Created with Sketch.
Mommy's Home Office
18 minutes | Sep 26, 2018
The Power Of Manifesting!
Ok, guys! I’m gonna get a little woo woo in this episode but I want you to stick with me because I know how powerful this is. I’ve been studying and practicing the law of attraction and manifesting for quite some time now and just recently was reminded exactly how much power I have through it. So before I go into the whole story, I want to give you a quick crash course in the law of attraction. Law of Attraction 101 Basically, it’s the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on. Meaning that all thoughts turn into things eventually. So if you focus on negative doom and gloom you will remain under that cloud. If you focus on positive thoughts and have goals that you aim to achieve you will find a way to achieve them with massive and inspired action. This is something I wholeheartedly believe in. You are where your attention is! If you are in a negative mindset then negative things tend to happen to you. We all know that one person that is always focusing on the negative stuff that happens either to them or in the world in general. It’s easy to get wrapped up in those thoughts. They say misery enjoys company and it’s true. The more you surround yourself with the negative the more negative will come to you. The same is true for thinking positive and practicing gratitude. If we can stay in a mindset that is full of gratitude and hopeful positive thoughts then we get more of those good positive vibes and feelings. The universe/god/the creator whatever you want to call it wants to give us what we want. So if we are in place that is focusing only on the negative then it will help us get more of that and vise versa. We need to be intentional and clear about what we want and what we focus on. This way the universe knows exactly what we want and will do everything to help us get it. Do you believe that you can manifest whatever you want? Let me tell you what just happened to me and why I am recording this episode now. My hubby and I went up to Durango a couple of weeks ago. If you listen regularly you probably knew that but what you didn’t know was why we went. We actually went up there to look at a couple of properties that we were interested in. We wanted a vacation home that we could set up as a VRBO. Well, I love love love Colorado and was pretty sure that I wanted a house there. Until I was there. While we were seeing the houses, I kept getting this heavy feeling. And thinking about all of the work that goes along with owning a house in a state that is a 12-hour drive or 2-hour plane ride and that deals with lots of weather-related issues. I decided that I didn’t really want to own a home there. I love to visit but don’t want all of the added work and liability that goes along with owning a home. So when I got home, I decided to dig a little deeper into my feelings and I realized that it wasn’t about owning a home in Colorado at all. It was about missing and wanting to out in nature more. You see, I live in Dallas. Well, Plano to be exact and it’s basically a concrete-laden big city with not a lot of the beautiful nature that I grew up with in New Braunfels and Austin. We don’t have a lot of hiking trails, hills, mountains or rivers here and I really miss that outdoor lifestyle that I loved so much. I used to go camping a bunch as a kid and young adult. I have some really awesome memories of being off the grid and want my kids to have those too. My husband never went camping and grew up in the city with immigrant parents who worked all of the time and never did anything outdoorsy. They were just trying to make it in the US and give their kids a better shot at life. We can’t fault them for that at all. They were in survival mode for most of my husband's youth. I introduced my outdoor lifestyle to my husband and he fell in love too. Well, mostly anyway. Let’s just say he’s more of a cabin or lodge guy and not a tent camper. LOL So, in digging deeper into my why, I realized that it was all about missing my connection with nature and not owning and maintaining a vacation home in Colorado. I did some research decided that I wanted to get a vintage camper and remodel it to fit our family and go on more camping trips. I’m a pretty handy girl and while this might be a little bit of a stretch for me, I feel totally confident that I can do it. I basically went on a Pinterest binge of everything vintage camper. Then, I went onto Craigslist and every other site I could think of and started looking at vintage campers. I decided on a budget of $4000 for something that I was pretty sure I would need to gut. Next, I put a couple of pictures together of what I was looking for and sent a text to my friends and family. I asked them if they knew anyone that had one to sell or to be on the lookout for one that they might run across. You never know right? Within 2 hours of me sending that text and reaching out to a couple of people from their online ads, I had a camper. Turned out that my neighbor’s stepdad had a vintage 1977 Shasta Starflyte that was just sitting on his property as a storage room. It was in decent shape and had the super rare extra bunk. Best of all, he was willing to sell it to me for $800. That’s waaaaay less than some of the other disaster trailers that I was actually considering. I was sooooo excited. I jumped on it. There were a couple of issues that came up that could have killed it but possibilities opened up to me when I needed them. First, we are starting a backyard renovation and I couldn’t actually get the camper until March of next year. Second, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to get it into my driveway. We have an alley driveway and a sliding gate. There is no way that I could be able to get it back there. Third, my Honda Odyssey isn’t able to haul anything. So I asked if I could wait and get the camper in the spring and he said of course. I could store it there as long as I needed. Woohoo! Then I started looking for a place to store and renovate my camper when I did get it. Well, I found a small self-storage site like a mile from my house that has spaces for campers and RV for less than $75 a month. Woohoo again! Now for the hauling. I’ve been looking for my next car for while and was so torn on what I wanted to get. Nothing that could fit all 5 of us comfortably really did it for me. Since I now needed to haul up to 4000 lbs, I was able to quickly decide that I wanted a Toyota Sequoia. Now that I clearly know what and why I want it, I’m sure the right one will pop up soon. All of those issues could have been a no go on the trailer but I was able to keep the positivity up and was presented with solutions to each of them. Within 24 hours of me deciding that I wanted a vintage camper so that I could be out in nature more with my family, I had a camper. And not just any camper. A vintage camper with the rare extra bunk and a bathroom plus it was in decent shape so that I don’t need to completely gut it and it was $3200 under my budget! If I can manifest this rare vintage camper for that price, I can manifest anything! So let me recap the steps real quick. Get clear on what you want and why you want it. Do some research to understand all that it entails. Spread the news! Let everyone know what you want. Stay in tune with what and why you want it. Wait for it to present itself. It might not always be in the way that you thought. If you are interested in learning more about the law of attraction and manifesting then check out Abraham Hicks, James Wedmore or TheLawOfAttraction.com. Until next time, have a wonderful rest of your week. Bye for now! Accountability = Success If you do have big goals and dreams for your online business and you want to set up a solid strategy to get you there don’t forget I have strategy calls and accountability packages. You can check them out over at MommysHomeOffice.com. Have a great week and I’ll catch you in the next episode. Links mentioned in this episode: Mommy's Home Office Small Business Workshop Online Business Starter Kit Thanks for Listening! Check out the most recent episodes: Local Marketing for Service-Based Businesses Balance is a Dirty Word 4 Steps to Getting Back into a Routine 7 Steps to Get Out of a Funk Check out the most popular episodes: How to Make $10k a Month as a Virtual Assistant Help! I Need an Idea! I Already Have a Business BUT It Needs to be Easier! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on hello@MommysHomeOffice.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help reach more moms and I read each and every one. Subscribe on iTunes.
