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Amy McBride – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet personal stylist Amy McBride…

Amy is a fellow Columbus resident and mom entrepreneur I connected with via Instagram. She is the as a CPA by day and stylist by choice, Amy is the definition of balancing left and right brain.

With Closet Confidence, Amy helps busy women find their confidence and simplify their lives via their closets. She has always loved fashion and it became a confidence tool as she navigated a corporate finance career and motherhood. Now Amy works with other women (and men!) to create wardrobes that empower them to confidently focus on the things they are most passionate about. She offers both in-person and virtual services including closet edits, personal shopping, and personal styling.  Amy believes that confidence starts from within and a confident closet is a vessel to allowing your best self to show from the inside out.  That’s why her work starts with who her client is as a person and creates a wardrobe that serves her…her body and her life.

Amy lives with her husband, son, and daughter who are the best of friends…most of the time! Like any mom, she thinks they are just the funniest humans alive. They love getting outside (especially these days) and exploring the local metro parks. There is always music playing in their home and you can often find them having spontaneous dance parties. The kids are more into our music than kid songs with favorites including Grateful Dead, Beatles, the Band, and Johnny Cash. We also have a 3-year-old rescue pup named Mickey who they thought was a good idea to adopt a month before their daughter was born. He’s probably the most difficult child! 🤣

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You can listen to my conversation with Amy McBride 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 people find their confidence and simplify their lives via their closet. I believe confidence comes within and our clothing is a tool to allowing our best selves shine from the inside out. Since an early age I have loved fashion and it became a confidence tool as I navigated a corporate finance career. When my kids were 1 and 2 I finally jumped into this business idea that I had been thinking about for years. If I was going to be working and away from my kids it had to be doing something that I loved and felt impactful. Crazy time to start a (side) business? Yes. But worth it. Absolutely. I run Closet Confidence on the side while working a job in corporate finance full time.

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

I think passion is so important in running your own business. There is nothing more motivating than the passion behind your why, not money, not success. And running a business is hard so you need that passion to keep you going. Specific to my business I think my greatest strength has been combining all of these aspects of myself and my experiences. My analytical business sensibility, combined with creativity and love of unique and beautiful things, and finally the way I connect with people. I think everyone deserves to feel special. I have really enjoyed being a part of each of my client’s journey to uncover how uniquely special and talented he or she really is.

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

I think it’s expanding my impact. While I love working with clients one on one and love it, I have often thought about expanding into working with more people. Like in a group setting or in the social media space. I know I need to think bigger if I want to grow.

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

Who cares what people think? I spent a lot of time worrying about what people thought about my business. Will people get what I am doing? Would my corporate colleagues think of me differently? What if people don’t like my style? Ultimately I want to serve my customers and audience in the best and most authentic way possible. I have learned that I won’t be for everyone, but that is okay.

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

Oh man, this is a hard one and a work in progress for me. I think the most elusive commodity in the life of a working mom is time! Early on I felt like if I wasn’t at my full time job, I should be working on my business. It burned me out and kept me from being present for that family time.

Now I set aside nights and weekends that are family only. I also think it’s important to prioritize time with your partner. I’ve also learned to leverage the times that I am most productive and creative. For me that’s the morning, so if I want to get a lot of work done I’ll get up super early before the family wakes. I think finding that balance and intentionality of time takes trial and error to figure out what really works for your family dynamic. I’ve also found that as much as it helps to schedule and block time our family needs some flexibility in that schedule.

Where can we find you online and social media?

Closet Confidence Website

Instagram

Facebook

LinkedIn


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If Life Gets In the Way Plan - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

What’s Your “If Life Gets In the Way” Plan?

Do you have a plan “if life gets in the way”?

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My sister recently broke her leg falling off a ladder. The injury brought life in her busy family with four kids to a screeching halt. And it got me thinking…whether it’s the upcoming holidays or a family emergency, do you have a plan for your business “if life gets in the way”?

