Week One

                         IMG-8603

Photo: Courtesy of a friend.

Hey ladies!

Welcome to week 1 of my series:

____ is a three week series where we learn tips, techniques, and points for our goal of transformation and renewal. We have three weeks to work on ourselves so we can start off feeling revived and refreshed to take on new projects, businesses, and plans that we may have in the second half of 2018 and the new school year. Ultimately our aim is to pour into ourselves, so we can better pour into others. For us women, we often put self care on the bottom of our to-do list after performing our wifey duties, taking care of our children, running our homes, being the president of the PTA, having 5 businesses and ministries, and taking over the world. No wonder we get burnt out and we are tired all the time! Self care needs to be at the top. How can we be better moms, teachers, managers, leaders, or women if we do not take care of the women in the mirror?

This week we are focusing on our spirituality.

Spirituality

Let me ask, what is human spirituality and why is it important? I have 3 kids and I take them all to soccer practice, art club, and taekwondo. I have a job and make decent money every year, of course it would be amazing if I am able to make some more. I have bad days here and there, I can lose a couple pounds, my house is a little messy, I do get stressed out a lot, but hey, I’m still breathing right? Aren’t we all on the same boat here?

No, we are not all on the same boat. When the waves get tough, some boats sink and some boats withstand the turbulence but remain strong and defect free. The difference between the two boats is that the first boat does not have a good foundation. It was manufactured wrong with weak materials and it suddenly ruptured. The second boat was made of strong and durable material that lasts, able to go through anything without falling apart. The question is- will you sink or swim?

People that are spiritual are described as “gracious, optimistic, compassionate, and self-actualized”, according to Psychologytoday. To be gracious and compassionate is to be forgiving, empathetic, kind, and merciful. Being optimistic is looking on the bright side. And self-actualized means finding your purpose, your gifts, and your talents.

When life gets tough, how do we react? When someone cuts us off in our lane, do we curse them out and yell at them? Or are we forgiving, letting them go by because maybe they are driving to a hospital to visit a sick loved one. When our own child is sick, do we throw in the towel giving up on all treatments, or do we look on the bright side and thank God that He made medicine? When we feel lost, when we do not know what to do, when we feel hopeless, when we feel insecure, and stressed out- do we figure out how to use our skills to start a new company, to use our time more wisely, and to follow our passions, or do we just give up, call it a day (or even call it a life), and decide that we are going to stay miserable forever.

Being spiritual provides us with a rock solid foundation. As a Christ-follower, whenever I feel like my boat is sinking, I simply call out to God and suddenly, my boat isn’t sinking. I am swimming, I am moving forward, I am reaching my destination and the waves do not consume me. Thank God! He provides that rock solid boat, that even when I feel like I am sinking, I am not really sinking. When I am stressed out because I can’t pay my bills on time or I ran out of ideas for new income streams, I can simply call out to God. He will use my talents, gifts, and skills to point me in the RIGHT direction, instead of me aimlessly trying to figure out life on my own. He is faithful to provide and to guide. That is where our optimism comes in. How can we be optimistic when things go wrong? We usually can’t. Some of us crumble under pressure. With God, we are able to stand tall and have victory over adversity. He works all things together for our good, so even when we feel like it’s a misfortune, we know in the end, it will be for our benefit.

What material boat will you choose? Will you choose the boat that sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor, drowning in worry, stress, hopelessness, and mundanity? Or, will you choose to work on your spirituality, so you can conquer life. Honey, it is important to choose to have some type of spiritual foundation. If not- you will burn out, if you haven’t already at one point in your life. That spiritual dose in your life will provide you rest and rejuvenation. With that rest and revival, you can be gracious towards the people in the parking lot, and YOURSELF. Kind, forgiving, compassionate, loving, optimistic about your own life. Be nice to yourself! You deserve it.  Plus, since YOU’RE good, you can be good to OTHERS, and in return, people will be good TO YOU. And if they aren’t, at least now you know to be forgiving and compassionate, which will make you feel a lot better than being bitter and angry.

