Ashton Brackett - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Ashton Brackett – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet mom multi-preneur Ashton Brackett…

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I’m blown away by the ambition and focus of today’s guest for “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur.” At just 25, she’s a mom to 2 and works on 3 entrepreneurial ventures from home. I’m tired just thinking about it. 😂

Ashton works from home as the Director of Marketing and Sales at Milrich Virtual Professionals and owns TJ Elite Contracting with her husband. She recently started Homegrown Momma to create a community for moms to cover all things motherhood. 

Ashton lives just outside St. Louis, Missouri. Her family is the definition of “on-the-go”. She and her 2 toddler boys often travel with her husband who plays competitive softball all over the US. When she is not working or traveling, she can be found surviving on coffee, in the gym, or going on daily outings with her boys. The love the local splash pad, story time, petting zoo, to a trampoline park

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

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

For Milrich, I am the Director of Sales and Marketing. My role is to get the word out about how we help businesses. We assign virtual assistants of all specialties to large and small corporations.

I am a co-owner of TJ Elite with my husband. We do flooring installation services all throughout Missouri. My husband handles the man power while I do all things marketing, book keeping, and handling operations.

I chose to work in both roles as I have the flexibility working from home to spend time with my family. With our frequent traveling, I can work from anywhere. So this gives me a sense of responsibility outside of mom life, while also allowing me to put my degrees to use.

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

Productivity and time management. In all of my roles my greatest attribute is that I have developed a true sense for keeping organized and ensuring all tasks be completed on time, at a high quality level.

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

Delegating. We all know that true leaders have an innate ability to delegate mundane tasks. But unfortunately I suffer from the “I can do all” or “superwoman” syndrome.

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

Give yourself time. You don’t have to be the best, and you don’t have to get there tomorrow, just breathe.

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

Time blocking. I am a huge advocate for the pomodoro method. So I create time blocks of when certain tasks will be done.

Where can we find you online?

Website Homegrown Momma

Facebook Homegrown Momma

Instagram Homegrown Momma

Milrich Virtual Professionals

TJ Elite Contracting


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Jenelle Augustin - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Jenelle Augustin – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet eCommerce entrepreneur and founder of Start Your Boutique Jenelle Augustin…

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I met Jenelle through the I Heart My Life Mastermind which we are both members. And let me tell you…Jenelle is an inspiring force. This girl puts the capital “A” in Action.

Jenelle Augustin is an eCommerce entrepreneur, business development coach, and founder of Start Your Boutique for the mom who wants to FINALLY start the online boutique of her dreams so she can work from home & make an income doing what she loves.

Jenelle lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband of 6 years and 3 year-old son. Along with spending time with her family, she is a lover of the color pink, learning more about faith and God’s grace, Shark Tank, and making money while she sleeps.

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You can listen to my conversation with Jenelle 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 women start their online boutiques. I realized that newbies were making it waaay too difficult on themselves. My signature group coaching program Online Boutique Success provides a step by step system to confidently starting their dream business and getting customers so that they can be their own boss and have more time with the ones they love.

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

Able to pivot quickly. Always trying something out… not in the shiny object syndrome way but if it’s something that aligns with my goals I can implement quickly to see if it will work for me.

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

Being more analytical. I’m just learning to look at the data and figure out what it all means.

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

I’d tell myself to be clear on who I want to serve and to create only ONE funnel to start out instead of driving myself crazy trying to do everything.

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

Prioritize your to-do list. What is the most important thing that needs to get done to make you feel proud of yourself and like your day was productive. Do that… then relax and enjoy your family. It might often mean you’re working on/planning things further out in advance so you are not pulling overnighters. It might definitely mean hiring a VA to help with things that are necessary but small tasks that will help you save time.

Where can we find you online?

Website

Instagram

Pinterest

Facebook


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Brittany Dixon - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Brittany Dixon – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet operations manager and efficiency coach Brittany Dixon…

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Brittany Dixon and I connected through a mutual friend, Rose Lounsbury. We’ve had similar entrepreneurial journeys…both start as professional organizers then morphing into a field aligned with organization and systems. Brittany was a huge motivating factor in me pivoting my business when I was looking for a change.

