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Samantha Semans – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet social media and ads strategist Samantha Semans…

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Samantha is the founder of Ten 10 Social. With a hunger for freedom in her own life and a clear understanding of the tireless work of small businesses, Samantha set out to build a business from the ground up. She fused her passions for shopping local, creativity, and serving others into Ten 10 Social. Not only does she enjoy the flexibility and newfound freedom for her family, but loves seeing other business owners’ dreams come to fruition.

In her free time, Samantha can be found volunteering with her church, drinking a tad too much coffee (if that is even a thing), and happily raising her four precious kiddos ages 8, 7, 4, & 2. They love hanging out, playing outside, watching movies, and just being together. And they just made a crazy move from California to Tennessee.

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You can listen to my conversation with Samantha Semans at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

I am a Social Media and Ads Strategist for busy entrepreneurs. Starting as a VA, doing all of the things, I quickly realized it was not for me. I couldn’t be all the things for all the people and I’ve always loved social media. Funny thing is, I had done social media for free for years!

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

I think my greatest strength (and sometimes weakness) is that I love people. Like I genuinely care about people and their business which means I serve with excellence and want them to get incredible results.

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I am growing and stretching in my confidence as I level up and in hiring for myself. I was super confident in some of my packages and then my coach saw them and “made “ me level up. That saying, “new level has new devils” is so true.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

I would tell myself to go hard or go home. To not be afraid. I would hire a coach to help sooner in the game. And I would stop doubting myself and my abilities.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Be intentional. My business name reminds me to live an abundant life daily but also abundant in how I see fit.. not what the world tells me it’s supposed to be. Meaning I created this business to provide for my family but also to stop trading time for money. I created it so I could have more time with my family, not be chained to the biz. Always remember your why.

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Your Questions Answered…From Time Management to Mom Guilt

What do apps, family crisis, and mom guilt have in common?

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They are all part of today’s first (but not last) “Your Questions Answered” episode. I decided to change things up this week with a little Q & A from my community. I’ve collected your questions from Instagram related to time management, productivity and mindset. I truly believe that if one person speaks up with a question, chances are there are several other people out there feeling the same way or asking the same question. So hopefully we can answer some of your questions today even if it wasn’t a question you submitted.

Time-Saving Apps

First up, Jen asks…

“Is there an app to schedule stories on Instagram? I’d love a link of time-saving apps too.”

Thank you for that question Jen…and yes, I definitely have some apps that help save time and make you more productive. Before I share those, as I suggest with many things you might add into your routine, make sure you are super clear on WHY you are making this change. It doesn’t have to take weeks of journaling and meditating, but just think for a few minutes about the purpose behind adding this app to your phone or daily routine.

And the reason I suggest this pause is to make sure you aren’t just adding to add. Is this app or new routine going to help you manage your time better or feel more productive at the end of the day? If so, it is definitely worth that time and the effort you will put into utilizing the app. If not, it may be better to refine a system you already have in place. That said, here are some apps that save me time or help me work more productively.

  • Time on Apps – Both Android and Apple offer a way for you to see how much screen time you are using. When I started checking my screen time, I was floored. I honestly didn’t think I was wasting that much time a day mindlessly scrolling. But alas, numbers don’t lie. In addition to seeing how much time you spend staring at your screen, you can actually set limits on certain apps within your phone or tablet settings. Once you’ve used up the time for the day, it will not allow you to open that app again until the following day. While not apps per se, I found these tools so helpful in providing a check on my screen time, which in turn led to me reallocating that time to family or work priorities.

  • Focus To-Do – This app helps with the Pomodoro technique…which in a nutshell is working in bursts of 25 minutes with a short 5-minute break. This app times the Pomodoros for you and allows you to adjust your work and break time as needed. For me, this is helpful because if I look at my timer and it says I have 15 minutes left I think “ok, I can keep this up for 15 more minutes”.

For a deeper into the process and positives of the Pomodoro technique, click here to check out the episode “Why Mom Entrepreneurs Need the Pomodoro Technique”.

  • Instacart – My next app for saving you time is Instacart. Or any sort of grocery ordering app or service, really. I didn’t start using it until we were under quarantine. But I don’t think I will ever go back to traditional grocery shopping.

