The Naptime CEO Heads to Disney – Tips from a Newbie

So we did it! We took our kids to Disney World!

After all, we put all this effort into work, we need to enjoy our time with our kids as well and what better place than the happiest place on Earth?

Now maybe some of you are Disney experts and this post may just serve as some light-hearted humor for you. For the rest of you, if you’re thinking of taking your kids to Disney, I hope you can learn from our experience. Continue reading

Megan Interviewed On The Free Agent Uprising Show

It’s up!

If you like our Facebook page, then you know I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Kevin Miller of Free Agent Uprising. Periodically, he interviews free agents about how they made their first dollar and he asked me to share my story. It was a lot of fun and now that the show is posted I wanted to share the interview with you too.

 

Free Agent Uprising

 

A big thank you to Kevin for inviting me on the show!

You can listen to the interview on the Free Agent Uprising site or you can get the show on iTunes (show # 267).

 

How Do You Define Success?

How do you define success

A few weeks ago, I posted this statement to my Facebook page and got quite a response:

“If you want to be a Naptime CEO, you cannot simply accept the world’s definition of success, you need to create your own definition of success.”

(btw, if you haven’t already liked my page over there, check it out and consider joining us.)

All to often, people who want to start a business are afraid to because they think they might fail. What they forget is failure is based on your definition of success.

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3 Ways to Handle Negative Comments

Negative Comments

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about bullying. Most prominently was the news story about the football coach who suspended his entire team because they were cyber-bullying another student. Even my own kids were learning about bullying and making pledges to not bully at school. It got me thinking about some of the negative comments I’ve received to blog posts and videos I have posted.

Anytime you put yourself out there, it seems someone feels they can bash you. For me, this is really hard! I was raised to always look for the positive and if I didn’t have anything nice to say, to not say anything at all. Didn’t these people have parents that taught them the same? Continue reading

When Your Dream Job Becomes A Nightmare

dreams nightmares

I’m Back!

So I had to take a summer sabbatical from this blog. It was not the typical, “it’s summer and I want to hang out with my kids and go to the pool” sabbatical. – I kind of wished it was.

Instead it was more of the “Oh my word, what I am doing with my life, it’s a mess, and what could I possible offer to any other potential entrepreneur because I would just be a hypocrite!”

As with most things in life, the past few months were not nearly as bad as they felt at the time and I’m in the process of getting a grip on it all. So in keeping with my promise to be open and honest with all of you let me share with you what I’ve learned, because this journey of entrepreneurship and being a Naptime CEO is not always sunshine and rainbows. 😉 Continue reading

Is Work/Life Balance A Myth?

Balance

I don’t think we go an entire week, or maybe even an entire day, without thinking about work/life balance. We hear about it from HR departments, on the news, from our spouses (especially when talking about after school care for kids), and from ourselves  – usually in the form of guilt.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit. See for the past two and a half weeks, I’ve been traveling to clients conducting training sessions. So for 13 out of the last 17 days, I have either left my house before my kids were even up, not getting back until 6:30 pm or I was gone for multiple nights.

“But Megan, you’re supposed to be The Naptime CEO, what happened to working from home and being there to get your kids on and off the school bus?” Continue reading

Are We Just Going In Circles?

Spiral

Have you ever had those moments where you feel like you’ve been in this situation or gone through the day once before? A deja vu moment? Do you ever feel like you’re repeatedly putting out the same fires or reminding others to not make the same mistake?

At these moments, have you asked yourself, “Are we just going in circles or do we have a destination?”

It’s very easy to fall into this cycle and I’ve been there myself. Want to break out of your own personal Groundhog Day movie? Here are the six strategic steps I try to follow every morning. I don’t do all six every morning (that’s not the point), but I usually get at least three or four of them in each day. These steps help me stay focused, on task, and achieve more of my goals. How’s that for a strategic plan? Continue reading

The Best Business Decision I Ever Made

Winning

In one of my earlier posts (The Blessing in “No”) I talked about my struggles last year trying to grow my business and despite all my efforts seeing our client work slowing down. One of the reasons I was able to successfully make it through that challenging period was because early on in my business I made a key decision. This decision not only got me through last year, but other lean years as well. In fact, it has become a cornerstone of how I run my business. If you are in business or considering launching a business I would strongly encourage you to make this decision too. What is it? Continue reading

5 Keys to Being A Better Entrepreneur

Photo credit: iStockPhoto.com

Photo credit: iStockPhoto.com

 

In the seven years I have been an entrepreneur, I have learned a thing or two about succeeding (and failing) as a business owner and a mom. When you don’t apply or follow these keys, business and life is a huge struggle that saps your energy, focus, and can make you want to throw your hands up and quit. On the other hand, when you do follow them, everything just seems simpler and runs better (not always easier – you are still running a business). So whether you are considering launching a business, in the start-up phase, or working on growing your business, these keys are all applicable.

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The Blessing In “No”

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“What if Your blessings come through raindrops,
What if Your healing comes through tears,
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials in this life are Your mercies in disguise?”
– Laura Story, Blessings

I’ve recently gone through a period of time with my consulting firm where I had to learn to see the blessing in “No.” Have you ever been there? During that time, I listened to the song quoted above and struggled with finding the blessing in “No” until just about two months ago.

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