Whose ready to read the truth about motherhood + entrepreneurship co-existing? Because I am not going to be sugarcoating this for you, sweets. Not all.
You might need a wee bit of context before diving into this quick 2-minute read. Name is Amber; however, most of my friends call me, Langley which is my maiden name. I'm a former emergency/critical care veterinarian turned entrepreneur who works from home while homeschooling our twins, nicknamed the Gillies.
There are several ways I serve and "work" from home... besides my own community + weekly blogs, my time is spent within James Wedmore's Business By Design community as a head coach. Plus, I serve women entrepreneurs in several capacities such as through 1:1 Intensive Days or group coaching with the focus being on launching their offer/service with ease + without hustling.
Now. You can see how these areas WHILE homeschooling our twins can take up...
First off. Let's define the word, motivation. According to dictionary.com the definition is as follows:
Motivation (noun): the reason one has for acting/behaving in a particular way; the general desire of someone to do something.
General desire of someone to do something. I like that wording. Because every one of us has at sometime lacked the desire to do something whether it was for our business or a wellness goal or even with a relationship.
And what do most humans do when they lack something or long to find the answer... they google it.
Here's a dose of tough love: there's no secret sauce or magically elixir for one to stay motivated 100% of the time.
Instead motivation needs movement. I call it the BIG MO'. You need movement to build momentum which generates motivation.
And taking movement or action towards your goal takes discipline. Plain and simple.
Like a classic white tee.
However, I think sometimes...
You put your offer out into the world and some beautiful soul clicked purchase. And the internet fairies sent them the "Thank You" email. Now what?
One of my absolute favorite ways to onboard a new client is with a WELCOME PACKET.
It's the perfect way to provide them with all the nitty gritty details of what to expect from you, your offer and hours of operation. Also, a welcome packet tackles any loose ends or questions new clients/students may have in the beginning of their journey with you.
But, what do you include in a WELCOME PACKET? Let's dissect one together shall, we?
First thing is first. Welcome them to your program/offer/etc and express your gratitude for being there with you. Because YOU are grateful they took a leap and hired YOU to provide the solution for them. I love to make this section a wee bit personal and tell them why I'm grateful to have THEM on this journey...
This is a huge question for any entrepreneur especially one who is branching out into the digital online space: where do I invest in my business?
Maybe it's a question you have asked yourself once or twice as well. As part of my journey, I can honestly say it wasn't one I thought too critically on at that time.
We are just being honest, right?
I was sort of in this illusion, if something was put in front of my face then it must be a sign I needed it for my business. The amount of times, the hubster heard the word, "sign" in the first two years of my business is hilarious. But, I didn't know. No one was talking about it. And looking back on my journey, I realize it wasn't a sign from the universe... it was just good marketing by those entrepreneurs.
Bravo, guys. You got me.
But, now I'm onto you. And now, I'm going to spill the tea with everyone else.
Straight out of the...
Recently, I shared a few of my favorite hacks on how to actually LAUNCH without the stress or overwhelm. You can check out that quick 2-minute read >> HERE <<.
However, if you are thinking EVEN before actually launching... and pondering if you even have the TIME to launch, then buttercup, listen up. You got the time.
I know, how in the world can I possibly even say this to you. I have absolutely NO idea what you are going through in this season in your life. AND You are completely right. I don't.
But here's the thing: If it's a PRIORITY to you in THIS SEASON you are in, you have the time.
This means, if other things take priority such as health of a loved one... or your own mental/physical well-being (as examples) then maybe NOW isn't the season. Because THOSE are taking priority. And baby cakes, that is completely good. You take care of YOU and your priorities.
If you are making your business and...
There are two sources of currency we all have: time and energy. The latter we can generate through nutrition, biohacks, sleep, lighting and so on. Yet, we all know we can not generate more time; however, we can use it to the BEST of our ability!
This applies to all areas... for me, these areas include: homeschooling, endurance training, coaching and even creating content for various social platforms.
In all honesty, social media is not my favorite thing on the planet. [Enter huge but!] BUT, I understand the importance for me to create content and serve my audience which may include posting content on various platforms.
And each platform has it's own special set of rules as well as things it likes to help promote your content. Fabulous. *sarcasm*
As a homeschooling twin mom who coaches within the Business By Design community as a head coach AND coaches her own clients either in our membership or in a closer capacity, it's...
This is a term which is becoming more and more common in the online space. There's a brilliant article by Kinga Mnich which breaks this down for you. You can read it here! However, for me, a multi-passionate person is someone who is, well, passionate about multiple things. HA!
Seriously, though, it's someone who has quite a few strengths and abilities to help others and finds joy in doing so. When you sit with these words, you may have a few "celebrities" who already come to mind: Oprah, Beyoncé, Jesse Itzler, Chalene Johnson, etc.
And you, yourself, may even resonate with the term "multi-passionate entrepreneur"... I know I do!
There's a quite a few things I am passionate about when it comes to business/helping others: biohacks or performance hacks, business strategy, business...
Recently, I read somewhere that most of our habits or decisions were made subconsciously which if you think about it makes sense.
IF the conscious mind had to whip up the pros/cons for EVERY single decision... we would be FATIGUED and exhausted. ALL. THE. DANG. TIME.
Yet some folks can become paralyzed with too many options and unable to make ANY decisions... you probably heard the phrase, "analysis paralysis".
Which has a nice RING to it, no? But it's not a good place to be living.
Sometimes INFORMATION overload can lead us to fatigue, confusion and even worse, the dreaded analysis paralysis.
One thing I learned to help my brain stay SHARP is to reduce the decisions it has to make throughout the day AND to follow my gut.
Okay. Sounds easy, but how exactly?
Sweet Baby Cakes.
I see you doing all the things.
I see you making dinner while trying to listen to a webinar. I see you waking up early to drink your coffee + have some sort of morning routine before your house wakes.
I see you hustling while the house is empty for an hour or two. I see you staying up late to get that email written, so you can serve your audience.
I see you doing all the things. And I want you to know, I got you.
As a homeschooling mom who runs her own business while coaching for an amazing digital CEO community, I see you... I've been you.
And one thing I learned is... it's not about hustling.
It's not about skimping out on sleep to blast another email. It's not about longer hours or outsourcing every time detail.
Most folks skim over the secret and the secret is this: consistent action.
The daily non-sexy, mostly unnoticed tasks taken every single day.
It's like when someone asked Tom Brady what's the...
My dream involves envelopes and it's the reason WHY I keep an envelope framed on my desk so I can keep the dream FRESH in my mind... along with it's meaning.
The dream starts with me passing away, MORBID, I know. Keep reading.
When I leave my earthly body, I walk into this room which is completely WHITE and has a solitary white chair in the middle of the room.
I am motioned by this being, God, to sit down in the chair and as soon as I do the walls show up all around me... and I can see HUNDREDS if not thousands of white envelopes.
God motions for me to open the envelopes and in each one of the envelope is an index card with words written. Some with simple tasks on them while others with HUGE dreams laid out.
Some have to do with me, my family, my friends. Other index cards include dreams and outcomes for other people I have no idea who they are.
As I'm sitting down on the floor...