22 minutes | Sep 19, 2018
Mommy & Kid Routines That Make My Life Easier [Episode 37]
Mommy and Kid Routines Y’all, back to school has been a struggle for me this year. I got sick on the first day of school and of course on a week that my hubby was out of town. I’m not talking just a little cold. I’m talking hit by a bus, zombie-like sick. It’s a miracle they got to and from school and fed that week. But we made it through. The second week, I was better but still not 100% so it was better than survival mode but not great. I needed to make a change. I’m an ENTJ personality from the Myers Briggs test. I’ve taken this test several times over the past 15-20 years and it never changes. I am a problem solver by nature. I may not always have the emotional sensitivity side but if you want a solution to your problem (or the 8 million that I create inside my head every day) then I’m your gal. So I saw the problem = total chaos, meltdowns, tantrums and listening skills were nonexistent in my kids the past few weeks. I had to solve it and solve it fast. I couldn’t go on like this. There isn’t enough wine in the world that would make it bearable. I took a minute to reflect on why the hectic chaos was happening. I realized I hadn’t been following our normal school routines. So, I immediately implemented them and communicated the expectations with the kids and just like that my wine glass didn’t need so much wine to make it through the evenings. We all thrive with routines and knowing what’s coming up and what’s expected of us. Our kids are no different. They need it even more. I’m not saying these routines make our life perfect but it’s so much better with them than without. So I want to give you a glimpse into our families routines. Maybe they’ll help you or inspire to come up with some that fit your family. I took away all devices on Monday – Thursday. This was tough for the first week (like I seriously almost caved and gave them the damn devices) but it got easier. They can watch TV but no iPads or Gaming until the Friday. This does make my life a little harder but they are finding more ways to play and they don’t seem to miss it anymore. The first one is a good morning routine. Getting the kids into a good morning routine is crucial for your sanity and theirs. During the school week, my kids do the exact same things every single morning. So even if they are still half asleep they can usually remember to get them all done on their own. Our school starts at 7:45. So I set my alarm at 6:12 to give one snooze before I need to be up at 6:20. I find that if I can have at least 10 minutes to myself before my kids get up, I’m in a much better mood and I’m not feeling so rushed. Both of those are key to good morning in our house. If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Then I turn on the stair lights and it’s a signal to them that it’s time to get up, if they are already awake and just hanging out in bed. They get up and get dressed. Actually, in our house, they sleep in their clothes for the next day. This started a while back when I suggested it and they thought it was cool. So I went with it. Let’s face it, I have 3 boys, they mainly wear gym shorts and a tee shirt anyway. Well, except the little guy, he wears a uniform but wants to be like his brothers so wears his uniform to bed. Whatever works, right? This one step has saved me time and a drama. For some reason, my kids don’t like to get dressed in the morning. And I don’t wanna deal with it. Next, they brush their teeth. I let them do this one on their own and am more involved in the night brushing. Then they head downstairs to immediately put their socks and shoes on. After the shoes are on, they get their lunch (already prepped on Sunday, hopefully), water bottle and backpacks ready to go. Finally, they eat breakfast. Usually something simple like greek yogurt with fruit, oatmeal or eggs that I have premade either scrambled or boiled. Let me just put this out there…there is no cooking on weekday mornings in our house. I have prepared it over the weekend or it’s a cold breakfast. They are responsible for clearing their plates and straightening the chair that they used. Then, if they have time, the can play for a few minutes or if we don’t, it’s straight to the car and drop off starts. After drop off, I come home and can do my morning routine. I’ll save that for another episode. Prepping the night before. A good morning routine starts with a little prep the night before. I prep anything that I can the night before and it makes a huge difference. Things like getting their clothes picked out and making sure their shoes are in the right spot, checking the weekly schedule that I post on the fridge to know if there is anything special the next day (like themed days at school or function), getting water bottles washed and getting backpacks ready to go. THEN… I make sure that my kids get to bed at a good time for them. I know when they haven’t gotten enough sleep because they are melting down too early in the afternoon or they have a really hard time getting up. In our house, sleep is king. Our bodies need sleep. It’s how our brain functions properly. It needs downtime to store memories, repair and maintains your body and it’s when you grow. Kids are growing constantly so they need more sleep than the 7-8 hours that adults need. I’m not going to get on my soapbox here but if your child is having behavioral issues or learning challenges and they are also not getting enough sleep then please try to make sleep and a healthy balanced diet a priority. If you’re having trouble getting your kids to sleep once they are in bed here are few things that might help. Make sure the room is dark enough. I just put room darkening curtains in my 4-year olds room and it has been a game changer. Reduce your kid’s sugar intake, all day but especially in the evenings. This includes juice, there is a ton of natural sugar in juice and to your body, it’s all the same. Make sure they are getting adequate activity and sunlight throughout the day. Now make sure that you have a consistent bedtime routine in place. Routines and actions trigger your brain. If you have a consistent bedtime routine that is followed by sleep your brain knows what to do and how to prepare when it’s triggered. We use sound machines and essential oil diffusers in each room, they help trigger your brain for sleep. Here’s what our after school and bedtime routine looks like this…If we don’t have a practice of some sort. Come home Have a little chill time maybe TV Homework Play or help with dinner Dinner Clean up/chores Showers Brush & floss teeth I read a couple of chapters in our book of the week They all go to their rooms I come and tuck in and give some snuggles individually and then it’s lights out. If we have a practice or activity after school then things get a little shuffled and reading time gets cut short but it still looks very similar to the above routine. This next one is a little controversial but I’m gonna go there anyway. Simplifying schedules. I know this hard in today’s world and seems like the demands on kids are so high. But I believe we really need to look at our kids’ schedule and make sure that it has some free time built in and enough time to get their homework done and enough sleep in. I see this all the time with other moms in my world. They have multiple kids and each of those kids participates in multiple afterschool activities. Like soccer, baseball and martial arts. Each of those sports has a lot of time commitment tied to them. Now don’t get me wrong I love a well-rounded kid and one that tries a lot of things but we also need to look at what their schedule looks like. Having something scheduled every day after school or multiple things after school is really hard on kids. I just had to take this to heart. Normally, my oldest does soccer and tennis in the spring and fall. But this year we have 3 kids in soccer and they all want to play tennis. This poses a problem. 3 kids, 3 different soccer practices, 3 different locations and 3 different games on Saturdays. Now throw in 2 tennis lessons for my oldest and 1 for my littles. This is a problem. If it were just one kid we would be fine but I have to consider the fact that I have to drag them to their brother’s practices. Not to mention that it would be a chauffeuring nightmare because they are at similar times on the same days in different locations. I’m already exhausted just thinking about it. So I decided to see how they did this past week with just soccer before I added in the tennis. Let’s just say that I have made the executive decision to skip tennis this season. It makes me sad because they all really want to play but we just can’t make the schedules this time. Something’s gotta give, right? So this time it was tennis. Let’s do our kids a favor and give them a little downtime and pack their schedules so tight that we can’t keep up. Implement the weekly family huddle. Every Sunday morning, I gather everyone in the kitchen and make a plan it takes about 15 minutes but it saves our butts throughout the week. We talk about what worked well the past week and what needs improvement. And we brainstorm ways to make adjustments or improvements. Does this remind you of SCRUM? Well, that’s where I got it from. Then we plan the week ahead and make sure that we know everything on our schedules. We decide what lunches we want to buy and which we want to bring our own. Then the kids decide what they want to take to lunch on the days that they are packing (within limits) so that I know what groceries we need. After the lunches are planned we plan out dinner. There are 5 in our family of us so each of us gets to pick a meal to have during the week. These ar
12 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
How I Plan My Yearly Calendar Based on the School Year [Episode 36]
