Is entrepreneurship for me?

#transparentMOMENT

So I get asked this question all the time “How do you do all that you do as an entrepreneur”. ..my response ” I don’t know” 💯

There have been many times where I wake up and I’m like I can’t do this anymore, it’s #tewmuch Too many late nights and super early mornings , more time away from my family then I would like to be, dealing with clients who don’t appreciate the value I provide, dealing with potential clients who just want me to do the work for free, connecting with colleagues who would rather walk over me then to try to collaborate with me. Even through all of this I still continue to push myself every day so that I can grow and provide for my family. I love being in a position to create and design for my clients, but I realized a long time ago that my role as an entrepreneur, AS A PERSON is so much greater than me.

#thelightinthestorm

My blessing is being a blessing to others. Stay tuned..this is just the beginning!! #mompreneur#brandingstrategist #facilitator #mentor

What storms have you gone through as an entrepreneur?

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Mamas NIGHT OUT (recap)

In 2014 I launched Mentoring Mamas™, a peer to peer mentoring program for mompreneurs. My goal was to create a platform where women could come together while encouraging and empowering one another in their professional and personal lives. I also wanted a space that was kid-friendly for those who needed to bring their kids with them. This is huge because many times, especially as new moms, we don’t feel comfortable going certain places with the kids when others around us don’t have kids. And let’s face it, even if you are married or have help, the kids are still with YOU 90% of the time!

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Today Mentoring Mamas™ has a closed Facebook page of over 100 mompreneurs!  90% of our group is local to Jacksonville, FL and the other 10 % is located all over the world. We have monthly face-to-face meetings as well as virtual meetings. But I wanted to do something special for the mamas on the weekend and without the kids. The event was open to the public and we promoted it with Angela Spears on Jax Engage, on WGCL 1360 AM, a local radio station in Jacksonville.
Click here to listen to the entire interview.
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So I planned a mamas NIGHT OUT!! I wanted to have an event that was motivational, inspirational  but also FUN. I invited J Diannne Tribble, a longtime friend  and colleague as our guest speaker. Instead of having her speak in a lecture style, I decided to do an interview style (like Oprah does with her guests..yes I  was Oprah for the night, lol). It allowed the attendees to hear both of our stories and how J Dianne reached the stage she is in now with  a thriving business, loving husband and 3 successful children. In addition to being a life coach she is also an author of 3 books. Click here to connect with J Dianne.
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Fun Fact: The day we interviewed with Angela, our special guest J Dianne Tribble also interviewed with her right before us (not planned). Look how God worked things out perfectly!!

3 Key Takeaways:

  • Be intentional about creating authentic relationships
  • Be confident in yourself because you believe it, NOT what someone tells you
  • There is someone out there who needs your service or product

The food for the evening was sponsored by our friends at  Publix!! “Where shopping is a pleasure”

We also had 3 fabulous vendors who shared with the attendees their products and services:

If you are looking for a space to hold an intimate event please contact JaLynne at No Lye Style Beauty and Boutique and book your space TODAY!! In addition to the event space she sells natural hair care products, apparel and accessories. If you are a local vendor I would encourage you to reach out to her as well, she has opportunities for local vendors to sell their products in the boutique.
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This was one of those few times where you have a vision and it ALL comes together like you imagined. We had an amazing time! Look for more events in 2016.

Check out what our attendees had to say!
– It was a great event!
– Yes I met a lot of beautiful people.
– Thank you for inviting us, we had a nice time. When is your next event?
– I really had a great time! Thank you. Can I join Mentoring Mamas™?
– Thanks for inviting me Felicia I truly enjoyed myself!
– Thank you for the invite I had a great time and also learned a lot.
– I am truly empowered! Thank you Felicia.
– It was a great night. Thank you Felicia for creating an amazing program.
– Left feeling inspired and with so many ideas! Thanks!
– What a wonderful evening Felicia ! I’m so grateful for the years of authentic friendship and professional collaboration.
– Felicia thank you for allowing me to be a part of your vision. Mentoring Mamas is headed somewhere great! J Dianne Tribble when you speak the people listen! You were the perfect choice for the guest speaker. Enjoyed every Mama that was in attendance! Can’t wait to do it again!

Click here to learn more about the Mentoring Mamas™ program and connect with other mompreneurs in the Jacksonville community.

Felicia

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Why I’m NOT a salesperson!

Have you ever said to yourself… “I love being an entrepreneur and helping people, but when it comes to sales it’s just not my thing..I’m not a salesperson?”  I can relate I’ve been there on more than one occasion.

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As an entrepreneur many times we are the ONE and ONLY person in our business so we tend to wear many hats. I work with mompreneurs, many of whom have home-based businesses, the overall challenge for most of them is trying to find harmony between raising their family and growing a successful business. Don’t get me wrong I love what I do, but without bringing in a profit my business won’t survive.

An Aha moment for me was in changing my mindset about money. I had to first realize that even though I kept my personal and business expenses separate, if I adopted the right mind set I would be able to excel in both. In the United States there are approximately 75 million mothers, 85 percent of whom influence their household purchases. According to the Marketing to Moms Coalition, that’s about $2.1 trillion per year in spending. YES! moms  and women have a HUGE influence on what purchases are made for the household, even if they are not the main bread winners.

