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5 Ways to 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 5 easy ways to harness your energy and be as productive as possible:

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.

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. Your mindset and attitude are great predictors of success. Everyone talks to themselves (yes, they do!), 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.

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.

Surround Yourself With 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.

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.

 

 

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.”

 

 


Article adapted from “9 Ways to Boost Your Productivity and Your Success” previously published on themompreneur.com

 

 

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Tracy Noble – Virtual Office Resources

Tracy Noble is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Stittsville, Ontario, and the owner of Virtual Office Resources. Whether it is ghostwriting, creating and implementing an online content calendar, or getting your newsletter ready to send, Virtual Office Resources can help. We are a virtual assistance company that handles social media and online marketing management for established business owners as if it were our own. We’re excited to share Tracy’s Success Story!

mompreneur Tracy Noble of Virtual Office Resources

 

What is your “WHY” behind your business/being an entrepreneur?
After my miracle daughter was born in 2008, I decided I did not want to return to the corporate world and instead started researching how I could start a company helping other businesses with their marketing and advertising – something I had years of experience and education in. I earned a Virtual Assistant certificate from Algonquin College to compliment my pre-existing education and experience, and have since helped small businesses, executives and entrepreneurs communicate effectively both offline and online.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I have always had a desire to work for myself, but I wasn’t sure how I could. I have a passion for marketing and communications and love the power of the written word to express ideas, sell an idea and build relationships. I decided to take my skills and passion and offer it to small businesses to see if there was a need for them… and there is!

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
I love the ability to make my own hours and take responsibility for my own work and ideas (both good and bad). I also love helping business owners grow their businesses through online relationships while at the same time building a relationship with the business owner themselves!

mompreneur Tracy Noble of Virtual Office Resources


What impact did other people/experiences have on you, and how did they help you get to where you are in your business today?

One of my first clients, who is still a client, not only taught me a lot about what it means to build a business, but how to do it in a way that still allows for a work-life balance and is financially rewarding. She is a real-life example of the importance of word-of-mouth referrals and helped grow my business into a multi-virtual assistant company.

What values do you believe in and live by, and how do they shine through when it comes to your role as a business owner?
I am a true believer in having a work-life balance and taking time for yourself and your family. I love being able to drop everything to take my daughter to appointments, accompany her on school field trips, as well as meet up with people for lunch or coffee. Life is too short to “hustle.” I believe a satisfying business will work with you to create a life and business that is rewarding on all levels.

mompreneur Tracy Noble of Virtual Office Resources

What are you most proud of when it comes to your business/being an entrepreneur?
I set goals for myself and make sure they come true. My first goal was to make more money in my business then I did working for someone else. I am proud to say I surpassed that goal a long time ago! For 2019, I set a goal to write more for myself because I found myself always writing for my business or ghostwriting for others. I am now a regular contributor to a couple of local newspapers in Ottawa and I am very happy that I have fulfilled that goal. I am proud of myself for being able to do what I set out to do. I think it sets a good example for my daughter … and it makes me smile.

What does the future look like for you and your business?
I am looking forward to growing my business more. I would love to be in a position to hire someone part-time as opposed to subcontracting. I also look forward to building on my skills, knowledge, and foundation and helping other women, looking to do similar work, do the same.

mompreneur Tracy Noble of Virtual Office Resources

Any tips for women thinking of starting a business?
Do your research, be prepared to network and meet exciting people, and follow your gut. If an opportunity seems to too good to be true, it just might be. As well, get ready to work hard. Starting and running a business takes a lot of work, but it’s satisfying work and the end result is so worth it.

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How My Blended Family Inspired My Business Idea

Written by Jody Swain

When our family became blended in January 2012, my husband Ted brought 2 boys (12 and 9 at the time) into our new family, and I brought a daughter (4 at the time). As you can imagine, setting expectations for various ages and doing so as a step mom was difficult; my daughter knew the household expectations and when she didn’t follow them, I was always there to follow up, reward and recognize or provide consequences or discipline. My expectations of her were much higher than the boys, given the maternal relationship.