My business planning follows the school year! A lot of people do their planning at the beginning of the year. I don’t. I use the school year. Because I’m a mom of school-age children and it just makes more sense for me. I used to do the yearly thing but then every summer it seemed that my plan got hijacked by the kids, vacations, etc. So I switched to have my work calendar to follow the school year. Now, I feel more ready for the summer when it comes around and I don’t feel so guilty or like I have to work my ass off to keep up. I enjoy my summers a whole lot more. Here’s how I do it. My business planning process. The 1st week of school, when the kids are out of the house... I sit down for an hour or two and plan. I pull up my Google Calendar, you know...where my life is. And I also print a yearly calendar. It’s just one of those calendars that have the entire year on one page. Then I grab some highlighters. First, I download my kids' school calendar and I insert all of their holidays and days off into my Google calendar. Plus, I share them with my husband too so he knows when we can take mini trips or long weekends. And then mark them off on my yearly printed calendar with a color that I choose for the kids. Afterward, I mark off any vacations, trips or conferences that I will be away for in another color. Now that I have all of my days off clearly marked and put into my Google calendar, I can start the planning. I am a firm believer in 90-day goals. I did Todd Herman's 90 Day Year and I’ve been a believer ever since. He teaches that you should go big picture and then work backward to what you can accomplish in the 90-day chunk. 90 days is a reasonable amount of time to really make an impact on your business/life. Then I set goals. I set good, better and best goals. That means that I set a goal that is like knock it out of the park amazing like I’m crazy for thinking I could accomplish that goal. That’s my best goal. Then, I scale it back a bit and make a better goal. Something still amazing but seems more realistic. Finally, I make a good goal that is basically what absolutely has to happen. I don’t attach any personal feeling to these goals. They are just outcomes of the work that I put in. From this point, I have a good idea of how long it will take me to get to my big goals and I start planning the calendar. I’ll have special focuses for each 90 day period. Keep in mind that this allows your plans to be more fluid and can pivot or change. For example: Say I want to set a goal to generate $100,000 in revenue in the next year. Well, what has to happen to make that happen. Currently, I only offer coaching. So if that was all I was going to offer I would need to work backward from the $100k to see how many clients I needed to work with. From there, I would be able to set 90-day goals that help get me to that bigger goal. Like promotions or launches or webinars or list building funnels. Once I decide what I need to do in that 90-day period, I work backward again and plan in 2-week sprints. Sprints are usually 2 weeks and I plan each task that needs to happen in that 2 weeks to move me forward. Once I've done that all of this, I feel great about my new year and know that I'm going to knock it out of the park. This is how I plan out my year and it has helped relieve some of the pressure and guilt that come with business planning and kids. Accountability = Success If you do have big goals and dreams for your online business and you want to set up a solid strategy to get you there don’t forget I have strategy calls and accountability packages. You can check them out over at MommysHomeOffice.com. Have a great week and I’ll catch you in the next episode. Links mentioned in this episode: Mommy's Home Office Online Business Starter Kit Thanks for Listening! Check out the most recent episodes: 7 of My Favorite Instagram Tools What to Expect: Having a Baby and an Online Biz with Sarah Siems Local Marketing for Service-Based Businesses Balance is a Dirty Word 4 Steps to Getting Back into a Routine 7 Steps to Get Out of a Funk Check out the most popular episodes: How to Make $10k a Month as a Virtual Assistant Help! I Need an Idea! I Already Have a Business BUT It Needs to be Easier! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on hello@MommysHomeOffice.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help reach more moms and I read each and every one. Subscribe on iTunes.
14 minutes | Sep 6, 2018
7 of My Favorite Instagram Tools [Episode 35]
Over the past year, I have fallen more in love with Instagram than with Facebook. I don’t know what it is but it just feels better. Plus, I’m kind of addicted to Stories. I usually story 7 days a week with anything and everything that is going in my life. I know you’re dying to know what I’m having for dinner, the crazy shenanigans of my 3 boys, what I’m up to each day or where we are traveling to. So, I can’t deprive you of that info, I would feel horrible. 😂 If you follow me then you already know that most of the actual posts are colorful and bright pics of me, my kids & family, places we’ve traveled to, occasional videos and snippets of this podcast. I like to mix it up. The captions are almost always something motivating. I love these types of posts and so naturally I create posts that encourage and motivate. But let’s be real. Instagram takes time. So I wanted to help you guys out a little and give the behind the scenes and the tools that I use every day to post on The Gram. Here they are. My top 7 tools that I use to post on Instagram. Layout I use the Layout app for the collage pics that post. It’s a free app. Now I don’t do collage pics very often but I do use it often enough that I wanted to mention it. I like it because it doesn’t have a watermark and it allows to move borders so that your pics fit the way you want them too. Hyperlapse Ever want to shoot a video for social but you know that it will too long and slow moving. Think recipe demo, product demo, a bike ride or walking around a city. Enter Hyperlapse. It’s free and you can speed up anything! I used it most recently when I stumbled on a parade that I didn’t know was happening. I videoed for over 10 minutes but hyperlapsed to 1 minute. This app has a cool feature that takes away the shakiness of your video. So don’t worry...You’ll look pro. Secret tip: You can choose your speed and if you quadruple tap your screen with 4 fingers you can get the secret menu and choose resolution, frame rate, and more speeds. Boomerang This one has been around for a while and it’s free too. It takes a burst of still shots and plays them in an 8-second video loop like a boomerang. I have used this for shots of my kids jumping in the pool, me on my 40th bday holding the balloons and moving shots of the scenery while driving. Movement in the shot is key and the possibilities are endless. Continual This app is awesome for IG Stories. Cost is $7.99 but so worth it. It takes longer videos and splits them into 15-second increments. I love it because it splits them perfectly without any weird pauses or breaks. Plus, if it’s me straight to the camera, I don’t have to worry about watching the time. There is a free app called CutStory (watermarked) but I haven’t used it yet. 1min+ for Instagram This is exactly the same type of tool as Continual but it’s for your actual IG posts which need to be 60 seconds or shorter. This app is $5.99 CaptionIdeas I just stumbled upon this app and am testing it out. It was $7.99. But if it helps me save time then it’s totally worth it. This app has a bank of captions, quotes and other features. I’m using for the quotes mainly. It already has them laid out so all you have to do is hit the copy button and paste them into your post or Plann. Usually, I use a quote or a statement and then expand with own thoughts for a longer post. Sometimes coming up with those quotes or statements take a bit of time. So I hope this helps and inspires me. I’ll keep you posted. WordSwag I’m not super big on text overlays for IG but sometimes I do use them. For this, I use the WordSwag app. It’ was $4.99. I use this app more for Facebook posts. It gives you cool text layouts and fonts for your images. There is even a bank of images for you to use if you want. Plann My most favorite app of all! This is my Instagram scheduling tool and I seriously couldn’t live without it. There is a free plan and a paid plan (monthly). I use the Basic Plan ($5 a month) because I want all of the analytics, competitor insights and strategy tools. The competitor insights are awesome when you are trying to figure out what strategy, hashtags and posting times to use. I love me some strategy. 😉 Plann lets me see my feed and visually plan out what my feed looks like. I can easily move images around to make sure they are visually pleasing which helps me decide what content to post. Each week I sit down for a few minutes and plan out that weeks IG posts and stories if want (I have never scheduled stories but I might). I upload the images or move them around. Then I create the captions, emojis and all and finally, I schedule the post. It will notify me when it’s time to post so all I have to do is click on the notification and it opens everything I need and copies the captions. Bonus: It keeps the spacing in the captions so it doesn’t get all bunched up like if I was posting on straight to IG. After I post, I click back into Plann and copy my preset hashtags to put in the comments and viola! It’s done. I don’t post and ghost. I try to hang out for at least 20 minutes and engage. Alright, ladies, that’s how I run my Instagram feed. I really do use all of these apps, some more than others but that’s with everything. To check out these apps in action head over to my Instagram feed. I would love for you to follow me so you are always up to date with what’s going at Mommy’s Home Office. Until next time, have a wonderful rest of your week. By for now!
