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Reality of owning a small business

By January 12, 2017 entrepreneur, Everyday life, success

The idea of being your own boss, for most people is a dream. The ability to making your own hours, not answering to the higher ups, to run and live what you love. This is an all amazing concept, but…

What is the reality of Owning and running a small business?

1 Making your own hours- Yes, business owners do have the ability to make their own hours, schedules, and take holiday’s when they wish, does this happen? Sure it happens, by making our days 14 hours long, working during supper on the smart phone, showing up before and leaving after everyone. Holidays, may sometimes happen, but are often swept aside, Depending on how new the company is. That dream of short hours and large paychecks may not be the case.

2.Not Answering to a boss– To many, having to answer to the boss, is dreadful. Being your own boss is a dream in many people’s eyes. However, You are left with problem solving, payroll, marketing, leads, taxes, hiring and firing, balancing, the list goes on and on.

3. Mental and emotional hard times– Every entrepreneurs journey is a road with hills, curves, and forks. Often faced with numerous high and low moments,  depending on the decisions made during these low’s, success can feel almost impossible, leaving you left anxious and depressed. As motivation and drive are key factors to defeat the low’s, they often leave you facing a mental health and depression battle. Many highly successful entrepreneurs, have faced depression and suicidal thoughts in the early business years.

The dream of building an empire, and scrapping the employee card, may just be that to many….A DREAM. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs start out with dreams, motivation, and strive to be successful, soon to be overwhelmed with hills and forks. Being a small business owner is not a career for everyone. It takes drive, motivation, stubbornness, fighting through mental health break downs, and much more to be successful.

  You’re going to feel overwhelmed and stressed at times, But if you have drive, motivation, fight, and stubbornness you will make it.

The key to success? Setting achievable goals and following through. Stay strong and your dream comfortable living is on the horizon.

 

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The importance of taking care of YOU.

By January 10, 2017 Being Mom, entrepreneur, Everyday life, health, success

Finding yourself run down all the time. Making yourself have energy to get to that sports game, to get groceries, or read that bedtime story. Working your butt off at your career, to come home and work your butt of at parenting.

Are we being the best we can be, by being completely run down, and running off fumes?

I find myself in this position, all to often. I want to be the best in my career, at parenting, and life. Putting all my energy into these categories, to find myself completely run down, exhausted, sick and making trips to the doctors. In reality. I am not being the best at my career, parenting or life. I am running around as a zombie. Forgetting things, getting upset at my son for not picking up lego, forgetting to make time with friends.

Its easy to get caught up in the moment, and live the fast life. We need to take a step back and care about our mental and physical health. Take that time for a coffee date, for a yoga session, and making good meals. These simple things we forget about, are actual the key ingredients to being great at your career, parenting and life.

When we feel good about our mental and physical state, It gives us the drive to succeed, the energy to continue on, the feeling of well being. It keeps us from burn outs and break downs.

YOUR HEALTH MATTERS

 

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How YOGA saved me from a BREAK DOWN!

By January 9, 2017 Being Mom, entrepreneur, Everyday life, health, success

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I am not extremely flexible. I am not 100% laid back all the time, I still get stress and anxiety on a regular basis.

So how did yoga change my daily stress? If I’m still experiencing it?

Yoga shows you ways of coping and managing your anxiety. recognizing what it is, and using techniques to lower  your bodies anxious reaction to the situation. Yoga will not take away the stressful situations, but it will give you the knowledge to control your bodies reaction to it.

2 years ago, At my sons art class, watching him through the glass as he splashed paint all over the place. I found myself gasping for air, my throat felt life I just had a severe allergic reaction and it was closing. My chest began to feel like it was collapsing. Looking at the other parents, I was waiting for their facial reactions. Thinking I probably looked like I was going to kick the bucket. I rushed to the bathroom to look at my face, nope not swollen. I called my friend, and made him meet me at my apartment in case I needed to go to the hospital. I was definitely having a heart attack….or so I thought. Toughing it out that night, not going to the hospital. I came to realize. Oh my god that is what an anxiety attack is.

From that point, I started experiencing numerous anxiety attacks a week. It was unbearable. They would happen at the oddest times. Driving to work, with music on and no traffic. Right before bedtime. I felt like I was losing control of every situation. Life wasn’t fun anymore. It was constant fear of these horrible attacks. Simple decisions became stressful. Something needed to change. I was headed for a serious BREAK DOWN

I STARTED WATCHING YOGA VIDEOS AT NIGHT AND IN THE MORNING

After research, and recommendations. I chose to start the yoga practice. I started with watching videos on Youtube. I would put my son to bed, make a tea, lay my mat on the floor with my laptop, and watch decreased anxiety videos. The first few nights, I noticed a bit of a difference. I could feel the stretches, and it was relaxing but was not decreasing my anxiety levels.

