Do You Belong Here? A Peek Inside the Sisterhood of Christian Mompreneurs

Survey Results IGOne of the things I love most about what I do is getting to know some pretty fabulous women. When I stepped out in faith to create the International Christian Mompreneur Network, I was placing a call for help. I was reaching out to other moms just like me who were feeling overwhelmed and isolated as they juggled the challenges and joys of running a business while raising a family. These ladies answered my call for help and formed an extraordinary circle of support and encouragement for me and for one another. They’ve developed friendships as they’ve grown their businesses.

But lots of women wonder if they will fit in. They send me emails saying:

“My children are all grown and out of the house. Am I too old to join?”

Or…

“I don’t really have a business…it’s more of an idea right now. Can I still belong?”

Or…

“I’ve got a J-O-B but I hope to start my business soon. Is this the place for me?”

My answer is YES! Of course, you belong here! But sometimes it’s good to see the data – so you can really learn about the women God has placed in our lives. So, here’s a peek inside our circle.

The ladies in the Sisterhood of Christian Mompreneurs:

  • Live in 21 different states in the United States and one Canadian city.
  • Are older than you might think, with 57% of us in our 40s.
  • Have 2 or 3 children living at home – some more, some less.
  • Want to learn about a variety of different topics to help grow their business or ministry.
  • Take advantage of our private Facebook group for networking and support as well as our monthly group calls, opportunities to promote their businesses, training webinars and more.

(Keep in mind, these are just the ladies in our Sisterhood group. The full membership of the International Christian Mompreneur Network is even more diverse – with members from all over the world including Australia, United Kingdom, India, Philippines, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Nigeria and more!) [Read more...]

Five Scripture-Based Gifts of Encouragement for the Mompreneur

God created youIf I could give a gift to the mom who is launching her first business…to the woman who is writing that first blog post…to the mother who is ready to make a change in her life and career…I would give her this: the ability to see herself through the eyes of Christ. With all the expert advice that’s so easily uncovered via Google and Amazon, I think perhaps the best business tip I’ve learned is to see what God sees in you.

Call it a lack of confidence or fear of the unknown, but too many of us mompreneurs are not living up to our potential because we’re simply not seeing it. I know this because I’ve lived it. I’ve watched opportunities come and go because I didn’t believe in my ability to succeed. Because I defined myself by the success standards of the world – and not by the natural gifts I took for granted. I can find myself feeling this way again, if I’m not careful.

And I know this to be true of other moms because they share their stories with me. I hear from women all over the globe who are excited about building a business or launching a ministry. Faith-filled moms who are ready to step out and do what they are called to do. But they’re feeling less than qualified. They’re feeling discouraged by their lack of credentials or experience. They’re feeling ill-equipped for the task at hand.

If any of this sounds familiar, I want you to know I understand, because I’ve been in your shoes and I’ve lived with your doubts. I want to share with you a few words of encouragement I’ve come to rely on when I’m feeling less than confident. [Read more...]

Finish What You Start (and Other Bad Advice)

Finish What You StartRemember rug hooking? I’m probably showing my age but I used to spend weeks at a time pulling colorful little pieces of yarn through a template to form an image of puppies or flowers or butterflies. We didn’t have video games or Instagram to capture our attention, so we made crafts. Lots of crafts.

And I loved starting new crafts! The problem was…I didn’t always finish what I started. I remember my mother telling me I was not going to get another rug hook set, or sand art kit, or needle point set, or watercolor canvas until I finished the ones I had already started.  

It was good advice at the time –I needed to learn the discipline of following through on a project. I needed to know what it meant to make a commitment. I needed to experience the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a job.

But I’ve since discovered there are times when it’s ok to stop in the middle of a project. That you don’t always have to finish what you start. In fact, sometimes it’s better to stop where you are than to waste another second continuing what you are doing.

Don’t be a Quitter

Let’s take a business goal for example. Let’s say you have a dream of holding a workshop. You have visions of an inspirational and educational event that will touch hearts and change lives! You do the research…you create the material…you make all the arrangements…you promote the event…and when it’s a week away from the big day, you’ve only got one person registered. Do you finish what you start? Well, maybe. There are a lot of factors to consider. But I wouldn’t rule out canceling the event. Sometimes the right thing to do is cut our losses, learn from our mistakes and try something else.

Maybe this situation applies to more than a single workshop. What if it applies to your entire business or ministry? What if all logical signs point toward letting go and starting over? Despite what we know to be the best decision, we’re afraid to let go because we’ve accepted the lie that tells us we are failures. We would rather follow through on something for the sake of finishing it than wear the self-proclaimed label of a quitter. [Read more...]