31 minutes | Aug 29, 2018
What to Expect: Having a Baby and an Online Biz with Sarah Siems [Ep 34]
Today, Sarah and I will be digging into how she had a baby while running her online biz. We'll talk about what to expect and all the juicy bits that go into it. Check it out! Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss: Sarah's biggest mistake when planning for her baby in her business. How she took the leap from working in a traditional personal training job to starting her own thing. The critical lesson that she learned after having her baby. Hint: It's one of my favorite topics. 😉
13 minutes | Aug 23, 2018
Local Marketing for Small Service Businesses
I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me sooner but I think this could be really helpful for those of you that have a small local service-based business. I don’t know if you know this but marketing is my background. I’ve done it for years and it was also one of my favorite subjects in college. If there’s one thing I’m good at its marketing and biz development for a local business. It’s one of those things that I’m just naturally good at and it comes so easy to me.
4 minutes | Aug 8, 2018
Summer is over! School starts on Monday for us and I have 10 million things to get done before then. Join me next week, I'll go into how I plan my yearly calendar around the school year.
18 minutes | Aug 2, 2018
Balance is a Dirty Word [Episode 32]
I get asked all of the time by well-meaning people... How do you balance working as a mom? I stare back at them with a WTF look on my face and say “um, I don’t.” There is never a time in my life where I have kept all of the plates spinning for more than a second or maybe two before they all come crashing down. Honestly, perfect balance is impossible. There are times when you the weight shifts more heavy on work and then your parenting or family time has to pay the price. That’s ok. It’s normal. Or maybe it’s like me this summer where my work has paid the price because I needed to spend more time with my kids and on traveling. You can never be all things to all people and your attention has to go where it’s needed. Some plates are going to drop. Just think about it. As a mom, society tells us that we are supposed to run every aspect of the house (cooking, cleaning, groceries, laundry, and about a million other things), everything with the kids (childcare, doctor visits, sports, PTA, teachers, homework, playdates, bday parties, gifts, holidays, etc). Oh and keep yourself in shape and look presentable. And if you work you are supposed to do well at your job, take care of every that I just mentioned plus have dinner on the table every night. This is bullshit! The demands are overwhelming and impossible to keep up with. So stop. There might be times when we feel like superheroes and can actually keep it all up but it is short-lived and unsustainable. Unless you have a full-time housekeeper, private chef, nanny, personal assistant and personal trainer. Balance is a ridiculous notion. And I want you to stop trying so hard to attain it. You know, I don’t ever see men getting asked this question about how they balance their work with kids. Kristina Kuzmic did a video about this where she interviewed dads outside of a store and asked them that question. It was hilarious...check it out here. By the end of the video, she says that “balance” should be a dirty word and then she bleeps it out of the rest of her video. It’s great. I want to talk about this today because school is about to start and all of the PTA, sports, volunteering, school projects, school activities, 18 million commitments are about to start. And then we start comparing ourselves to all of the other moms and can start feeling inadequate or like we suck as a mom. Look, I used to be a Pinteresty person and then I became a mom and wanted to be that Pinteresty mom but that lasted all of 3 years before I totally burnt out. I realized that those over the top decorated theme parties were a ridiculous waste of my time. My kids didn’t care that I had spent 4 hours creating Star Wars themed food menu complete with themed names printed out for the food table. That didn’t include the next 3 hours of making that said food. You know red, blue and green dipped pretzel sticks that I called lightsabers or cookies that I decorated as Chewy. Finally, I realized I wasn’t doing for them I was doing it to say look how awesome I can make a party and to feel like I was winning as a mom. Which was crazy. Maybe this is your thing and this is what lights you then great and more power to you that is awesome! But for me, it took away time that I already felt short on and I became a stress ball trying to get it all done. Now, I can plan my kids' party in about an hour. Did your jaw just drop? Head over to the show notes for the breakdown. Ok, real quick this is what I do now. Have your kid tell you what theme they want! Paw Patrol, pirates, princesses, whatever. As they get older this gets easier. They don’t want crazy themed parties. This last bday for my now 8 yr-old was super simple. He wanted to take 8 friends to a hibachi dinner. So that’s what we did. Pick a date that works for you and the venue that you are choosing (if needed). Go on Etsy and order the themed invite or just set up an evite (that’s what I do now). Jump on Amazon and order themed paper products, decor, and a favor. If you have an ice cream truck that regularly visits your neighborhood, stop them one day and ask if they can make a special appearance at your party and by everyone an ice cream. This happened by chance at my 4 yr-olds party and it was the biggest hit. Decide on food. Go easy like pizza, Chick-fil-a or anything else premade. Plus if you can already put the order in then that’s a win too. One more thing off of your plate. And choose your sweet - cake or donuts (our family fave) or cookies or macaroons or ice cream. Simple decor is best. Have fun! Take pics! And enjoy the day. Don’t stress over the small stuff that only you notice. Or maybe I learned this lesson the time I volunteered to cut 1000 scarecrow feet and hands for my kindergarteners' school hallway. Yep. 1000. At the time I was working full time in my biz and had 3 year old and a 1-year-old. What the hell was I thinking? I spent almost 5 ½ hours cutting tan construction paper. Seriously. WTF. I felt so behind and like I wasted my entire work time cutting paper. Only to find out that there was a waiting list for other moms that were looking for ways that they could help out. And it wasn’t like I wasn’t involved at his school already. I was the PTA membership chair. I was doing my part. Lol. At the time, I was the type of person that will be the first one to help. I’d offer to do it all. Well, not anymore. It’s been a hard habit to break but it’s been so worth it. Now, I let other people help out too. Don’t get me wrong if there is a need that they can’t fill I will help but I’m just not the first one to raise my hand. The message I’m trying to get across today is that it’s ok to let some things slide while you focus on other things. There is never going to be a balance. I only get as much done as I do because I have help. I have housekeeping once a week, I have full-time childcare, I use Instacart for my groceries, Amazon Prime for almost everything else and I still feel like things are crazy and I’m not able to keep up. As moms, we just need to embrace the chaos and know that we are amazing moms, spouses, friends and business owners. We need to let go of the idea of being perfect. We need to ask for and accept help whenever it’s offered. I just started this and it’s magical. Whenever anyone asks me if they can help with the kids, take a kid for a playdate or my parents say they can come up and help - I say yes. I used to feel bad or guilty or like I should go be there with them. I’m a work in progress but it has been this is life changing. We need to find the fun. This time with our kids is short lived. They will be grown up and gone before we know it. I don’t know about you but I want to look back at their childhood and know that I had fun with them, I showed them that it’s ok to have interests and passions outside of our family and that I taught them to be self-sufficient, kind humans. Sometimes we stand in our own way and let the control freak in us take over. It’s ok and necessary to let your husband or in-laws help with the kids and do it in their own way. As long as they love your kids and are competent humans, the kids will survive. I have a friend that is terrified to let her husband, the father of the kids, watch them alone for more than a couple of hours for fear that he won’t pay attention and something bad will happen. I’ve told her that this is ridiculous and that she needs to let him father his kids. Because we train the people around us to behave in the way that do when they are around us. Now, she has taught him that he doesn’t know what he’s doing as a parent and that she will always take care of everything. So because of this need to be in control she is trapped and can never do anything on her own and he never helps with anything. This same thing applies to teaching your kids to be self-sufficient. Whatever age they are, start letting them do things for themselves. Getting dressed, putting socks and shoes on, bathing or showering, getting breakfast or snacks, helping with chores around the house like laundry, taking the trash out, doing the dishes or tidying up. These are all great things for them to do even if they don’t do it exactly the way you would do it. This will be hard but so worth it. Embrace the chaos! Know that you are amazing and loved and that everything is going to be ok. I promise, the more we let go of the idea of balance the more joy and happiness we will find in our lives.
