Women are empowering each other and going after their piece of the economic pie like never before .
The movement is gathering strength across the globe.
In my humble world, the best evidence of it are wonderful customers like Sonya, in Maryland, who was inspired to start her business by her 3 young children having imaginary tea parties at home, and now Anagha, who rang in the New Year from Mumbai, India with her purchase of (Lisa’s) Children’s Tea Party Business Kit!
I’ve done a little research and found that the Indian people love their birthday party’s and have no less than 7 different ways to celebrate them. Now they 8 because Princess Parties are going to take the country by storm!!
In reaching for the stars and overcoming obstacles, women are accomplishing great things everywhere.
It is a beautiful thing, and it is not limited only to unleashing entrepreneurial talent and making money. There is an even deeper, equally desirable target.
The struggle for time.
Ask a working mother what she needs more of than anything else right now, and she will answer TIME!
Transitioning into working for yourself is a pathway to reclaiming valuable time to make it easier to manage and support a family.
If you’re a working mother, do you sometimes feel like your life is good, but, at a certain point you’re lacking a sense of personal accomplishment?
You don’t feel you have time to pursue anything personally fulfilling because holding down a job and taking care of a household sucks up all of your time and energy.
That’s reasonable. Anyone can understand that.
This is how you lose yourself however, in the whirlwind of chasing after the kids, keeping up with your job, never ending household responsibilities, caring for an aging parent, and the list goes on.
To be selfless is a noble trait, however, to lose one’s self is to ultimately become unhappy.
If getting organized and thinking about what you would like to do if you had time, like exploring a business idea, or setting some fresh goals for yourself are reflexively kicked to the curb, take note:
Without a creative outlet to see light at the end of this chaotic tunnel you might never find your way out.
To create some flexibility in your life, you have to start somewhere.
We all know what it is like to feel stranded, trying to manage the barely manageable. So let’s send up a flare.
The best way to start is to commit to being honest with yourself.
Do it in writing.
The idea is to make something happen. A simple, honest goal sheet will get you oriented and headed in the right direction.
The goal sheet is meant as an ongoing practice from month to month, always subject to edit and revision, but definitely leading to milestones.
Start by typing at the top of the page what you are afraid of when it comes to starting a side business or something else to create lasting balance and flexibility in your life.
It may be a lack of confidence, resources, the thought of taking precious little time away from family, or just plain fear of failure.
It doesn’t matter, write it all down.
With the exception of the time factor, the likelihood is you are selling yourself short. Way short.
The problem is solvable.
Once you get this out of the way you’ll feel relieved, and more confident in overcoming your fears in a rational way.
Set a goal for the month to get clear on what your career aspirations truly are.
If you want to go into business for yourself, then say so, and write down ideas on what it might be.
From there, write down 3- 5 things you are committing to do this month in order to move toward reaching your goal. This is where the process usually breaks down, so really make an effort to meet your commitments. It’s the only way out of the tunnel.
Look, some of the things you need to do will be the unfamiliar territory and outside your comfort zone. If they weren’t, you would already be on your way and wouldn’t need this. Just press ahead. A lot of what feels uncomfortable is simply fear of failure. Don’t let it stop you.
Finally, at the end of the month, look at what you got done.
If you didn’t accomplish everything, do not use it as the excuse to give up, rather, roll them into next month and get moving.
What most people need in order to change the way things are is a healthy dose of self-discipline. Sometimes we need to put one foot in front of the other to get started.
Belief in the process is about empowering yourself, and after a while, you’ll be surprised at how clear and determined you are to get where you want to go.
For women and working mothers, in particular, time and flexibility are precious. It’s natural to want to stay a mom and look for professional fulfillment. It is doable if you look far and wide for that little jewel that might otherwise go unnoticed.
As a mother of 3, I was determined to give everything I had for the kids but not get hopelessly lost in the shuffle of life as a working mother.
That is why I searched hard and found a weekend business offering a true balance between family and work.
In a day and age when childcare for a couple of kids can run $30,000 a year, there has to be a better way.
There is a better way.
It worked out beautifully, especially since the kids are grown and I have a lucrative income and a valuable business!
Start today. You can get a piece of the pie for yourself too!