I think as business owners, we often think “I can’t take time off for the holidays”. Or “keeping my fingers crossed my kids don’t get sick”. But the fact is you can take time off. And you don’t have to fear stepping away from your business in case of emergency. All it takes is what I’m calling an “if life gets in the way” plan.

Creating this plan helps you identify what actually MUST be done if there is an emergency. Or if you’d like to take time off. It solves the problem of feeling stressed before you go on vacation because you know what to focus on. And after because there is less playing catch up. It helps you identify tasks to delegate if your kid gets sick. Or you need to take time away to help your sister with her 4 kids when she’s shattered her tibia.

Can you take some time to identify those priority tasks that will keep you afloat or that are absolutely necessary? Then you can create a plan in case of emergency. Or in case of vacation. Or in case of the holidays.

If you haven’t previously identified your priorities, you may have just ignored your work if an emergency arose. This could lead to stress of playing catch up when you return to it. Or you might stress yourself out getting all your ducks in a row before a vacation. And then you miss the first few days of relaxation trying to un-wind what you wound up the week before.

Right now, you might be looking at the holiday season and think “there’s no way I can take any time off”. Or “I’m afraid if I pull back I will lose momentum”. When it comes to thinking about someone in your family getting sick or injured, do you think “I’ll just cross that bridge when I come to it”? But the holidays are stressful enough. Living during a pandemic is stressful enough. Don’t add to your stress levels when you could prevent that stress with a little extra planning now.

Creating your “if life gets in the way” plan helps you stay present during your vacation. And lessen the stress when emergencies arise. And who wouldn’t want to enjoy vacations more? Or lessen the stress in case of emergency?

As you create this plan, you will start to see where you need to focus your time and energy. Whether you are prepping for time off or simply your regular workweek.

And you’ll be able to be that friend or family member who can swoop in to help at a moment’s notice. Along with staying more present during the time off with your family. You’ve create the piece of mind that what is necessary is complete so you can sit back and enjoy. Or help.

3 Steps to Create Your “If Life Gets In the Way” Plan

If this sounds like something you’d like to incorporate ASAP, I’ve got 3 super simple steps to make creating you “if life gets in the way” plan.

  1. What MUST Completeted? – First, you must determine your priorities. I know, broken record, right? But this is why it is so absolutely crucial that you figure out what must be done on your daily and weekly to-do list in order to keep your business afloat, continue to serve and grow your community, and move you toward your goals. If you aren’t sure what your priority tasks might be, pick up my FREE Priority Recipe here.
  2. Eliminate the Unnecessary – Once you’re determined the priority tasks, identify what can go in case of emergency or if you are taking time off. We all have “fluff” on our to-do list. Or tasks that are great but not necessary. Those are the tasks we can let go of when we need the time off. You can always add them back in later. Or maybe you’ll find you didn’t need them anyway.
  3. Delegate What You Finish – After we’ve decided what we must do and what we can eliminate, figure out if there are tasks you can delegate. Delegating could mean hiring someone to post on social media. Or scheduling your posts for that week. (Delegating to technology is still delegating). Depending on how much time you need or want to take off, there may not necessarily be a ton of tasks that need your hand. But if it is something to complete and it doesn’t require your specific expertise, pass it off to a VA, team member, or an automated system.

Ready to start creating your “if life gets in the way” plan of action? Be sure to grab Your Priority Recipe to set your priority tasks. Then eliminate anything that isn’t absolutely necessary during the time you need off. And figure out the tasks to delegate that don’t need your specific expertise. I want you to feel comfortable taking time off whether for pleasure or emergencies. If you’re struggling to figure out your plan, drop a comment below. Or reach out to me via DM on Instagram or Facebook. Just search for Business Savvy Mama.


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6 Tips to Teach Kids About Time Management

Wondering where to start when teaching kids time management skills?

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The idea of kids and time management was suggested by one of the Instagram followers. She said “I need tips to help my middle schooler with time management. How does one introduce such a topic. Since we are a few months into the school year, this seems relevant.”