14 minutes | Jul 24, 2018
4 Steps to Getting Back Into a Routine [Episode 31]
Every single time I go on vacation or towards the end of summer I get a strong urge to get back on schedule and back into my routine. We just got home from our vacation for my 40th birthday in St. Lucia. It was amazing and Bin and I really connected again. So it was amazing. I have been wheels off this summer and barely working. I planned some of this but have definitely gotten less done than I thought and planned for at the beginning of the summer. By the time our trip was coming to an end, I was craving routine and schedules. So I thought about it for a bit on the plane ride home and decided to get it together and start the next week fresh and with a schedule. Today, I’m going to share the 4 steps I took to get me back on track. 1. Get back on a good sleep schedule. Sleep is super important and really plays the leading role in your life. Everything from weight loss to concentration and especially productivity. So this is where I started. I made a conscious decision to focus on getting at least 7 ½ hours per night hopefully more like 8 ½ but that’s a good place to start. 2. Food and Water One of my biggest time sucks are getting bogged down in meal planning/prepping. So on the plane, I made a list of meals for the week. I just decided to go simple and tried and true. I also had just indulged a lot on this vacay or really all summer so I wanted to focus on eating a rainbow of colors and less carbohydrate & sugar. So I planned a week of good whole lower carb meals that are super simple and easy. Next, I set reminders on my phone one at 11 am and one at 3 pm to remind me to drink water. Water is super important for all bodily functions and especially your brain so if I’m going to kick ass this week, I need plenty of water. Usually, I just get 4-20oz cups, fill them and set them on the table so that I see them every time I walk into the kitchen but that hasn’t been working that great. I’ll end up with 60 oz to drink at the end of the day and then pee all night. So I’ll set a time to get me back in the habit. 3. Unpack and do laundry Confession: I am usually the person that leaves my suitcase on the floor of my bedroom for weeks after my vacay. 😱 Yep, that’s me. But in the spirit of getting back in a routine and on track, I decided to shake things up a bit and unpack and do my laundry right away. Not the wash now and live out of the laundry basket until I needed to do laundry again method that has been par for the course this summer. I washed and folded and put away all of our clothing. IT. WAS. AMAZING! 4. Brain Dump and Make a List You guys know I love a good brain dump and checklists are my love language. This is the absolute perfect time to use these tools. So I got out some paper and started spewing. I had a home and work column and just started listing off everything I needed/wanted to get done before school started. This was a rather long list so I got out another sheet and pulled out 10 things I could get done this week after looking at what was already on my schedule for the week like appointments and physical therapy. This 15-minute activity made me feel like I had my shit together and like I was ready to embark on my week. So then today rolled around. I had my list. I knew my schedule. I had food prepped and ready. But I came home from PT and felt a little less motivated. I almost talked myself into watching a movie or going to lunch with a friend...after all what’s one more day. BUT I was doing so good I had done all of this prep and I had previously made the decision to get shit done this week. Watching a movie wasn’t going to get the results I wanted this week with all of the goals and tasks that needed to happen. So here I am working on this podcast. And about to check off 4 things for the day. I made myself a deal that if I finished the 10 things for this week then on Friday afternoon I could watch that movie. And if I got them done sooner then even better. Now that I know I have some time set aside for me to watch that movie and have given myself permission to take that time...I actually feel less guilty about that and more motivated to get it done sooner rather procrastinating like I usually do.
14 minutes | Jul 17, 2018
I'm 40! Now What? 3 Things I'm Going to Change [Episode 30]
I’m 40. Now what? 3 Things I’m going to do differently. Turning 40 hasn’t been as traumatic as turning 30 was for me. I feel like I have it a little more together than I did back then. A lot has happened in the last 10 years. I’ve had 3 kids 5 surgeries I broke my 1st bone We live in a bigger house We bought a rental property I drive a minivan I’m not active in the senior living industry anymore I started 2 businesses I have to color my hair regularly to cover gray I lost my 2 fur babies I’ve been to 12 countries I wouldn’t change any of those things because they make me who I am today. However, there are a few things that I do want to change now that I don’t want to take with me for the next 40 years of my life. Negative Self-talk I have decided to quit this habit. This is a serious problem for me. I recently heard a quote from Brooke Castillo. She said something like we need to talk to ourselves like we are supporting a friend. We would never talk to someone we were responsible for helping the way we talk to ourselves. So I’m done. I’m taking that advice to heart and going to see what it’s like when I don’t berate myself for eating sugar or carbs or dairy or soy or anything that’s not whole real food. I will do my very best to nourish my body with the very best food but when those indulgences happen I am going to release the stress that usually goes along with it and let it be and actually enjoy it. Or when I don’t workout or when I don’t get as much done as I wanted or when I don’t make as much money as I wanted or when I lose it with my kids. All of these times are great times for me to practice positive self-talk and stay away from the negative. We all have them every once in a while and then we feel terribly guilty and then the negative self-talks comes in. But I know that I can do better. I need to stop trying to multitask so much when I’m around them. I want to have more intentional time with my kids. I’ve started working on this already and I’ve seen such a difference in my kids and myself. I have fewer scary mommy moments and need less wine. Lol Scary Mommy Moments Let’s be honest, I haven’t been very intentional or putting very much effort into my marriage. I had 3 kids, I was just trying to survive. I feel like we finally have our shit together a little more, everyone is sleeping and we have good routines and we aren’t in survival mode all of the time anymore. Don’t get me wrong we have our survival moments but mostly it’s manageable. So I want to prioritize the relationship with my husband. I’m making an effort to work on our marriage. I feel like we’ve been on autopilot just getting through it and I think we can be so much more. I love Bin and I want to spend the next 40 years with him so our relationship needs to be on this list. I think I will start with more intimate time. That’s so easy to put off because we’re tired or it feels like too much work. But it’s important. Also, we need to work on our communication. We aren’t the best at this and I’m guilty of expecting him to read my mind. So I’m going to change the way I communicate with him and see how that goes. I’ll keep you posted. Prioritize my marriage Well, there you have it. I feel my 40s are going to be amazing. These next 10 years are going to have some amazing experiences and I can’t wait. I’m always working on self-improvement and these special birthdays seem like the perfect time to reflect and make changes.
