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Boost Your Productivity!


We all want to be more productive, but despite our best intentions, we often end up wasting valuable time. Many people fall into the trap of focusing too much on how hard they are working, rather than what they are actually accomplishing.  The trick is not necessarily to work harder, but to work smarter.  Here are some easy ways to harness your energy and be as productive as possible:

1.  Identify what you really want.  Be clear about what you really want.  It could be your business or a project or your intention for the day, but be able to articulate it clearly, succinctly and in plain language.  Use a “vision” to guide and inspire you to play a bigger game.  You can have different visions for different parts of your life. Get a successful colleague, mentor or coach to be your sounding board and to sharpen your focus.  When you are clear on what you really want, the next steps will become much more obvious and you’ll have the start of your game plan.

2. Have a “Can Do” attitude.  Your mindset and attitude are great predictors of success.  Everyone talks to themselves, (what a relief to find that out!) so why not tell yourself positive things.  Use your “self-talk” to train yourself to be your own number one fan.  When a gremlin of doubt or fear pops up, squash it with one of your cheers.  You go girl!

3.  Focus, focus, focus!  You can have time and energy, but if you have a lack of focus then you are easily subject to distractions.  Separate what you need to get done into two categories. The first category is the heavy-lifting thinking activities that require high energy, high degree of focus and dedicated time without interruptions. Items in this category include putting together your vision, game plan and presentation.  The second category is for smaller and easier tasks that can be done when you might have lower energy and less focus.  This would include items such as returning phone calls and sending short emails.  Become aware of your energy levels and create an environment that allows you to focus on what you want to get done.

4. Be passionate and proud.  If you are passionate about what you do and love doing it, you will find your day easier and a lot more fun.  One added plus is that you will be better at it.  Do more things that you love and fewer things you don’t.  Try ditching or delegating the items that you don’t love and watch your productivity skyrocket. If you are proud of what you do and really believe in the service or product that you deliver, then you will be more bold and compelled to share your message and excitement with the world.

5.  Build an inspirational environment.  Determine what motivates and inspires you.  Do you need a deadline?  Do you need some accountability from a friend or colleague?  Do you need a connection to a “mastermind” group or a one-on-one coach?  Do you need to have a beautiful clutter-free space to work with an inspiring picture on the wall that makes you be, act, and do better?  Surround yourself with inspiring people and things you love and you too will inspired to deliver your best.

6.  Know when good enough is good enough.  If you suffer from “perfection-itis”, then you may want to consider reducing your standards to get more accomplished.  Trust yourself and be confident in what you know.  Instead of long detailed presentations, articles and emails, try precise and concise messages delivered in plain, simple language.  Sometimes “good enough” affords you time to deal with other opportunities.

7.  Embrace your fear. Fear has a place in the world.  It keeps us safe from potential harm.  However, fear can be self-limiting.  Be aware of your fears and use this knowledge to fuel you to stop procrastinating.  Do the things that you are trying to avoid and you might make progress faster.

8. Be decisive. The volume and speed of available information has dramatically increased over the past ten years and without having an incoming decision filter, it is easy to get quickly overloaded. This is the time to hone your decision making skills with everything that you touch.  Start listening to and using your intuition- test things out by using your senses and your heart instead of just your head.  Try making decisions in a blink of an eye and see how that stacks up to a longer research-intensive decision.  Break down big decisions into small mini-decisions so you can act. learn, and alter your path.  Does your decision move you towards or away from your vision?

9. Flex your muscles.  Flex your muscles and get fit and active.  As your body gets stronger you will feel more in control, calmer and more confident.  You will also boost your endorphins (who needs coffee?) to give you more energy and focus.

Never forget that your time is your most important asset and the way that you spend your time will determine the level of success that you experience with your business. You may not need to make big changes in the way that you work; sometimes even a small change in your habits can lead to extraordinary accomplishments.  Consider the words of Paul Meyer, “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”

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Imagine How Your Small Business Could Grow with $100,000*

Are you ready for your chance to win $100,000 to help your business blossom?

TELUS and The Globe and Mail have launched  the 5th annual Small Business Challenge, a contest designed to help small business owners overcome their biggest business challenges with a $100,000 grant and additional prizes from TELUS.


