It’s hard to remember this when you are deep into relationships with people around you. Sometimes you don’t realize just how much people around you influence you, but it’s so true that negative people have a problem with every solution. Make sure you stay aware of the people you surround yourself with. Keep pursuing your dreams!Share this post:
Are you worn out and exhausted and wondering why in the world you keep trying to make money with your side gig when it’s the millionth time that you have hosted a home meeting, brewed the coffee, baked the cookies, spent hours practicing your presentation, prepared handouts, creatively displayed your products, sent out tons of invites, received a long list of RSVP’s, only to have your phone ring over and over with cancellations 10 minutes before the meeting, and then no one shows up at all?
Or here, let me set a different scene – have you spent hours and hours waking up super early each morning to work on your blog – day after day – you are writing for hours and hours and usually that is between a child or two that decide to get up early too? You write, photograph, design beautiful “pin-worthy” images for every blog post, create catchy slogans, read every book by the famous bloggers who have made it, go to blog conventions, rub shoulders with celebrity bloggers, all to have your latest blog giveaway of a free lunch only have 3 people comments (and it’s a FREE lunch people…free…and you still can’t even get people to enter).
Both of these scenarios are in addition to everything else that is added on top of your regular daily jobs as a mom of cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, soccer practice, grocery shopping, school carpool, etc. – and somehow you are also trying to carve out time to be an entrepreneur and be successful because you have lofty dreams of one day being one of the celebrity bloggers you read devotedly each day, or one of the top level earners who just got a new car!
I’ve been there. I’m there now. I’ve been on the upside and have looked down and I’ve been at the very bottom. It’s all hard. There are pluses and minuses to both sides. But I think the biggest thing to remember in all of it is your attitude and how you look at your present circumstances. These are my top 5 tips on how I stay motivated to keep working towards my dreams:
- Remember that being broke is a state of mind. If you are an entrepreneur and already have a side gig, then you are leaps and bounds ahead of most people – broke people.
- Consistency is key – keep at it. Don’t give up. Hold on to the reason that you started your side gig to begin with.
- Identify your “why” and write it on a sticky note and paste it up on different places in your house to remind you of why you choose the struggle to have a side gig. If you don’t have a “why” then stop everything and identify it right now. Focus on it, and keep going.
- Surround yourself with people who encourage you to reach your goals – if they don’t get super excited when you are winning than they are not your friends.
- Your success is up to you. If you want to grow your business, it’s up to you – not anyone else. If you want your blog to be amazing, write amazing blog posts. If you want to take your business to the next level, then hustle and make it happen.
And finally, moms, give yourself some grace. If you don’t get it all done in one day, that’s ok. Like they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Give yourself grace, go to bed, and get up and try again. Just don’t ever stop trying!
We can do this together – plus I’m praying for you and would love you to pray for me too! Please feel free to send me an email with how I can be praying for you and your side gig! If you want to pray for me, please pray that God would direct my side gigs to be whatever He wants them to be and that I would humbly follow His direction. Hugs momma!
Perspective is really hard for me. I’m terrible at envisioning the future. I’m not a “dreamer,” I dwell in the present and rather than looking forward to the future I have this awful way of digging up the past. For example, I love people and I have a God-given ability to meet and get to know people. God has given me a gift of being able to bring people together – I like to call it “I’ll introduce you to your next best friend.” I loathe this gift, but am trying very hard to find God’s blessing in it. Instead of being happy for the people I’m able to help and blessed by the time (no matter how short) I was able to enjoy with them, I end up feeling lonely and that a piece of my heart has been sacrificed on the altar of “friendship.” I’ve never understood this gift, but am praying for wisdom on how God intends me to use it. It’s all about perspective, which I’m still working on.
I’ve spent a lot of time lately pondering what the Lord wants me to be doing at this time in my life. I’ve had a rough year and I realize now that it’s all been about my skewed perspective. I’ve spent a whole year beating myself up for all sorts of reasons, mostly my failures as a mom, wife, friend and business owner. And the longer I beat myself up, I felt so lost and frustrated, that I wanted to give up on everything. I was spending so much time dwelling on just how much I had failed rather than looking at just how much I had accomplished! Seriously why does one single failure out-weigh a hundred victories? And why do we keep score on ourselves anyway? Perspective. It’s all about perspective.
