The Women In The Workplace Study 2016 taught us that women in corporate America experience an uneven playing field, but are female entrepreneurs experiencing the gender gap at the same level? Last year Bloomberg reported that only 7% of the 2,005 founders who received funding of $20 million or more from U.S. Venture Capital were women. Statistics like these do not seem to be deterring women from continuing to work to close the gap, in fact, some would argue that heightened awareness of the gap is empowering women to start more businesses. The 2014 OPEN State of Women-Owned Business report estimated that women are starting approximately 1,200 new businesses each day, up from about 740 a day the year prior, and I would imagine that we are continuing to see exponential growth.
When it comes to being a brilliant, successful, confident, single woman in today’s society, we are bound to be asked the question, “Why aren’t you married yet?” This is exactly the question that Tricia Brouk and I bonded over when I reached out to interview her about overcoming the fear of public speaking.
In the beginning when your business is just an idea you might feel like time is passing very slowly. You are stuck and you haven’t quite built up the confidence yet to get started. You know you want to, but there is something holding you back. You feel like your idea actually turning into a business is so far away and out of reach.
Sandra Clark Jergensen, founder of The Kitchen Natural, makes it easy to cook like a natural. Sandra is a writer and editor, but she found herself sneaking into the cookbook stacks at the library. She is completely self taught, which is a testament to her resourcefulness and proof that anything can be figured out.
Everyone is Overwhelmed and Nobody is Asking for Help.
Do you have a to do list that is a mile long? It feels like whenever you cross one thing off the top of the list, somehow there are five new things that have been added to the bottom? It’s no wonder we feel so overwhelmed when we have put ourselves in a situation where we can not catch up or feel accomplished.
I don't think I have heard it since high school, but those are some of the most impressionable years of our lives and they actually shape us into the people we are today.
Accusing someone of stealing your spotlight or thinking that there is not enough room for someone else to shine if you are shining means you are focusing on a lack of something. When you think about whether or not there are enough compliments to go around it sounds a little absurd, doesn't it?
I know I have told you that the best way to plan your week is to figure out a time when your energy levels are high and that is when you will be able to absolutely slay. What I didn't tell you is that Wednesdays are my Mondays. It's like that in between where you're halfway into the week and there's no turning back, but not quite close enough to the weekend to be excited...yet!
This weekend I got to celebrate the birth of a beautiful baby boy with my dear friends. Here he is, in a city of 8.4 million people, surrounded by love. We were asked at his baby shower to share a piece of advice that would later be given to him. My wish for him is that he always knows how much he is loved and always feels he is worthy of it because I know that as we get older and as we gain life experience we might forget those very things we are born with.
Has anyone ever asked you what success means to you? The dictionary defines success as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose”. You will not truly feel successful until you have clearly defined what “being successful” means to you.
As entrepreneurs we naturally have a lot of ideas. When we first come up with an idea we feel this rush of adrenaline and excitement about it! Then as time passes, doubt starts to creep in. We might start to wonder how we are going to execute it. Maybe we start putting a plan into action and we hit a roadblock and we want to give up because it gets hard. Or maybe we tell a few people about it and they crush it before it ever had a chance to come to life. That is how we all start right? With just one idea...a spark that breathes life into us.
I get to meet so many inspiring women through the work that I do helping professional women, entrepreneurs, coaches, and network marketing professionals that I thought now would be a great time to start introducing you to all of them! I couldn't think of a more inspiring woman than Chelsea to feature as the very first Potentialista of the Month and I am honored to be able to share her story with you.
Have you ever been in a relationship that you knew was bad for you, but you stayed in it anyway?Maybe you didn't know it was that bad because you felt pretty happy, but your friends told you that it wasn't healthy or it wasn't going to work.
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of meeting Teddy Droseros, founder of Grateful Peoples. Have you ever met someone and you just know in your heart that they are going to change the world? That is how I felt when I met Teddy.