Take a moment to hear from the previous four winners of this contest and how they were able to transform their businesses.  Last year’s winner was Vancouver Island Salt Co. This year, it could be you.


Find out how this year’s contest is even better than ever, with $150,000 worth of prizing – more money, more prizes, and more ways to win. Plus, your business can be profiled in The Globe and Mail so it can get the attention it deserves.


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Enter before June 1st and your small business could be the best of the bunch.

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Erica Eugenio – Eugenio Counselling

Erica Eugenio is an Elite Mompreneur member based out of Guelph, Ontario. As the owner of Eugenio Counselling Services, she is dedicated to helping clients be empowered to improve their emotional well being, enhancing their ability to manage interpersonal relationships, and becoming the best that they can be. We are excited to share Erica’s Success Story!

mompreneur Erica Eugenio of Eugenio Counselling Services in Guelph Ontario

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Having my first son inspired me to become an entrepreneur. I wanted the best of both worlds, to be able to stay at home with my son and be able to work. Having a private practice was something I knew I would eventually do, but the time wasn’t right until my son was born.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
I love that I can run my business how I want. I’m not tied to organizational policies and procedures. The very best part is having the flexibility to go on field trips, go to swim classes, and be at home when the boys are sick. Who better to take care them when they aren’t feeling well! Continue reading Erica Eugenio – Eugenio Counselling

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Survey findings show many Mompreneurs do not have an advisor, yet need one*

was a leading sponsor at the 2015 National Mompreneurs® Conference. Representatives from across the company shared the many ways Manulife supports small businesses in Canada – directing Mompreneurs to information and resources available on

Manulife also hosted a “relaxation lounge” where Mompreneurs were treated to a free manicure or pedicure. Conference goers learned that Manulife isn’t just a global insurance company – it supports small businesses with valuable financial and wellness solutions tailored to the needs of smaller organizations. While at the relaxation lounge, members completed a short survey that helped identify their financial needs and priorities.

* When asked, “For advice, do you use a trusted professional advisor, personal contact, or ‘go with your gut’ to make important decisions”, 41 per cent of attendees indicated they are not using an advisor.

* When asked, “What are one or two areas in your business life that you wish you could improve?”, attendees cited

> Finding new customers or markets (25%),

> Managing expenses (23%),

> Work/life balance (22%), and

> Business planning (19%) as their top priorities.

These findings show that while many women in business do not currently work with an advisor, they are facing a number of issues that could be addressed with an advisor’s support. Manulife thanks all who attended and visited the relaxation lounge during the 2015 Mompreneur Awards Conference – we look forward to helping you grow your network and support your businesses!**

To learn more about the ways a professional financial advisor and Manulife can help your business, take a look at the one-stop resource for smart business owners:


*Many attendees completed a short informal survey that helped identify their financial needs and were provided an opt-in for follow-up.

** Manulife’s sponsorship of the Mompreneurs organization will continue throughout 2015.



Un sondage montre que de nombreuses femmes d’affaires n’ont pas de conseiller et gagneraient à en avoir un*

Manulife financial findings: Mompreneurs need advisors

Manuvie était un des principaux commanditaires de la conférence Mompreneurs® 2015. Des représentants de divers secteurs de la Société ont présenté les nombreuses façons dont Manuvie soutient les PME au Canada et signalé aux participantes l’information et les ressources offertes à l’adresse

Manuvie avait aussi prévu un coin détente où l’on offrait gracieusement aux participantes des soins esthétiques des mains ou des pieds. Les participantes ont appris que la stature mondiale de Manuvie ne l’empêche pas d’épauler les PME, à qui elle offre des solutions fort utiles et adaptées à leurs besoins en matière de gestion financière et de mieux-être. Dans le coin détente, les participantes étaient invitées à répondre à un court sondage qui a permis de mieux cerner leurs besoins financiers et leurs priorités.

* À la question « Pour vos décisions importantes, consultez-vous un conseiller professionnel ou quelqu’un de votre entourage en qui vous avez confiance, ou suivez-vous plutôt votre instinct? », 41 % des participantes ont répondu qu’elles ne consultaient pas de conseiller.