Then I came across an awesome quote, “God never sends you into a situation alone. He goes before you, He stands beside you, He walks behind you. Whatever your situation, be confident, God is with you!” Knowing that God is with me when I winning, when I’m failing, when I’m lonely, and when I’m totally lost is like having a burden lifted off my shoulders.
I don’t have to know or understand what the Lord is currently doing, or what He plans to do with my life in the future, my sole job is to live each day in the full confidence of the Lord, and to just keep pursuing my dreams, to keep trying, until God closes a door. My first priority is God, then my spouse, then my family, and lastly my business. When my perspective is on the wrong thing, all of these tend to get out of order. In Joyce Meyer’s book, Get Your Hopes Up (which is an AMAZING book – highly recommend that everyone reads this book) she says, “You don’t have to sit back, just waiting for an answer to fall from the sky. You can take your hopes to God, ask Him for His wisdom, guidance, and direction, and then take real practical steps toward your goal…..you can aggressively thank God that He is working in your life.”
In what ways do you need to change your perspective?
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Have you ever rolled out of bed, stumbled down the stairs, and looked around at your messy house filled with toys that you didn’t feel like putting away last night, knowing it’s just another day and you probably still won’t get the toys put away? Besides never getting the toys put away, you still have to get the lunches made and the piano practice done and on and on and on and on…all within the next hour before you get kids off to school?
I remember when I had this exact morning about 3 years ago, and I remember thinking – “gosh, this sure is fun – said no mom – ever.” But then my thoughts jumped to the fact that already two of my kids are in school all day and I only have one still at home with me. In a few years he will be at school all day as well – and once he is, then WHAT?? What would I do with my time all day long? Yes, for the first week I will eat bon bons and watch soaps all day. Actually, I don’t like either of those things, so I probably won’t do that. The quiet will be nice – but only for a couple days. I know myself well enough to know that I’ll go nuts if I don’t find something to keep me slightly stressed and busy. That’s how I roll – I function so much better on the edge of panic. It’s also how I get a lot done – I fill my days from sun up, to sun down with some type of work, and I tend to be very effective. If I don’t have something to keep me actively busy and full of purpose, I will flounder.
Since I know all of this about myself, and because I’m a planner, 3 years ago I started looking for things I could do to keep busy when all three kids will be in school full time. If you have read my blog for awhile now, you know I’m an entrepreneur at heart, so naturally, I began to think about business ideas and ways that I could earn and save money from home. After a lot of research and prayer, about a year ago I started actively working on a new business that I plan to work on full time when all three kids are in school, and I’m so excited!
If you find yourself in the same place I did, wondering what you’ll do once kids are in school full time and wanting to make or save some money, then here are some ideas for you. I’ve also written a really great eBook, 5 Money-Making Ideas for Stay-At-Home-Moms, that you can download FREE now that explains many of these ideas and even a few more in detail.
- Shop at thrift and consignment stores. Don’t freak out – you really can find some amazing deals at thrift stores for your family and you can save a lot of money. Especially if you shop on their 50% off days! Yes, it takes some work to really look for stuff, and you tend to deal with long lines, but you can find some really great deals! Some of the best deals I’ve found have been on sporting equipment for the kids (especially on cleats) and maternity clothes.
- Sell your stuff at consignment stores. Not only should you shop at consignment stores, but you can sell your used stuff at them as well! I know some mommies who sell enough of their own stuff that they can then use their store credit to turn around and buy whatever they need, and are never really paying out of pocket for clothing!
- Use coupons every time you shop. Join a coupon group where you can share deals and swap coupons. Get your kids involved and have them help you clip coupons! If you get a system down, you can use coupons every week, save money, and not have it take up too much of your time. I explain a lot more about how to do this in another eBook I’ve written, 7 Biggest Mistakes Couponers Make – you might want to download that one as well.
- Have a garage sale. We all know this is a lot of work, but you can make quick money by having a garage sale!
- Start your own business! This is my favorite idea of all – I love to SAVE money, but I also love business and I personally want to earn money. The best way I know to earn money from home is to start a network marketing business. There are so many of them to choose from with great products like jewelry, bags, makeup, energy drinks, etc! It’s all about finding one that fits your lifestyle and has the potential to earn the amount of income you are looking for. Some people just want the free stuff that you get from having a few parties, some people want to earn enough money to make the car payment, and some people want to find a business that replaces their spouse’s income. I was looking for a serious business model, with a company that had ground-breaking products that no one else offered, and that had the income potential to replace my spouse’s income and bring him back home to work with me in business again. I’m so happy because I’ve found it!
