Wednesday, October 7

I've Moved

I love Blogger! It's so easy to use. But my website and blog were in two different places. So I had to move them to Wordpress so they could be together as one.
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Wednesday, July 29

Don't Forget To Enjoy The Climb

Mompreneur as you grow your business it's very easy to become frustrated by the climb. You may not be an overnight success and that means a lot of hard work while you continue to cook, clean and chase toddlers. That may mean working on your business during the night while holding a sleepy baby. Or talking to clients while chauffering teenagers; all examples of my day, by the way.

But remember that it's not about the other side, it's really about the lessons that you learn while on this side of your small business. The lessons of creativity, patience, thanksgiving, giving love when tired, receiving help when you need it, being joyful when life is unbalanced, moving forward when you're lost and a whole host of other lessons that when allowed to build your character will serve you greatly on the other side of success. Enjoy the climb to the top because when you get there there will be another mountain to climb.

This song, sung by Miley Cyrus, is a wonderful reminder.

Wednesday, July 22

Teens Making Lots of Money

It's always inspiring to read about people who followed their heart and became rich! Well this Forbes articles tells us about the TEENAGE entrepreneurs who have done this and became millionaires!

Don't get jealous! Just commit to working your small business until it makes you a millionaire. It's possible for all of us. Just think about it, there's only 5 billion people on earth, and Bill Gates alone is worth 50 BILLION DOLLARS. Potentially, everyone on earth could be a multi-billionaire just off the back of one man! And he would still be the one of richest persons in the world.

Now of course I'm not suggesting that Gates distribute his money to the masses. I'm merely using this illustration to show the abundance of money and why we need not be jealous of the teenagers who learned how to tap into the small business market until it rained millions on their heads.

Go for what your know! And read the article here.

Stay Focused

Running your own business can be challenging at times. It’s probably easier to let someone else deal with all the challenges and just collect a paycheck, but in today’s economy there’s not a lot of security in that scenario.

So how do I get past the challenges? How do I keep going when the going gets tough? How do I get back up when I stumble or fall down – and yes, I do fall down, just like everyone else does.

It’s all about the Attitude
I believe the only way to fail is to give up. And I believe in my vision so much that I am willing to keep on getting back up and keep on doing whatever it takes to get there.

This is not a burden. And, it doesn’t even feel like hard work. Because I enjoy working in my business every single day. While I focus on taking action to help me reach my goals, I also focus on enjoying the journey.

I focus on staying present and being open to all of the amazing experiences each day brings. And yes, even the miss-steps and “failures” bring with them great gifts, when you are open to looking at them that way.

Gratitude Trumps Frustration Every Time
It’s when we get so caught up in where we are going, that we are constantly frustrated by the present – because we aren’t where we want to be. However, if you can switch this thinking, and be grateful for where you are, and recognize you’re on a journey and every step is important and valuable, the frustration disappears.

When you accept where you are, is exactly where you’re supposed to be, and you’re open to learning what you need to learn in order to grow and move your business forward, then you position yourself for great success.

But when you are constantly frustrated by where you are, you can’t possibly be open to learning what you need to learn, because your energy is all wrong. You are not open to the possibility that everything that is happening is happening for your benefit, so you are closed off to the lessons and the path that is being laid out in front of you.

When you can learn to be grateful for all that happens, and always ask the question, “What is the higher purpose in this?” it changes everything. Because you will get the answer to that question and THAT is what moves you and your business forward. Whereas when you’re in an energy of constant disappointment and failure, it will simply bring you more disappointment and failure. It’s a vicious cycle.

Stay Focused on Your Vision and Keeping Taking Consistent Action
As I said, the only way to fail is to give up. If you believe in your vision and you know in your heart you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, then stay focused on that vision and keep taking consistent action toward it. And be open to the lessons along the way. Everything that doesn’t turn out the way you want, has a lesson that can move you forward, if you are open to it. Your job is to learn and keep getting back up and moving forward. Success will come to you, it’s just that the road may not look like what you expect. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because it could be even better than you envisioned!