* Priées d’indiquer une ou deux choses qu’elles aimeraient améliorer dans leur vie professionnelle, elles ont désigné les priorités suivantes :

> prospection de nouveaux clients ou de nouveaux marchés (25 %);

> gestion des dépenses (23 %);

> conciliation travail / vie personnelle (22 %);

> planification stratégique (19 %).

On voit bien que de nombreuses femmes d’affaires se passent d’un conseiller professionnel alors qu’elles éprouvent certaines difficultés pour lesquelles le soutien d’un conseiller pourrait leur être utile. Manuvie remercie toutes celles d’entre vous qui ont participé à la conférence Mompreneurs 2015 et fait une halte au coin détente. Nous nous faisons une joie de vous aider à étendre votre réseau de contacts et de soutenir vos entreprises!**

Pour de plus amples renseignements sur ce qu’un conseiller financier professionnel et Manuvie peuvent faire pour votre entreprise, veuillez visiter notre guichet unique pour propriétaires de petite entreprise avisés :


* De nombreuses participantes ont répondu à un court sondage informel qui a permis de mieux cerner leurs besoins financiers; ce sondage était accompagné d’une offre de suivi.

** Manuvie continuera d’appuyer The Mompreneurs au cours de 2015.


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Better Business: Tips to Commit to a Healthier Planet

written by Maria Locker, Founder & CEO of Mompreneurs®

Every year in April, we celebrate Earth Day – a time to make commitments to better our planet, to focus on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, and to be a good citizen for 24 hours. But what happens after the day is done? What are you doing as an entrepreneur, as a business owner, as a community leader, to make our planet a better place for those we will one day leave it to?

In my earlier days as an Elementary school teacher, Earth Day was my ‘thing’ – I loved teaching young children what it meant to really cherish this place we call home, and I headed up several school-wide initiatives to bring awareness to pressing matters such as endangered species. This was especially fun, as we were able to raise money as a school and ‘adopt’ 26 endangered animals and track their whereabouts as a group. We felt we were keeping them safe, and it brought an awareness to students at such a young age that small changes can make a big difference.

Now as an entrepreneur, I occasionally hear of colleagues who employ greener methods of doing business, but I must say the idea of adopting ways to make a positive impact on our planet isn’t discussed nearly as much with adults as it is with children. How can that be possible?! Aren’t we the grown ups? The ones in charge of making the decisions and implementing change for good? Yes we all likely compost at home, and we put out the recycling etc. etc. – but are we as diligent in our businesses?

Here are some ways that you can really make a difference as an entrepreneur, not just on Earth Day, but every day:

  1. Keep a recycling bin handy and close to your desk right in your office (get a fancier bin if the blue box doesn’t cut it for your office decor!). Having the bin close by will help you avoid tossing paper in the garbage.
  2. Stock up on LED light bulbs, rechargeable batteries, recycled toilet paper and paper towels, and chemical-free soaps and detergents when they’re on sale (or use FLIPP to price match!). Having environmentally-friendly office and household staples on hand purchased in bulk helps to avoid last-minute purchases of the not-so-great-for-the-environment alternatives.
  3. Opt to go paperless whenever you can. Do you really need to have every invoice or statement printed out? Many companies now offer incentives for customers and clients to choose the paperless route, and emailing invoices is an easy way to implement this strategy in your own business. Having a disclaimer in your emails is also handy – we particularly like the footer in our marketing team’s emails from BANG! Creative Communications: NO Trees were harmed in the production of this email.  Don’t start now, think twice before you print this out : )
  4. Make a choice to work with other businesses who are committed to environmentally friendly practices. Whether they choose to be Bullfrog Powered, or they LEED certified practices, no matter how big or small the commitment, every act is impactful. As an organization, Mompreneurs® is proud to work with companies like TELUS, who is fully committed to sustainability and bringing greater awareness globally to the importance of taking care of our planet. 
  5. Many retail businesses don’t have strict guidelines enforced by municipalities in regards to recycling and composting of materials. Imagine the amount of compost and recycling coming from restaurants, coffee shops, shopping malls, retail stores, small offices, etc that could be directed away from landfills if a few policies and procedures were put in place by management?! Why wait for the government to make the rules – it’s your business, YOU have the choice and the power to make changes as necessary. Might it cost a bit of money to implement and maintain? Maybe – but it will be well worth it in the end, and you will set yourself and your business as an industry leader when done effectively.

