Finding Time is My Biggest Challenge as an Entrepreneur and a Mom

February 26, 2015
finding time

I said it! In a coaching session this week, I mentioned the need for business owners to integrate in their stories a failure, an element that shows their vulnerability as a human being. I decided to admit my biggest challenge.

There are days and even weeks where I get things under control. I feel that I conquered the whole work life balance thing. Then, something happens, something that disrupts the fragile equilibrium. The feeling of stress returns to haunt me. Despite the fact that I’m not the first women entrepreneur who feels like that, it makes me feel like a failure. I’m fully aware that juggling life and work is a balancing act for any entrepreneur.

Maybe the solution is that I stopped wanting to feel under control. This is why I put attention to what goes into my agenda. This is why I try new rituals. This is why I wish I could get more from my work day. This is why I get mad at me for letting the stress I feel ruined a night or spoiled what could have been a fun or a more productive time. This is also why I work most of the day sitting on a comfy sofa instead of being at my desk. I want to free my mind. My sunny office layout definitely makes me more creative. I get inspired by the calm and welcome environment I created in my office office. This is a part of the solution that works during the day.

Since I need more encouragements, I started reading the Balance Project interviews by Susie Schnall. It goes deeper than simply feeling good because I know that I’m not alone. I get to read about other women’s perspectives on the topic. I promise to tell you if I get my aha moment.

What’s your support system? What steps do you currently take to overcome your biggest challenge at work or at home?

It’s a question of trust

February 14, 2015
over a coffee

As I followed what’s happening with the measles outbreak, two things that matter for business owners came to my mind. What I want to discuss here is the need to establish trust and the power of beliefs, fears and anecdotes. The need for trust and the power of a compelling story is essential whether you want people to be a part of a cause or to convince customers to do or continue to do business with you.

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A Simple Tip to Leverage Your Interview

February 11, 2015
taking notes

A new habit that I took over the last months is to listen to work-related podcasts. It’s a better use of my time than listening to the same tunes on the radio. This morning, I listened to the 4th episode of the marketing podcast from my friend Lara McCulloch. Lara interviewed Marsha Shandur of Yes, Yes Marsha.

Marsha is a networker. She did something that anyone who is interviewed should do. Marsha created a landing page specially for Lara’s listeners and announced it at the interview.   Continue Reading…

Life, Work and Happiness

January 7, 2015
my family first :: work life balance

These three words summarize what 2014 brought me. I recalled how I felt at the same time last year. At that time, owning and living in a house that would be perfect for our family was only a dream. Then, we found a house perfect for us.

We became home owners in spring. Then, we renovated our home over the summer to fit our taste and our needs. Although I co-founded Sproutive last year, I devoted more time on the life side of the work-life equation. The process brought nice surprises. It’s funny how everything fits together sometimes when we work together towards a common goal.
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Our homes are getting smarter but there is still a long way to go

October 22, 2014
nest thermostat

When we bought a house this summer, making our house smarter was on our agenda. The idea is to ease our life by controlling many devices from anywhere in the world with our iPhone. Since I know that many advancements will happen in the next few years, I don’t want old technology in my home. Unfortunately, it meant that I had to delay the addition of some convenient features.

The Good

The first tech thing that we installed was the Nest learning thermostat. We love the ability to control the heating and our A/C with our iPhone, even when we are not at home. Continue Reading…

Raplapla’s doll hospital is a life saver

September 28, 2014
raplapla doll repair service

Every toddler child has one doll that he can’t sleep without at night. I always admired the modern rag dolls designed by Erica Perrot of Raplapla. The fact that I can put it in the washing machine was a bonus. The decision was a no brainer when it came to buy Zack his first doll, it had to be Mr. Tsé Tsé. As I called her about making repairs toTsé Tsé, Erica proved again that she understands and cares for the needs of her customers, i.e., the kids.

It took Zack a while but eventually he adopted Tsé Tsé. We never called him Mister; it’s too formal. Zack loves Tsé Tsé so much that a year and a half later I bought a second one in case we lose the original. We couldn’t fool him. So, we called the second one Yéyé. Now Zack falls asleep with both of them.

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I’m not fashionable today, but it’s OK

September 22, 2014
my unfashionable look

This morning my 3 years old made me laugh when he commented on the plaided shirt I wear today. Since I’m working all day alone at my home office, I opted for clothes that weren’t trendy. I picked a shirt that I rarely wear from my closet. As a matter of fact, I don’t even know why I bought this shirt. The color palette and the pattern aren’t my style. My guess is that it’s one of these online purchases that I made while I bought clothes for my son at Gap. I blamed it on a late night purchase impulse.

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