The Bedtime Story for Women Entreprenuers

Leaders are Readers and Women Entrepreneurs
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”  

From a very young age, our children become wrapped in the habit of plopping on our laps to hear a bedtime story.  As parents, we understand the importance of reading to our children and opening up a world of adventure, character, and vital lessons.

This is truly one of my favorite times in our family day.  It’s a time to feel the warmth of our bodies huddled together as a story unfolds.  Giggles, gasps, and “ah ha” moments are preludes to sleepy eyes, yawns, and dreams of wonder.

This nightly reading ritual should extend to our own nightstand and pillowswhere a good book is waiting.

The books may look different as we grow older.  We have explored the pages of board books, “Lift the Flap”, poetry, Nancy Drew mysteries, Charlotte’s Web, and Harry Potter.  With each genre and style, the pages still embrace a journey of personal growth.  Within minutes we reach the end of the chapter or book, and we are changed in some way.

As a women entrepreneurs, it’s our responsibility to shape our mindset and success by learning more, doing more, and becoming more.  I encourage you to assume your role as a life-long learner. Invest in your personal development and cuddle up with a good book that will challenge and transform your thoughts.  Absorb the wisdom of the author and implement what you learn.

One idea discovered in a book can change the way you see yourself and your business.

One idea embraced in a book could transform your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

One idea implemented from a book could drive your business to remarkable success.

What books are on your nightstand?  “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown is highlighted, dog-eared, and waiting for me.

Live Beautifully!


Making the Shift…

Make the Shift

Every girl dreams of her first car…

Do you remember your first car?

At 18, I was the proud owner of a used 5 speed Chevy Chevette in faded cherry red…I know, it didn’t quite match the car of my teenage dreams.  However, my car made me famous.  It quickly captured the nickname of my “Flintstone Mobile”, because after a year, the driver side floor board rotted out leaving a gaping hole for my feet to touch the road.  I could literally motorize the vehicle with my running ability just like Fred Flintstone!

This certainly made for interesting travel during the snowy Michigan winters and slushy springs.

Despite the embarrassing quality of my car, it did teach me a life-long lesson about moving forward.  Since this car was a “stick shift”, I learned that the speed at which my Flintstone Mobile could travel in any gear was limited. If I wanted to go faster, I had to make the shift to a higher gear.

While making the shift, the transition wasn’t always smooth.  I occasionally experienced the “grind’em ’til you find’em” noise until the gear successfully slipped into place, or I stalled the car right in the middle of an intersection.

If you’ve ever used the stick shift of a manual transmission car, you have felt what I’m describing.  If you are fortunate enough to have been spared from the clutch, trust me that learning how to shift is a character trait for success.

You see, to propel yourself to the next level in any endeavor, you too must make the shift. You must shift from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow.

• You must shift up from self-doubt to self-belief.

• You must shift up from comfort zone to transformation zone.

• You must shift up from impossible thinking to inevitable thinking.

• You must shift up from busyness action to bold, vital, and meaningful action.

• You must shift up from managing and maintaining to leading and growing.

• You must shift up from a scarcity mindset to an abundant mindset.

While you’re making the shift, it may be noisy, bumpy, and scary.  You may panic and stall your progress.  The key is to get it back in gear and attempt the shift again.  Work it.  Grind it until you find the next level and begin cruising at a new speed.

The thrill of momentum will take you on the ride of a lifetime!

Live Beautifully.  Make the shift!