“This isn’t helping, I don’t need to get more flexible, I need to help my anxiety” angrily venting to a friend. I remember him saying. ” Sarah, you are not listening to your body. You are doing it only for the poses. Look past that, concentrate on your breath, and become one with your body”

I decided to keep trying, I mean what’s the harm. That night, I grabbed my Mat and tea, tuned in to YouTube. Really trying to focus on my breath. During that practice something changed. I remember like it was 2 minutes ago. It is like I could hear everything in my body. I lived in a high rise on a main street, and the traffic and sirens disappeared. Each pose , my breath took me into a deeper stretch and mental relaxation. I finished the video, grabbed my tea, and headed to the balcony. I was in complete ZEN. My mind was so clear, I don’t even think, I could remember my stresses at that point. All my visions and life seemed to make sense, and positive vibes were glowing from me.

The next morning I woke up an hour before my son, to do morning yoga “THIS IS IT, THIS IS MY ANXIETY MEDICATION” I practiced religiously every night and every morning. Each video bringing me into a better mind state.  The mornings I would feel energized for the day. Knowing that when stress appeared, i could handle it. The nights I would feel relaxed and free.

YOGA DOES NOT CURE ANXIETY, IT GIVES YOU THE TECHNIQUES TO CONTROL IT

Now I am not saying, my anxiety is completely gone, and that I no longer have any stress in my life.  Believe me with a business to run, a 5 year old son, 2 dogs and sports to attend life gets crazy. But yoga gave me the techniques to use when in those stressed situations, I can cope. It lets me connect with my body, to control my break downs and attacks.

Now as many think yoga is only for exercise, and you have to be flexible. YOU ARE WRONG!

For me yoga took me on a road to recovery from a BREAK DOWN.

“It’s not about touching my toes. Its about what i learned on the way down”

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Why entrepreneur’s need entrepreneur friends.

By January 4, 2017 entrepreneur, Everyday life, success

As I find myself curled up on my kitchen floor after a long and unsuccesSfull work day. Rethinking all the mistakes I have made in my business. The clients I should I have responded to earlier, the large purchases I made that were impacting my financial security. The relationships I held onto that were negatively affecting my business. All the advice I had received from outsiders on how to run my business.

How could I get to this point. The most unsettling feeling, of watching your dreams and life crush before you. Continuing to dwell  “I have tried all the advice from friends, on running a successful business”

“Why, am I still failing?”

Still positioned in my breakdown position, My phone rings. I answer it with a tone, only a close friend can recognize. I continue my breakdown to Rishi ( Another entrepreneur).  To my surprise  the most amazing, inspiring advice, broke me from my horrible and miserable state.

” why are you taking advice, from people who have never been in your position?”

Holy HELL!!….he is 100% right. How could I be taking advice, and running my business, on advice from people who have never owned and operated their own business.  What a BIG mistake..But what a HUGE BREAKTHROUGH.

I realized, the mistakes I have made ( clearly not all of them) were based on friends opinions, what they believed would make a success. Friends who work for employers, go to work, and leave their work far far away from home.  Friends who don’t know or understand all the extra work involved in the advice. The paper work, bills, payroll. etc…etc.. Let me add in I love my friends and family dearly, I respect their love for giving me advice. In reality some of it is just not realistic for my situation.

The importance of me sharing my experience and breakdown to all you entrepreneur’s curled up in misery and over thinking on the kitchen floor.

BUILD A STRONG SOCIAL NETWORK OF ENTREPRENEUR FRIENDS

People who probably will not be running the same business plan as you, but will be venturing through the same paperwork, climbing the same mountains, sharing similar achievements. Think of all that you have learned on your journey. How much advice could you give?…….

So why not take advice from someone that has finished climbing the mountain,  that you are packed and stumbling on.

Building face to face relationship’s with other entrepreneur’s is the most ideal, giving you the opportunity to escape the office during a break down to meet for coffee, but online networking and groups are of large importance to.

I have attached a few links, of must join groups. The first link is from Forbes, a book I highly suggest downloading th APP for. It has giving me advice, support, and motivation. The link will give you names of organizations to join.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2012/10/09/the-best-organizations-for-entrepreneurs/#5651524474d8

This link is the top 16  linkedin social networks that every entrepreneur should be a part of . http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7185-entrepreneur-linkedin-groups.html

 

GET OUT THERE…be the SUCCESS you can be..

STOP taking advice from by-standers,

  JOIN an entrepreneur social network group.

 

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