Hi, I’m Megan Burns, the Naptime CEO. I started and grew a professional consulting firm during naptimes because I didn’t just want better work/life balance, I just wanted a LIFE! Along the way I’ve learned quite a bit about what to do and what NOT to do – and I’m still learning. Join me on this journey as I share with you what I’ve learned and continue to discover about being a Naptime CEO. Because, hey, life is too short to live for weekends!
I’m a big believer in having and pursuing your dreams.
However, while pursuing my dreams, I began to realize dreams can come from different sources. Some dreams are images or goals I’ve set for myself and these can be good to pursue… and some not so much. There is another source though to dreams and I think of them as God-Inspired dreams. Those thoughts and dreams that God plants in your heart. These dreams are not as easy to pursue as our own dreams, but are infinitely more rewarding.
First, let me assure you that God really does want to inspire you. He has a specific calling on each person’s life and invites us into His plan. (Ephesians 4:1: “Therefore, I beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.”) Too often, I think we ignore or dismiss those little seedlings of the dreams He is planting in us because we doubt.
So let me ask you: Continue reading
Original photo courtesy of Toni Bazala, Pazaz Christian Dance Academy
The world of ballet, with its classical music, costumes, and pointe shoes, may not initially seem like it has anything to do with running a business – much less a consulting firm focused on manufacturing. However, I would argue that as an entrepreneur there is much to be learned from ballet. So much so, that beyond my typical weekly classes, I’ve invested the last two weeks in a dance intensive. (Three days a week for five hours a night.)
So let me take you past the stage and the lights and show you what you can learn from this performing art that can make you a better entrepreneur. Continue reading
Do get so caught up in the day to day demands of life that you forget to live your life.
(This is a picture of my husband trying to catch minnows for our children last summer.)
We so often want to make our children’s lives easier, but that’s not always what’s best for them. By challenging them, we make them stronger.
It took my son three years to finally get the courage to climb the entire way to the top of this climbing wall. Each year he would climb a little higher and fueled his desire to master this climbing wall. When he finally made it, he had a HUGE sense of accomplishment!
Photo credit: Ed Burns
(This is part 3 of a 3 part series.)
In Part 1 of this series, I outlined three different options available when you take the Entrepreneurial Leap. The first one I describe is to pursue your passion. This option works well if you have 18 to 24 months to make the transition from employee to Naptime CEO. This option also assumes that you’re making some type of transition from what you are currently doing to what you plan to do in your newly launched business.
Here are the major steps you need to take to Pursue Your Passion. Continue reading
Remember when you were a kid and loved to dress up?
Don’t Give Up on Your Day Dream: Photo Credit – Megan Burns
In honor of Father’s Day, I’m uploading two simple printables for a kids craft. I am not a really crafty person, but this was simple enough for me. I think it’s so important to honor the role fathers have in our children’s lives and love this poem.
Here’s the one my son made this for my husband. Continue reading
This month, I had the honor of being highlighted in Coach Lizzy Mc’s monthly working mom spotlight. Coach Lizzy works with women to help them make motherhood and career click.
You can read the write-up here.
A big Thank You to Coach Lizzy for selecting me!
Photo Credit: Anna Hunter
(This is part 2 of a 3 part series)
In my last post, How To Take The Entrepreneurial Leap, I talked about different options for taking the leap. The second option I highlighted was Grabbing the Lowest Hanging Fruit. This is a phrase we often use in my consulting firm when talking with clients about options that will get them some quick wins. – Actions that have a big impact with little effort. – This was the option I chose and is the most popular option if you don’t have lots of time for your transition plan – say 12 months or less.
Here’s what you can do to launch a business around your lowest hanging fruit. Continue reading
Photo Credit: iStockPhoto
(This is part 1 of a 3 part series.)
So you’ve decided you want something more out of life than just the typical get up, drop the kids off, go to work all day, pick up the kids, dinner, then bedtime routine.
You want more time with your children, but still have a professional life.
You want to be a Naptime CEO!
But how do you even start?
In this post I’ll take you through the key decisions you’ll need to make, your options, and what I did (and why you shouldn’t do that). Continue reading