I couldn’t agree more. Especially in light of the current school year. Many moms and mom entrepreneurs are juggling time to teach their kids with all the other balls they’ve got in the air.

Plus, the schools do a great job of sneakily setting up routines and structure, providing accountability, using due dates…you know, all those time management strategies. And they do it without presenting it like “we are going to learn time management now, kids.” But many of us don’t have that structure to fall back on. And that is exactly why we are going to talk about it today.

Teaching time management to kids of any age helps them learn the value of time and how to use it best. The sooner your kids learn this skill, the sooner they can start to hone it and make it work for them.

No matter how old you kids may be, you can start to introduce the concepts of the passage of time. Of using a schedule and creating a structure to your day. And choosing priority tasks. If you can start working with your kids on just the basics on a regular basis, you will start to see their ability to manage time improve…and you might see some improvement for yourself as well.

Because here’s a little secret…You do not have to be the sole scheduler in your family. Your kids have the ability and capacity follow their own routine or even schedule their own events depending on their age. You might be worried that they’ll do it wrong or something will get missed, so you just do it yourself. But will you always be there to make sure they’ve scheduled everything in their planner once they leave your house? Or that they’ve plotted plenty of time to complete a massive work project due? Better to practice on tasks or events of lesser importance…The sooner you introduce the concepts of managing time to kids, the more time they will have to develop the skills before you aren’t around to do it for them.

Now, you might be thinking “kids are too young to learn time management”. Or “they don’t really need to manage their time if they’ve got me”. Or “they’ll just figure it out later”. But like a whole host of “adulting skills” like balancing a checkbook, doing laundry, or keeping a plant alive…it won’t just magically happen when they move from your home to their own abode. It can take some time to develop those skills. And the sooner you start to teach them, the better.

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When your kids learn time management skills, they develop self-discipline. And self-discipline has been shown in multiple studies to have a greater impact on academic success that IQ! Not to mention the overall benefits of learning to prioritize tasks. Or giving yourself time to complete projects. And just learning to respect time, both yours and other peoples.

Another benefit when your kids start to develop their own time management skills…you’ll find pockets in your day for you. For instance, a while back we started teaching our boys a bedtime routine. We encouraged them to create a routine that included brushing their teeth, getting water, going to bathroom, and so on. It also included a short wind-down play time with a timer. And it took us a bit of time to figure out our flow…but now my kids put themselves to bed AND I’ve bought myself back at least an hour in the evening. And my guys are 7 and 9. And this, my mama friends, is a major benefit of teaching your children about time management, structure, and routine.

Your kids benefit by learning a crucial life skill. Their teachers benefit because your child understands timelines and due date. And the importance of getting the important and urgent homework done first. And you benefit by gaining back time you making sure they complete the tasks on the schedule you created.

Tips to Teach Kids Time Management

I promise, every kid and adult has the capacity to learn these skills. And like I said earlier, the sooner the better. Because like in all things from riding a bike to multiplication tables to using a planner, practice makes better. And here’s where you start…

Start Early – As early as you can. Even preschool age kids can learn the basic ideas of the passage of time. Or how to follow a routine. Or why we do tasks in a certain order. If your kids are older, start by slowly introducing the idea of routine and schedule. Maybe start a Sunday review or the week ahead. Or allow them to write their activities and tasks due on the calendar themselves. This starts to develop that connection between I have “x” amount of time to do “x” amount of things.

Help Kids “See” Time – And speaking of that connection, my second tip is to show your kids time. We’ve away from analog clocks and “seeing” time and we might forget how hard it is to understand the concept. When your kids can see the passage of time on the hands of the clock, in an hour glass timer, or even as a kitchen timer ticks away, it helps to cement the idea that time is a limited resource. Especially if you kids are young, saying “10 minutes” is the same as “2 hours”. But if you indicate when the clock moves from the 2 to the 4, it develops the awareness of time.