It wasn’t that I didn’t have the money to do things….it was that I wasn’t properly managing the money I did have. I made a conscious effort to change how I saw money which directly effected my personal spending habits. These are a few of the changes I made:

  1. I stopped buying “unnecessary” things for my daughter (She doesn’t need a bunch of toys or an excess of clothes)
  2. I ate at home more and less eating out (This is a big one)
  3. I stopped buying little things at the Dollar store or things just because they are on sale

**Note these are my “weaknesses”… you decide what areas you need to change**

Once I was able to be more focused and conscious of my spending habits, I realized I had “extra money” to put towards my business; buying business cards, setting a website, hiring a coach, etc.
And the #1 RESULT:

  1. I was able to choose WISELY who I worked with!  I didn’t just say yes to everyone that wanted to work with me and I was able to secure QUALITY clients versus just right now clients because I needed the money, whatever the amount was.  (All money ain’t good money…yes I said ain’t (lol) This is HUGE!! Which ultimately made me a BETTER salesperson! I was more confident in my approach and process and it helped me attract the RIGHT clients.

If you get a chance I encourage you to read the Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy. It was one of the books selected by mompreneur and antique owner, Deidra Simon, for our Mentoring Mamas Book Club. #jointheride

***Check out our periscope on Why I am NOT a salesperson***

Don’t just make an empty New Year’s Resolution(s), make a lifestyle change!

Felicia

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The day my 3 year SHUT DOWN a theme park!

If you live in Florida, one of the first BIG adventures you want to accomplish with your kids is take them to Disney World or one of the other major theme parks in Orlando. As a mom of a now three year old little girl, I contemplated when this adventure would take place….what age should we take her? Is three too young to go? Will she remember it?

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With my husband’s hectic schedule this year, we decided to take a mini vacation at the end of September. Vacationing in the fall and during the week meant there would be smaller crowds, because school was back in session, and cooler weather, which made walking around and standing in line more bearable.

Planning before you go.
Before we decided which park we would take our 3 year old to, I did some extensive research. Yes, I admit that I may have an A type personality (lol). First, I asked other moms who I know have taken their toddlers to theme parks what their experiences were like. Second, I looked at which parks had age and height requirements. Most parks don’t necessarily go by the child’s age for safety requirements on the rides, but rather by the child’s height. Third, as a military spouse, I had my husband check the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office on base to see if their tickets were cheaper than online or the Florida resident discounts.

Where did we decide  to go….drumroll pleaseLegoland Florida !!! Located about 45 minutes southwest of Orlando! Our 3 year old was tall enough to ride on about 90% of their rides as long as she was accompanied by an adult. Just make sure you look at the ride first before getting on. There were a few roller coasters with deep dips and turns, so we decided to pass on them, even though she met the height requirements.

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On the military base, the ticket prices start at about $52 per adult. However, by purchasing ours on base we saved almost 50% off. Bonus: Military veterans get in FREE with valid ID! NOTE: Parking starts at $17. Before you go make sure you check the open dates for the water park (an additional fee)…it apparently has different hours from the rest of the park. Although the Waterpark was not open during our visit, the rest of the park had a few water rides.

What should you bring?
Moms of little ones know you have to pack “everything, but the kitchen sink”, when traveling. Even though 3 year olds aren’t babies anymore, they still need many of the basics. Especially items like water and snacks; these items can be very expensive inside the park. And if you have more kids….mo kids, mo money! I also suggest bringing cash for a frozen treat or souvenir. Below is a list of things we brought with us:

  1. Small backpack
  2. Water
  3. Non-perishable snacks
  4. Change of clothes
  5. Baby wipes
  6. Hand sanitizer
  7. Sunscreen
  8. Cool clothes/comfortable shoes
  9. Clorox wipes
  10. Cash

I would rate our overall experience at Legoland Florida a 4-star. We arrived at the park around 1pm after lunch at Zaxby’s and left right at 5pm (Yes! We shut the park down!). Did I mention our 3 year had an EPIC melt-down because she didn’t want to get off of the Safari ride…did I mention it was an EPIC meltdown?! Who else is going through the toddler stage? Ya’ll know the struggle is real!! Unfortunately, no matter how much you plan, there’s always the unexpected. (This is the reason for 4-stars)

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(This Ford SUV is made out of ALL legos…created from more than 380,000 LEGO bricks!)

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We were able to walk to entire park, ride about 6 rides, see a show in Heart Lake City, play a few basketball games (my husband won our daughter a stuffed Minion), tour the AMAZING city displays – all made of Legos and have a yummy frozen treat.

All in all, I have to say it was a Good Day! (In my Ice Cube voice)

andrea and SW legoland

 

 

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MUMpreneur vs MOMpreneur…Is there a difference?

If you’ve reached this page, thank you for joining us for another episode of HERstory, a radio segment featuring women entrepreneurs. With host Felicia Wright, mompreneur of Mygani and creator of Mentoring Mamas.

I had the pleasure of interviewing another fellow mompreneur, Anne Bona, owner of the MumpreneursCoach. Click below to hear our in-depth conversation about life, business and everything else in between. Different countries. Similar experiences.

Anne Bona. HERstory {Mentoring Mamas}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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