Download my eBook for more ideas on how to save and earn money from home – it is possible! I’d love to hear your ideas on how you save your family money or how you make money at home! Please share them in the comments below! Hugs!
Have you ever wanted to be an entrepreneur? If your answer is no, I totally understand – I never wanted to be one either! Now, does that surprise you? It should – especially if you have read my blog and know that I’m a huge business person. There is a difference in loving the art of business and actually being an entrepreneur.
Entrepreneur: a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
Did you read the part that said considerable risk? Ok, stop everything right now – know this about me – I’m a WIMP!!! A huge wimp. It’s actually sort of funny because I have no problem talking to anyone, or being up on stage commanding a crowd, or leading a huge group of people to do some task – but when it comes to any sort of risk, I wimp out – big time! Funny the way God made us huh? The risk-taking part of being an entrepreneur is the hardest part for me and the biggest hurdle for me to cross. But, I’ll admit, I have all the other parts covered – I love to organize, manage, and take initiative – and those three things outweigh my fear of risk and that’s why I’m an entrepreneur!
If you want to be an entrepreneur and have no idea where to start – I’ll tell you one thing, you already have crossed a big hurdle – desire - dreaming of more! At the heart of every entrepreneur is a dream of more and that is a great place to start! If you find yourself dreaming about firing your boss, or dreaming of having more time to spend with your family, or simply dreaming of having more income coming into your household, then it’s time to get started! Being an entrepreneur doesn’t have to be overly complicated – simply decide it’s time to do something. Figure out your strengths and limitations, and then start considering your options.
For example, you might be a stay-at-home-mom like me and dream of making some extra income for your household to pay bills and maybe save a little for a newer used car. You know you are good at sewing and cooking, but you also know your time is limited because you have young kids. You realize that a lot of people need their clothes tailored or mended and you decide to start an in-home sewing/tailoring business for your friends and neighbors, that you can do a couple hours a day when your kids are napping – and tadaa – an entrepreneur is born! It’s really that simple! It just takes some desire, passion, purpose and a drive to go for it!
I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas! If you have any questions – comment and I’ll try to help as best I can!
I recently posted a video of my journey to becoming an entrepreneur – if you didn’t get a chance to watch it yet, you can now - WATCH NOW.
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It’s no secret, I’m a stay-at-home-mom and I love it! There are so many positives to being home with my kids all day! I know I sound all “chummy” and“happy go lucky-the world is full of rainbows,” but I really do love that I get to be home with my kids and also create income doing some of the simple and complicated things I do as a mom. If you have read a lot of my blog posts you know that I’m very business-minded, God just made me that way. In high school I spent all my time running our school store, as well as being a part of every business club our school offered and competing at the National level in many of them for things like Job Interview and Desktop Publishing. By the time I graduated I was determined to make a million dollars before I turned 30 with my own business. I was an entrepreneur from the get-go. Now, I’m proud to say I’m a MOMprenuer and love that I can have the best of both worlds. You don’t have to put your dreams of working and creating an income on hold just because you are now a mom and spend the majority of your day cleaning up spit-up and dirty diapers. Trust me moms, I know! I’ve been there and I’ve just passed the potty training stage for my youngest and am literally doing the happy dance! Through all the stages of my 3 kids, I’ve kept a candle burning for my business dreams and am happy I’ve not quit. When the kids were babies I was not able to spend as much time working as I can today, but being a mom comes first above any work EVERY DAY. I’ve learned ways to work in a little bit of work here and there while I’m doing the mom thing and I’ve gotten pretty good at it. Here a couple quick ideas of ways to keep working during the day when you are in full-time mommy mode – then, I promise I will give you some REAL ways you can make some money:
- Make A List (I actually keep 2 at all times): Keep a notebook/notepad with you when you are being mommy-chauffer taking kids to and from school, soccer practices and dance class. Jot down a list of things you need to do that day for your personal life when you are a stop sign or waiting on your kids during practices – like chores, phone calls you need to make, cleaning you need to do, etc. I’m slightly crazy, so I actually have 2 notebooks that I take everywhere – one is for my personal life and the other if for my business. Anytime I think of things for either one I add it to the list. Oh and because I’m always thinking about coupons/groceries, in my personal notebook I always have a running list for the grocery store.
