Top 10 Quotes for Small Business Owners

Top 10 Quotes for Small Business Owners

There are many struggles and joys that come along with being a small business owner, the ups and downs of direct sales can be very exciting yet trying and go from one to the other many times in one day. It can be exhausting BUT, being your own boss and having some control over your own daily life is a wonderful feeling that just can’t compare with working for someone else. I’ve compiled my ten favorite quotes for keeping my eyes focused on the road ahead whenever I am feeling low. I have a few of these taped to my desk to remind me whenever I am feeling sorry for myself to keep moving forward.

1.) “If it’s to be, it is up to me” ~ William H. Johnson – no one but you can make this dream a reality.

2.) “If you want to be trusted, be honest” – nothing brings people back, often with their friends than knowing that you are fair and honest to work with. Nothing.

3.) “It always seems impossible until it is done.” ~ Nelson Mandela – great quote just for life in general but no matter the obstacle, tackle it one piece at a time until it is done.

4.) “A person who feels appreciated will always do more than is expected.” – if you have staff or assistants, making them feel appreciated is and should remain an important aspect in the success of your business.

5.) “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou, things will not go as planned on an almost daily basis at times, don’t lose sight of your goal.

6.) “I want to see what happens if I don’t give up.” – Just what are you capable of? You will never know if you don’t try!

7.) “Find a way, not an excuse. Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.” – Dig in and figure it out, whatever the challenge, it is yours to face.

8.) “Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds. You can plant flowers, or you can plant weeds.” – what you think, you become so pay careful attention of how you talk to yourself.

9.) “Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.” – challenge yourself and others to work towards the small goals that will help you achieve your BIG goal!

10.) “Look in the mirror…….that’s your competition”, this is by far my favorite because it reminds me that I am the only one I have to worry about being better than, the person and business owner that I was yesterday.

Remember that this is your dream, your goal, your business and the only one that can make this happen is you!


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A Mom’s guide for how to be sick


A Mom’s Guide for How to be Sick

Hey mom, did you forget how to be sick? Are you feeling under the weather from that virus your cute little walking petrie dish brought home from school? The one that everyone else in the house has had and you have taken care of them through it? Don’t forget that you need to take care of yourself too!! Here are 5 must follow tips to being a sick mom:

1.) Call out of work!! Take a day at home to yourself and don’t use it to catch up on housework, laundry, or any other tasks that “need” to get done. They can wait or you can ask dad to do them! You will have to let go HOW things need to be done. Let others help you, it will be good for them too.

2.) Tell dad you need rest….that’s right Mom…YOU NEED REST! You need to take some down time and give your body time to rest and recover from this just the same as everyone else in your family did. Dad can handle everything while you take a break. Will it all be done exactly like you would do it….no probably not….but that’s ok because you aren’t doing yourself or anyone else any favors by not getting better quickly. So grab a book, your Ipad, or just your pillow, and GO LAY DOWN!!

3.) Drink your fluids! Especially if you have a fever, please drink water, tea, a sports drink, something that is hydrating and refreshing! Even soup broth is good, especially if you are congested or not really eating anything else.

4.) Give yourself time to recover. As mom’s we always put our husband and children ahead of ourselves, this is a beautiful trait of being a wife and mother, but we have to remember that there is no medal for doing it all and driving yourself to the point of exhaustion without giving yourself the break. We feel guilty for sitting down and taking time off, guilty that the dishes are in the sink or that our mother-in-law is taking the baby to swim practice. It’s ok, mom, in fact necessary to not only take care of others but let them take care of you as well. If gives them a sense of purpose and it let’s them remember just how much you do around here!

5.) Don’t be afraid to say “NO”. You are just finally feeling a little better when the “insert group name” is calling about an event tomorrow that someone else cancelled on because they are sick. “Can you help?”, you CAN say “NO”, in fact you should. You aren’t out of the woods yet and even if you followed all of these steps, its likely that you didn’t take enough time and get as much rest as you truly needed. Not only can you not do it all… don’t have to. Cut yourself some slack.

Now that you have taken a day or five, whatever was needed, and are feeling like yourself again then you can get out there and tackle the world once class project, family budget, and board meeting at a time like the super mom that you are!


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Beautiful Mom Life

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Mom life can be breathtaking!

Sometimes mom life gives us moments, moments that grab you by the heart and make you realize just how amazing this journey is. In that moment between all the chaos and the clutter, you stop and feel your heartbeat in your chest as you watch your little person master a skill, conquer a fear , or display a random act of kindness. It can be overwhelming or it can be quiet, subtle. Either way, in that moment, you are in awe of this little person in front of you, this little person that continues to grow, and learn, and advance in ways that you never knew was possible.


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3 Simple steps to tackling your kid’s clutter!

Tackling the clutter!

