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The Baby and The Business | 3 Ways to Find Harmony as a Mommypreneur

I recently shared a post reflecting on how things have totally changed over the past 365 days (read that here). I went from being a solo-preneur standing smack dab in the middle of purpose… to birthing a mini boss, and instantly becoming a mommypreneur. LAWD! Talk about TRANSITION. So, Today I’m taking it a bit further and sharing 3 ways I’ve been able to find harmony in my life! Whether you’re a mom of 1 or a mom of 5… a new mom or have been a mom for some time… this post is just for you! Especially if you are navigating that space of building an empire! Read with an open heart and  Be encouraged!

 

1. First things first.

I’m not sure how you prioritize your life, but this year I’ve been extremely intentional about mine:

1. God

2. Family/home (Dream and Keem)

3. Business

With my priorities in check, I’m able to better manage how I make business decisions. If a business decisions or commitment doesn’t align with what God has spoken over my life, or pulls me away from my family… it makes it easy to say “not this time”. I think may of us as moms don’t have our priorities straight. We say, “Family first”, but our decisions say the EXACT opposite. The first step to finding and maintaining harmony in your life as a mom on a mission is to keep your commitments in alignment with your priorities and values! Ask:

-What’s most important to you?

-How can you better prioritize your life, keeping first things first?

“Harmony is achieved only after you’ve identified what’s most important and prioritize accordingly”.

 

2. Pray & plan ahead. Pivot as needed!

There are certain things that I know I want to complete weekly and if I don’t plan for them, like literally write them down in my planner AND on the calendar, I know I will miss it.

Whether it’s setting aside time to write an article, recording a new video series, hit the grocery store, pump (yes I’m still nursing), coordinate visits/play dates, update my website, do the laundry, correspond/meet with clients, ETC… it takes some SERIOUS and Intentional planning. And how I plan lines up with what I’ve prioritized! Yes, there are days when I just go with the flow, because that’s the only way to survive the day (😩😭😂), but I have a general plan for my week, in writing, to keep me on target!

 I’m all about FLOW! And no, this isn’t a perfect situation. There have been times where I’ve planned things out to a T, and Dream just wasn’t on board. Take this post for example. I planned and set aside time to write, during Dream’s nap time. However, my teething 8-month old needed her mommy (poor thing)! And so here I am, typing while nursing! Anyone with kids will tell you, no two days are alike. So pray, plan and pivot as needed!

What are your weekly non-negotiables?

How can you plan ahead to account for those moments when your baby/babies aren’t in agreement?

“Planning ahead and taking action is a success strategy. Prayer and staying connected to THE Source is key”! 

 

3. Check in, OFTEN!

Whether it’s communicating with your spouse, or checking in with yourself and reflecting on what is working… check in often! Celebrate your wins (no matter how small), and adjust as needed. For me I seriously had MORE time to work in my business when Dream was a little younger. I could put her in her bouncers/swing for self play and use those moments to get things done. But now… NOW that this little yummy nugget is mobile, and I barely have the time to even respond to an email. Why? Because I have to keep my eyes on her at ALL times 😭😭😭. With that, I had to do three things:

1. Check in with myself to determine what I needed to flourish in this season. I had to reassess my commitments how I plan to  keep them.

2. Adjust my daily “routine” while I’m home alone with Dream to be in alignment with my current reality. She is sleeping much less during the day, so my availability and “free time” is no longer the same. I have to adjust accordingly.

3. Communicate with my hubby to figure out our schedules, to see how I could add in some productive/work time while he’s home. I also had to cut bak in other areas

Once I made the shift, harmony was not that far behind. I went from being overwhelmed and frustrated, feeling like I couldn’t get ANYTHING done… to discovering creative ways to pursue purpose! God is bomb like that. As you acknowledge HIM… He directs you’re every move! His is the MASTER CREATOR, and there is no part of your life that He can’t remedy! 

-How have things changed for you over the past few months?

-How can you adjust to reignite the harmony in your life?