- Schedule Your Time: This is a no-brainer. In order to be effective both as a mom and as a MOMprenuer you MUST schedule your time. I know so many moms who struggle with time management. They get so wrapped up in doing something silly (like watching a quick program on TV) that all a sudden the whole morning is gone and they didn’t get anything done. I’m a huge fan of scheduling – and I’ve found that when I get up early in the morning and start the day with a some strenuous exercise as well as a good cup of coffee and some quiet time with the Lord and my Bible I have a much better day. That helps me get going and then I can attack the day. I will then spend the next 10mins before kids are up to get out my personal notebook and make a list of all the things I want to get done that morning while my older kids are at school. I try to block out about 45mins each morning to spend some time working in my office. I allow my youngest son that time to pick out the educational games he wants to play on my iPad and this is his only chance during the day to play uninterrupted (from his older siblings) on my iPad. It’s a win-win and I know exactly which tasks in my office I want to get done and I set right to it (because I had already made my list).
- Get Off Facebook: Yeah, I just went there! I mean it. Get off your phone. I’m so bad at this, but I try to be present for my kids when they are awake. Let’s be honest, there is nothing more annoying than trying to talk to someone who is also checking their Facebook or phone at the same time. Imagine how this feels to your kids? Plus, think of how much time you truly do WASTE on Facebook. A lot huh? I understand, I have the same problem! But I’m really trying to work on it.
Now on to the good stuff, 6 REAL Ways to Make Money as a Stay-at-Home-Mom and here they are:
- Start using coupons regularly. Start to think of them as paper money, which they truly are. Every single coupon you have is just like a couple quarters or a crisp dollar bill. While they may not actually make you money – they will keep the money that you have made in your wallet by not having to pay as much for the items you need. If you need help getting started with coupons download my FREE ebook – 7 Biggest Mistakes Couponers Make.
- Consign your old clothing. This is a great way to make couple extra bucks on something you were going to donate or give away. Go through your closet and your children’s closets and take all the stuff that is still current and in great shape to a consignment store and watch your account collect money! You can get paid with a check, or you can buy clothing directly with the money you just made on the clothes you brought in. It’s a win-win!
- Join an online selling group like VarageSale – it’s a local community app that you can put on your smartphone to buy and sell anything you have or want to have! Clothing, household products, toys, shoes, etc. All you do is take a picture of the item and pick a price and upload it to the group. I personally love my community Varage Sale group and love that I can sell stuff without having to ship the items out. Your community members just stop by your house or wherever you plan to meet them and yOu are done! Check out VarageSale.com and see if your community has a group and get involved.
- Have a Garage Sale! I love, love, love, love garage sales! They are one of my favorite things to do from spring to fall. You can make a great amount of money and get ride of a ton of stuff all in a matter of days! It’s wonderful! Make sure to check your community and home owner’s association for any rules they may have regarding garage sales. My community is pretty strict, so I have to really be careful.
- Blogging is another great way to generate an income. Set up a free blog and start writing. What you have to say may go viral! I love blogging, it’s a great way to relieve stress – it’s almost therapeutic to me. Plus I love “meeting” new people online! You never know what post will skyrocket your blog to the top of a search result. Add some affiliates to your blog and you can start generating some income right away.
- Network Marketing – consider working part-time for a network marketing company. There are many out there that have amazing products that you can share with people from makeup, to bags, to health and wellness products. Choose whichever one fits you best and get online and start marketing your business. Of course, I have my favorite that I think is best and would be happy to share it with you if you want to know how I make extra money. Leave me a comment or shoot me an email and we can set up a time to talk to hear more info. You also need to download this FREE eBook that I have written – 5 Financial Success Secrets For Stay-At-Home-Moms.
Hope this list helps! If you have any questions, let me know! Love ya all!
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In the spirit of the new year, setting goals, and making resolutions, I’ve taken a moment to reflect. In years past I’ve noticed that my resolutions don’t stick very long, so here recently I haven’t made any. Last year I decided not to make any resolutions at all – mostly because they remind of goals that I don’t ever seem to accomplish. I think my problem is that the resolutions I would make were way too hard to fulfill, even for Superwoman (and deep down I really am Superwoman). I remember one year I resolved to make a million dollars by the time I was 30, seriously. Granted, I was 17 (going on like 25), I was in my senior year of high school, President of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), running our school’s store, and I thought I was going to be the most amazing business-woman alive. I had huge goals, huge dreams, and I had no idea how to accomplish them, but I resolved that they would come true. Well, I grew up, I turned 30 a few years back without my million dollars and somehow my Superwoman cape missing. I came to the realization that resolutions are just words with good intentions behind them. They seem great and inspiring when you make them, but as time goes on and they are not coming true they are like a weight strapped to your ankle dragging you down. Talk about failure…yep, I feel like a failure to my own made-up dreams.