As mom business owners, our home life and work-life are so intertwined. So anything we can do to alleviate stress or save time in either arena is helpful. I love that these apps save my previous purchases so I can easily order items I have in the past. I love that I don’t get distracted browsing the aisles. And I love that I can be spending time with my boys or working with clients while someone else gathers my goodies. I know I was late to the grocery delivery or click-and-pick-up game, but if you are looking to save time you should definitely try it.

  • Evernote – Next is Evernote. I think of Evernote as the corkboard of apps. It’s a great way to collect all those snippets, lists, ideas that pop into your head, or articles you see on the internet. Then you can easily refer back to them when you want to. And I love that you can use it on your computer AND your phone.

One way I use this to save time is by writing my captions for Instagram on Evernote. Then I copy and past them on my post on my phone. I can bust out a caption much quicker on my laptop and even copy-paste snippets of blog posts or emails I’ve written more easily. I can bank the captions for the posts I am planning for the week. That way I ready to post easily throughout the week.

  • Scheduling Instagram Stories – And speaking of posting to Instagram, Jen’s first question was about apps to schedule Instagram stories. And the answer is “yes”. And “no”. Yes, there are apps that allow you to plan your stories content. And decide when it would be best to schedule. And the no is that nearly all platforms will post your stories directly. Most operate by allowing you to create the content through their app. Then they’ll send you a notification when it’s time to post.

I personally have tried both Planoly and Tailwind for scheduling stories. I found that when I received my posting notifications, I was still tweaking and posting them myself. So I didn’t feel like it actually saved me much time. But if the idea of batching a weeks worth of content and scheduling notifications to remind you when to post helps you stay consistent, serve your community, and grow your business without adding unnecessary steps to your marketing plan. 100% do it.

Business Emergency Plans

Our next question is from Stephanie @mammahustle asks…

“What do you do when you are dealing with a family crisis but also need to work on your business?”

This question is so good and so timely. Like, how many of us have dealt with some sort of family crisis this year…Whether it’s someone in your house gets sick. Or your kids are suddenly home for school. Or someone in your extended family has an emergency. And these crises or emergencies are always looming. How can you possibly prepare for them?

Creating a plan to work on your business when there is a family crisis boils down to 3 steps.

  1. Know your priorities…What absolutely must be completed because it is time-sensitive or consequential.
  2. Eliminate unnecessary tasks…If it will not have immediate and devasting effects on your business, let it go until you can resume full effort.
  3. Delegate…Are there tasks you can delegate out for the time that need to go away? Are there household tasks like cooking or cleaning you can hire out to give you time to work so you can then tend to the crisis?

Click to check out my episode “What’s Your ‘If Life Gets In the Way Plan’?” for more details on keeping your business going during unusual circumstances.

And if your emergency requires you to drop everything for a bit of time, it will be ok. Dedicating your time and energy to the priority of tending to your family is better than spreading yourself too thin. The stress of juggling too many balls, especially during times of crisis, can have lasting impacts on your mental and physical health. It takes a bit of trust but believe your community and your clients will be ready when you return.

Battling Mom Guilt While Trying to Work

And finally, I have a question from Deena @iamconfidentlyme. Deena asks…

“How do you deal with mom guilt when you’re working all day and don’t have as much time to engage/play with your kid(s)?”

Thank you Deena for this question. And I am 100% sure you are not the only one dealing with mom guilt gremlins. Let me start by saying mom guilt is all in our heads. It is a product of something or someone somewhere telling us that in order to be a good mom we need to act a certain way or buy a certain thing or spend every waking minute in direct eye contact.

The truth is, there are lots of different mom styles producing lots of amazing kids out there. Some moms only see their kids for a few hours in the morning and evening, and they are great moms. Some moms stay home but need to maintain the house. So even though they are within close proximity to there child all day, every day they aren’t in constant contact. And they are great moms. Moms who take time for themselves are great moms. Moms who spend all day with their kids are great moms. There is no 100% effective great mom formula.

That said, I encourage you to explore the root of the guilt…Is it unrealistic expectations or false depictions of what “working mom life” looks like? Worry about how your decisions will impact your child’s future? Trying to be a mom of all trades but master of none? So often our worries and guilt are rooted in a story our mind is telling us about what a good mom looks like and that we are not doing it right.

The only true story is that all moms experience some form of guilt…whether it’s from working or spending time on themselves or letting a baby cry or having another child. When you find yourself struggling with this work guilt, get to the root of what makes you feel that way. Ask yourself what is it that I am doing that is causing me to feel guilty right now? Then follow up with does my child know I love them? Am I setting a good example? Do I make time for my child? If you can answer yes, tell that mom guilt “buh-bye”.

