Extravaganza Guest Blogger:: Holly Reisem Hanna

10 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Mompreneur & Blogger
By Holly Reisem Hanna

I have been working at home for two years, and blogging for one, and during this time I have learned a ton of valuable lessons and insight as a mompreneur.

I always enjoy it when others share their wisdom with me, so here are my 10 lessons that I have learned as a mompreneur.

Don’t Be Obsessed with the Numbers. As a blogger and mompreneur I am constantly checking and monitoring my numbers; how many Twitter followers do I have? How many Facebook Fans do I have? How many page views did I receive today?!? It can really drive you nuts and create a ton of self doubt, especially if your stats start to go down. Let it go, focus on creating quality content and cultivating relationships, when you do something that you love the rest will fall into place.

Watch Who Your Friends With. In the past I worked at establishment where the majority of the employees were unhappy and disgruntled, needless to say this negativity rubbed off on me. Hang around positive and inspiring people, the energy that they emit is infectious and when you hang around the right people you will find yourself feeling motivated and empowered. Can’t leave your current job? Try joining a business group, women’s self renewal group or attending a blogging conference, this will give you the boost and energy that you need to stay upbeat through the difficult and trying times.

Keep Learning. In her book, The Chic Entrepreneur, Elizabeth Gordon suggests reading a new business book every month. When I first had my daughter I thought I was too busy to read a new book every month, but when I took her advice, I found that you can find the time – you just need to make it. Cut out a little TV watching, read while you’re waiting for appointments. I like to take my books in the car so that I can read while my husband is driving. Learning exercises your brain and helps get those creative juices flowing.

Enjoy the Simple Things in Life. Remember to cherish the simple things in life; a great way to do this is to keep a notebook and write down the small occurrences that make you smile. One of those times for me, was when I went to the Texas Conference for Women and was talking to a woman who I had never met before. When she asked me what I did, she said, “I know The Work at Home Woman – I love that site”, it made me feel like a million dollars. It’s the little moments like this that enrich our lives and make us feel special, remember them by writing them down.

Go Outdoors Everyday. Being a work at home mom, there are days that I just feel trapped and isolated. When I start feeling this way I know it’s time to get outdoors. Whether it’s sipping some coffee on my deck, playing in the sandbox with my daughter, or going for walk being out in the fresh air always makes me feel refreshed and renewed.

Love. Do what you love and surround yourself with the people that you love. Life is way too short to spend 40 hours a week in job that you hate, or around people that make your skin crawl.

Take Care of Yourself. Good health, you don’t appreciate it until it’s gone. I know this because this past fall myself, my mom and my sister all went through some health issues and let me tell you, if you don’t have your health the world turns upside down. Take care of your health, eat right, exercise, schedule regular check ups and be kind to your body. You only have one life, why not make the best you possibly can.

Get Rid of the Guilt. Guilt is a terrible feeling and it is totally useless. Moms feel it because they work outside the home, they feel it because they stay at home, and other women feel it because they decide not to have children, it is a vicious cycle, let it go. Live your life knowing that you’re doing what’s right for you and because of the choices you’ve made you’re the best possible person you can be!

Vocalize Your Appreciation. Let the special people if your life know how much you appreciate them, it will make their day.

Everything in Moderation. Extremes in any direction are not a good thing, live your life in moderation.

Holly Reisem Hanna is the Founder & Publisher of The Work at Home Woman, an online business resource for women and moms who wish to work from home or become self-employed. For more information, please see: http://www.theworkathomewoman.com/ Are you looking to reach intelligent & sophisticated women and moms? Check out our advertising solutions: http://www.theworkathomewoman.com/advertising/


Ros said...

Your lessons are as authentic as you are Holly. They truly hit home, I think, for most work at home moms. Thank you for your generosity and integrity in helping other moms get through their challenges.

Holly - The Work at Home Woman said...

Thank you Ros for your kind words! I'm glad that you found it useful :-)