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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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Top 5 Online Summer Finds That Won’t Break the Bank| Style Edition

Hey ladies!

If you’re following me on any social media platform, then you know that I am a proud new mommy! #Blessed is an understatement (stay tuned for more to come on that).

I’ve been somewhat living under a rock for the past few weeks catering a new beautiful  little human <3, and came up for air just in time to see that Amazon Prime Days are here!

As many of you know I am an avid online shopper, so I thought what better time to share some of my fave prime purchases for the summer, complete with how I wore them and links so you can add to your summer wardrobe!! Enjoy and #OwnYourSlay! Yaaasssss!!!

Top 5 fave Prime Summer Purchases (That won’t break the bank)!

img_6042Women Sleeveless Bandage Wrap Tie up Crop Top

Dare to show a little skin this summer! As you can see this top can be worn in many different ways. From casual with a pair of hi-waist jeans,  to perfectly paired with a midi skirt for a chic dinner date! (I actually wore the navy to a business meeting and it was a hit!)

 

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My all time fave cover up! It was a bit tricky to figure out how to tie all the straps, but once I figured it out, you couldn’t tell me nothing! No description needed! Get you one!

 

img_1069Women Bohemian Cover Up

Another vacation gem! You seriously cannot go wrong with this vibrant duster style cover up. Pair it with any swim suit… or with a tank and distressed denim! Love it!

 

img_6043Women Basic Sleeveless Crop Top

I love love love crop tops! 2 reasons. One, I do love to show a little belly skin with a hi-waist skirt or trousers, but I also love that it can be tucked with minimum bulk. Have you ever worn one of those long tank tops and your annoyed with all the bulk it creates when you tuck it! This is the solution!

Ohhh, and I CANNOT neglect to mention @sewsophisticatedpoet , the designer of my fabulous Ankara Skirt Be sure to connect with and check out her sophisticated designs on Instagram! 

 

img_6049Women Off the Shoulder Casual Blouse

This top was a total shocker. When I saw it online the review were a bit mixed. I took a risk and to my surprise it was the PERFECT fit! I loved it so much that I purchased in two colors… which were pleasantly vibrant! Super easy to wear and pair!

Wait, THERE IS MORE!

Some of you may struggle with online shopping and may be thinking, “Reese, I love these looks… but how can I find my OWN top 5”?

Don’t you worry.. I’ve got you, boo!

Stay tuned for my tips and tricks on how to master online shopping!

Be sure to subscribe and join my mailing list,  so you don’t miss out on my special announcement!

Reese

**Affiliate links used!

 

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🎥 Video| #SnatchedforHisGlory

I want God to be able to use me!

I WANT to LIVE and LOOK like HIS “royal priesthood”! It’s just that serious to me! You CAN serve the Master and look absolutely fabulous while doing it! 

#snatchedforHisglory

I want to hear from  you! Connect with me on Social Media, Facebook, IG, Twitter and let me know what #SnatchedforHisGlory means and looks like for you! Be sure to use the hashtag for a chance to be featured! xoxo

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🎥 Video | My “Fierce 5” Reflection; Let Him Go

Hey ladies! Happy “Fierce 5”💍 follow up Friday ! I can’t get enough! This week Angela Somers came with it🔥! Did you catch all that wisdom she dropped? Yaaasssss!!! My Marriage Mentor always comes to pour into the lives of others! Well, you know I had to come back to share my thoughts, and reflections on this week’s post🎥. So much to say, not enough time to say it all! lol! Enjoy, SHARE and BE ENCOURAGED! 

-Reese

Check out Angie’s Post Here!

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3 Surefire Ways to Handle the Unsolicited Opinions of Others

 As a newlywed, a lot of people have an opinion about what my husband and I “should/shouldn’t do”, especially with regards to our first married year/holidays together. Nothing malicious at all, just opinions that caused a great deal of pressure. I got caught up at first.  Then it dawned on me; this is our life and we will live it as we please!  Some of you may have experience this same pressure.  You may have certain goals and aspirations in mind, and you’re trying to handle all the uninvited opinions that other have for your life. So I’ve decided to share what I’ve learned to do, and I hope it helps you as well:

1. Hold your peace: Peace of mind is more important than the best of clap-backs!  Some opinions aren’t even worth entertaining,  especially when they come without provocation. It’s one thing to go to a trusted source, and ask them to dissect your life. When that’s the case, then I expect them to let me have it. Dig deep and help me get my life in order.  However, if I didn’t ask and it is not worth a response, I simply don’t entertain it. Especially when I know they don’t have my best interest in mind.

2. Use your words:  If you feel the need to respond, put your words to good use and create a standard response. Here are two of my favorites: “It’s unfortunate that your feelings differ from how I plan to live my life”, and  “No, I don’t plan to do it that way, but I appreciate your concern”.  Feel free to use at will, and proceed to exit stage left.

3. Don’t tell everything you know: This is probably one of the most important lessons I’ve learned! Keep your personal life, marriage,  goals and aspirations under lock and key. Yes, we all need accountability, but take a break from posting and sharing every detail of your life and hustle. Hustle in private, enlist the help of an accountability partner/mentor,  and let the results of your labor do all of the bragging. The less you share, the less access people have to your life.   If people don’t know what you’re up to, then they won’t have an opportunity to  create an opinion.

 

This is your time. This is your year! Make it count!

-Reese