5 Pieces of Advice for Mothers Who Run Businesses from Home

5 Pieces of Advice for Mothers Who Run Businesses from Home

I've been remiss in posting on this web site. My business is in a growth phase and my workload has increased until I'm able to establish processes and pass some of the responsibilities to my team. Last week Benchmark Email contacted me and asked if I would guest post on their blog in honor of Mother's Day. I thought their "Mothers on Marketing" series would be appropriate content to link to from this site. Benchmark Email offers online email delivery software for a monthly fee. You can read my guest post here. Continue reading

Where Would You Be?

Where Would You Be?

One night President Obama and his wife Michelle decided to do something out of routine and go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn't too luxurious. When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the president's secret service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner. Following this conversation President Obama asked Michelle, "why was he so interested in talking to you?" She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her. President Obama then said, "so if you had married Continue reading

Purgatory

Purgatory

When any of us live or work in an environment that embraces values that are in conflict with our personal values, our souls will begin a process of interior disturbance in order to remove us from that which threatens our spiritual health. Despite monetary security or reward, if we stay on a path that disconnects us from our spiritual energy, we begin the process of slow death, which continues unless something begins to change. Living Simultaneously by Jeff Patnaude I have been feeling dead. Stuck in hamster wheel hell. I've spent most of the winter trying to determine if it's my Continue reading

Leaders, Followers and Those In Between

Leaders, Followers and Those In Between

I've been thinking about natural order lately. Partially because of my past, partially because of my future but also because of my present. Have you noticed, everything appears to have the ability to be split into thirds? Birth, life, death. Roots, trunk, leaves. Even the best photographs are ones in which the composition is split into thirds. And yet, we refer to people as "leaders" and "followers." This isn't just in business, but also in our personal lives. I submit a third classification: Chameleons. The people who can be either leaders or followers, as needed. They're not true Continue reading

Woman Ahead of Her Time

Woman Ahead of Her Time

Rick Mercer of the Mercer Report interviews Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion who is Canada's longest running consecutive term mayor. Listen to the interview to marvel at her gumption, experience and brilliance. Read more about this dynamo they refer to as Hurricane Hazel on wikipedia. Thanks to Kim Kassner for bringing this video to my attention via Facebook. Continue reading

Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day Gifts

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Does setting aside a day to recognize mothers suggest we don't have to appreciate them the other 364 days of the year? Expressing gratitude for those who have helped us grow should be a regular occurrence. Make Any Day Mother's Day My grandfather regularly brought the investment of my grandmother's time and love to the family's attention. He didn't wait for a national day of recognition; he let us Continue reading

Doing Less for Self Care

Doing Less for Self Care

Midlife can be a time of crisis. I suppose it's referred to as a crisis because many people choose not to look inward and determine why they're unhappy. They look outward and try to appease the unease with cars, possessions or affairs. Although all are tempting, I chose to consider midlife, not as a crisis, but as a re-evaluation. I knew the goals my partner had were different and he was never going to help me achieve mine as long as he was living his. I wanted simplicity and comfort. I wanted to accumulate life experiences, not possessions. Taking care of a home and children is a Continue reading

31 Days of Wishes – Improved Change for 2010

31 Days of Wishes – Improved Change for 2010

Goodbye 2009. Hello 2010! I have never looked more forward to seeing the calendar page turned, as I am this year. Judging by the comments from friends, both online and off, I'm not the only one. This past year has been a challenging one collectively and privately. I've seen more unemployed friends than ever before. Those who are working are still struggling financially to make ends meet. I've seen much depression and sadness. I don't believe it comes from a single year of challenges, it's been building and people are getting worn down. Despite strenuous times, I've also seen Continue reading

Bringing Home the Bacon

Bringing Home the Bacon

I've been busy trying to build a couple of careers so I can go from "Mom with a Job" to "Career Woman with Kids." Lately I've felt as though I'm merging onto the Autobahn, pedal to the metal with barely enough time for a shoulder check. I've got to get there and I've got to do it as fast as possible. As I face my new career rush, I'm wondering how I'll maintain my personal and parental responsibilities, and make it through a divorce with my mental health intact. I've come to the realization that being able to "bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan and never, ever let him forget he's Continue reading

Horton Heard a Who, Can You Hear Me?

Horton Heard a Who, Can You Hear Me?

I had the honor of participating in a webinar last night with veteran Executive Coach, Jeff Patnaude, and a group of his friends/clients. It was part of a series of topics discussing the attributes of transformational leaders and mentors. I listened as each brilliant guest shared thoughts and life experiences varying from large corporate environments to military, politics and religion. Each was insightful, interesting and included visions I may have never considered myself. I felt like a speck of dust amongst giants. I didn't have any interesting stories, nor any exotic life experiences Continue reading