Brittany founded Process for Profit by Brittany & Co. where she works as an Operations Manager and Efficiency Coach. She helps highly driven visionary entrepreneurs implement day to day operations management, project management, systems, processes and strategy to free up their time to do big things in their zone of genius. She specializes in helping her clients manage the day to day of the business.

Brittany lives outside Columbus, Ohio with her husband and twin girls. She started her entrepreneurial journey in October 2015 with her professional organizing business Clutter Control. She then ventured into the online business world in March 2017 and Brittany & Co was born. Prior to starting her businesses, Brittany spent 12 years in customer service, event planning, and hospitality.

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

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

For my kids – to show them that they can do whatever they want and be whatever they want to be. I want to create a ripple effect in the world helping small businesses

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

Organization and time management.

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

I’m really good at doing the thing, I can get so much done. But I stuggle with selling the thing. You should just come to me and want it.

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

Simplify, simplify simplify…Stop doing so many things and perfect one first before adding more.

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

Have systems in place for everything, give yourself grace, schedule everything during crazy seasons of life.

Where can we find you online?

Process for Profit Podcast

Website

Instagram

Facebook


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How to Adapt When Your Schedule Changes

Tis the season to adapt to your new schedule…

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Want to feel more flexible and less stress while trying to adapt to schedule changes? Let’s start out a piece of sage advice from the philosopher Heraclitus…

“Change is the only Constant in Life”

And I think all of us moms would definitely agree with this. Ever play that baby shower game where they ask you to put down your best piece of parenting advice? I usually write down “As soon as you’ve figured something out, it changes.” Am I wrong?

From sleep schedules and growth spurts to summer schedule versus school schedule, our parenting lives are in constant flux. And sometimes it is much easier to deal with those changes than others. And with the recent start of school and pending change of season, I want to help you as you adapt your family’s schedule.

Creating a routine or plan around your schedule changes helps make the unknown more familiar. If you ever feel overwhelmed because you just finally find a rhythm and then “poof” it changes. Sometimes temporarily. Sometimes permanently. And sometimes, like in the case of 2020, it starts out as temporary then morphs into a more permanent feeling change. 😬Today’s tips help you create a plan or develop a mindset that adapts better to going with the flow.

Can you reframe the changes and make sure your priorities are complete? Then you will feel less overwhelmed and more in control, even when so much is up in the air.

For tips for getting kids to entertain themselves, click here to check out my
Independence Skills for Independent Kids system.

Previously, you might have dealt with schedule changes by making drastic cuts to things like self-care. Or burning the candle at both ends to try to marry your past schedule which felt comfortable and your current schedule which feels coo-coo.

These changes feel stressful and overwhelming because our brains literally like comfort. They like routine. They like same. And right now our brains are like “whoa, whoa, whoa…what happened? I really liked what we were doing before. Let’s go back to that.” It makes the changes feel worse then they actually are.

But a subtle shift in our reaction to the change and continuing to focus on priority tasks for our business, family, and selves will help lessen the overall stress of schedule changes. And, dare I say, even help us find enjoyment in some of the new activities we are adding.

The tips we will talk about today help you create space in your schedule for unexpected changes. And enjoy the nothing when you don’t need to use that time. Even if your schedule isn’t packed all day, you will feel accomplished because those urgent and important tasks are complete.

You’re family will love this because there won’t need to walk on eggshells if there’s a sudden change. You’ll be more adaptable and less stressed in those situations. And if you feel less stressed, they feel less stress.

Action Steps to Adapt to Schedule Changes

You might be thinking less stress and more adaptiveness sounds great Christy, but where do I even start??? Here are 4 actions your can take to help adapt to schedule changes more quickly and with less stress:

  • Know Your Priorities…It may feel like I’m a broken record on priorities right now, but that is because finding clarity in your priority tasks is so key to juggling work and home life. So often when we feel like we’re overworked or our schedule is too packed, we are wasting time on activities and tasks that don’t move us forward.