The boys were a different story. Displeasure from their lack of household participation was relayed through my husband given his paternal relationship with them. Who was I to overstep and discipline his kids? I would step up if it was absolutely necessary, but I would pick my battles carefully. It was like walking a tight rope not knowing which false move would topple me, or them, or all of us! Instead, it was much easier to just clean up after them, turn a blind eye to poor manners and hygiene, and have my husband be their enforcer for household expectations. I guess I didn’t want to be the bad guy or the “evil step mom“.

In 2014, I found myself at home full time with a newborn baby, and now I had 24-hour eyeballs on the house and the kids. They were driving me crazy and I began to feel resentment towards them and their lack of effort. I knew I needed to step it up if I wanted to prepare these boys for the real world and keep my sanity while off on maternity leave for the year.

Realization struck, and it dawned on me that we never shared what the expectations were in our new blended household. We never told them what we wanted, and why; I viewed these two great boys with such love, so why was I treating them differently than my daughter? My answer to fixing it all was setting up a Family Meeting and presentation. We went through what we wanted for them in this world, shared the household expectations, manners and proper hygiene, and introduced them to Hire and Fire your Kids!

The idea for Hire and Fire Your Kids sprouted from my professional life, where I’d managed people for over 18 years. I looked at my home like it was my job – I was the leader, the kids were my employees, and my goal was to motivate and inspire my team to deliver. I knew I needed something that would engage the family, keep them motivated, and show them results by working together, similar to employees on a team.

Our job as parents is to prepare our kids for the “real world”. Enabling children and equipping them with tools to succeed and qualities like kindness, empathy, politeness, honesty, confidence, respect and more, makes them successful, independent people. As parents, we want our children to know the value of a dollar and be able to take care of themselves, so they can function out on their own. I came up with a system that was simple, easy to manage and reflected the adult workforce. Just like that, Hire and Fire Your Kids was born…

It’s amazing what can happen when inspiration strikes!

 


mompreneur Jody Swain - founder of Hire and Fire Your Kids APP

Jody Swain is an Elite+ member based out of Whitby, Ontario. She is the founder of Hire & Fire Your Kids, an App for the “Future of Parenting in a Digital Age” which is a game-like system combining chores, hygiene, manners and behavioural expectations all in one! Jody’s philosophy behind the App is to give kids the opportunity to be contributing members of a team, establishing strong family bonds, and teaching them to respect family values. Helping kids be independent, responsible and accountable are critical success outcomes, in addition to keeping a peaceful, tidy home. Practical skills are developed and rewarded, giving kids a sense of pride and capability to function well in the “Real World”.

 

A version of this article previously published on hireandfireyourkids.app

 

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Janet Sandberg – Blue Dragonfly Energy Wellness Centre

Janet Sandberg is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of London, Ontario. She is the owner of Blue Dragonfly Energy Wellness Centre, where she serves as a life coach, helping clients get to where they want to be in life. There’s nothing worse than having dreams and aspirations and feeling too stuck to ever make them real. Sometimes, all we need is someone to help us take those first few steps in the right direction to get us going. Janet supports, inspires, guides, and holds you accountable as you move forward. We are thrilled to share Janet’s Success Story!

mompreneur Janet Sandberg - Blue Dragonfly Energy Wellness Centre

What is your “WHY” behind your business/being an entrepreneur?
I love being of service and I love watching others succeed. I love being part of the ripple effect: if I can help one person, I know that that person will go on to help others and so on. By doing this work, I’m making the world a better place. I also want to show my kids that they can achieve whatever they set out to do, even if it’s outside the box. I want them to know that following their passions and living a soul-aligned life is non-negotiable.