12 minutes | Jul 11, 2018
7 Steps to Get Out of a Funk [Episode 29]
We all get stuck in a funk sometimes. We have days when we wake up and just can’t muster the energy or motivation to get anything done. I recently went through this, it’s miserable. I really didn’t want to get out of bed. At first, I thought maybe I was getting sick or fighting something off but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the case. I gave myself a day to rest in case I was fighting something. But when I felt the same way the next day, I knew it was just a funk. A down feeling that I couldn’t shake. It’s summer, I don’t have a lot of time to get stuff done because of the kids' schedule and vacations. So I have to make the most of my time and this was really annoying me. I made the decision to get out of the funk. Here’s what I did to get out of it. 1. Drink water I drank a big glass of water. Most of us are dehydrated and our bodies are something like 70% water so it’s kind of important. Your brain needs it to function. 2. Listen to a podcast or Abraham hicks to get pumped up This is one of the best ways to get myself out of a down slump. By listening to James Wedmore, Abraham Hicks, Denise DT, or Tony Robbins you can’t help but get pumped up. I told you in my last episode (28) that I was a closet woo woo person. 😉 3. Get Outside While I’m listening to my pump up mix, I get outside. Just being in the sunlight and fresh air help your body produce chemicals that make you feel good. 4. Breathe I take several deep breaths to pump more oxygen into my blood and get me going. 5. Move, take a walk, exercise, have sex To increase the slurry of feel-good chemicals, I move my body. I’ll go on a walk, do a little yoga, workout, jump in the pool or even have sex. 6. Journal After I do the past 5 things, then I take 5 minutes and write what’s going on in my head. I also write down 3 things that could make today great. 7. Take action no matter how little, or if it’s right or not just start. Novelist say that they just sit down and write every day whether they feel the inspo or not.
12 minutes | Jul 4, 2018
5 Things I'm Afraid to Tell You [Ep28]
1) Workaholic - I love Mondays Sometimes I love working more than other things like dealing with the kids or hubby or house stuff Let’s be honest, screaming kids, hubby, or laundry or making dinner isn't exactly fun stuff I’m a data junkie & strategy junky so I can get lost in work forever and be happy 2) I have body image issues like crazy I’m have tried every single diet, every single gimmick. In college, I used to be extremely restrictive and used to purge after binges it was an ugly cycle. I don’t do that anymore and haven’t in 15 years or so. I spend a crapload of hours each week thinking about my weight, what I’m going to eat what I will do for exercise I hide from pictures I have so much negative self-talk about this it’s ridiculous But I’m working at it. I actually just started a new 6-week course that should help me with all of the mental stuff around my issues 3) I had a hysterectomy and a tummy tuck I’m on estrogen and testosterone And I still don’t have the body that I want 4) I can a chronic procrastinator I’m a productive procrastinator and I turn into a bitch when I need to keep my head down finally get it done. You know when I’ve known about the deadline forever ...especially to Bin I’m like that because I do some of my best work under pressure but it’s not fair to anyone 5) I am a closet woo-woo person tapping crystals meditation energy healing law of attraction mindset stuff Well, there it is. I hope you still like me and you'll still tune in.
11 minutes | Jun 27, 2018
5 Ways to Get More Done in Less Time [Ep27]
Last week we talked about being kind to yourself and adjusting your schedule for more time with the kids and vacation. So today let’s kick ass during the time we are actually working. Here are my 5 strategies to get more done in less time. Templates - If you find yourself doing anything more than once, create a template. Stop recreating the wheel every time you need to do any of these: Emails: If you write the same type of email over and over create canned responses that you can copy and paste. Then all you need to do is tweak and send. Graphics: Creating similar graphics for social media or blog posts, create a template and then just switch out the image or change the color and text. Blog Posts or Show Notes - create a shell so that they look cohesive and you can just pop in the new info but the format is the same Spreadsheets: Any spreadsheet you make more than once Timers - you guys know my love of timers but in case you haven’t heard here it is. I do amazing under pressure and sometimes all I need is to set a timer and I’m off to the races. I like doing 25 minutes or 45 minutes but not longer. It’s important to take breaks even if you are in the flow. Trust me that is easier said than done but it’s important for your brain. I set a time for work stuff like connecting on social, writing posts, responding to emails and everything in between. Timers work great for household stuff too like laundry, cleaning the kitchen or doing a speed tidy of the whole house. Something about the countdown makes me go so much faster while still getting the good quality out of me. Sounds crazy but it works...give it a try. Batching. That’s when you schedule like tasks together. Like today, for instance, I’m batch recording podcasts episodes. I write one day and record and edit the next. This helps my brain from context switching and I get tons more done. However, you do need to keep on top of batching to work or you’ll end up like me. Having everything set up for 6 episodes and then not having any content for the next week. Yep, I do that a lot and kick myself every time but I’m a work in progress. Remember I teach what I need to hear most. Time Blocking. Similar to batching but maybe you schedule specific timeframes for specific things. Like 10-12 is for writing. I’m not good at this but when I do it, it’s amazing how much I can get done. I think I resist this because I’m a rebel at heart and don’t like the restriction that I place on myself when I time block. I don’t know I’m crazy. Batching & Time Blocking - I have talked about this before but it’s always good to hear it more than once. The One Thing - Ok this is a book but I’m going to lay it out here. When you are pressed for time it is crucial that you pause for a minute and plan your time. Choose the one thing on your list that you can do that will make all the other items easier or irrelevant. IFTTT (If This Then That) - this can set up automations for digital apps and devices. It can do things like saving your new Instagram photos to Dropbox or it can sync your Alexa To Dos with your reminders and so much more. Zapier - is the same kind of thing. I use this for connecting web programs so they can talk to each other. Like Convertkit or LeadPages and all that kind of fun stuff. Automate - automation and systems are my love language. 🤣 My sister calls me the queen of automation. If it can be done I do it. Grocery shopping, Amazon subscribe and save, housekeeping, sprinklers, timers on lights, calendars to remind me, waxing, massages, and anything else I can figure out to do. Let me be real if I don’t set up something in the calendar or have it automatically done it probably won’t happen. There you have it. You’ll be getting so much more done that you won’t know what to do with yourself. Have a great day!