For even more on choosing your priorities, check out my episode“ How to Choose Your Priority Tasks”.

  • And speaking of trimming your to-dos, my second action to adapt when you schedule changes is to build in margin. You need buffer space in your schedule. You need space for errors or unexpected activities. What happens when you’re running and blocked out from sun up to sundown? There is no space for traffic. Or a sick kid. Or a computer crash and whatever else trips up your daily schedule. Leave a space in your day for the unexpected. If you don’t use it, great! I’m sure that is something you can fill it with.
  • If you find that building margin into your schedule is nearly impossible, you need to use your no more often. Moms love to say yes…many times because it feels like we are letting people down when we say no. Don’t say yes if it is not something you feel truly impassioned about. Don’t say yes if it is something you are only doing because your feel guilty about saying no. And don’t say yes if you would normally say yes too but you don’t actually have space in your schedule. Just say no. I give you permission. And if you can’t just say no, say “I’m sorry but I just can’t right now. Our schedule is just too booked. But feel free to ask me again later.”
  • And finally, learning to say no and build margin will free you up for more time for yourself. Often we had just figured out how to make time for ourselves and everything changed. How frustrating! It’s because we make a bad habit of scheduling time for ourselves AFTER we’ve figured out a schedule for the family. And when there’s a change, that mommy me time tends to be first out. Start building that time for you into your daily routine now and make it a non-negotiable when schedules change. Then your brain will still feel that comfort. And it will be less likely to create stress resisting the changes your need to make.

Today’s action step to help you adapt to schedule changes is to build a daily or weekly schedule. Focus on your priority tasks. See where you can build in margin and time for yourself. If it feels like you can’t do either, it’s time to start using your no. And pick up Your Priority Recipe to figure out your priority tasks here.

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Jennifer Hatton - Digital Marketing Strategist -5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Jennifer Hatton – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Digital Marketing Strategist Jennifer Hatton…

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For this week’s “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur” I chat with Jennifer Hatton, Digital Marketing Strategist and founder of Concept Evolution. I met Jennifer through the Small Business Moms Monthly Facebook Group.

Jennifer is a mom to 3 ages 21, 8 and 3. She works from home and while balancing homeschool with her youngest boys. She also has one son with severe food allergies so she is constantly navigating life in a bit of a different way. Meal prep and cooking from scratch are huge parts of her routine.

Jennifer is an effective and dedicated Digital Media Specialist and Strategist with more than a decade of experience and achievement.  She understands the difficulties clients face in modern social media, and has a proven track record of developing strategies to navigate what can seem like a complicated environment.  Such insight allows her to evolve her clients’ existing social media presence for maximum impact.  Time and again, she has carefully crafted new content, skillfully managed channels, and met crises with composure – all in the pursuit of helping her clients spark genuine relationships with their customers and other businesses.

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You can listen to my chat with Jennifer at the link above. Or get an overview of her answers and connect with her below.

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

I started helping a non profit I loved with social media and the ended up leaving my full-time job when I was pregnant with my second. I have been working for myself ever since. Wild ride but worth it.

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

Being organized and switching between roles.

Jennifer Hatton - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

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

Being more visible. I’m great at promoting other people but I prefer behind the scenes. But I know I need to put myself out there as part of my brand.

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

Take this job seriously. You are a real business. Act like it from the beginning. Get an accountant. Hire for the things you are not good at. If you take it seriously, other people will take it seriously.

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

Scheduling, picking priorities, planning, delegating…And embrace the crazy. It may not always look perfect and that’s ok. It’s your crazy.

Where can we find you online?

Website

Instagram

Twitter


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How to Choose Your Priority Tasks

Struggling to choose your priority tasks?

I want to help you define your urgent and important tasks. The tasks that will help you feel more accomplished. The tasks that will move your business forward or keep our household running smoothly.