This is a huge discussion and I know I just barely scratched the surface with that but I dive super deep into how to teach your kids to entertain themselves and the mindset around teaching your kids the important life skill of independence in my Independent Skills for Independent Kids course.

Thanks to Jen, Stephanie, and Deena for your questions. And if you’ve got a question about time management, productivity, or working mom mindset, be sure to follow me on IG @businesssavvymama so you can submit your question for my next “Your Questions Answered” episode.

Family Fun Tip

This week’s family fun tip is inspired by the recent landing of Perseverance aka “Percy” on the surface of Mars. If you’ve got kiddos that love space, you need to check out NASA’s Space Place. You can find fun family games, crafts, and activities like Scavenger Hunts and Coloring Pages along with using Oreos to learn the phases of the moon or a fan to see the layers of the Earth’s crust. You can find all this intergalactic goodness by visiting

And if you’ve got an out-of-this-world idea you’d like to share with other mama’s out there looking for family fun, be sure to hit me up on Instagram @businesssavvymama. Just tag me or DM with your ideas to share. And if you haven’t yet joined my Free Monthly Family Fun Bucket List community, you can do so by clicking below. Each month you’ll receive a worksheet for you take suggestions from your family and schedule time together to make sure your family gets done every month.

Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.


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Shannon Baker – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Business Systems Strategist and Podcast Host Shannon Baker…

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I connected with Shannon around a year ago on Instagram. I love her easy going style and her simplified approach. She makes you feel like you can create business systems to make your life easier. Like your more than capable…which makes sense since her podcast is titled “The More Than Capable Mompreneur.”

As a Business Systems Strategist, Shannon helps busy women with service-based businesses create systems to automate the time-consuming tasks required to run a business so they can work more efficiently and have more time for what matters most!

As a podcaster, Shannon hosts “The More Than Capable Mompreneur” podcast which has been listed in the top 200 in two categories on Apple Podcasts. In her episodes, she shares tips, strategies and conducts interviews to help busy women be more productive and use the mom cracks of time to get things done so they can find a balance that works for them without the mom guilt, can invest in themselves, and grow their business without burning out.

Shannon lives in Maryland with her husband and 17 year old daughter who homeschooled for high school and graduated this past March. Now she’s a college student! They are a very faith-focused family so their goals allow them to stay focused and be successful without interfering with that. She loves coffee and red wine blends as well as doing puzzles…which has become her new hobby. Shannon continues to have a part-time job and she’s building my business on the side.

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You can listen to my conversation with Shannon Baker at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?

I help busy women, especially mompreneurs, create systems to manage tasks to save them time and boost their productivity. This allows them to build their business on their own terms and spend time where it matters most.

I started my business as a virtual assistant while working full-time. After a few years though, being a VA was not the space I wanted to be in anymore. I had completed training to become an Online Business Manager but that didn’t light me up either. So I was at a crossroad, trying to decide if I should just close down my business and go back to work for someone else.

I took a summer off and just enjoyed time with my daughter and worked with just two clients on retainer. I also invested in private coaching with one of my mentors which helped me identify my mission, vision and purpose. That was October 2018 and after continuing to work with this coach I decided to take a major step in February 2019…I burned the boat and ended all of my contracts and went back to work part-time to reduce the financial pressure we had started to feel.

It took a lot of self-investment and mindset work for me to get comfortable with making the pivot from being a virtual assistant to being a business operations strategist. Not to mention, it took a lot of faith to admit to myself that I needed to make the change. Once I realized my true passion was putting things in order for a specific outcome I was able to move forward. This allows me to control where I use my energy to get the best results and I enjoy helping others do the same. That’s why I love processes and integrating technology.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

My business is structured to support my family and not take me away from them. So it has boundaries and I do all I can to keep it that way.

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I’m getting more comfortable asking for the sale. But this has always been a struggle for me. Letting go of that fear is the only way my business will grow.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Be confident in my expertise and don’t negotiate my prices.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Decide what is important and make your plans with that in mind. There is no such thing as work-life balance. It comes down to what is the priority at the moment which changes and arranging your affairs accordingly.

Where can we find you online and on social media?

Fun as a Mom Entrepreneur - Business Savvy Mama

5 Reasons You Need Fun as a Mom Entrepreneur

Are you scheduling time for fun as a mom entrepreneur?

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“Geez, Christy, are you so obsessed with me having fun?”

Because you NEED it. As one of my coaches pointed out a few months back, Fun is Fuel. It fills your cup and keeps you going. And gives you a break you need and deserve. It reminds you why you had your kids or why you like your spouse. Not to mention it just feels good. See why you need fun as a mom entrepreneur?

If you can commit to planning simple, engaging activities ahead of time and making that time a priority, you can reap the benefits of being a fun mom. And a fun spouse. And a fun entrepreneur.

You don’t have to wait until your reach a certain level of success. Or until you have more money. Or until your kids are older. You can start and need to start having fun NOW.

One thing I find with many of the moms in my community or when talking with friends is that we overcomplicate fun. Or we are worried that what we can do won’t be exciting or memorable enough so we just don’t do anything at all.

But on the flip side, there are times we plan an elaborate outing for your family only to have kids complain and ruin the experience for us.

Let’s bring it back to simple. Just focus on being with the ones we love. And ask them what they would like to do. Chances are it is simpler and easier to work into your busy schedule than what our mom brains think up.

5 Reasons You Need Fun as a Mom Entrepreneur

And making time for fun is so worth it…let’s dive into 5 ways having fun can benefit you as a mom and as a mom entrepreneur and then I’ll give you some simple strategies for planning more fun with your family.

  1. First, having fun improves your relationships. It helps you connect with those around you. Setting aside specific time with your family and friends will strengthen your relationships and create memories. This special time with your loved ones helps you to step away and refocus on the relationships that are valuable to you.
  2. Next, having fun releases dopamine into your system. It’s one of those feel-good hormones that improve your mood, helps you feel more satisfied, and lowers your cortisol levels. Lower cortisol means lower feelings of stress. So fun means less stress!
  3. And taking a break from stressful work tasks to have a bit of fun also gives your brain a chance to relax and recover. This recovery period is vital to keep you working productively. According to research in a 2013 article titled “Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime” featured Scientific American magazine “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.” 
  4. Having fun also increases our energy levels. Those nasty stress hormones like cortisol lead us down the road to anxiety and depression. Which in turn make us feel lethargic and unmotivated. It’s a nasty cycle, really. But adding some fun and play into our regular routine lowers those stress hormones and boosts our energy by increasing those positive endorphins and the dopamine running around in our system.
  5. And finally making time for fun will help stave off the burnout that so many entrepreneurs feel. Many entrepreneurs are so passionate about what they do that they are consumed by it. Many are running solo when which means they wear a lot of hats and do a lot of different jobs. And many work from home, causing feeling of social isolation during long, lonely days. That passion, overwork, and isolation is a recipe for the burnout so many entrepreneurs face. But incorporating fun means you are interacting socially, whether with your family or friends. It means your are giving your brain a rest from all the work you are doing to make your company a success. And making time for fun means you can replenish your productivity and creativity for more effective workdays without feeling tapped out.

So scheduling a bit of fun helps to improve your relationships, lower your stress, work more productively when you do work, increase your energy levels, and keep burnout at bay. Sounds pretty good, right?

How Mom Entrepreneurs Can Find Time for Fun

And if you’re thinking, all those benefits sound great, Christy, but I literally cannot add anything more to my plate, I got you. Fun shouldn’t cause stress. Fun should be fun. This is why I’m going to share how you can easily incorporate fun into your schedule…

  1. Get it on the Schedule…Look at your schedule and see when you can schedule weekly time for your family. Friday nights? Sunday afternoons? Tuesday before bed? If you feel like there isn’t time to make the time, something has to give. Because as I’ve shown, fun is important to your survival as an entrepreneur. Make the time. Do it regularly.
  2. Keep it simple…Have a game night. Read a series of books aloud. Cook together. Watch movies together. Take a walk or bike ride. It doesn’t have to be elaborate and time-consuming to plan. Simple time together is effective in improving your relationships and reducing stress levels. So keep it simple, sister.
  3. Don’t Do It Alone…Just because you’re the mom, doesn’t mean you have to do all the planning yourself. Empower your kids by taking their suggestions. You might be surprised at what sorts of simple activities spark joy in them. Not to mention, if the kids pick the activity, they are much less likely to complain.

Your action step for today to make sure you start making time for fun as a mom entrepreneur is to plan a family activity for this week. Get it on the schedule, make it something simple, and consult your family for ideas about what you should do so you don’t have to plan it all yourself.