To be quite honest, these are just 5 simple and easy ways to look at making a difference with your business – but one small act of caring each day, one small change in what you toss out, what you print, what you use to make your business run on a daily basis – one small change each day can amount to HUGE changes over the course of 1 year and the many years to follow it. 

I’d love to hear how you are making changes TODAY in your business to help bring positive change to our Earth, and please share what you would like to do TOMORROW to make new changes take place. We are all in this together – one act at a time!


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Maria Locker
Founder & CEO – Mompreneur® Showcase Group Inc.
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Kim Turley-Smith – TILLIE

Kim Turley Smith - owner of Tillie, mompreneur

Are you feeling down, uninspired, or just have a case of the blahs? Then you need to read this interview. Mompreneur® Member Kim Turley-Smith is the founder of Tillie, a multifunctional piece of fabric that can be a bandana, scarf, scrunchie, hood, tube top, wristband, beanie or mask. Tillie is all of those things and more – a high-tech, breathable piece of  ‘thinkwear’ and Tillie is as versatile and interesting as the women who use it.

As for the woman who invented it, however, we’re blown away by the inspiring attitude that Kim has. With a thriving company and three growing kids, life is always going to be a balancing game, but to do it with such positivity and pure joy…well, it’s pretty amazing.

We asked Kim what inspired her to start her own company, what life is like with business and family commitments and what the future might hold for both.

What Inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
My father passed away at 51 years old. He always lived each day to the fullest, putting his family before work. He had a positive enthusiasm that he thankfully passed along to me along with the knowledge that life is short. This inspired me to make a promise to myself: Find something you are passionate about and work at that, because life is short. I have a husband and three great kids who not only have busy schedules of their own but are my 4 reasons for everything I do!! Continue reading Kim Turley-Smith – TILLIE

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21st Century Thinkwear – Tillie and Kim Turley-Smith, A Mompreneur® Success Story


Are you feeling down, uninspired, or just have a case of the blahs? Then you need to read this interview. Kim Turley-Smith is the founder of Tillie, a multifunctional piece of fabric that can be a bandana, scarf, scrunchie, hood, tube top, wristband, beanie or mask. Tillie is all of those things and more – a high-tech, breathable piece of  ‘thinkwear’ and Tillie is as versatile and interesting as the women who use it.

As for the woman who invented it, however, we’re blown away by the inspiring attitude that Kim has. With a thriving company and three growing kids, life is always going to be a balancing game, but to do it with such positivity and pure joy…well, it’s pretty amazing.

We asked Kim what inspired her to start her own company, what life is like with business and family commitments and what the future might hold for both.

What Inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
My father passed away at 51 years old. He always lived each day to the fullest, putting his family before work. He had a positive enthusiasm that he thankfully passed along to me along with the knowledge that life is short. This inspired me to make a promise to myself: Find something you are passionate about and work at that, because life is short. I have a husband and three great kids who not only have busy schedules of their own but are my 4 reasons for everything I do!!

If you truly love your work, it doesn’t feel like work!

So what’s the best part of owning your own business? 

There are two main reasons that I love owning my own business. One is it allows me the flexibility to be there for my kids after school, whenever they need me as well as get them to their after school activities. Second,

I am a creative person by nature and owning my own business allows me to put my creative ideas into action and see results fast.

Also, sitting down at the dining room table for dinner all together is super important to me and owning my own business means we can maintain this tradition as a family. I also love being able to collaborate with other entrepreneurs!!

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Is there such a thing as a typical day for you? 
Morning. Wake up, check emails, get the kids off to school and hit the gym at Reebok CrossFit FirePowerfor a workout and an hour or two of coaching. I still love to coach Crossfit. It is an amazing community to be a part of and it is where the idea for all of my business ideas all started years ago.

Afternoon. Filling Tillie orders, delivering Mighty Girl school program, working on new designs for Tillie, networking for Tillie, working on new program idea designs, planning Fall Fit Women’s Weekend (a year-long process), planning for upcoming shows, trade shows, talks or conferences, hold in person and phone meetings, sometimes simultaneously while doing laundry, scrubbing floors, and making dinner!! I also need to fit in a visit to my mom each day as she is disabled and needs a daily check in.