Can you spend more time choosing your tasks based on what needs to be done? Planning for what will move you forward? Then you will see more growth and feel more productive.  Taking the time to schedule and follow through with your priority tasks ensures the urgent and important tasks are complete. Which leaves plenty of time for the fun stuff.

Because so often, we like to lead with the fun stuff. Or we aren’t quite sure what is a priority. So we expend a lot of energy in a lot of different places. This leaves us with very little energy for those tasks that truly will make an impact. Maybe we’re task switching so often that we lose track of what we were working on. Or what was important.  

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I was chatting with some of the members of my Early Morning Moms Facebook group about this last week. See if any of this resonates with you… Jessi said “Its the juggle struggle. Making the work, home, school stuff all work together.”  Sarah said “the kids priorities bleed all over my work needs. Maybe it’s boundaries, but they need to succeed at their tasks like schooling”. And Katie said “I think for me it’s just a matter of prioritizing and not get distracted. Focusing on that one thing instead of putting out small fires all day” Any of that sound familiar?

Regularly establishing your priority tasks and creating a specific time to work on them alleviates the stress and overwhelm of trying to juggle all the things. You can work on those urgent and important actions at times your family doesn’t need your attention. Then those truly important, time sensitive, required, impactful, or money related tasks are complete. Plus you free up your mental bandwidth to help your family or for your less urgent and important tasks.

Steps to Choose Your Priority Tasks

And that is why we are going to chat Your Priority Recipe today. These are all the ingredients you will need to create an effective schedule of your priority tasks. Now you can complete what you need to do while having time and brainpower left for your family…And other tasks of lesser importance. To make it even easier for you, I’ve created a free worksheet with all these steps. You can download your copy by clicking the link below.

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First, you need to create your to-do list. I like to combine my work and home tasks into one. But if you’d like to keep it separate, you can create two separate lists and then run them both through these steps.

Next, assign a 1 or a 2 to the tasks on your list. Tasks that are 1’s must be done. Get them on your schedule or make time to complete them today. Tasks that are 2’s can wait until the 1’s are complete or another day. And if you aren’t sure if a task would qualify as a 1…I got you.

A few weeks back we talked about how to TRIM your to-do list. This is pivotal in helping you decide if your tasks are 1s or 2s. Here are the questions to ask to determine your #1 tasks:

  • Is it time sensitive or has an approaching due date coming soon?
  • Is it required, meaning it is necessary for your work or home life or there will be a consequence?
  • Will it make an impact positively or negatively on your work, home, family or health?
  • Is it money related, as in it will help you make money or will affect your financial health if it’s not completed?

If you answered “yes” to any of those question, that task is a 1. Place it on your schedule.

Finally, schedule all those urgent important tasks that are 1s. And when you are scheduling, if you know a particular task will require focus, quiet, or extra brain power, try to schedule them when you can get focus, quiet or extra brainpower. This feeds into that juggle struggle both Sarah and Jessi referred to earlier where they feel pulled between helping their kids with their school work and getting their work done. Get up early and knock out your priority tasks. If you have a spouse or care giver in your home, try to work on your priority tasks when they are around so your kids can have their questions answered.

And also remember, setting boundaries to get your work done is perfectly ok. If your child’s assignment isn’t on an approaching deadline but your work task is, explain that you will answer their question or give them the help they need in a minute, but right now you need the time and space to complete your work. I’m not saying it will work like magic the first time. But we are all working out this new normal of work/school/home life. Keep your kids in the loop. Explain your need for time to work. Establish a time when you will be available. In time, this communication allows you get your priority tasks done. And assures your kids you will be able to answer their questions at a time in the near future.

Want an action step to start chosing your priorities? Run your to-do list through the priority recipe…assign a 1 or 2 to each task and get those #1 tasks on your schedule. And if you still aren’t sure if it’s a priority, run it through the TRIM your to-do list flowchart. You can pick up “Your Priority Recipe” and the “TRIM Your To-Do List Flowchart” here.