I’m older and I’d like to think I’m wiser now too, and the reality of feeling like a flop with my own dreams and goals has hit me hard this year. I went to an amazing Bible Study this morning and the speaker had a great devotional on resolutions. She talked about how she always sets New Year’s Resolutions that would cause her to strive for great stuff in her life, but she finds herself, year after year, failing at just about every resolution she sets. Striving and Failing. Think about both of those. I looked up both words in Webster’s Dictionary and below are the definitions.
Strive: to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance
Fail: to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved
To struggle vigorously – that perfectly describes how I feel about a lot of my resolutions. I feel like I struggle a lot, I try to put in some effort to change behaviors, and then when I’m at my wits end, I just give up and find myself in the exact same spot I was the year before. It’s terribly frustrating and ever so futile. I think the answer lies in my perspective. Rather than setting myself up to fall short this year, I’m going to change my perspective on my resolutions.
Instead of a making Resolutions: the act of resolving or determining upon an action, – I’m changing them to Goals: - the result or achievement toward which effort is directed. To me, a goal is something you achieve when effort is placed toward it. A resolution is just making up your mind to change, or willing something to happen, but you are missing the action. When you make a conscience effort to work toward a goal, you absolutely achieve every time. Part of changing your perspective is not getting so wrapped up in the “what” or the “how much” you achieve, but celebrating that you have achieved something toward your goal, and to keep on achieving.
I’m also choosing to make a list of Aspirations: a goal or objective that is strongly desired that are more lofty and harder to reach, but are something I do wish to attain, but won’t feel like a failure if I don’t reach them.
So, what are you goals and aspirations this upcoming year? I’d love to hear some. Want to hear mine? My top business goals this upcoming year are to reach 500 followers on my facebook.com/MomKatrinasWorld page, publish 3 ebooks, and grow my business by 3 levels. One of my aspirations is to finally go on a fancy vacation with my hubby – somewhere with a nice warm beach. Tell me yours! Dave Ramsey says, “If you aim at nothing, you will reach it every time.” Aim high and then go get it!Share this post:
Your business is what YOU make of it. Really, it is. The success of your business is all up to you.
Thanks for the slap in the face Katrina! Geesh! All joking aside, this fact was proven true this weekend as I was cleaning out some old business card holders that I had. I pulled out hundreds and hundreds of old business cards from the last 8 years. As I read over them and remembered the amazing people I met and then realized just how many of them were not in business in anymore I was struck with the startling realization that I’m not in that same business anymore either! I’m one of those thrown away business cards too! I know for some of those people in my throw-away stack their businesses failed. For others, their business is still thriving, and for still some others, they have just moved on to new businesses and dreams. This is where I find myself. I’ve laid my old business venture to rest but am still pursuing a new dream and business venture full force! I’m not counting on anyone else on my team to make me successful, I’m building my business and am excited for anyone who wants to join me in my pursuit!
You can’t count on anyone else to make you successful. Your business is not about the next great lead, or the next big bid you sign, or the next great “go-getter” you sign up. It’s really all about you and how much effort you dedicate to your business. You ARE the business, if you don’t make it successful no one else is going to either.
For all the business owners and the MLM’ers out there, you totally know what I’m talking about. You may have a brand new sign up who totally seems like they are going to go out and sign up every person they know and won’t stop until they have reached the top. You are stoked because you might finally get to take a few days off and relax a little bit on your own efforts because this new sign up is going to really grow your team. Then 3 months down the road when they realize that business takes real work and effort, they are not only slowing down, but decide to bail and jump ship. Now you have lost what you thought was going to be your “golden ticket” and you realize that if your business is going to be successful, you better get out there and start selling again.
There are no guarantees in life, that’s the great thing about life. It can be exciting and exhausting all at the same time! But, remember this, your business is your responsibility. If you want to be successful, then you have to do something about it. Don’t wait for someone else to make your dreams come true!Share this post: