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About Me | A to Z Challenge

Blogging has been something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. I don’t get a chance to get my thoughts out very often so I thought this would be a great way to say what I’m feeling for any one who cares. So I decided to do a blogging challenge. For the month of April I will blog about a topic from A to Z. I am a mom running a direct sales business so things will revolve around business and kids.

In true TinkeringKate form, here I am at 10:40pm trying to type up my first post for the month. Here we go…

I am a wife, mother of 2 children ages 5 and 2, IP paralegal AND I attempt to run not one, but TWO direct sales businesses. People wonder how I do it all. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I Don’t! There is always something that is NOT getting done. Most things are done last minute as evidenced by my last-stitch effort to post this before midnight. Week days are spent ushering the kids off to school in the morning and trying to guess how late I will be for work. I had everything timed perfectly. I even had my son’s bus stop moved so it was more convenient, then they changed the trolley schedule. So I have decided that I will NEVER get to work on time. My employers seem okay with this. I’ve been there almost 15 years. They know I’m good for it.

The evening is even more fun. It is a whirlwind of trolley troubles, what’s for dinner, who’s going to eat said dinner, homework, bath and bed. Let’s get real though. My kids are lucky to get a bath twice a week. We wouldn’t want their skin to get dried out. 😉

So why on Earth why would I join 2 direct sales businesses when I barely have time as it is. This is why…

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I never wanted to be a working mom. There I said it. I want to be the mom greeting her kids at the bus stop in yoga pants, not running through the terminal to catch the train so I can make the 6pm pick up time. I started my first business to make a little extra money to help towards bills because let’s face it, after daycare I don’t have much left over anyway. Another company came along and I decided to give it a shot. It was newer, but completely different from my first. Well I found I was making more money with the second biz so that took over really.

Fast forward 3 years and I am still working full time and still working my businesses. Well, maybe just the one business. I teeter on going inactive with the first, but I just don’t want to give it up. Something always pulls me back in. In those three years, my son has started school and received an ADHD/ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis. So now I’m not just a mom, but a special needs mom. That just adds a crap load of challenges and responsibilities that we didn’t have before.  My kids, particularly my son, need me now more than ever so it is time I get myself together.

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I love this quote. Even more so because it’s used in the new movie Moana. 🙂 I see the mistakes I’ve made in the past and I need to learn from them if I am going to move forward.

Keep in touch to see how I do. If you’re a busy mom (or non-mom), come join my FREE Facebook group to share ideas to help you with your busy life.

Bee Happy!

 

 

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How to be more productive

So I just did something that I knew I was going to do for a couple weeks now, but actually doing it brought on more emotions than I expected. I almost want to cry, but I know it is for the best. I removed myself from the wait list of a brand new company. A BRAND NEW company with no representatives anywhere! Think of all the potential! Just imagine being one of the first Mary Kay or Avon reps. At least that’s what I told myself when I signed up for the pre-enrollment.

Let’s get real. Nothing is easy. Nothing sells itself. Don’t let anyone fool you. You still have to put yourself out there and advertise yourself and your products. All that takes time and that is a commodity I am running low on. I already have a direct sales business, no make that 2 direct sales businesses. I have invested 3 years into each of these businesses and I am fairly successful. If I worked the business like a full time job, I know I could be much more successful. However, my real full time job, 2 kids (one of which has special needs), house and hubby (because I kind of need to spend time with him too) take up pretty much all of my time. I have yet to find the magic formula to make it all work. If only I didn’t need sleep. :-/

For the sake of my sanity, I cut my to do list. We tend to feel like we need to do it all. In the process we can spread ourselves too thin. The “village” mentality is fading fast and the “Super WoMOM” is taking over. Asking for help or taking a step back is NOT a sign of weakness. It is a sign that you are in tune with yourself and you know your limitations.

So my best advice for being productive is to CUT YOUR TO DO LIST. Focus on what really matters. Can mundane tasks be outsourced to a high school student or someone looking to make a little extra money. I often have my kids help label catalogs. Are they perfect? No, but it’s done and it’s something we did together. It can also be a great conversation starter with someone. 🙂

Find one thing you love to do and focus all your effort there. Stop chasing the next big thing. Best of luck with that. I’m still working on finding my ONE great thing, but I think I’m getting closer. 🙂

Are you a busy bee who needs help getting it all done? Come join my FREE community on Facebook to get help from others in your shoes, Kate’s Busy Bees.


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Believe in 2017

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Let’s face it 2016 kinda sucked for a lot of people. One of the oldest New Year’s traditions is to make resolutions. Resolutions are a firm decision to do or not to do something. It’s so definite. Many people see it as an all or nothing approach so if they slip on their resolution they give it up completely.

You may have noticed a shift away from this trend. Many people, especially business owners, choose a word to help guide them and motivate them throughout the year. There’s no strict adherence to some behavior. Just a thought to help you be your best self through the year.

In the beginning of 2016 I vowed to make it the year of me. Now that might sound a little narcissistic, but after two kids and working full-time I really lost myself. I vowed to start taking better care of myself and making time for things that I enjoyed doing, including my home business.

Well….that didn’t go as planned. It started off great with a trip to Las Vegas for a leadership conference. Then I had a procedure on my knee which lead to full-blown knee surgery in March. Before I even finished my PT from the knee surgery I hurt my back in May. Laying in bed in pain was not how I planned Memorial Day weekend. Then, just for fun, I broke my toe in June. My brother was diagnosed with brain cancer and then my daughter developed a weird inflammation of her blood vessels right before my trip to convention. Lastly, my son’s ADHD and Autism diagnosis. I tried to keep up with things the best I could, but my business just didn’t get the attention it needed.

It wasn’t all bad. I was still able to keep up some pretty good sales and welcomed 6 new team members.  Overall though, I just felt like everything I did didn’t work out right. I had many events and parties that flopped. That lead to a lot of disagreements with my husband who thought it would be better that I be home instead of “wasting” my time. He doesn’t get the whole planting seeds analogy, lol.

All of this left me with such self-doubt. I still haven’t completely got it out of my head. So for 2017 I chose the word Believe to remind myself to believe in myself as a mother, wife and business owner.

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I think it’s fitting that we had 2 “Believe” products this holiday. Maybe it was a sign pointing me in the right direction. 🙂

 

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