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Morgan Tyree - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Morgan Tyree – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet author and professional organizer Morgan Tyree…

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Today’s guest for “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur” is multi-preneuer Morgan Tyree. Morgan works as a professional organizer (chaos calmer), writer (list lover), and fitness instructor (exercise enthusiast). You can find her blog and more about her professional organizing services on her website, MorganizewithMe. I’ve known Morgan for about 3 years and I even recently appeared on her podcast talking about planning for hosting an event. You can listen to Hospitality | Hosting with a Plan here.

Morgan is a the mom to three teens ages 19, 17, and 14. She is married for 24 years to my college sweetheart. They have settled in Colorado for the past 4 years after years of moving and living abroad.

She believes in prioritizing and measuring progress one day at a time, while also “keeping it simple.” She offers products and services, all created to help you live MORE organized. And last but not least, be sure to check out her books… Take Back Your Time, will help you find more harmony and less hustle in your overcrowded life and Your Hospitality Personality will walk you through how to discover your unique style of hosting and creating welcome.

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You can hear by chat with Morgan at the link above or read a summary of her answers below…

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

Professional Organizing – I love it and I love working with people. I’ve always wanted to run my own business. I am also a group fitness instructor because I love it. (It’s my hobby job.) And I’m an author as an extension of the work I do in professional organizing and my blog.

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

I’m really organized. Which not only helps because I am a professional organizer, but it makes running the business easier. I’m also personable and able to relate well with others.

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

Be more of a self promoter…marketing is not my favorite part.

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

Don’t be afraid to test the waters a little before you niche down. Also, carefully consider your brand name, colors, logo etc. and network like crazy.

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

Schedule out your priorities and be realistic about what you can actually take on and commit to…different seasons allow for different opportunities.

Where can we find you online?

Website

Instagram

Your Hospitality Personality Book

Take Back Your Time Book

Facebook

Pinterest

Twitter


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3 Reasons Why You Should Celebrate Everything

What do you celebrate? Everything? Anything? Nothing?

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Why not celebrate everything? You are perfectly able and encouraged to celebrate yourself. Even the smallest victories won or goals achieved, you should celebrate!!!

Creating a celebration for your big and small achievements will keep you motivated. It will boost your self-confidence. You no longer need to wait for your boss, your co-workers, your family, or your clients to give you the positive feedback you crave. You can do this for yourself.

Can you commit to regular affirmations and recognition of what you accomplish? Then you will feel results. Your words are powerful. And all too often we are quick to focus on what we don’t have or didn’t accomplish versus what we have done and did achieve.

Benefits When You Celebrate Everything

Here’s the thing…we are all very busy. You can’t just wait around to be noticed or praised to move on to the next project. You can’t base your self-esteem on what other people view as your victories or accomplishments. Stop relying on other’s to build your confidence because, here’s a little secret, you get the exact same positive, mood boosting dopamine rush when you praise yourself as you do when you hear it from other. #scienceiscool

So you might be sitting there thinking “yeah, I’m not sure. It feels a little weird or conceited.” Or you might feel silly celebrating things like drinking enough water or not eating the last chocolate chip cookie when you’re trying to avoid sugar.

But the confidence and happiness you gain when you regularly celebrate all the things will aid you in trying new things, increase your willingness to fail which is crucial as a business owner, and despite our talk of failure, it will increase your confidence.

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Not to mention, you are contributing on a regular basis to that abundance mindset we talked about earlier in the week. Your gratitude practice help you appreciate what you have and experience. Your celebration practice help you appreciate what you’ve accomplished. Furthermore, all of those practices open you up to earn more, do more, and receive more. And that my mama friends is the definition of abundance.

Not to mention, when you start celebrating you’ve completed your to-do list, or email 10 new potential clients, or completely cleaned the house top to bottom, it let’s others off the hook for not meeting your expectations of gratitude and celebration for your work. You don’t need them, you’ve got you. If they notice or say something, that’s just a little extra.

