Holidays are upon us. For most people I’ve talked to, things are crazier than ever. It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness, or to feel overwhelmed by it. I was having drinks with some gal pals last night, all extraordinary models of moms in action. These are the kinds of women who keep the world running quietly in the background for the rest of us. It got me thinking about why we all, especially moms, take on so many roles and activities.
Why I Run Two Businesses
Last year at this time, I was working on the finishing touches for my first book. The Pregnant Entrepreneur was published this year, and has been a great way for me to offer even more assistance to women and families. If you wonder about how and why it came about, please read the Pregnant Entrepreneur book review by Nicolette Milholland, Book Bound columnist. This book isn’t about me, but rather it’s for the next woman who needs to know how to get through nine months with her businesses, finances and dignity intact.
I’m very proud that the book was well received by professional reviewers, including Midwest Book Review, who said this about it. “Pregnancy doesn’t mean you stop being a businesswoman. “The Pregnant Entrepreneur” is an advisory guide for the recently expecting businesswoman who realizes her endeavors aren’t going to stop for nine months while she deals with the newest entry into her life. From making it so your business runs well when you need to take your leave, to coming back after this tough endeavor, “The Pregnant Entrepreneur” is a strongly recommended business preparation guide for those expectant mothers.”
They Called Me a Mama Mogul!
And the national parenting magazine Pregnancy and Newborn mentioned it in their October issue.
Who Cares About Pregnant Entrepreneurs?
So it turns out that one of the biggest criticisms of my book is that it is marketed too narrowly. Women who have read it say it provides a lot of good information about staying organized and running a business, even if you aren’t pregnant. Thankfully, that’s the kind of criticism I can take more of. If you feel like you just need more entrepreneur stuff and less pregnant, please go right to www.PregnantEntrepreneur.com and look at the Downloads section. I’ve published all of the appendixes in the book for everyone to grab, for free. Yes, even the guys can use some of these tools.
Why Do You Do What You Do?
One of the best pieces of organizing advice ever given is to start with a goal in mind. Even my hardest case ADD/ADHD clients are excellent at something. They, and all of us, tend to excel where we feel most motivated and energized. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to help people get organized because they can accomplish so much more when they aren’t spinning in an overwhelmed state. I LOVE to help people beautify their homes and offices, because life truly is better when you have a safe, beautiful place to unwind and be with friends. And I love to help other women figure out how to be successful in business. Because I truly love all these things, I love to spend my time on them, and I get a lot done.
Pay attention to when you are most energized, most animated, and most satisfied. Chances are, if you can line up your interest, talents and energies, you have a winning combination.
Why do you do what you do? What would you do if you didn’t have obstacles? Or if I’ve helped you in some way, what were you able to accomplish when you stopped the “spinning”?
By the way, if there is a woman in your life you are trying to encourage, this might be a good resource for her. There is still time to order autographed copies as a gift. Just visit www.PregnantEntrepreneur.com today to place your order (or visit Amazon).