Give Them a Calendar – And along with learning awareness of the passage of time, it is so important to empower your older kids to schedule it for themselves. This is where that self-discipline we talked about earlier becomes key. Teaching your kids to create calendar events for homework, projects, commitments, rehearsals, games, and social events helps them understand where they need to physically be. And also how they need to adjust to complete priorities. It will resonate much more with your child if they see that they have a project due on Monday. And they know they have basketball tournament all weekend. So they need to make time earlier in the week to start the project. As opposed to you knowing that all of this is due and nagging them to start because they will be tired on Sunday. And not have the energy to finish.

Don’t Overschedule – This instance exemplifies my next tip with is to avoid overscheduling. It is much easier for a child to keep up with a jam packed schedule when they’ve got you as a personal assistant. You shuffle them from place to place and stay on top of what they have due when. But the reality is, that sort of scheduled life is nearly impossible without that assistance. You are giving them a false sense of what is possible in their 24 hours in the day. Not to mention, the added stress of no down time. Choose the favorite, best, or most important activities and tasks and get them on the schedule…that they are making themselves, of course.

Create a Routine – Once you’ve chosen your priority activities and written them on the calendar, you will see a pattern emerge. A structure or routine, if you will. Which is my fifth tip…lean into routine for regularly scheduled activities. Routine helps with decision fatigue. And to off load some of the daily stress because in some capacity, you know what to expect. If Tuesdays are busy because you go straight from school to tennis, be sure to create a routine of packing your dinner. If you always have spelling tests on Friday, make a routine to practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday while you’re cleaning the dinner dishes. Look for places you can repeat regular tasks to save space on your schedule. And save your brain power for other decisions.

Learn to Prioritize – And my final tip to teach your kids about time management is to learn to prioritize. Which comes as a shock to pretty much no one. But I hope that you are seeing a pattern emerging…Whether it’s teaching your kids or setting up your morning routine for yourself, it is so important to learn which tasks fit your values. And which tasks are important. And which ones have consequences.

As I was reading the studies linking self-discipline and academic success, researchers found that those who succeed focused on the tasks that make a impact. They knew what was urgent and important and did that first. And while using the Eisenhower Time Matrix we talked about last week feels a bit extreme for your 2nd grader, you can teach them that it is important to study for a test (urgent). Or finish their chores (important). And to complete those tasks before they play video games (not urgent and not important). Practice makes better.

And if you or you kids struggle with deciding what’s important and urgent, be sure to pick up your free Priority Recipe. It’s a step-by-step guide to decide what to do. And what not to do now. You can grab it HERE.


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Nicole Simonin – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Health and Fitness Coach Nicole Simonin of Shape it Up…

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Nicole and I met 3 years ago during a crazy YouTube VEDA (Video Every Day in August) challenge. That crazy ride bonded us. And we’ve stayed connected ever since. 🤪

Since 2006, Nicole has been helping women lose weight for the last time. She is an ACE Personal Trainer, ACE Health Coach, host of Shape It Up Over 40 podcast, founder of Shape It Up, LLC, author of “The No Fuss, No Mess Shape It Up Cookbook”, licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and former professional ballet dancer. Nicole has been featured in Rachel Ray in Season, Bicycling Magazine, Real Simple, MSN and recently at the TEDx Cape May event.

Nicole is the mom to a teenage son and daughter and a dog named Trixie. Her incredibly busy life includes lots of soccer, basketball, school, and fencing.

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

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

I’m a Health and Fitness Coach – I’ve always found how the human body works to be fascinating. Really interested in fitness, nutrition and mindset. Initially I choose it bc it was a way for me to interact with adults as my kids grew up and I love helping women feel comfortable in their own skin.

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

I am very creative and I like to like huge leaps….if it doesn’t scare me then I am doing something wrong.

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

I think overall I have my biz skill down. Now it’s time to add gasoline to the fire and level up.

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

Find a great coach and jump in

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

A calendar. Schedule in free time. Block out my days and do a task in the time I have given it.

Where can we find you on social media?

Shape It Up Website

Apple Podcast Link

LinkedIn

Facebook

Instagram

YouTube – Shape It Up with Nicole

Pinterest

Twitter


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