As things change around you, YOU MUST ADJUST. Check in often, acknowledge the change, seek God for wisdom and PIVOT! 

 

Bonus: GET DRESSED!

I shower and get dressed every day. I have things in my wardrobe that are easy to throw on but are well coordinated to make me feel like somebody! Okay! I cannot stress the importance of showing up for yourself in this way. For me it’s an instant mood boost. Walking around in my robe all day vs. walking around in a jogger set or a cute pullover and some leggings. It makes a difference. Especially when I’m able to sit and work. I’m in a mental space to produce when I’m dressed.

-How can you show up for yourself with what you wear?

-What wardrobe adjustments can you make today?

“What you wear and how you show up for work is important… especially when you work for yourself”

Reese

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Podcast 🎤 | How Bad Do You Want It

That moment when God confirms that you are IN YOUR PURPOSE… plus a 30 day lesson! You don’t want to miss this one! Podcast Ep 6! Listen, comment, share and BE ENCOURAGED!

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Being Intentional | Six Months Later | 3 Victories & Lessons Learned

6 months ago, I made a firm commitment to BE INTENTIONAL with my living. And it has been phenomenal! If you missed that post, click here: A Lesson on Being Intentional!! So I’m here, six months later, sharing 3 victories, and 3 lessons learned!

What I’m Celebrating:

1. I “started” a profitable crochet braids business; Hair Slayed by Reese.  I got seriously serious about my business and my brand, which has grown beyond what I could have even asked for! And it’s still growing! God is so good, and I’m telling you when you’re obedient, He will show you what that “Exceedingly, Abundant” life truly looks like! I’m working on some amazing things to help those who are looking to transition, and build their own empire as an entrepreneur.  Yaaasss!

2. My honey and made it a point to go on an “out-of-the-country” trip, and we made that happen! The Dominican has been changed forever, because we were there <3! If you missed that post, you can read about our “Baecation” here. We are already planning our next get-a-way! We are so committed to building a strong foundation and spending time together. No longer waiting for the perfect moments to celebrate us and LIVE LIFE! All we have is NOW! 

3. I’ve experienced a mindset shift! I’ve been consistent in posting, and testing new ways to get new content to you. I posted my first (of many) podcasts, hosted 2 successful series, and I am so humbled by the feedback from those of you who have been touched, encouraged, and MOTIVATED to get to work in your own livesIt is my PASSION to EMPOWER you to live your best life; MINDSET, BUSINESS and RELATIONSHIPS! I am so grateful for your continued support and all the love! I promise you I am committed to growing and becoming ALL that GOD has ordained for me to be; Wife, Speaker, Slay consultant!

The next few months are going to POP!

Now for the lessons! Man, I’ve  learned so much about myself. You see getting INTENTIONAL about your living, doesn’t mean you’ll have this perfect life. Ha! Don’t believe that lie!  Yes, your life will be the better for it, especially as you allow God to use you… But there will be challenges to overcome. 

I’ve learned to:

1. Change the way I talk to and about myself! HUGE!!!! If you’ve read even just one of my posts, then you know, I preach “SPEAK LIFE”. Yes, I am an “encourager”, but let’s be real… that negative mindset is always lurking, waiting to make an appearance in our moment of weakness! So I had to “be ye always ready” to combat those torturous thoughts that try to rob me of my purpose and confidence! 

2. Affirm myself/my life, daily. Speaking God’s truth (OUT LOUD) over my life, my marriage, and my business endeavors. During the good time and the challenging moments,  I am learning to literally say things out loud to combat the negative thoughts. Like I said those negative thoughts (which leads to negative talk) are always lurking, so we have to BE READY for combat, and speak life!

3. I am learning the importance of planning and being prepared. (I need strength, daily.) Having to wear a number of different hats during the days, I had to learn to find balance (still working on this).  Setting a plan for my day, doesn’t mean everything goes as planned —(even now I’m working on a special treat for you ladies and the technology isn’t working as I’d hoped)— but it gives me a guide for how to map out what I need to do. Also, planning ahead has been huge for me! I NOW know to pray and ask God for direction on what to do with my day. Like legit, “Lord show me the intricacies of what You would have me to do”.  And He always leads me. It’s so funny because sometimes, it’s totally not what I want to do, but when I do it… it’s exactly what I NEEDED to do! God’s ways are so perfect, y’all. I love Him!