Signed,

-A Dear Friend

Spring Time Fun With My Toddler

                                               Spring Time Fun With My Toddler

 

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. -Audrey Hepburn
IMG-7609

Spring time is upon us, I know in some states it is still snowing or it’s freezing. If you your spring time hasn’t come yet, don’t lose hope because there are tons of family activities that you can do to bring in spring. So I am not the most creative person out there but I am constantly thinking up ideas that will keep my little one busy and having fun. I came up with a few ideas to have fun in the sun.

Our first Spring activity was to grow a garden, that was Mariah’s favorite part. We recently purchased a box of Cheerio’s which had a pack of seeds inside. I was like why not add this to our little garden. Having this garden has definitely been a learning experience and bonding time for our family.

IMG-7619

Another activity is painting a canvas, no I’m not saying go out and buy a canvas. You can do some sort of activity that will be creative and fun. While Mariah was painting she became a little more creative as she decided to paint on my husband and I. So always dressed to the occasion!  A course this blog is not sponsored but Michael’s usually sells a package of canvas at for as low as $10, this is when they are having some sort of monthly sale.

 

Bubble Bubble Bubble! Y’all when I say buying bubbles is a great investment for your toddler, it really is! They get chase bubbles and run that extra energy out, yaay! It is so cheap and affordable. Mariah even loves bubble time at the library, which brings me to reading new books.

IMG-7600

Story time at the library is not just a spring activity but all year around. I think that it is so also to be able to teach Mariah how to act in big groups and to have fun. It is really awesome how our local library does sing a longs, reading time and arts & crafts all under an hour. This is definitely something the sahm(stay at home mom) should consider. The other day we had a jammed packed day of visiting the library, grocery shopping at three different stores, movie and bubble time; after all of that she was ready for a nap.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful and fulfilling spring!

xoxo

Donna P.

Becoming A Millennial Mompreneur

Becoming A Millennial Mompreneur

12015551_10155951848800167_184531785_o

I’m sure that you’re wondering, what the heck do you mean by becoming a mom and entrepreneurship. Well in order to become a Mompreneur, it starts with being a mom first. Sometimes the roles are reverse when pursuing entrepreneurship and mommyhood. When I started my consulting business, I found out that I was 9 weeks pregnant! Being pregnant while pursuing my business gave me the drive to work hard and to make my business a success.

When planning for motherhood, here are a few tips to consider for beginning entrepreneurship.

Plan accordingly: During my pregnancy I worked until the day I had my daughter. I think I had more energy while I was pregnant compared to now. I planned my events and appointments arounded my pregnancy. Being a millennial mompreneur has definitely changed compared to 10 + years ago. You can raise your little one from the comfort of your home, chilling in your pj’s. Plus if I had an event come up my husband and I would team up to spend time with our daughter as I worked.

Ask for help: I know as mothers we are able to conquer great task, but that doesn’t mean you should stress yourself out and take on motherhood and business on your own. If you are comfortable with outsourcing child care, then you should go for it. My mother in law and my mother are very supportive when it comes to my daughter, they love to spoil her.

Don’t Give Up: When things get tough we can’t run away from the issue, you must find the balance. When I am searching for balance I usually make a list of the things that I want to accomplish and prioritize them around what I can get done before my toddlers nap and what should be done during nap time. Plus you always have the time when everyone has gone to bed and you have that grand moment of peace and quiet. Considering putting your social media platforms into the hands of a social media strategist or virtual assistant. Make things easier and not hard, ensure that your business model fits the lifestyle that you want to have.

Find A Outlet for Stress: One of my favorite things to do when I get stressed is to go to yoga. Honestly I go to yoga even if I’m not stress out. Yoga gives me the opportunity to clear my mind and come up with new ideas. Another outlet is that I love shopping for things that will help my business, such educational books, planners, and desk nic nacs. I also love to go church which is a constant outlet in which I can pray and worship with my friends and family. I encourage you to find something that will work for you.

Becoming a millennial mom/mompreneur definitely comes with its own reward because you are able to become involved with other like minded mompreneurs through social media groups and do more adventurous things such as living abroad running your business rather than staying home. Just because you become a mom doesn’t mean you have to stop living your best life. I love you go to mompreneur networking events and meet so many like minded moms. I hope this has been an awesome read for the millennial mompreneur looking for guidance.
xoxo

Donna P.