I’m an intuitive. I use my connection to the Universe to give added guidance and clarity and I help you tune into your own intuition so that you know that you’re on the right path for you, not anyone else. I also use energy healing to help release limiting beliefs and behaviour patterns, balance your emotions, and relieve stress while you’re making these big changes and scary steps forward. I’m a joy creator. Joy is the foundation to everything good and it’s the best way to transition through life with grace and ease. Joy is a key component to welcoming in success and abundance so I make it part of all of my work.

mompreneur Janet Sandberg - Blue Dragonfly Energy Wellness Centre

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I started my business as an energy healer. Basically, the only way to do that work is to start your own business. You just can’t work for someone else. When I was younger, it had never crossed my mind to be an entrepreneur. It was so outside of what I knew that I didn’t even know it was an option! But the Universe had other plans and gave me gifts to share with the world. I eventually realized those gifts were meant to serve and help others so I’ve been trying to figure out this entrepreneur thing ever since.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The flexibility! I love having the freedom in my schedule to be there for my kids, take care of myself, or simply work when I want to. I’m a night owl so I love having the choice to not see clients in the morning or work on my business in the evening.

What impact did other people/experiences have on you, and how did they help you get to where you are in your business today?
When I first started my business, I rented space in an office that was shared with 2 other holistic practitioners. I quickly became friends with one of them and we have remained close for the past 7 years. It’s been wonderful to have a good friend who aligns with me and my work and who is also an entrepreneur. Having her support has been crucial through all the ups and downs of entrepreneurship (and life!) and watching her grow her own practice over the years has been inspiring. Mompreneurs has also been great for meeting other like-minded entrepreneurs. I’ve made some great friends and colleagues!

mompreneur Janet Sandberg - Blue Dragonfly Energy Wellness Centre

What values do you believe in and live by, and how do they shine through when it comes to your role as a business owner?
I believe in service. I am here to be of service and do what I can to make the world a better place, by making your world a better place. I am always eager to help and I strive to make every interaction with others a positive one. I also believe that honesty, integrity, authenticity, and respect are paramount, at home and at work. I believe in humanity and do my best to always live without judgement.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your business/being an entrepreneur?
My resilience and perseverance. I know that most people in my position would have given up a long time ago. Building a business has been slow and I’ve thought many times about stopping. However, I know that this is what I’m meant to do so I keep going, even when it feels like an impossible dream. I rest, but I don’t quit.

What does the future look like for you and your business?
My future looks amazing! I see me helping and being a role model to thousands of women. I see books that I’ve written, and retreats that I lead, and speaking gigs all over the world.

Any tips for women thinking of starting a business?
1. Be prepared for a wild ride! There will be lots of ups and downs so make sure you have a good support network: family, friends, coaches … you’ll need them all!
2. Be patient. Building a business takes time. “Overnight success” happens to people who have worked hard out of the spotlight for years.
3. Make sure that your business is aligned with your soul. Do what you love to do or create something that fulfills a personal need or you won’t have the drive to keep going.

Additional Comments
Remember that you’re never alone. There are people and resources to help you along every step of the way (but you may need to ask) – Mompreneurs is a great place to find them!

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Risks That Could Threaten Your Home-Based Business

TruShield tips for running a home based business

Running a home-based business may be a dream come true, but it comes with its own set of risks. These risks can be costly, and your standard home insurance policy may not cover the costs.

In this downloadable PDF, the experts at TruShield Insurance outline:

  • the type of risks that could wreak havoc to your home-based business
  • why your standard home insurance policy enough to protect your home-based business
  • why the solution is home-based business insurance
  • the types of coverages that can help you protect your home-based business

 

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Let’s Talk About Menopause

Written by Teresa Isabel Dias

If all women go through menopause, why are most unprepared for it?
The short answer is, because menopause is still taboo and no one talks about it.

I’m going to share my personal journey with you, in hopes that it will shed some light on what you may also be going through. To start, here are just a few symptoms of the menopause transition to be on the lookout for (you will see that I mention each of them in my personal story, along with other symptoms which are listed in italics):

  • mood swings
  • physical, cognitive, and emotional changes
  • brain fog – difficulty concentrating and staying focused
  • irregular periods
  • breast pain
  • anxiety
  • fatigue and lack of energy
  • aches and pains
  • continual headaches
  • hot flashes

A NATURAL PHASE OF LIFE

In 2010, when I was in my late 40’s, my older son, a teenager at the time, asked me if I was bipolar. I said no, but was very surprised and intrigued by the question. It turns out he was speaking for himself, plus his younger brother and dad; he shared that my mood swings were so extreme they didn’t know how to deal with me. WOW!