I know I still have growing to do.

I have not arrive,  but I am too committed to my purpose to even consider stopping now! Living for Him is so Lit, and I’m hyped because I know the best is truly yet to come! I am so excited for all that the next 6 months has in store! Stay Tuned!

-Reese

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Unleashing Your Greatness || Week 2 “The Power of Your Story”

Hey ladies, Happy Monday!!!! It’s week 2 of the “Unleashing Your Greatness” series. I do hope you’ve made the best of last week in using the 3 questions to help guide you through the next few weeks. If you’ve missed week 1, click here

Today, we are focusing on The Power of Your Story! Many times we hide behind our past, instead of sharing our triumphs.  Well, I’m here to tell you that your story has power, and may be the very thing God uses to propel you into your purpose! So I’ll be the first partaker, and share a bit more about my life.  It’s time to LEVEL UP and speak boldly about the amazing work God has done in our lives, and how we have overcome.  It’s time to UNLEASH the greatness within!  Enjoy and be Encouraged!

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A Lesson on Being Intentional| #Getyourlife

Have you ever heard something that completely shifted your thinking?

That’s been me over the past few weeks.  I’ve been listening to some powerful speeches and podcasts (Thank you Les Brown), and as a result I’ve come to realize that I’ve been pretty passive in certain areas of my life.

I’ve talked a great talk, and have done many amazing things of which I am proud! And if you know me, then you know I celebrate every chance that I get! However, what have I been doing to keep that momentum going? 

I had to do a self evaluation.

Throughout my career, I’ve been the ideal candidate. I’ve been recruited multiple times in person, after unknowingly speaking with hiring managers. My work ethic, coupled with my poise and passion to see others succeed, paved the way for my success. As a natural born leader, my professionalism and out-going/winsome personality, made me the talk of the company. My employees loved me, and my colleagues enjoyed working with me. When an opportunity presented itself in the work place, I was called upon to rise to the occasion. Whether it was to host a training session, or take on a new position with greater responsibility… these opportunities sought me out with a vengeance. Yes, I worked in excellence, but “climbing the ladder” sort of just happened. I didn’t intentionally seek it out. 

This was my norm.

Until my employer, downsized. My position was cut, along with a significant portion of my salary. (Yes, they touched my bag).  I knew it was time to build my own, but  I found myself waiting, passively, for that next opportunity to present itself.  Waiting to speak to, or be seen by, the right person. I was waiting for opportunities, instead of intentionally seeking and creating my own. I was in this place of passively waiting for over 2 years, but today I say “no more”! It’s time to get intentional! (Yaaaaassssss!!)

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not disputing the favor that is on my life. Nor am I discrediting my dedication to working in excellence. However, as I strive to build my own empire (get ready), I am realizing that I need to shift my thinking. Yes, I know I will meet powerful people who will contribute to my success. However, that passive way of just allowing things to happen in my career… in my life… can no long be my norm. I must INTENTIONALLY SEEK and CREATE opportunities with a vengeance. I must INTENTIONALLY speak truth over my life! I must INTENTIONALLY look to learn from those who are moguls in my industry. I must INTENTIONALLY live out EVERY bit of the calling God has for my life! Y’all I could go on and on, but the point is…

my living,

my doing,

my being,

must be INTENTIONAL, every single day!

So be encouraged! Maybe you’re like me. You’ve experienced great success, passively going through life, and you finally realize that won’t get you to the finish line. Perhaps, it’s been the exact opposite. You’ve been in a rut, passively waiting for your life to change, and you’ve been awakened to the calling in your life,  and you know it’s time to step out. No matter your history, you can change your future! It’s time to make that move. It’s time to take that step. It’s time to get INTENTIONAL with your living… and do all that you’ve been called to do!

-Reese

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