This was written by my mentor, Debbie LaChusa. Because we have the same vision she articulates my sentiments precisely! Debbie LaChusa is the founder and president of DLC Marketing, Inc. and The National Association of Home-Based Business Moms. She is also the author of The Career-at-Home Mom: Secrets for Earning a Six-Figure Income While Having Time for Your Family. She’s a marketing and home-based business coach and international speaker who has shared the stage with celebrity teachers from “The Secret.” You can register for Debbie’s free special report, “Why Marketing Isn’t Enough” and get a complimentary subscription to her ezine, Stepping Up! at

Saturday, June 27

My Children Exist Because of Michael Jackson

On the night of MJ death I donned my highschool Beat It jacket one last time and took this pic.

I know it's not theologically sound to say that my children exist because of Michael Jackson, but let me explain.

I was a Michael Jackson Freak. That's what people called me, that's how I behaved,and that's the name I enjoyed being called. I spent my allowance on every little MJ paraphernalia that I could get my hands on. I was smart enough to save some of the items even though I had NO CLUE that Ebay would be in existance 25 years later! Where's my digital camera?!

Anyho, when I was 11 I BEGGED my parents to let me go to a Jackson5 concert and they did. After the concert, a kid had the towel that Michael had thrown to the audience, and he teasingly yelled throughout the parking lot, "Michael Jackson towel $200!"

I ran up to him, "PLLLLEEEEASSSSSEEE, CAN I TOUCH IT!!!" Yes, I was one of those screaming, crying, snotting, hair pulling, hyperventilating fans, even when watching him on television in my own living room. This day my hysterics carried over from the concert right into the parking lot.

He let me "touch" it, and I rubbed the towel all over my arms and face, becoming intoxicated by the musky smelling, sweat-drenched towel. For years I would go out of my way to track that smell. Every guy who came within 7 feet of me with that smell would have me all over him, greedily inhaling him, dazed and starry-eye asking, "What are you wearing?" And finally at the age of 16 I was able to afford my own bottle of Pierre Cardin! I wore it everyday!

Anyho, as we drove back to Chicago, I sat in the backseat absolutely exhausted from the entire ordeal. I reviewed the day and determined that I was A FOOL!! How could I have Michael Jackson's sweaty towel in my hands and NOT run away with it!! I kept asking myself, "Why didn't I turn and run?! Why didn't I run away with the towel?! I should have ran!! Oh my goodness, how stupid of me!!"

So emotionally distraught was I that I vowed then and there in my 11 year old mind that, "I will never, ever walk away from a situation saying, 'why didn't I?'. I will always do what I want to do!" That childishly expressed thought is better interpreted as, "I will live a life of no regrets" and it has been my motto since I was 11.

So at the age of 21 I started regretting the fact that I did not go to college and enrolled at Loyola University (I chose Loyola because Mark Peterson, a good friend, told me I'll never get in.)

At 23 I started mourning the fact that I was working full-time and only going to school at night. I wanted to experience campus life. So I enrolled at Tuskegee University.

There I found a young man who proposed to me within months of my arrival. We married within months of his proposal. Our first kiss was shared when the Minister pronounced us man and wife and our first child was born nine months later.

All because of a Michael Jackson concert that I went to when I was 11 years old.

Wednesday, June 24

You've Been Summoned by The President

President Obama has called us all to help rebuild our community and our economy by volunteering our services. On this website, United We Serve, you can find opportunities to serve based on your interests and location. You can also register your projects so that others can find you.
As busy as I am, I love the idea that we all are responsible for the rebuilding of our nation and that we do that by something as simple as volunteering. Even the title is motivating, "United We Serve".

Take a look at the 3 min video of 1st Lady Michelle Obama!
What Are You Going To Do?