This is the exact method I use every month with my family fun bucket list community. Members receive a monthly worksheet where they can take ideas from family members and schedule when the activity will take place. And if your family needs some help getting started, there are ideas with your monthly worksheet to get those fun, creative juices flowing.

Family Fun Tip

One of the reasons I like to share these tips is to show you that planning fun activities to fill your cup doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. Memories can be made when you keep it simple, make the time, and get creative. And creativity is front and center in this week’s tip.

With many of us suffering through colder temperatures and winter weather, it seems like a good time to absorb a bit of culture from the comfort of our couch under a mound of blankets. That’s why I’m recommending you check out Google’s Arts and Culture app. You can tour over 2000 of the world’s greatest art collections, monuments, and natural history museums. From The Art Institute of Chicago to the Palace of Versailles, from a tour of the White House to the National Museum in New Delhi, you can find virtual tours and information on arts, science, culture and history.

You can either download the Google Arts & Culture app or just visit If your TV has screen-sharing capabilities, you can share your tour right to your TV so you aren’t all huddled around your phone or tablet. So now even if you’re stuck at home, you can see the world.

I’d love to hear what fun you’re having with your family whether your weather is cold or whether your weather is hot. Send me a DM or tag me on IG @businesssavvymama. And if you haven’t yet signed up for my free Monthly Family Fun Bucket List, what are you waiting for? The March List will be arriving soon with ideas so you can plan plenty of fun quality time with your family, your spouse, or for yourself. Click below to join our bucket brigade and pick up your Free Monthly Family Fun Bucket List.

Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.


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Ali Jones – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet CEO and Found of the tech start-up Cyphtr Ali Jones…

I met Ali when she invited me as guest on her Instagram series “Friday Night Live” and we hit it off. I was so excited to chat with her again and have her share her incredible and honest journey with you.

From Executive Producer Assistant on big-budget films to tech startup founder & CEO to marketing consultant, Ali Jones lives in Louisiana where she’s balancing raising her toddler, hosting her IGTV series Friday Night LIVE, and helping entrepreneurs leverage emotional intelligence into their social media marketing to genuinely connect to their ideal client and enjoy making content without the burnout.

Ali is a mom of a 4-year-old and a big furball. She’s been happily married for 5 years. 2020 was a tough year for Ali in more ways than one…her son tested for Oppositional Defiant Disorder which required the whole family to learn different parenting methods in tandem with anger management and Montessori techniques. This along with her husband’s job loss and Covid diagnosis made the end of 2020 very difficult.

Even with all of the drama that 2020 has brought, they are still an extremely happy family that loves to go hiking, biking, and always look forward to another day in this blessed life. They are grateful for their community support and learned to just love each other fiercely through it all.

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You can listen to my conversation with Ali Jones at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

As a founder of a startup, I’m wearing all the hats while prepping to hire my team. I developed a platform that allows you to follow up with everyone you meet via email the moment you meet them. I wanted to start this company because I have a passion for connecting people. I’m am also a marketing consultant with a focus on emotional intelligence and social media branding. I create quarterly marketing plans in addition to leveling up my client’s social media profiles and content strategy. As far as why I became a consultant, I never planned on doing this work, but I was getting asked to consult for authors and speakers and really enjoyed working with people that had a message and motivation to impact others. Marketing is something that I’m always thinking about, learning more about, and can’t stop talking about.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

Willpower is my greatest business strength and the only reason I have made it as far as I have. There are many hurdles to starting your own business, and the only way I’m able to have made it over them is by convincing myself to keep trying no matter how many times I fell down before.

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I need to continue my education on my personal and business finances so that I can better understand when I can delegate and scale.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

I wish I would’ve believed in my own potential sooner and stopped the whole “fake it till you make it” mantra. I wasted a year and a half on stage competing with other startups for the attention of investors in hopes of having the funds to hire developers because “only smart people that are good with math know how to code.” Eventually I gave developing a shot and was able to develop my platform in 4 months and ran over 100 successful demos without having to sell of portions of my company to investors.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Balance comes after you find what’s most important to you. You can’t sacrifice the things that make you happy in hopes for a more successful tomorrow. Happiness is wanting what you have, and success is having what you want. If you give up the things that make you happy, then you’ll never want the things that you have tomorrow if you sacrificed the best part of your life today.

Where can we find you online or on social media?

Self-Care Tips for Mom Entrepreneurs - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Why Mom Entrepreneurs Need to Love Themselves: Self-Care Ideas

How do you practice self-care?