I knew I didn’t have a mental illness, so what could possibly be causing all the ups and downs? I started searching for an explanation and, like most people, I went online. As a pharmacist I can tell when I’m viewing a website that’s science-based and informative, as to one that is a marketing pitch disguised as information. After much searching, I landed on The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) website and finally understood what was going on with me—I was in perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause) and experiencing physical, cognitive, and emotional changes due to fluctuating estrogen (the predominant female hormone) levels.

What a relief—I was going through a normal and natural phase of life; I wasn’t sick, I didn’t have a disease! Like most women I spoke to within my practice as a pharmacist, I was unprepared for the menopause transition because there’s very little education and information about it.

I found out that NAMS offers a certification for healthcare professionals, and I decided to study for the exam. I wanted to know more for myself and I dreamed that if I passed the exam I could help other women.

Because of brain fog I had a hard time concentrating and staying focused. I had to read the same paragraph over and over to get the meaning, and I found myself thinking about everything else but what I was studying. I gave myself plenty of time to study, one whole year, and in the fall of 2013, I became a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP). I founded MenopausED and have been breaking the menopause taboo and providing awareness and education about menopause ever since.

PERIMENOPAUSE & NOTICING SYMPTOMS

It was good to know what I knew because, in hindsight, I now realize that the most challenging time of the change was perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause, the end of ovulation and menstruation.

Not knowing when my next period would come meant carrying sanitary pads and a change of underwear everywhere I went, in purses, gym bags, hiking and camping packs; I just hoped that I wouldn’t get it during my beach vacation! Good thing it didn’t come when I visited Paris because the breast pain I felt was annoying enough and it took my  breath away almost as much as the city lights!

In general, I don’t like driving, but when I drove at least I didn’t experience anxiety like I did when I was riding in the passenger seat. I unnerved the drivers with my comments, and it took a lot of self-talking and reasoning not to feel completely out of control in the passenger seat.

I’ve always been very active, but for two years fatigue and lack of energy kept me from going to the gym. I didn’t give up my weekly swimming because it kept me from going crazy and depressed. My aches and pains were gone for days after swimming; time in the water by myself was fundamental for my wellbeing; and I didn’t dribble like I did when I tried running or power walking. There were a few times when I experienced hot flashes while swimming, which is a very strange feeling!

I went through a lot of body lotion during perimenopause. Even on the days I didn’t swim my skin itched like crazy, especially at night. I didn’t need something else waking me up—night sweats were already disrupting my sleep, and I love to sleep!

I live in harmony with my body and when a note is out of tune I notice and take action. When I started having daily headaches I thought I needed new glasses. I had already stopped wearing contact lenses most days at work because they made my eyes very dry. My headaches lasted for months, and were worse when the weather changed as well.

MENOPAUSE

For a few years I kept track of my irregular periods. Twice, my period came 11 months after the previous one. Finally, when I was 52, a full 12 months went by without any bleeding. I had reached menopause, and yes, I celebrated with a Menopause Party! The only downside was that I couldn’t wear my favourite dress; I never had a thin waist, but now I looked more like a barrel of whiskey – even though I hadn’t put on weight, my fat decided to migrate to my middle.

Weight gain and muffin tops are common in perimenopause. In postmenopause, the years after menopause, when estrogen stops fluctuating and is consistently low, life is more predictable, my brain is sharper (though some may doubt this assertion!), I have more energy, and I am determined to reverse this weight shift. I made a choice: I was going to invest money in a trainer rather than opting to buy new clothes or shoes for a year.

POSTMENOPAUSE & LIVING FULLY

I train twice per week, and together with walking and swimming I exercise the 150 minutes weekly that’s recommended for women in midlife. I started by improving my posture, then my balance, and then by strengthening my core. Weight resistance is the best way to gain muscle and lose fat. One can run 10 miles a day but won’t achieve the same results.

Change, any change, doesn’t happen overnight and most changes are hard to make and harder to keep up. Whenever we change something in our routine we need to keep up the effort of doing it until it becomes a habit. After that, it doesn’t feel like a chore or an obligation but just part of our normal routine, like brushing our teeth. Exercise and healthy food choices are two examples of this.