After School. Homework, sit down together as a family for dinner, off to hockey!! With three rep hockey players in the house, we can have up to 12 hockey days a week! At hockey I usually catch up on social media communications.
Evening. Check emails, write up a daily to-do list for the next day.

image of Kim Turley-Smith and her family at the beach

Wow, busy much?!  So who do you rely on for help? Or are you the do-it-yourself type? 
This is one I know I need to work on! With no parents able to help I rely heavily on my husband when he can. Also, now that my kids are getting older, I am able to count on them to pitch in as well with the home and with each other. Really, I do tend to take on too much myself. Now, I try to really feel when the balance is tipping and then be honest with myself as to what I can take off my plate or even re-prioritize. I know that I have a few good friends and a huge community at Reebok CrossFit FirePower who would step in in a heartbeat, but I am NOT good at asking for help!

Has that meant making sacrifices for the family or the business?
I think sacrifice is a part of life! Yes, I have missed some of my kids events that I really wanted to attend because I had work commitments. However, I definitely have said no to some work opportunities to be at a family event. I strive for balance. I look way ahead in the calendar when I book a show, or a conference as I want to make sure there are not too many in a row where I would be overextending myself. None of this stresses me out at all. I can only do so much. My family comes first and that will never change. It’s all about balance, and keeping the stress level below “crazy”.

What do you like to do on a day off?
With a full day off, the one thing I want is family time! So this means family game night, movie night, a hike, visiting extended family and sometimes traveling together to watch one of their hockey games!! Even on a day off, my wheels are always turning and you can always find the notes section of my phone open and papers in my purse filled with my new ideas, and more!!

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It almost seems crazy to ask with all that you do, but do you find time to be active in the community in other ways?
I still coach at my local Crossfit, help out at my children’s schools and on my kids hockey teams where I can. I love connecting with people in person around town!

Can you name another entrepreneur that inspires you?
OPRAH!!!! She was actually a huge reason why I started my own business! It’s a very long story! So I sometimes say, “It always starts with Oprah!” Also, so many of my friends and women in my own community inspire me. My own best friend has a clothing line she designs out of Oakville. I love the band of collaboration and support that happens when you put female entrepreneurs together!!

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What does the future look like for you and Tillie? 

I honestly don’t think about the future too much, and I stress about it even less. I can’t predict it and it does no good to worry about it. I am not even promised it!! But I will be working hard to build a cohesive brand around “Tillie”, that inspires through the Tillie and other thinkwear, retreats, talks, camps, and more!!  Our retreat series, Fall Fit Women’s Weekend, is expanding and will include 3 getaway options in 2016!! (Spring Fit in Mexico coming soon!)

We also look to expand our Mighty Girls program, offering franchise opportunities worldwide so that this important program can be offered to more girls!!

Finally, any tips for other women looking to start a business?
Feel the fear and do it anyway! If your business idea is in line with your values, there is no stopping you as it will always be authentic! Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, just be you!! Enjoy the flexibility and carve out more family time, you deserve it!!


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Building Relationships

pink quotation mark for mompreneursA lot of people may get discouraged if there is someone in the group that has the same business or service as you. I find the complete opposite! I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow graphic designer at the latest Mompreneur lunch (Lisa Flesher) and it’s so refreshing to chat and connect with someone that gets exactly what you do!

Sharing knowledge and tips with another entrepreneur is another way to build relationships. In my short time so far as a business owner, I have realized that it is all about building relationships and learning from other successful entrepreneurs.


Ang Wencel, Owner Visions – Graphic Artistry by Ang


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5 Important Business Lessons Learned from my Kids!

Written by Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse

I recently became a mother for the second time. It’s been an incredible journey getting used to life with a newborn. As I try to navigate working my business with a newborn and a pre-schooler, something incredible happened. I started witnessing many lessons from my kids that I was able to apply to my business to help me become more successful.

