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
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
Remember when you were a kid and loved to dress up?
Don’t Give Up on Your Day Dream: Photo Credit – Megan Burns
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!
Oh my, I am beyond excited!!! Last year I applied for and was interviewed by a woman in California who was writing a book on women entrepreneurs. I found out a few months ago I made the cut and would be included in the book. Today the finished book arrived in the mail! Continue reading
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.
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).
photo credit: Fotolia
It may come up in normal networking conversation or it comes up from a friend who is burnt out and frustrated with their work. At some point though the question arises, “What do you like best about being self-employed?”
This question always brings a smile to my face.
At first, I thought the answer was freedom. But I quickly realized that freedom was too general an answer for me. If you’ve read Tim Ferris’ book The 4 Hour Work Week, you quickly pick-up that freedom for him is to be able to work anywhere in the world he chooses. For some other entrepreneurs I know freedom is the ability to create and build a business without limitations or restrictions from a boss or other hierarchy.
So what did freedom mean to me? Continue reading
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
Photo Credit: Faith Lohr
As parents, we are our children’s first role models. There is so much they learn by watching how we live. For my children, they have grown up in a home where their Mama is also an entrepreneur. Here is what I hope they learn from watching me.