Only 8 months after I started training did I decide to try on my dress again – and it fit! Not like I was 20 again, but I had a thinner waist and the dress felt lose and I looked elegant. Besides looking better, I also feel much stronger and healthier physically and mentally.

Midlife can be a time when we take stock of our lives and start new dreams, challenges, discoveries, adventures, and aspirations if we set our minds to it. It has its challenges and difficulties just like any other phase of life. Aging brings wrinkles and sagging skin, yes, but it also brings experience, wisdom, and many possibilities and choices! I’m thankful for my aging body and I just hope to live long enough to spend one third of my life in postmenopause being PAUSE-itive.

Menopause is part of midlife and has some bumps but it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Even though each woman experiences menopause in her own way, we all share many similar experiences.  We are not alone, and there’s help!


mompreneur Teresa Isabel Dias of Menopaused

Teresa Isabel Dias is an Elite+ Mompreneur® member, and founder of MenopausED. As a pharmacist working in healthcare for over 20 years, Teresa realized there is a void in the health care system when it comes to the care and support of women in their midlife years, and especially during the menopause transition. Now serving as a Certified Menopause Practitioner through NAMS*, she helps women going through the menopause transition, educating them on what’s going on in their bodies and mind, and helping them to make informed decisions about their lifestyle and treatment options to improve their quality of life.

 

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Save 15% as an Exhibitor at The National Women’s Show!

Become an Exhibitor at Canada’s Largest & Best Attended Event for Women – and SAVE 15% off your Booth Fees* as a Mompreneur member!

Over 500 exhibitors find great success each year at the show as over 30,000 attendees shop ‘til they drop to find the best selection of products and services to hit the market. Featuring food and wine sampling, fashion shows, celebrity guests, complimentary makeovers, health, wellness & beauty secrets, cooking demos, home renovation and decor advice, travel ideas and MUCH, MUCH, MORE, the show entertains and engages thousands of women!


*15% discount applies to Mompreneur members who are registered and active at the Elite and Elite+ levels only!


This is Canada’s largest consumer show for women. Don’t miss exhibiting at the show if women are your target demographic!

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Three Ways to Add More Joy to your Work Day

One of the biggest rebuttals I get when I’m talking to people about Joy and how to add more of it into their lives, is “I don’t have time for more!” What if I told you that you don’t need more time in order to feel more joyous?

Let me back up a bit, because I sense that the word Joy may have already lost you. I hear you thinking, “What’s the big deal with Joy, anyways? Why does it matter?”. Honestly, it only matters to people who want to be successful, and lead fulfilling lives. I don’t blame you if you think that Joy is frivolous or unnecessary. We’ve been programmed to think that way. At some point, when we’re around ten, we desperately want to “grow up” and we get all serious and throw away all of our rainbow t-shirts and glitter pens. For some completely mysterious reason, someone decided that boring was synonymous with serious – and success.

If you pay attention, you’ll notice that almost everything in a grown up world is beige. Or maybe grey, which is the edgy, modern version of beige. There’s no colour and there’s no creativity. There’s no sign of nature, there’s no sound (Muzak doesn’t count), and there are no surprises. Everything is plain and predictable, and we’ve accepted it! Yet still we wonder why our lives are plain and predictable and the best answer we can come up with when someone asks how we are is “busy”.

Let me share a bit of a story. I lived in Indonesia for 3 years. My son was born there, too, but that’s a different story. If you’re unfamiliar, Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia made up of a string of about 17,000 islands which run between Singapore and Australia. One of those islands is Bali. You’ve probably heard of Bali, maybe you’ve even been there. Bali has a reputation for being amazing, even within Indonesia. The whole country is fantastic, but there are a couple of things that set Bali apart. Firstly, the people there are Hindu, so they have beautiful rituals. But then there’s this: if you ask anyone in the rest of Indonesia how they are, they’ll say “good”. Like how we always say we’re fine (if we’re not busy). But in Bali, when you ask someone how they are, they will always say, “great”. And that, my friends, is what joy looks like.

