April 25, 2015

V is for vanity

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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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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

Filed under: Creativity,Mompreneur — lidia @ 10:00 am

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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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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?

April 18, 2015

O is for optimism

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O is for optimismO is for optimism

I’m a natural optimist. But I’ll admit, some days it’s tough to keep a positive attitude. Several months ago, I participated in a group that read and discussed the classic Napoleon Hill book, Think and Grow Rich. The moderator spoke about how your mind is like a muscle—sometimes you have to work that muscle to keep your thoughts positive and focused on your goals. On those days when I feel less than optimistic, I make an effort to flex that “muscle” and make the shift to thinking positively again.

Are you a natural optimist or do you have to flex your “muscles?”

P is for play

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P is for playP is for play

Most of us don’t play enough in our day. When you have a toddler, you have no choice (and my toddler will call me out on it if I’m not really playing). Kids help us see things from a more whimsical perspective: why shouldn’t a stack of Lego blocks be a robot? They help you slow down and appreciate simple, yet amazing moments.

Couldn’t we all use a bit of play in our business day?

 

April 16, 2015

N is for no

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N is for noN is for no

If there’s one thing toddlers are good at, it’s saying “no.” Business owners, not so much. I know I’m guilty of taking on too many responsibilities or overbooking myself. And as a mom in business, there’s nothing worse than feeling like you don’t have enough time for your child. If my 3-year old was presented with something he didn’t really want to do, he would simply say “no!” I’m going to start following his lead.

Is there something you should say “no” to today?

April 15, 2015

M is for mistake

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M is for mistakesM is for mistake

Toddlers are constantly learning new things so naturally, mistakes happen. But they easily shake it off, move on, and (we hope) learn a lesson. In small business, mistakes happen too. But instead of feeling disappointed, what if we were to shake them off move on, and most importantly, learn from them? Then we would see it’s OK to make mistakes.

Did you learn from a mistake today?

April 14, 2015

L is for laugh

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L is for laughL is for laugh

My toddler spends a good part of his day laughing. Us adults on the other hand (and especially working parents), we seem to get bogged down in the seriousness of everyday life. Listening to my son laugh—and laughing along with him—always boosts my mood, especially after a stressful workday. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

Did you take the time to laugh today?

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