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Posts That (Hopefully) inform & Inspire As you Pursue your Entrepreneurial and life Goals
Hey, it can be embarrassing to say aloud (or even write down) your dream...your outrageous goal. But, it's a crucial step in goal setting. It's an act of courage, and courage, my friend, is the key to success. This post will get your brain thinking of what you want to accomplish in the new year and to celebrate what you did this past year.
Aim each year to give unique, thoughtful gifts? Is space an issue at your home so you are striving to give (and receive) gifts that take up MUCH LESS space? This post includes 29 gifts that are NOT things, gadgets and just more stuff. I like to say - thoughtful giving without giving a thing. Get it?! :)
This post...a little shot of laughter and a genuine pat on your backs, fellow parents. This parenting thing is tough, and that fact is evident (I mean, on clear display for complete strangers) when shopping at Wal-Mart, Target or Kroger's with your kids. My belief--if you can shop with your children in tow then you can confidently tackle other challenges.
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.
I am Rachel Eubanks, the creator 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--to contribute to my household's income...to connect with other women...to keep learning.
While trying to find balance between these 2 desires of mine, I made a conscious decision to keep my blog business on the side of my already full life. Thus, I dedicate about 15 hours a week to my entrepreneurial dreams.
I tell you this because 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.
My journal below describes the tasks I do and the things I feel as I create a side business as a blogger. 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 my attempt to craft something of my own. 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