May 4, 2015

Have you read a children’s book lately?

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Children's Book WeekChildren’s Book Week starts today! Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country and is a wonderful way to encourage children to read. See their website and your local library for Children’s Book Week events and activities.

As a mom of a toddler and budding children’s book author/illustrator, I’m planning a little Children’s Book Week activity. Every day from May 4-10, I will share the book we are reading on my @lsvdesign Instagram page. Follow along and join in the fun by sharing the books you are reading too!

 

April 30, 2015

Z is for zzzzzzz…

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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

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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.

April 24, 2015

U is for understanding

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

U is for understandingU is for understanding

With an active 3-year old, I’ve been reading a lot of books on toddler behavior lately.* The underlying theme seems to be one of understanding where your toddler is coming from: how they are feeling, what is leading them to exhibit certain behaviors (i.e. having a tantrum before going to school) and ultimately, how you can relate to them on their level—not yours.

It got me thinking about how often we don’t take time to understand where someone is coming from in business situations. Where we may take things the wrong way or misunderstand a situation. It’s easy to feel rejection or resentment when you don’t knowing the underlying causes of the other person’s behavior.

Is there a situation or person that you can be more understanding of?

*Moms: I’m happy to share my recommendations and hear yours too!

April 23, 2015

T is for transition

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T is for transitionT is for transition

When my son was 1-1/2 years old, we made a change in our childcare situation and enrolled him in daycare. It was a tough transition—mostly for Mama, that is—but we made it through and he’s adapted really well (i.e. sometimes he doesn’t want to go home!)

My toddler’s transitions are based on developing new skills or learning opportunities. In small business, we are also faced with transition. And it’s not always easy. And we may kick and scream. But if we adapt like a toddler and see the potential for learning something new, it can be easier.

Are there new opportunities in your work life that require a transition?

April 22, 2015

S is for stretch

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

S is for stretchS is for stretch

I first heard the term “stretch” in Barbara Stanney‘s book Overcoming Underearning. It’s when you “go beyond what feels comfortable to what may seem impossible.”

I love this concept because in both parenting and small business, we often have to venture outside of our comfort zone. Scary as it may be, it never fails to result in a feeling of accomplishment or satisfaction.

How did you “stretch” in your day today?

April 20, 2015

Q is for quickly

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

Q is for quickly

Why does it seem like time speeds up once become a mother? Not only do you notice it as your tiny baby grows into an active, chatty toddler. But all of the sudden, there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all your work done. (And don’t even get me reminiscing about pre-kids lazy, loungy weekends…)

Sometimes, I feel like my day is in hyper-drive, yet I still can’t manage to check everything off my to-do list. One thing I try to do each day is prioritize tasks, focusing on imminent deadlines first (I use sticky notes for this purpose).

I also spend some time each evening getting “in the moment” by reading from one of my meditation/reflection books (this one by Melody Beattie and this one by Ardath Rodale are current faves). If I can squeeze in a short yoga/breathing session, even better.

How do you slow down when you’re moving too quickly?

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