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Self-care feels like such a buzzword. But self-care isn’t only girls” weekends in Mexico or days at a spa. It’s the actions you take to take care of yourself so you can take care of everything else on your plate. And it’s is your best weapon to combat the stress of mom life and entrepreneur life. That’s why we are talking self-care ideas for mom entrepreneurs.

See, when your stress hormones are lower because you are taking care of yourself, you are able to think with more clarity and focus which in turn leads to better productivity. You get more done in less time with fewer mistakes. I’d call that a win. And stress also causes you to become reactive. Know how sometimes you get annoyed or fly off the handle? Yeah, that’s probably because of stress. Taking time out to show yourself a little love on the regular is going to help with that, too.

And as I said earlier, self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. It can be waking 30 minutes earlier so you can read or enjoy a quiet cup of coffee. Or taking a walk alone before dinner. Maybe a Zoom call with friends. Those who are successful at incorporating self-care and see the impact of their actions are those who prioritize making the time for it.

If you’re thinking “I don’t have the time for that”,  trust me, you do. You just need 10 minutes. 10 minutes equals .7% of your entire day. .7%. And yes, 10 minutes can make an impact. It’s more way more beneficial to stop worrying that 10 minutes isn’t enough time and start thinking about when you can schedule those 10 minutes of you time during the day and what you will do.

And as a recovering self-care neglecting busy body, I can totally relate to thinking there is something much more productive you could be doing with those 10 minutes. Or 30 minutes. Or however long you set aside. But we are thinking long-term here, mamas. As the saying goes “you cannot pour from an empty cup.” Burnout is real. If you haven’t experienced it yet as an entrepreneur, you will. Unless you take care of you. From the stress of overworking at your job to the stress of underappreciation in your mom life, burnout out can and will happen if you don’t take time to care for you. And avoiding burnout is just one benefit of self-care.

Want more tips on avoiding burnout? Check out my episode “How to Avoid Work at Home Burnout”.

A regular practice can boost your mental, physical, and emotional health because it triggers a relaxation response as opposed to the fight or flight mode your body idles in when you feel constant stress. And as I mentioned before, you can think clearer and focus more which in turn means you are more productive. You can finish your work in less time and have more time to nurture your family and yourself. It’s a whole cycle. When you care for yourself, you can more easily care for others. Which in turn makes it easier to care for yourself because you aren’t stressed about caring for others. See how that works!

Practicing a bit of self-care on a daily basis helps to combat resentment or unhappiness that you might feel because you are always giving but not receiving back what you feel you deserve.

I love this quote from Oprah in her book What I Know for Sure…“I know for sure that you cannot give to everyone else and not give back to yourself. You will end up empty, or at best, less than what you can be for yourself and your family and your work. Replenish the well of yourself, for yourself.”

Boom! From Oprah’s lips to your ears…replenish yourself.

10 Free, 10-Minute Self-Care Ideas

And as I promised, here are 10 free, 10-minute self-care tips that you can start to incorporate into your day to help start replenishing yourself.

Firstly, let’s start with some mindset self-care ideas like:

  1. Meditate using a meditation app or just some calming music. Sit still. Stay present. And breathe.
  2. Write in a gratitude journal. Whether you have an actual journal, an app on your phone or the back of your kid’s spelling test, take time to reflect on how blessed you are. Remember gratitude invites abundance.
  3. Write in an affirmation journal. It can be very easy to focus on what we are not. That’s why I’m suggesting taking time to focus on what you are. Create a list starting with “I am” then fill in the blank.
  4. Review and celebrate your goals. We often get so caught up in moving to the next step that we forget to celebrate how far we’ve come. Take a little time to reflect on the wins you’ve had, big or small, on your path to your goals.

Next, I have some physical activity self-care ideas:

  1. Move your body. Take a walk, have a dance party, or even stretch. Just get that body moving in some way for 10 minutes.
  2. Take deep breaths. By slowing your breathing, you increase your oxygen intake and tells your brain to relax aka stop stressing. And when the brain relaxes, it releases those feel good endorphins that improve your mood and have a natural calming effect.
  3. Laugh, really hard. Studies have shown you can help boost the immune system, ease anxiety, relieve stress, and diffuse anger (I’m looking at you, social media). So take a few minutes to watch funny animal videos or make faces with your kids.