6 minutes | Jun 20, 2018
Be Kind To Yourself This Summer [Ep 26]
This episode is short! Be kind to yourself. Stop trying to be everything to everyone and just slow down and enjoy the time you have with your kids this summer. I'm on vacation at the beach with my kids so I'm taking my advice and accepting that I can't get it all done right now. Have a great week!
11 minutes | Jun 13, 2018
Top 10 Tools for Work at Home Moms [Ep25]
Top 10 Tools for Work At Home Moms Alright, moms! Here are my top tools for work at home moms. They might not be typical tools you’re used to hearing about but these have definitely made my life easier. I hope they can do the same for you. So let’s get to it. I’m going to talk about tools for the home first. These are my favorite tools that I use weekly if not daily. 1. Alexa – Amazon Echo Dot or Siri or Google Assistant I use Alexa and talk to her all day. She tells me the weather, the news, she sets timers for me (and y’all know how much I love timers from episode 4), and I ask her all sorts of random questions. My kids love her too. They love the bedtime stories skill, the interactive Open the Secret Door Story, they ask her to fart (yes you read that right) and the all the random facts that they ask her. Plus they can play all the Kidz Bop songs they want. My 3-year-old even know how to pair Alexa to bluetooth. So it’s definitely a good tool for both me and my kiddos. Check out Alexa HERE. The next tool is Amazon Prime. I talked about my love for Amazon Prime in episode 5. And if you don’t what it is you must be living under a rock or something. I use Amazon for almost everything. It’s just so easy and it saves me time from going to the store. Plus, I use subscribe and save and I don’t even have to think about ordering trash bags, toilet paper, air filters or toothbrush heads they just get delivered to my door. Check out Amazon Prime HERE. Ok, this next one you might be hearing about everywhere. It’s the InstantPot. I love it. Let’s be real, I don’t always remember to think about dinner in the morning. You know defrosting meat and all that stuff. I don’t have to anymore. I can throw frozen meat (chicken, beef, etc) into the Instant Pot with some broth and veggies and voila I have dinner. It does a ton of stuff but I don’t really use those awesome functions. I just need to save my butt when it’s 4 pm, I have hungry kiddos starting to whine and all my meat is frozen. This next one is kinda different it’s the Ring Doorbell. I love this doorbell because it allows me to not have to get up when some random person is at my door trying to sell me something. I can see them on my phone and tell them that I am not able to answer the door and let them go on their merry way. Another great feature is that I know exactly when my packages arrive so they don’t sit outside all day or get stolen. Alright coming in at #5 for tools for Work from Home Moms is the Roomba. You know I hate cleaning but I also hate dirty floors. I’m always barefoot and it drives me crazy when I feel crumbs and dirt all over the floor. Enter the Roomba, we call ours Rosie (you know from the Jetson’s). Yes, I have a robot that sweeps my floors. I don’t have any carpet except for the area rugs and with 3 small boys, there is always something gross on the floors. Rosie was awesome when our dogs were alive. Dog hair is one of my pet peeves. Seriously, having the floors swept daily by Rosie helps me keep up between my wonderful housekeepers that come every 2 weeks. Ok. Moving on to business tools. I think you know what my #1 biz tool is but I’m gonna remind you anyway. It’s Asana. I use Asana every single day. It houses all of my tasks, checklists, and pretty much everything else I need for Mommy’s Home Office and home life. If you feel frazzled and like you can’t get it together go check out my FREE Asana training where I walk you through the behind the scenes of my Asana and how I use it for Mommy’s Home Office. #2 won’t surprise you either…it’s Canva. Canva is a super easy graphic design website and app that make creating graphics super simple. Plus, it’s free. I use Canva for Work which is the paid version (super low fee) and it’s totally worth it. It has all of the preset dimensions for almost all of the graphics you need to make and it has done for you templates. Now, I haven’t mentioned this next one before, it’s LastPass. Do you hate having to remember a million passwords? Or do you hate giving your password out to others? Well, lemme introduce you my little friend LastPass. This tool securely stores and remembers all of your passwords. It also remembers all of your info too so you don’t need to fill out all of those forms anymore. Just one click and voila it does it for you. Plus, sharing your password is super easy and you can choose to allow the person to see the password or keep it hidden. Ok, you probably know this by now but I’m a Google geek. I use all of their stuff…Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Drive & Photos. I store everything here. I also create 90% of everything in Google Docs or Sheets. And then I store them in the Google Drive. The Calendar is critical for me. I use this for everything. My husband and I couldn’t function without it. Or at least there would be a million more fights if we didn’t use this. Now, I use Google Photos on my phone. It backs up all of my photos because I’m of the mentality that you can never be too careful with your pics and you should have them at least in 3 places. LOL Which leads me to the final tool for work at home moms – a Good Camera. You can do so much with smartphones these days that really don’t need a fancy DSLR unless you are a photographer then forget that last part. You need a DSLR. I use my iPhone 7 Plus for everything and I mean everything. I have a DSLR and I never use it anymore. All of the photos of the kids are taken with my phone. I actually took a great course on how to take great pics of your kids with your iPhone. You can check it out here. I use those photos for my social media posts. You can see them on my Instagram profile. I’ve taken all of those photos myself with my phone. Well, there you have it. My top 10 tools for work at home moms. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments! Until next time…
9 minutes | Jun 6, 2018
The Power of the Mastermind [Episode 24]
The Power of the Mastermind They say it takes a village to raise your kids well, I believe that it takes a village to raise your business too. Today is all about support and having a village for your business. Have you ever heard of a mastermind group? Simply put, it's a group of people that come together to work on their goals and get feedback from the other members. Napoleon Hill, the father of masterminds and author of Think and Grow Rich (one of my favorite books), attributes his success and the success of other high performers to the power of masterminds. Here’s a little backstory on my mastermind experience. I have been in a mastermind group since 2013. I started my first mastermind not even knowing what that was. I just knew that I needed other like-minded business owners to be around and run things by them. I found out that other small local senior living business owners were craving that same connection. So we started with our group of five and we met for 8 months. It was great at first but then we had one person that could never make it and another that was focused on such small issues like paying a $10 bill each month that when I left to have my third baby the group kind of fell apart. Then, I went through B-school and met some amazing women entrepreneurs. Five of us started a mastermind group and met regularly for 2 years over Google Hangouts and then Zoom. Eventually, that group ended and three of us continued to connect weekly over Voxer. Currently, the three of us are still doing weekly or daily check-ins on Voxer. So what did we do in those masterminds? There was a format, time limit, and a hot seat rotation. First, everyone would go around and give a brief win and update from the last meeting. This was 5 minutes or less per person. Then, the hot seat would start. The person scheduled for the hot seat would bring a specific problem or question or anything that wanted to focus on in their 20-minute slot. The first 10 minutes would be them telling us what it was and the last 10 minutes would be feedback and ideas and suggestions. Lastly, we go around and tell the group our goal that would be accomplished by the next time we met. So there it is, that’s the format. This has helped me so much over the last 5 years. Before I had a group of people to connect with I always felt like I was all alone and on an island. Like I was this one-man show and I had to figure it all out on my own. I have gotten to bring up some really big issues with my group and walk through different problems, ways of handling things and strategies with them. They honestly give me their opinions and suggestions and I am able to talk it out and feel confident when I get off the call. These women are not afraid to be honest tell me what they really think. This is done out of love and wanting to see me succeed. I would have wasted so much time and energy and had a ton of negative self-talk without these women. I strongly encourage you to find a mastermind for yourself. There is never a time in your business life when you should be solo. You should always be in a mastermind group. If you are in one and it isn’t working, that’s ok, find a new one. There are a bunch of people that offer masterminds and are really good at matching people and facilitating the group. It can be a free group or a paid group and you can be in more than one. There are even masterminds that are topic specific and only last as long as the topic is relevant. And if you can’t find a group that is already put together, you can start your own. There are plenty of resources online for starting your own mastermind group. And by the way, sometimes paid masterminds are more valuable than free ones because people are invested, actually, show up and put forth their best effort. Anyway, I hope this inspires you to find a group and get moving on your goals. Find a village because it takes one. No one makes it on their own, there is always some sort of support in the mix. Who knows, maybe I’ll start facilitating a mastermind or two. For my moms that just starting a biz and one for my moms that already have one and want to grow. Lemme know what y’all think? Would you be interested in that?