My point is that when we experience joy regularly, we go from feeling fine/good/busy to feeling great. And – here’s the kicker – when we feel great, we make better decisions, we inspire action, and we build better lives, which leads to even more joy, abundance, and success.

So, let’s create more joy! And let’s put it in our work space, since that’s where we spend a lot of our time. (And, yes, you’ll have the time to do these things, if you choose to.)

1. Colour

As I said before, everything in our serious, adult world tends to be drab or muted: beige, grey, maybe navy blue. Do you know there’s a word for the fear of colour? It’s Chromophobia. And most adults have it. So, to make your space more joyful, try adding bright colours. You don’t have to paint your office walls neon orange but throwing in some colour can help you and your space feel more lively.

  • Wall Art: get a wall calendar with brightly coloured pages or artwork. Another option is to ask your kids to colour or paint a picture, then frame it and put it on the wall. It will add colour and make your kids feel great, too!

  • Flowers: you get the double whammy of adding colour, plus a touch of nature, which is good for our mental health as well as upping our joy factor.

  • Office Supplies: get brightly coloured office supplies, like post-it notes and paper clips. Get a fun shaped tape dispenser. Bring back those glitter pens (or at least use coloured ink if you don’t want the glitter).

2. Light

Over the past decade or so, we’ve become more aware of the importance of light in our work environments. While adding more windows and natural lighting options is great, there’s a little more to it if we want to use light to feel joyful.

  • Fairy Lights: they’re not just for Christmas! I have them up year round all over my house, and have blue dragonfly fairy lights (of course) in my office. For an added bonus, hang them up near the ceiling to attract your gaze upward, which helps us to feel more expansive.

  • Mirrors: they reflect light and help the space feel bigger and brighter. Get creative with them! I have a mini disco ball in my office. You can also hang a decorative prism in the window, which will send rainbows all over your room when the light hits it just right. Tinsel, glitter, and sequins do the same sort of thing, so work those into your décor as well.

3. Celebration

You can do all you want to make your office look good, but that means little if it doesn’t feel good. The drudgery of day-to-day work can suck the life out of your office and you! One of the best ways to boost the energy in your office is to celebrate; I’m not talking caviar and champagne every day – unless that’s your thing and then, by all means, do that – but more about the feeling that goes with celebrating.

  • Celebrate all the things, big and small. Whether it’s meeting a deadline or signing a new client, every success deserves to be celebrated.

  • Have a celebration ritual, so that you know how to celebrate when the good things happen. We have a terrible habit of not acknowledging our successes, and part of that is not knowing how. By having a plan, we remove that obstacle. Your ritual could be:
    — putting on a song you love and doing a happy dance
    — throwing confetti
    — going out for dinner
    — writing it down
    — lighting a designated success candle
    — putting an item (for example, a rhinestone) in a jar and watching the jar fill up over time
  • Make sure that your celebrations are immediate. If we put them off, we tend to forget to do them. They don’t need to take a lot of time or effort, they just need to happen.
  • Celebrate with someone else. If you have a team, call them together for a group happy dance or hug. If you’re a solopreneur, text your partner or best friend to share your success. (If you feel like you don’t have someone to celebrate with, message me!)

I could go on and on here about ways to bring more joy to your work day and work space, but this list should keep you busy enough for a while. As you can see, most of these suggestions really won’t take much extra time or add any more to-do’s to your list. There are millions of little things we can have and do to create more joy every day. It really only takes a tiny bit of effort, and the results are exponential.

What will you do today to bring more joy to your work day?

 


mompreneur Janet Sandberg of Blue Dragonfly Energy Wellness CentreJanet Sandberg is the owner of Blue Dragonfly Energy Wellness Centre, and serves her clients as a life coach. Janet helps others get to where they want to be in life. There’s nothing worse than having dreams and aspirations and feeling too stuck to ever make them real. Sometimes, all we need is someone to help us take those first few steps in the right direction to get us going. Janet supports, inspires, guides, and holds you accountable as you move forward. Joy is a key component to welcoming in success and abundance, so Janet makes it part of all of her work.