Have you ever been in a situation where it is so tragic you don't know what to say? Or maybe you're that person who can't find the words in the moment, but right after you leave a situation you think of a million ways you could have handled it differently. I totally get it!
We talk about positivity and gratitude and meditation and positive self talk -- but what happens when you have a bad day? Do you feel like you've failed yourself because you aren't happy all the time? The idea behind all of that is not that you will be happy all the time and never have a bad day, it's that you will know what to do when something bad does happen. Nobody teaches us that part...
A year ago I didn't have a single New Year Resolution.
To be honest with you, 2017 kind of snuck up on me. I was so focused on my goals and accomplishing them that I forgot to send out Christmas Cards and I forgot to make New Years Resolutions. I woke up on New Years Eve and while I sat with my coffee and took some time for self reflection in the morning my mind began to wander to where I was this time last year. I had almost forgotten how much my life had changed in the last 12 months and I was super excited.
On New Years Eve a year ago I was sitting on my friend’s couch wearing yoga pants, watching the ball drop in New York City on TV, eating pizza, and crying in my champagne.
We all have that little voice in our heads telling us we can't do something we really want to do. Maybe it comes from being a perfectionist, maybe it comes from feeling like we need to be an expert at something before we starting taking action. No matter what the reason "Why?" there is still no reason to be such a hater on your own life. Here's an excerpt from my latest workshop in my online community to help you break up with that chick.
Sometimes it feels easier to stay stuck than it does to take the first step towards anything that requires us to change. We weigh the benefits and the risks in our minds and decide that the risk of putting ourselves out there is much greater than the benefit we could potentially receive. We minimize the benefit in our minds until it becomes a fraction of the great risk. Are we really doing ourselves a favor when we decide to stay stuck though? Think about it this way: is the benefit of staying stuck greater than the risk of never pursuing your dreams? I will be the first to admit that change is scary, but which one is scarier: staying stuck or trying to succeed? What is the best possible outcome of staying stuck? Perhaps it is that we find comfort in the things that we already know. In contrast, what is the best possible outcome of chasing our dreams? We might reach them and live a life full of joy and fulfillment. Now which risk are you willing to take?
You are meant to be doing something that lights a fire inside of you! No more settling! It is time to focus on what is important to YOU! Catch the replay of my November workshop here to help you Find Your Focus!
Originally I created this content for the fellas because it was the only frame of reference I had, but I think it also has value for the ladies because we might need to go into our search for a partner with more of an open mind.
Why do we think finding a partner is so important anyway? The short answer: because it is.
Personal branding is based on the principle of how other people experience who you are and what you represent through their relationship with you, whether it is personal, professional, or on social media. Now that I have laid it out there like that, I want you to ask yourself this:
When you are choosing a niche it can be tough to decide what you want it to be. So many of us are good at so many different things and if you don't like the things you are already good at, then you can always reinvent yourself. If you fall into the latter category then you and I are very similar. It can be very scary to start over and pave a new path. I am a nurse and my background is in healthcare. I have never studied business in college and I do not have an MBA, but what I do have is experience. I have been standing right where you are now wondering which way to go. Unfortunately, I can't tell you the answer to that but I can give you some tools that have helped me get to this point.
Social media paints a picture of how wonderful and perfect everything is all the time. It has become a place to put our best foot forward and celebrate winning at life. It can be easy to think that the grass might be greener on the other side, but I promise you everyone has a story and striving for perfection is an unrealistic expectation. Now you might be thinking to yourself, "What does this girl know about struggling and rock bottom?" Well, I want to start by telling you about my rock bottom.
I used to think a lot about the future – where would I be in 5 years, what job was I trying to get, what did I want my life to look like, what vacation did I want to go on next. I am naturally a planner and very organized. One day I realized that by being so focused on the future, I wasn’t allowing myself to enjoy the present.
When we think of love some of us think of the romantic, sweep us off our feet kind of love that can send us on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The emotional highs are just as intense as the emotional lows. So, does the rollercoaster truly serve us? Does the risk of being hurt outweigh the benefit of head over heels love?