Asking for what we want puts us in a vulnerable place and most of us try to avoid that at all costs. However, it’s something we need to overcome if we are to succeed in our business.The first was a lesson in asking for what I want. How easy it is for my 4-year-old son to ask me for whatever he needs. There is no hesitation or holding back on wanting his needs met. As mompreneurs, this is something that is critical to our success. We tend to know what we want in life and for our business but oftentimes have a hard time asking for it. However, in order to get what we want, we must ask for it. There have been times where I’ve been afraid to ask for the sale, or met someone at a social event and saw they had a need that I could meet, but I was too afraid to share my business with them.


The second lesson, actually taught by my 2-½ year old nephew was, if at first I don’t succeed, try and try again! Now this kid is so active and fearless. He would run 100 miles an hour and oftentimes get hurt. We would hear the big cry accompanied with big tears. However, my sister has only to kiss the boo-boo okay and off he quickly runs to perform the same stunt again.

As business owners, we face falling (figuratively), rejection, hurt and apparent failure. This leaves us wanting to crawl under a rock. Instead of seeing setbacks as lessons and learning from them, we stop and become too afraid to try again. This beautiful lesson from my nephew ‘of trying again’ highlights that if you come across a roadblock or setback in your business; you must feel your emotions, get nurtured and comforted by someone who loves you, then get back to work and try again!

 The third lesson was don’t be afraid to say no! My son has no problem saying no to whatever he does not want to do, especially to eating his veggies! However, as women we often have a hard time saying no to people. Whether it’s our families, friends, colleagues, and clients…the list goes on. When you’re unable to say no you take on too many things that you’re not able to achieve. Your never-ending to-do lists will consume you. This leaves you feeling depleted and overwhelmed. It is important to set healthy boundaries in your business and stick to them. You may fear that your business will fail and you will lose potential or existing clients. However, for you to enjoy your work, you must set boundaries and not be afraid to say ‘no’ to taking on things that are not aligned to the vision you have for your business and yourself.

 Have some fun and play everyday was the fourth lesson taught.  As mompreneurs, it is so easy to get caught up in all the responsibilities we have. The words fun and play may seem foreign to us. But, as I watch my son play and have fun, the joy and laughter that emanates from him is so contagious. There is a sense of freedom and passion in everything he does. Many times, I put off play and fun for some time in the future, instead of making time for it now. Having rest time allows us to recalibrate and release stress and have more clarity and creativity in our business.

My fifth and final lesson was to use my imagination and dream big! My son, like most 4 year olds, has a vivid imagination. He can go for hours taking on a role as someone or something else. Recently, he was playing the part of a knight (Doc McStuffins’ Sir Kirby). As I called his name, he gave me an angry look and firmly reminded me that he was Sir Kirby! So, my lesson on this is to use my imagination, and see myself as I wish to become and not let anyone say any different. When was the last time you saw yourself as a world-class business owner? Do not give in to the voices of others, nor the inner critic that talks you out of your greatness. When someone or something leads me to question my ability, I now go to the lesson taught by my son and firmly say, “I am a successful, dynamic business woman!” Look yourself directly in the eye in front of a mirror and repeat that statement out loud for a month. Soon, that feeling will sink in and you will start seeing yourself as such.




Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse is a Business & Lifestyle Strategist, Speaker and Writer, but most importantly, a proud Mother and Wife. She is also the founder of My Empowered Living, a website aimed at helping women shift their mindset and live their passion. Visit Uchechi at to get her FREE online video training series 4 Keys to your Business Success! This free 4-day business training reveals her 4 key strategies needed to build a profitable and successful business, and how to put them to work in your business!



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5 Quotes to Lift You Up Today

ID-10096397It’s March and it’s still cold… but spring is on the way! If there is a time when you need a pick-me-up, then it’s right now.  Here are some inspiring words that will get any entrepreneur’s excitement going as the snow melts and the birds begin to chirp again:

“Business opportunities are like buses.  There’s always another one coming.”

-Richard Branson-


“Do not chase people.  Be you and do your own thing and work hard.  The right people who belong in your life will come to you, and stay.”

-Wu Tang-


“Your time is precious, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

-Steve Jobs-


“Forget about your competitors. Just focus on your customers.”

-Jack Ma-


“An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.”

-Roy Ash-


Got any quotes you want to share? Please post — it’s amazing what a few words can do to perk up your day!


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