrug it off. And realize that, in the end, you’re doing a pretty darn good job.

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