Why You Should Celebrate Everything

Here are my 3 reasons why you should celebrate even the smallest things on a regular basis…

  1. It stops putting the approval of your success in someone else’s hands. Like we said earlier, your brain doesn’t know if you’re saying good job or your husband or your boss or your client. If you are proud, if you know you did good, relish it. Celebrate it. Pick yourself up something real nice.
  2. It feels good. Celebrating boosts your morale, self-confidence, and productivity. Mostly because, as we talked about earlier, it gives you a rush of that feel good neurotransmitter dopamine.
  3. It motivates you to keep going. Stopping to celebrate the steps you’ve made along the way will go much further in continuing to move you forward than focusing on how far you still have to go. Especially for you business-owning mamas out there, entrepreneurship can be a very lonely island. I know, I set up camp there for quite a while.

Learning to put the approval of success in my own hands, that I can boost my own morale with a “Good job Christy!” keeps me going when things gets stressful or feel like they are not working. And you can do it too.

That’s why your action step for today is to celebrate even the smallest thing from today, this week or this month. Remember, it can be anything like making $10K to putting on pants with zipper, for instance. If you made and effort and followed through, I call that success. You go ahead and celebrate!

For me, I am celebrating the end of this podcast every weekday in August journey. I have so enjoyed sharing my best time management, productivity, and mindset tips along with introducing you to my amazing mompreneur friends. In just a few short weeks, we already have almost 600 downloads in 7 countries and that is growing every day. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and know I will be celebrating this achievement this week.

I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating in the comments below. Remember, big or small…we celebrate it all!


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How to Get Back on Track with Your Morning Routine

What happens when life happens to your morning routine?

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Today we’re talking how to regroup and restart your morning routine when life gets in the way. Or the snooze bar gets in the way. Whichever comes first. But you can salvage your morning routine with a bit of pre-planning for the inevitable backsliding or life happening that may come your way.

I created a past, present, future technique to help revitalize your morning routine…or any habit that may fall by the wayside. Can you identify what tripped you up? Need help creating a new plan or editing your old one to prevent similar backsliding in the future. Can you pre-plan a strategy to keep you going? Read on for more details below. 😉

You may not have thought about planning to fail in order to keep habit going in the past. But I can tell you it works. Your brain likes to be comfortable and stay the same. Whenever you try to get it out of its comfort zone, it sends all kinds of doubt and obstacles your way. It wants to protect its cozy, comfortable state. That’s why we are going to prepare in advance for what our brain could do to stop us and have a plan to succeed ready to go.

The tips in today’s episode are perfect for when you’ve been on a roll with your morning routine and then a kid gets sick. Or you go on vacation. Or you get sick while on vacation. Any number of things that can come up and threaten your morning routine. As a result, you start to convince yourself that a morning routine really wasn’t important or that it wasn’t working for you.

For tips for getting kids to entertain themselves, click here to check out my
Independence Skills for Independent Kids system.

And these problem solving/restart tips will not only work for you recalibrating your morning routine, but the past, present, future way to look at problem solving can also help you for restarting other habits that may have fallen by the wayside. Not to mention, the mindset skill of creating a stopping strategy will benefit you to talk your brain out of quitting other habits you truly want to incorporate into your life.

And showing others, like your kids or your clients, how you can reset or reinvest when you’ve fallen off the wagon can inspire them to do the same. #bonus

Learning from Your Past Morning Routine

When it comes to restarting or reinvesting in a your morning routine habit, I want to help you see the past, present and future. This will help you jump start waking up early again.

Let’s start with the past…Or evaluating what happened to get you off track. When did your morning routine get off track? Was it a vacation? Did you bedtime routine slide and make it harder to wake up? Did you convince yourself that a morning routine wasn’t worth it? Get super clear on what happened to get you off track.

And also, as we look at the past, remember WHY it was you wanted a morning routine. Was it to work more focused? To get work projects done before your kids woke up? To have some time to exercise or read a book for yourself? That why statement is so crucial to remembering what made you start this new habit.