 

 

 

 

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Tanya Donahue – Mango + Moose

Tanya Donahue is an Elite Plus member based out of Kelowna, BC, and is the Founder and CEO of Mango + Moose, a socially conscious fashion and lifestyle brand. Tanya works with Artisans in developing nations to curate and design jewellery, accessories, home and baby goods. The company slogan “where global meets local” embodies the nature of Mango + Moose. Located in Canada, they provide a marketplace for goods not only made in Canada but also in developing nations such as Haiti, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Mali, Kenya, Uganda, Vietnam, and East Asia. We are thrilled to share Tanya’s Success Story!

mompreneur Tanya Donahue of Mango + Moose in Kelowna, BC

 

What is your “WHY” behind your business/being an entrepreneur?
Mango + Moose is a company born from the desire to see all people thrive. We believe that partnering to provide dignified jobs is an effective way to move families into freedom and stability, and empower women through opportunity. My family was living in Haiti, where I own Ti Kokoye, a cafe/boutique/spa. Through Ti Kokoye, I was working with Artisans to supply our boutique with wares for travellers. I was able to see the direct impact of job creation and how significant it is to changing peoples lives and keeping families together. When we returned to Canada I knew we needed to continue our work, and Mango + Moose seemed like the perfect way forward.

mompreneur Tanya Donahue of Mango + Moose in Kelowna, BC

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

My Children! I always want to be a visionary parent for my kids and I recognize the greatest way I can do this is by living my own dreams out before them. It was Mother’s Day and I was away from my family in Haiti working with our Artisan partners to develop a line for our first Mango + Moose collection. I woke up to a message in my inbox from my fourteen-year-old daughter, Ellie. She had made a list of her top ten reasons of why I am amazing – cute, right?

Here are four that were on the list:

1. You started a whole business in Haiti (pretty impossible).
2. You are about to start a whole new business, Mango + Moose.
3. These businesses started as dreams in your head and you made them a reality.
4. You have given so many people jobs and are an inspiration.
You are such a strong person and I am proud of your many accomplishments. I love you mom.

Being an entrepreneur is seldom ever easy but knowing that it inspires my children to dream big and go after what they want makes it all worthwhile!

mompreneur Tanya Donahue of Mango + Moose in Kelowna, BC
What’s the best part about owning your own business?

Without a doubt – the people – the impact! My work is directly tied to the lives of others. I LOVE when one of our partners walks me through their newly built home, or passes over their new little one for me to cuddle, and I know they were safely brought into this world in a hospital with medical care. I get celebratory messages about kids enrolled in school because our August orders provided the funds for uniforms and school fees. I get photos of cheering teams as they expand and hire others. Recently I sat with Artisan partners in Guatemala and heard how our orders were changing their lives and the lives of their children. What could be more rewarding? I am not sure.


What impact did other people/experiences have on you, and how did they help you get to where you are in your business today?

My parents are both entrepreneurs at heart and growing up I watched and learned as they had multiple businesses and were always creative and innovative people. My husband, Scott is also an entrepreneur and has taught me a great deal about and being diligent and persistent. As a visionary I tend to want to move to the next thing very quickly but watching throughout our 23 years together I have seen Scott put the time in to be successful, he is always willing to do whatever it takes and is one of the most humble people I have ever met. The daily grind can be exhausting but learning from him to put one foot in front of the other and just focus on what needs to be done each day is an invaluable practice that keeps me sane.

 mompreneur Tanya Donahue of Mango + Moose in Kelowna, BC mompreneur Tanya Donahue of Mango + Moose in Kelowna, BC

What values do you believe in and live by, and how do they shine through when it comes to your role as a business owner?
The Golden rule, Matthew 7:12, In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you.
I know it is old school but it holds the same power of truth today as it always has and this is what I believe it is to be truly Human. My heart is to see everyone have the opportunity to live lives of freedom and dignity, this is what initiated the start of Mango + Moose and remains my why and how as I persist each day.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your business/being an entrepreneur?
We follow fair trade practices ensuring that fair living wages are paid, and safe working environments are maintained. Our partnerships offer women freedom from the red-light district, rehabilitation for former child soldiers as well as schooling, job training and other holistic programs. Through a team of Global Advocates in Canada we have created a marketplace known as Bazaars for friends and family to shop beautiful, unique jewellery, accessories, home and baby goods. This provides jobs for people here in Canada and a way for all of us from Artisans, Global Advocates and consumers to work collectively for change. I feel fortunate to be able to blend my heart for global consciousness with business and artistic development to ensure sustainable job creation within the fashion/lifestyle industry at home and around our globe.