And finally, I have some activity self-care ideas:

  1. Reach out to someone you love. Send a text. Write a card. Or use your phone as phone to talk to someone near and dear.
  2. Read. Find something to read for you. A novel. A biography. A business book. A romance novel. Pick it because you WANT to read it not because you should or have to. Then find a cozy place and curl up with your book.
  3. Create something…You could cook something, craft something, color something, bake something, write something, sew something, paint something, play something. The idea is to be creative. Because creativity helps you to process negative emotions in a positive way.

And there you go! 10 free, 10-minute self-care ideas to help you on the path to less stress as a mom and entrepreneur. If you need a written copy of my list, you can visit my show notes at and search for the episode Why Mom Entrepreneurs Need to Love Themselves. My action step for you for today’s episode is to pick one of the ten ideas to incorporate and get it on your schedule. Then repeat for tomorrow. Remember, you just need 10 minutes. And be sure to let me know what you’ll be doing.

Family Fun Tip

This week’s family fun tip goes out to all the mamas with kids who are bummed they are missing their Valentine’s parties at school this year. I’ve tried to tell my kids over the past year “we can complain or we can get creative”. And my creative fix for the Valentine’s party is a Valentine Scavenger hunt. You’re going to need some Valentine’s cards and if your kiddos still want to make their Valentine’s boxes to store their cards, go for it! Write on the cards the traits you love about your kids then hide them around the house (or outside if you weather permits). Once you’ve collected all the cards, have them read each one so they’re sure to know all the traits you love about them. Awwww, right?

If you have a family fun tip to share, be sure to DM or tag me on Instagram at Business Savvy Mama. And don’t forget to pick up my FREE Monthly Family Fun Bucket list below so you can schedule plenty of family fun doing activities you love with the people you love. Because remember, having fun with your family is self-care and self-care is an essential part of being a successful mom entrepreneur. So be sure to pick up your Family Fun Bucket List by clicking the link below.

Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.


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Ashley Watson – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet CEO and Social Media Expert Ashley Watson…

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Ashley Watson is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who’s leaped from small business owner turned virtual assistant to her current position as a social media expert. After spending more than 15 years in the hospitality world growing her knowledge of exceptional customer service, media marketing, and learning first hand what it takes to build a brick and mortar business from the ground up, she loves offering knowledge, experience, and creative services to her clients.

Ashley lives in Columbus with her husband and two boys. Theirs is a home full of Star Wars, music, and football! She’s been married for eight years and with her husband, for almost 11! She met him in Arizona where she had her first son. Then they moved to Colorado, where she had her second son. Now they are living back in her native Ohio to be closer to family and raise their boys.

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You can listen to my conversation with Ashley Watson at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

I started this business to help support the back and of busy entrepreneurs. After owning several businesses in the last 10 years, I noticed that this was the one thing I struggled with as a ‘soloprenur’. I always had in the back my mind this idea that one of my businesses will be around fully supporting entrepreneurs. And after starting out as a VA I quickly turned to social media management. I know I will help run the back end of the business and I do all the sales and client communication. I have a Business partner now who is our operation manager.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

Taking the time to always learn. I never want to be the smartest in the room. And I have a lot of pride in the time that I carve out to keep learning. I continually make time to grow and strengthen my business and my team.

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3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I would say starting to collaborate with other entrepreneurs to help each other grow.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Start out with confidence in your pricing. You know your worth and there’s no need to second-guess yourself. Not everyone will be your ideal client and that’s OK!

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

To put in your calendar for your time off or your one on one time with yourself. Doing whatever makes you happy outside of work. To bring you back to a calm and positive state. This will only help improve your time as a mom and as a wife and as a person!

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How to Create a System & Why You Need To

Have you created systems for your business or home life?

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In this episode, we are going to dive into one of my favorite topics…creating systems. And I know when people hear systems they think “rigidity” or “inflexible”. But I am hoping by the end of today’s episode you will see that systems give you freedom. They help you combat decision fatigue, make fewer errors, and get more done in less time. Which of course leaves you more time and bandwidth for you time. Or time with your spouse. Or time with your family.

Let’s start by defining “system”. A system is a series of tasks completed with the objective of a particular outcome. For instance, I have a very detailed system checklist for every podcast episode I put out from the idea to the release date to the graphics and possible guest interviews. I want to make sure I do every “I” and cross every “t” so I have a system in place to make sure I do that. Because I have mom brain. And forget things.