31 minutes | May 30, 2018
Mommyhood & Legalizing Your Business [Ep23]
Today, Christine and I will be digging into how to make your business legal (#protectyourself), raising three kids under 3 while starting her virtual law firm and what it's like to have a spouse that's an entrepreneur too. Check it out! Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss: The most important thing business owners need to do get legal. Her tips on having the right contracts in place. What it's like to have three kids under 3 years old while starting a virtual law firm. The ins and outs of Christine and her hubby being entrepreneurs. Links mentioned in this episode: Fincher Stroud Law Free Online Business Starter Kit Thanks for Listening! Check out these recent episodes: Do You Need a Momcation? Why I Think You Should Travel with Your Kids Online Business and the Mommy Juggle with Erin Chase How to Make $10k a Month as a Virtual Assistant To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on hello@MommysHomeOffice.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help reach more moms and I read each and every one. Subscribe on iTunes. Special thanks to Christine for joining me this week and to Carson Baker (Nexus Integrated Systems & Services) for being an awesome sound engineer. Until next time!
13 minutes | May 23, 2018
Why I Think You Should Travel with Your Kids [Episode 22]
Why I think you should travel with your kids. So take whatever romanticized idea of a family vacation and toss it right out. Traveling with your kids is not for the weak. But it is amazing and opens the world to them and I want you to travel with your kids. Ok so you might have young kids, what’s the point right? They’ll never remember any of it anyway. Well, we are literally learning from the day we are born, like little sponges. So it’s totally not wasted on littles. We took our kids to Vietnam 2 years ago for my sister-in-law’s wedding. At that time, they were almost 6, 3 and 20 months. My oldest remembers a lot, my middle guy and little remember probably because of the stories we tell with our pictures. But they talk about it all of the time. Going abroad or even just to different places in the US exposes them to different people, cultures and situations. It can help open their eyes to the larger world around them.
7 minutes | May 16, 2018
Do You Need A Momcation? [Ep21]
Happy Mother’s Day to all my mama’s out there. I hope your day was full of love and family. And today’s topic is right in line with Mother’s day and self-care. I know you’ve heard it before… You need to take care of yourself. Well, how do you do it? For me, it’s daily. I give myself 5 minutes to meditate, eat good food, move my body and sneak in a little guilty pleasure screen time. But once or twice a year I like to take a momcation. What is a momcation? It’s a vacation from being a mom. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom but sometimes I need a break. A momcation can be anything really. It could be having the kids in school or daycare or at a friends house and staying in bed all day with Netflix. It could be leaving the kiddos with dad for a few hours on the weekend and getting a massage and going to lunch. It could be girls weekend or anything that gets you back to feeling like you and just a mom stuck on the mom hamster wheel. My momcations usually consists of me going to a hotel for at least one night and getting some sort of pampering done. The hotel is key because I want to sleep! I want 8-10 blissful uninterrupted hours of sleep. Just that makes me feel like new person. I’ll go by myself or take a friend but either way, it’s a break. I started this a few years ago when we were doing a somewhat large renovation in our home and there were always people in and out. Plus, there were so many decisions to make that I wanted to crawl into a hole and hide. So when it was finally done, I used points and booked a hotel downtown for a night and massage for the next day. It was magical. I had so many ideas and did so much planning for my business it was crazy. Now, I don’t always take my computer and do work but when I’m feeling like I can’t get anything done in my home office and want to get in a few hours, I’ll definitely take it. I actually think it’s vital in your mommy life and business life to take a break from the routine and put yourself into a different environment for a little while. That’s when inspiration has a chance to flow. I come back refreshed and de-stressed. I find that my scary mommy side of me stays at bay for a while and that I can be a calmer better mom. Please give this a try and I want to hear what your experience was and if you love it as much as I do.
20 minutes | May 9, 2018
Online Business and the Mommy Juggle with Erin Chase
Online Business and the Mommy Juggle Today, Erin and I will be digging into how she makes online business work for her family of 6. Plus, we get to learn about all about her meal planning tools. Check it out! Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss: How Erin accidently became an entrepreneur. Her tips on how moms can separate biz time from family time. Erin's tools that help you feed your family on a budget. Check out these highlights: How her recipe blog turned into a business. [2:07] Writing a cookbook and how she managed her littles. [3:50] She finally had to get some help. [4:18] Figuring out the family/biz balance. [5:44] Erin and the Miracle Morning. [10:20] All of the awesome tools for feeding your family that Erin offers. [12:48] Freeze Easy Meals and how it evolved. [14:47] Intentional Bites Planner is almost here [17:00] Links mentioned in this episode: 5 Dollar Dinners FreezEasy Meals Online Business Starter Kit Thanks for Listening! Check out these recent episodes: The 10 Tools I Use to Produce My Podcast How to Make $10k a Month as a Virtual Assistant Top 5 Online Business Tools for Under $30 To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Ask a question over on hello@MommysHomeOffice.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help reach more moms and I read each and every one. Subscribe on iTunes. Special thanks to Erin for joining me this week and to Carson Baker for being an awesome sound engineer. Until next time!
Terms of Service
Do Not Sell My Personal Information
© Stitcher 2021