 mompreneur Tanya Donahue of Mango + Moose in Kelowna, BC mompreneur Tanya Donahue of Mango + Moose in Kelowna, BC

What does the future look like for you and your business?
Brand awareness is still very key for Mango + Moose. Getting the word out about our company, and having people who want to see ethical fashion become a way of life join us. The more of us who can connect together in this mission, the greater the impact we will have. We are engaging many innovative ideas for expansion this year, including helping young people to learn more about their purchasing power through our fundraising platform. If we can change the mindset early on, we have a greater chance of it becoming a reality for the next generation.

 mompreneur Tanya Donahue of Mango + Moose in Kelowna, BC  mompreneur Tanya Donahue of Mango + Moose in Kelowna, BC

Any tips for women thinking of starting a business?
Be You! Always Be You! We tend to think that we should be a certain way to do a certain job or hold specific accreditations or skillsets, but nothing beats heart! Skills help, and hiring the right people for areas where you are lacking in knowledge is just good business sense. However, as the owner of your business YOU are the visionary. YOU are the one who will need to strategize to see your mission through. Determine what that mission is, strategize the best way to get there; this can be a great team building effort as well. Effectively communicate with your team and try as much as possible to keep working ON your business and not get overwhelmed with working too much IN your business. You must have the energy to lead. And one more tip – do not compare your start to someone else’s middle or end game! It is easy to forget every business started somewhere.

mompreneur Tanya Donahue of Mango + Moose in Kelowna, BC

Additional Comments
You bet! Shop Mango + Moose today!!! We have Purchasing Power so let’s use it for good! Every Purchase supports families here in Canada and across the globe, together we can create a brighter future!

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Direct Sellers – Why It’s Important Your Company is a DSA Member

Written by Peter Maddox, President of DSA Canada

The world of direct selling – where independent consultants sell products and services away from a traditional retail setting – is growing. After all, as many mompreneurs look for a way to make extra money and learn new skills, what’s better than promoting quality products to your social network? From strong industry mainstays like Mary Kay, Pampered Chef and Avon, to rising new companies like Monat, Mango + Moose and Steeped Tea, there is a world of opportunity out there.

It’s important to understand that not all direct selling companies are created equal. Only those who are members of the Direct Sellers Association of Canada (DSA Canada) are covered by the DSA Code of Ethics, which provides a level of security for both independent sales consultants (ISCs) and consumers.

Among other things, the DSA Code of Ethics does the following:

  • prohibits deceptive consumer or recruiting practices
  • mandates truthful earnings representations
  • forbids inventory loading
  • ensures a fair and reasonable buy-back policy

The Code is enforced by an independent code administrator, who works to resolve any complaint to the satisfaction of everyone involved, and has the power to decide on remedies.

As an ISC, the Code provides you with a level of trust, both in your dealings with your parent company and your customers. Having the backing of the Code, and even featuring the DSA logo on marketing materials, signals to your customers that they will be treated fairly and ethically in all transactions.

Are you covered?
Only members of DSA Canada and their ISCs are pledged to abide by the Code of Ethics.

You and your customers are not covered if:

  • your company is not a DSA Canada member
  • your company is a member of another countries DSA (e.g. the US), but not a member in Canada
  • your company’s membership has lapsed

DSA Canada’s membership list changes every year, so to confirm if you are working with a member company, it is best to check the DSA website regularly. If your company is not a member, maybe it is time they joined, to support their Canadian entrepreneurs.


 

Direct Sellers Association logo - DSA Canada

In Canada, direct selling companies are represented by DSA Canada, who advocate to government on behalf of the industry, provide business support and networking opportunities to member companies, promote the direct selling opportunity, and uphold the need for ethics and integrity.