Sometimes your systems may become part of your routines. As in I routinely use my podcast system as part of my routine to release two podcast episodes per week. My routine is the action I do regularly. My system is a series of tasks aimed at a particular outcome.

The fact is, the more systems you can create in your day, the more mental bandwidth you can free up for decisions and actions that matter. It’s estimated that you make up to 35,000 decisions a DAY. No wonder you’re tired. But creating systems means you don’t have to decide what’s next. You know because it’s on your check sheet.

Can you take time to jot down each step the next time you perform a regular task? Like the steps for creating a blog post? Or assembling a social media post? Or onboarding a new client? Then you can create a successful system.

Currently, you may have a sort of loose knit structure to your tasks. You may think that you’ve done something so many times that there is no way you’ll forget a step.

But what happens on the day you’re distracted by a sick kid or something on the news and you do miss a step. I don’t want you to kick yourself for not taking a few extra minutes to create a system so you can streamline your decisions and double-check that you didn’t miss a step.

You may feel like this is too much work. Or that you really aren’t that bothered by regularly recreating the wheel. But trust me. Your brain knows. It’s tired. It wants to be creative or focused on making crucial decisions that can help your business grow.

And speaking of business growth…when you create systems now for those regularly performed tasks, you make it easier to pass them on as your business grows. If you alone know the secrets, it can be difficult to teach your process to someone else. Or you’ll still need to create a system when you bring them in. So why not do it now and start reaping the benefits?

Benefits like fewer decisions to make so you free up your bandwidth to make more creative or important decisions. Or fewer errors because you can run down a checklist to make sure every part of your task is complete. And your brain loves structure. It loves knowing what to expect and your systems provide that stability and structure to your day and business.

Think systems are just for your business? Think again. You can create systems to help offload decisions and make life easier in your home life. Like a system for meal planning. Or cleaning your home. Or planning intentional, quality family time. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Imagine…what if you could answer the questions “what’s for dinner” or worry about what you’ll make at the end of a busy day because you have an easy system in place so everyone knows what you are eating when.

3 Steps to Create Systems

Have I persuaded you to sidle up to the systems express? To climb aboard the locomotive to get more done with more clarity, fewer mistakes, and less decisions. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Recording – First, choose one, specific action like sending an email newsletter or creating a weekly meal plan. Make a detailed list of every step in your process.  I recommend charting the steps while you are actually going through the motions so you don’t miss a step. And be sure to include EVERY step. You may fill in the blanks if this is something you have done many times before but, remember, you may not be the only one using this system. Include every step so you can make your system foolproof.
  2. Reading – Next, read through your system to make sure you’ve included every step. As you read through your steps, make sure each step logically leads into the next without jumping ahead. Or expecting the person following it to “just know” that there is something missing.
  3. Reviewing – Finally, have a colleague, team member, family member, or friend review your steps. Chances are if it makes sense to them, it will be easy to implement for anyone who needs to.

See, that doesn’t sound so bad right? It’s as easy as Recording, Reading, and Reviewing. Record your steps. Read through them to make sure you didn’t forget a step. And review them with someone else to make sure they make sense.

But I also totally get if it still feels like too much. Especially if the idea of structure is new to you. That is exactly why I’ve created 10 Simple Systems to get you started.

In this course, you’ll receive simple systems to get your started in areas like recording your monthly metrics, determining your priority tasks, and even taking time off. And as a special introductory offer, I’m giving all listeners $20 off the regular price. For just $27 you have access to all 10 simple systems to help you clarify your steps and streamline your decision making.

Click to grab your copy 10 Simple Systems and save $20 by using the promo code “podcast” at checkout.

Family Fun Tip

This week’s tip was inspired by my sister and her brood of 4 kids under 8. One of their favorite family activities is to have a living room camp out. Sometimes they make a fort and sometimes they just throw the sleeping bags in a pile. You could make it feel more like a real camp out by making s’mores on the gas range or in the microwave or putting on your shoes in the middle of the night to walk to the neighbor’s to use the restroom. 🤣🤣 🤣 But seriously, her kids LOVE these campouts. And it’s just another example of how our family time and memory making doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. It can be as simple as sleeping bags on the living room floor.

Remember if you have a family fun tip you’d like to share, be sure to DM me or tag me on Instagram @businesssavvymama. And you can pick up your free copy of my Family Fun Bucket List below to make sure you are scheduling plenty of time for doing the things that you love with the people you love.

Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.