Want some strategy on crafting your why statement?
Check out my episode “Mindset for a Mom Morning Routine” to help you out.

Succeed with Your Present Morning Routine

Next, comes the present…You want to continue the parts of your morning routine that were working. And eliminate what is not. What was working when routine was humming along? What was not working? As you reboot your routine, you don’t have to keep all the parts and pieces that you originally planned. For instance, your morning jog may be better in the evening. Maybe you’re trying to tackle too many to-dos. Don’t feel like you have to go back if it truly isn’t working.

And on the flip side…if something was working well. If it brought you joy, was something you love, or was something you looked forward to every day, be sure you keep doing that.

Preparing for Your Future Morning Routine

Finally, when we look to the future…How can you prepare for future success? I love the term “stopping strategy” which was introduced to me by my coach Emily Williams. It’s essentially pre-planning for those things that trip up and stop you from getting ahead. If we can identify the obstacles beforehand, we can problem solve before we encounter them.

For example, is binge watching Netflix and staying up too late is stopping you from waking early? Then it is essential for you to have a bedtime alarm. Or perhaps a friend who will call and make sure you’re getting ready for bed. Do you hit the snooze too many times because your alarm is on your nightstand? Try keeping your alarm across the room to force you to get up. In other words, figure out from your past what tripped you up and problem solve now for your success.

Does your morning routine or any habit that needs a little kick in the pants to address your past, present and future? Grab your journal or the notes app on your phone and let’s make a plan! To sum up the past, present, future technique, you need to:

  1. Write down your “why” for creating a morning routine.
  2. Record what it was that got you off track.
  3. List what was working and what wasn’t for your morning routine.
  4. What tripped you up or what could potentially stop you in the future? You need to plan for how you would successfully navigate that obstacle. Fill in the blank below:

“If I _________________ (insert the action that stops you), I will ______________ (insert the solution to keep you going.)

And I am here to help you in all aspects of your morning routine. Feel free to drop your question in the comments below. Or share your stopping strategy for a bit of accountability.


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Rose Lounsbury – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Simplicity Coach Rose Lounsbury…

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I’m back with another “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur”. Today I’m featuring my dear friend, simplicity coach Rose Lounsbury. Rose and I met when we started our entrepreneurial journeys as professional organizers. It’s been so great to watch her business grow and change into what it is today. And our relationship shows the major importance of joining a community and meeting other mom entrepreneurs. Support is EVERYTHING!

Rose Lounsbury is a keynote speaker, coach, and Amazon bestselling author who helps busy people live happier lives by owning less stuff. After blogging about her personal journey toward a simpler lifestyle, Rose was inspired to leave her classroom teaching job and help others create more meaningful lives through simplicity. Rose spends her days speaking, writing, coaching her clients and online students to the joy of open spaces, and soaking up the moments with her husband and wild triplets in lovely Dayton, Ohio. If you want to know how many towels she owns, you can watch her TEDx Talk, which has over 400,000 views. Rose’s advice has been featured on USAToday.com, and she’s been a guest on Good Day Columbus, WYSO, WVXU, Good Morning Cincinnati, and Living Dayton.

You can listen to my chat with Rose at the link above. Or get an overview of her answers and connect with her below.

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

I am a keynote speaker, author, and simplicity coach. I help busy people get more joy, balance, and wellness in their lives
through simplicity. I chose to do this because I found a great freedom in my own personal life when I embraced
simplicity about eight years ago.

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

My greatest strength is my humor, teacher’s heart, and desire for personal growth and reflection.

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

The area where I could grow most is in delegating and trusting others to help me.

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

You can always figure it out! Trust.

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

Let go of the idea that you will ever find a perfect balance between home and work life. Embrace your life exactly as it is, as messy as it is, and find joy wherever you are. But on a practical note… Use time blocks and hire a babysitter!

Where can we find you on social media?

Website

Instagram

Minimalism is Fun Facebook Group

LinkedIn


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