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We mommas and daddies don't give ourselves enough credit! I mean, most of us shop at Wal-Mart (or Target, Aldi, etc.) with our CHILDREN IN TOW and manage to obtain 85% of the items on our list. That's victory in my book! If you can do that, then you can chase after that entrepreneurial fire in your heart (or that new goal in your soul)! Read on to see why.
I mean seriously, sometimes you just have to laugh. As a parent, you find yourself in predicaments that 10 years earlier you couldn't have dreamed up. But, there you stand...a middle-class, well-educated woman holding the hand of a little tyke, his pants to the ground, booty on full display and a guilty look on his face.
Funny and strange how a phrase can change over the years. The significance of the words "Wanna go out?" for me started in middle school. But as the years passed, the meaning of the phrase changed...significantly.
A pint of chocolate milk and a crisp dollar bill...items given lovingly and freely to me. And on the surface, they seem small gifts. But in reality, they play a huge part in me learning to receive. We all know it's tough to give at times, yet sometimes it's even harder to receive.
Hey, we all want quick results. I am a sucker for posts titled like "How I Grew My Email List to 15,000 People in Only 2 Months." Yet, as soon as I start to read, I deflate. I quickly realize the writer is starting her life-altering post with the number 2,000. 2,000 SUBSCRIBERS. What? What happened to 0 to 2,000?! I need to know about those numbers as well!!! My post is not about growing your email list. Instead, it is about the patience to grow slowly...naturally...embracing the tough moments.
What does a 44 to 0 (yes, NOTHING!) lose in a middle school basketball game have to do with entrepreneurship for this momma? And what failures did Sara Blakely experience? Sara is the lady we thank when our butts and guts look great in white pants or a form-fitting dress. She is the creator of Spanx. Hear me, failing is a natural part of life. I've done it. Sara's done it. You've done it. But it is how we handle failure that matters.
With almost a year of wannabe-an-entrepeneurship under my belt, I now can look back at some really dumb things I worried about this first year. These things paralyzed me at times...keeping me from moving forward. For example, I thought I could design the perfect website and that I needed to do this before doing anything else. Anybody had similar feelings? Well hear me, perfection is an illusion and one that stops us from pursuing our dreams. The purpose of this post...to share 5 lessons I learned, but mostly to encourage you to START.
Not all love stories begin with starry nights and longing stares. Some begin with ugly words, brutal heat, and a 1996 Ford Escort, maroon and hatchback. At least, that is how Brandon's and my dislike-like-love story started. And, although it was not the most romantic beginning, it proved to be exactly what we needed. This year we celebrate 14 years of married life, and I hope and pray for many, many more.
Ever had a casual comment stick with you (and I mean, really get to you)? Often times, these offhand remarks that hit home are hurtful. They cause us to have negative thoughts. Not this conversation, though! Not the one I had with my dad one fateful, ordinary night. His remark had a positive affect on his scared, yet sometimes brave; intelligent, but often times naive; determined, still hesitant entrepreneur daughter.
At times, you just have to do it. You don't look forward to it, but it has to be done...work on your business WHILE your children are awake and home. I call it "working in insanity." It usually doesn't bring out the best in us. This post examines 3 mindsets to develop that will help us mompreneurs work with honor in front of our children, instead of work in frustration. I, personally, am tired of the nasty feeling I have about myself after I lash out in anger, all because I wanted to finish a 5-minute task and they wanted or needed me for something before I was done. This post is intended to bring sanity to your insanity and to build honor instead of frustration.
Do you...need to create a side business for financial reasons? Crave "something" that belongs just to you? Desire a creative outlet that earns additional money?
Hey, me too! You are not alone. Many women feel like us. And, we each have our own reasons for being sidepreneurs.
Are you...overwhelmed, feeling guilty because of time away from your family, and constantly battling between the confident you and the defeated you?
Again, me too! These are natural emotions for women, and especially moms. We must learn to work with them and through them.
Are you...aspiring, yet still not arrived? Excited, yet nervous? Fearless, yet fearful?
If so, you are at the right place!
Let's use our God-given gifts to create side businesses that bring joy, fulfillment, and money to our lives.
I am Rachel Eubanks, the owner of Inspire to Engage.
I am a stay-at-home mom who loves her full-time job...being a mother of two young sons and a wife of a wonderful man for 13 years. Yet, I still have a desire to create a something of my own.
While trying to find balance between these 2 desires of mine, I made a conscious decision to keep my business on the side of my already full life. Thus, I dedicate about 15 hours a week to my entrepreneurial dreams.
The simple, yet profound act of putting a weekly time limit on my business activities lessened my guilt and the feelings of inadequacy. It also gave me a structure to work within and forced me to prioritize tasks.
Many people today long for a business but have no desire to leave their full-time jobs. They find fulfillment there, friendship, a steady paycheck, or intellectual stimulation. I am one of these people; being a full-time, stay-at-home mom brings me much joy and fulfillment. I do not plan to give that up soon! Are you like me? Do you enjoy (or need!) your full-time work but still long for some type of business on the side?
If so, you are not alone; we are in this together. You may want to read my thoughts in The Journal. I describe the things I do and feel as I create this side business of mine. If nothing else, you will realize you are not the only crazy person. There is at least one more (wink, wink).
My journal below describes the tasks I do and the things I feel as I create a side business as a life coach and speaker. It is full of self-doubt, joy, frustration, and everything in between. You know...the things we all feel as we start something new and put ourselves out there. This journal is intended to bring clarity, a dose of courage, and prayerful focus to my life (and to yours).
My Inspiration Defined
We are Influenced by so many things and people. I Am No Different, which is evident with this site and project. This experiment into the world of Part-Time entrepreneurship is shaped by multiple influences.
My Lord and Savior (who put a calling in my heart)
Dave Ramsey's Principle of no Debt (less risk & a way to check my dedication)
Dan Miller's concept of a side business in 15 Hours A week (Time goal for staying part time)
Patrick McGinnis' book The 10% entrepreneur (90% something else, 10% entrepreneur)
Christy wright's book Business boutique (a handbook for creating a business)
All these things = 1 woman's attempt to develop a side business to fulfill God's calling, generate extra money, & keep my full-time job as a stay-at-home mom the priority