Kid’s are messy, I think we can all agree on that. My kid’s seem to find ‘beauty’ in every piece of scrap paper, fruit snack wrapper, and empty box. I see other mom’s posting pictures of their house and it looks like a magazine is coming over any minute for a photo shoot! My house isn’t like that….ever. Our house isn’t big, our girls share a bedroom so that room is especially troublesome but I have had enough! I’ve decided that it was time to regain control and my sanity by organizing my kid’s rooms to optimize their space and control the clutter.

First step is the PURGE!!! This step is cathartic all by itself. You will probably need to do this when the kids aren’t home for the most successful purging. Broken toys, games missing pieces rendering it unplayable, clothes that no longer fit, etc, all need to go. I know its not the ideal way to spend a Saturday that the kids are at their grandmother’s but trust me it will be way more productive if they aren’t crying and trying to save every thing you try to toss. The feeling of shoving all those ‘art’ supplies in a plastic trash bag is therapeutic to say the least, and I think you are still going to enjoy your Saturday. YOU will feel better after this step alone! Also, a little word of warning, there is a good chance that you will find things that are…ummmm how do I put this….things that are gross. Like not, ewww this is kind of gross, but more like “choke, sputter, GAG, WTF!?” gross depending on how long their room has left in its natural state. Hang in there!

Side note: Toys, books, and clothes that still have some life in them can be donated to your local mission, church, or day care center for an added bonus of good karma!

Next you will want to consider how you are going to organize the remaining items. Whether you use baskets, bins, shelves, doesn’t matter as long as it is something that both you and your kids will find aesthetically appealing and functional. You will want something that your children can understand the concept of. Bins with labels can be helpful for children who are learning to read, shelving for books, tubs that fit under the bed, and a dirty clothes basket are all helpful items to keeping the room neat and tidy.

Lastly, and most importantly, MAINTAIN this sacred space!! You worked very hard to get this room into a state of tidiness so its important to not let it backslide. Regular purging whether daily, weekly, or monthly depending on your schedule is imperative to keeping up and not letting it go back to its former state. Incentivize kids to participate in the cleanup, something small because let’s be honest, they shouldn’t get rewarded for something they should be doing anyway.

I found that once I tackled this monster and got their rooms back in order that they spent more time playing in there. It seems like maybe the clutter bothered them too without them even realizing it (or maybe it was just so bad they didn’t have room to play in there), whatever the case may be their tidy (I still use that term semi loosely) room is much more enjoyable for all of us.

My kid’s room is a disaster!




My kid’s room is a disaster!

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Is your kid’s disaster of a bedroom driving you mad!? You are not alone!


My girls room is a disaster. I don’t know about you but I feel like the only time that my girls room doesn’t require the services of a disaster relief cleaning company is right after I have performed a garbage bag run through. I feel like their stuff just reproduces on its own! A self-replicating menace that cannot be stopped nor contained. Seriously though, no matter how hard I try or how much I yell, my girl’s room is always a disaster!! Ironically, its not my son, who prefers a tidy room and his toys in working order. When I say disaster, I don’t mean “pick up your pjs from last night and put them in the hamper please.” I seriously mean “OMG what WAS this when it first came to be?!”

On a whim I decided to go through my girl’s room today with trash bags and purpose. It took me over an hour and 2 trash bags later to ask “is that it?”. “IS THAT IT?”, did you guys hear me?!

Over an hour and two trash bags later…Is that it?!

Seconds later my middle child says, “I think so except for what is under the bed and the dresser.”….WHAT?! “What is under the bed and the dresser?”, I ask. My darling girl responds with, “garbage”. Dumbfounded I respond, “WHAT, WHY?!”, only to hear “We didn’t have anywhere else to put it!” :::insert smoke rings coming out of my ears:::

Now I don’t know how you would reply and I am sure it would be much more dignified and adult-y than my reaction was, but at this point I am seriously in need of something to keep me from losing it. Either another adult needs to intervene to be sure I don’t go off the deep end (let’s be fair, my hubby isn’t that adult or I am in need of a drink (its 10am). So what does this momma do? I send the 8 year old to clear out everything under the dresser and the 6 year old to crawl under the bed. I was unprepared for what would come out of these dark places. Markers without caps, lost socks, and a stray cheez-it…fine….dorito bags….rice cakes, swedish fish sitting in the bottom of a plastic cup of juice….suckers half eaten….hair cut from all their dolls….thermos tumblers that once contained milk…..ewwwwww

Another 45 minutes of clearing out the most disgusting remnants of my girl’s room…my girl’s room. Those adorable little princesses that go to school and make their teachers swoon with their manners and their good behavior, these same little girls harbored horrific science projects under their beds because they had nowhere else to put them… time please consider the trash can ladies…..thank goodness they are cute!

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