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I Support Your #momtrepreneur

Like so many of you, I am constantly invited by friends and acquaintances, old and new, to explore their new business ventures, these Momtrepreneurs. They are involved with everything from body wraps, vitamins, eye creams, books, nail sticker things, clothes, lipstick and all the fun things a fellow woman could want. These are highly educated folks, I know paid a pretty penny for those diplomas hanging on the wall. Some have full-time work outside the home while many are SAHMs’.  Recently a strongly worded post circulating the internet was harping on these women saying they didn’t want any more fake friend requests and how annoying the continual bombardment of sales pitches had become. This is my response to that post as I respectfully disagree. Instead, I admire each of these women and here’s why!

They are stepping out of their comfort zone.

It is important as women to step out of the daily routine. We can grow our sense of community by branching out and making new friends. Perhaps along the way, they learn a new skill and experience personal growth. Regardless of the product, they are breaking through the daily monotony and opening up to new possibilities.

They are daring to believe they could have more and be more.

The very fact that you are reading this blog post is a reflection of my belief in something more.  So what if thousands of other women are doing it? Often these products are really high quality and that is why they sell! Rather it be a solo venture or multi-level marketing, it is still commerce; the activity of buying and selling.

They are working to provide for the household in a way that works for them.

Maybe it won’t bring in a ton of money but every little bit helps right? Women need flexibility and the reality is that the daily grind working outside the home doesn’t fit for every family. Many employers don’t offer flexible work arrangements or work from home options.  Not to mention, the cost of childcare in the US is out of control and many can not afford to have multiple children in care. Women are forced to evaluate the break even point and ask at what sacrifice?

Some of them are doing really well.

Like anything in life, you usually get out of something that which you put in it.  Some of these women have become so laser focused on success that failure was never an option. I know several women that have walked away from other careers and several that are doing well while still involved in another career field.  Success can look different to different people and who are we to judge?

I get these “sales pitches” too.  When I receive that text or see that Facebook message I think,”Good for them! I’m glad they are branching out!” I may buy what they’re selling, I may not. The point is we should build each other up, support other women in any way we can. We should support their #momtrepreneur.

A Day in the Life of a Working Mother

5 am

The alarm sounds at 5 am.  The first order of business is trying to get out of bed without waking the sleeping toddler snoring at your side.  If you are able to maneuver out of bed, carefully removing the foot from over your head while keeping her asleep, the morning has high hopes of going smoothly. If the beast awakens you just move into survival mode and hope to make it through the morning with minimal meltdowns. Most mornings begin with a few minutes stretches or exercise, breakfast preparations, smoothie making, lunches (if you failed to make them the night before) and most importantly coffee! DON’T FORGET THE COFFEE!

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6 Easy Steps to Quickly Reduce Household Waste

A few years back I recall reading a fascinating article about a family that nearly cut all household waste.  They learned to go without a lot of products that could not be purchased outside of boxes and also learned where to purchase goods they needed in a wholesale or non-packaged form.  I remember thinking what discipline this must have taken and all the ways my family could do better with our consumption habits.  

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The Only 3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Mentor

Mentor: an experienced and trusted adviser

A few years back I decided to really push my career forward and take it off of “auto pilot.” I remember seeking to connect with other like minded women thinking that would be a great place to start. At the time, there wasn’t a local woman’s resource group established for my organization within my state.  When  I approached my boss about this, she said, “Well why don’t you start it?”

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